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Yearly Planning at the Sather House Tags: Purposeful Planning Planning seeking the Lord

This is the 23rd year we are setting aside a week to pray and seek the Lord about His plans for us and our family.

When I look back I can see some of what that consistency has accomplished. Many things would not have happened if we had not set aside this time each year to connect with the Lord and each other.

It brought tears to my eyes when my son told me he and his bride had a little planning day on their honeymoon! He had asked for a copy of the book - Purposeful Planning - but I didn't realize that was his purpose for wanting it.

http://phyllis-sather.com/bookshop/purposeful-planning-materials/

Starting Saturday, January 19th we will spend the better part of each day for the next week talking and praying with each other and our two daughters who are still at home. Yes, they are adults, but they really want to have their time to talk and pray with us. Isn't that wonderful!

As usual, we would like to ask you to pray for us during this time. We NEED your prayers. Our enemy doesn't want us to spend this time seeking God's plans for our lives. He wants us to fail, and our family to fail.

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." I Peter 5:8

Our Scripture for this book is "Where there is no vision the people perish." Proverbs 29:18

This time is when we check our course. Are still walking the way the Lord wants us to? Are we going the way we planned, or have we somehow gotten off on the wrong trail?

I had a lesson on this yesterday when going to meet my friend. Thinking away I suddenly realized I was on the wrong street. I ended up being a half hour late because I wasn't paying attention. I had signs, like not remembering some things along the way I was on. But it took me a while to realize that I was lost.

Please leave me a comment telling me you will be praying for us. It will really encourage us. I'll try to drop some notes next week as well updating you on our progress.

Phyllis Sather

 

 

 

 

 

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CONFESSIONS OF A TO-DO LIST JUNKY Tags: planning calendars

MY NAME IS PHYLLIS. I’M A TO-DO LIST JUNKY.

Blog Well Planner

YES, THAT’S ME.

  • I always have half-a-dozen of them started.
  • One for homemaking.
  • To-dos for my website.
  • Things I need to talk to Dan about.
  • Of course, there is one for each of my children,  Eric, Emily, and Rebekah.
  • One for myself.
  • You name it, I have a list for it.

I THOUGHT GOOGLE CALENDAR WOULD BE A GOOD ANSWER FOR ME.

  • It does give me an overview of the month or week.
  • Color coding helps to know who is doing what.
  • There just isn’t enough room in those tiny boxes to add any detail.
  • Therefore I had lists of details of what needed to be done and when.

PAPER PLANNERS

  • I always look at them, then tell myself no.
  • I went from a paper planner to Google Calendar.
  • But I couldn’t seem to make it work for me.

SO…

  • After much turmoil and prayer
  • And hearing so many good things about the Blog Well Planner
  • I decided to give it a try.
  • Do you know what changed my mind? Buying from Katie Horner helps support her family ministry in Mexico.
  • I love giving to missionaries.
  • So instead of thinking of it as an extra expense, I think of it as supporting a missionary.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE BLOG WELL PLANNER

  • I think I finally got it right.
  • Using Google Calendar gives me a view of the big picture for family and blogging.
  • I color code them.
  • This helps me to see if I might be overbooking myself or family.
  • I can easily see family and business commitments at the same time.

Blog Well Planner

  • Then I use the Blog Well Planner to flesh things out.
  • I’m learning to use time-blocking, which is really helping me to use my days better.
  • See some of the pages here
  • My favorite pages are the daily ones.
  • There is enough room to spread out my thoughts and ideas.
  • They are all in one place, not spread out all over my desk like the first photo.
  • I still tend to jot things down on a sticky pad but only until I can put it in its proper place in the Blog Well Planner.

WHY DON’T YOU TRY THE BLOG WELL PLANNER? YOU TOO CAN HELP SUPPORT A MISSIONARY FAMILY.

 

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Please Feel Free to use our Vacation Verse! Tags: family personal planning vacations

Vacation Verse

It seems appropriate to discuss our Vacation Verse since it should be summer soon and many of us will take a vacation.

Our family went to the shore of Lake Superior this last weekend. Little did we know four months ago when we made these plans that instead of spring temps in the 50’s we would be in the midst of a winter blizzard.

We saw people surfing in wetsuits – a first for us.

IN PURPOSEFUL PLANNING, WE DISCUSS HOW WE USE THIS AS OUR VACATION VERSE.  PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

  • Our whole family has memorized our vacation Bible verse, Philippians 2: 3-4.
  • Trips together tend to bring out conflicts, since each of us tends to have our own selfish agenda and expectations when we’re having fun.
  • We discuss it before we travel.
  • We each take time to share our expectations.
  • We remind everyone that not all their expectations will be met.
  • We try to do at least one thing that each of us would like to do.

We have found that this eliminates a lot of arguments and hurt feelings when we travel.

TRAINING IN TIMES OF NON-CONFLICT

Training in times of non-conflict works better as a whole. I remember Dan having all three of our children sit in the open sliding door of our van. He would ask them to give him their hands and look into his eyes.

Then he would explain where we were going (church) about how long we would be there, and what we expected of them.

When they were familiar with where we were going and our expectations, he would often ask questions and let them answer. Then he would pray with them and ask the Lord to help them be obedient.

Have you tried to train during times of non-conflict? What were the results? Will you do it again?

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