Monthly Archives: August 2021

Are You a Sufferer?

I have O.P.D.

It’s a condition that can drive you insane.

Obsession Planning Disorder.  🙂

I plan my to-do list.
I plan my menu.
I plan my day.
I plan my wardrobe.
I plan my cleaning chores.
I plan vacations and goals and my life.
I plan how my refrigerator should be stocked.
I plan how my laundry should be folded and my car organized.

Sometimes I even plan for God.

Do you ever do that?  Tell God how He should do it?  Tell God that your plan is better than His plan?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with planning in general.  As a whole, having a plan from simple to-do lists to bigger yearly goals are all good things.  The problem comes when we become OBSESSIVE about planning because then it becomes more about control.

I find myself slipping over into planning for other people because I think I know best.  I don’t mean it to be control.  I’m just trying to make sure everyone gets the best experience.  Like what am I…..a life coach travel agent?  hahaha  I’ve turned from a helicopter mom trying to remove all obstacles for my kids to a helicopter wife, a helicopter friend, a helicopter coworker.  Well, you get the picture.

I realize that my obsessive planning turned “controlled crazy girl” has seeped into not trusting the Lord because I’m afraid He’s not going to do it right.  Seriously, Deanna?  God not do it right?  Who do I think I am?

Well if you’re a fellow OPD sufferer, I think I found a remedy.  No pills.  No shots.  No treatments.  Just trust.

Proverbs 3:5-6 is my favorite verse:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.

Simple. Proven. Complete.

It’s not going to be easy but I guarantee you, it will be worth it every. single. planning. moment. of your life!

Hey…Hey…I Need You!

Her sparkling smile, deep dimples and dark curly hair just melted my heart.

And man, those cowboy boots made quite the stomping sound as she glided from adult to adult while waiting for her pizza to arrive.

That little girl captured everyone’s attention with her free spirit and cuteness!

But one thing stuck with me besides the obvious.  At one time she said, “Mommy, I need you.”  “Mommy, I need you.”  “Mommy, I NEED you.”

Mommy stopped her conversation and patiently addressed Miss Adorable, wrapping her arm around her shoulder.  “What is it, honey?  What do you need?”

I have no idea what she needed.  I have no idea how the conversation continued because my mind went straight to Jesus.  How many times have we said, “Jesus, I need you” ?

Time and time again we call out.  Time and time again He patiently stops and wraps His arms around us with grace and says “What is it honey?  What do you need?”

Thank you, Lord for reminding me through the words of the most beautiful little girl, that you are right there waiting for me to admit how much I need you.

And yes I need you.  Oh how I need you.