Don’t Lose Yourself in the Temporary

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I am a planner.

I plan out everything.

From how long it should take to run errands to every minute of our homeschool day to my life.

OR so I thought…

Are you a worrier? Do you get lost in the temporary? Be encouraged dear friend! The Great I AM has you under his wing!! ::

I am a huge sucker for Hallmark and UP TV movies! I mean…HUGE!! I may or may not have 15 of them still saved on my DVR. Maybe. I not only love them for the “clean” factor, but I also love them for the lessons they give. The ones that really make me think.

Several months ago, a new movie came out on UP entitled “Coffee Shop.” It is a lovely and endearing movie that I watched several times. It hit close to home as I once felt I was never going to fall in love and get married. So, I related well to the main character, Donovan. And I love coffee – so there’s that too.

Toward the end of the movie she is distraught about her love interest and what she feels are lies and betrayal, when a good family friend hands her a note from her mother. It was written to him many years before, but spoke volumes about her situation at the moment. It read:

“Don’t lose yourself in the temporary.

No one has ever seen,

No one has ever heard,

and no one has ever imagined

what God has prepared.”

That line was so powerful to me. It, of course, was almost a direct quote from the Bible, but it really resonated with me. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have worried about what will come.

Or what will happen when…

Or what if…

Truthfully, it’s exhausting.

What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”
 (1 Cor 2:9, ESV)

I get tired of trying to plan it all, because then I have to be there to make sure it is followed through. I lose myself in the temporary all. the. time. It’s true. I get so caught up in what needs to be planned for school. And I worried for days and weeks about what would happen to us, our family, after my husband resigned from his ministry position back in November.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matt 6:25-27 (ESV)

It was a very difficult situation, but one we knew needed to end. However, soon after, reality set in and I was consumed with worry. So I did the only thing I knew to do – plan. To the point of obsession. On the upside – my posts are planned out through most of the year. On the downside – I haven’t seen my family much for all my planning.

But, I am here to tell you – we serve a RISEN SAVIOR and HE does care for His children!!

Just last week, we accepted a new ministry position in a small town about 30 minutes from where we currently live. They have been so welcoming and inviting. The church owns a parsonage, which we will move in to just a few short weeks from now. There are a few things they need to fix at the house, which they are graciously volunteering their time to do. They have already taken care of us in ways we never even imagined.

If you told me four months ago we would have this new and amazing ministry in just a few short months, I might have laughed in your face. While I believed God would take care of us – and He did – I just couldn’t fathom how it would all work out. All I knew is “that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28, ESV)

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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  1. It is so easy to loose ourselves in the temporary. After all that is one of the few things we can somewhat control. Sadly, it also means that we miss out on a lot that is going on all around us because we are so busy focusing on those things we have planned and on our ever growing list of to do’s.

    1. Indeed we do. I call it “Tunnel Mom”. “Tunnel Mom” gets so focused on the “job at hand” and forgets how to just enjoy the moment. 😉 Thanks for stopping by Bridget!
      Blessings ~ Annette

  2. Great article on remembering what truly matters and keeping our trust in God. Thanks for all you do!

  3. Wow! I can see so much of myself on your post. I’m also a planer/coffee lover that stumbled over the movie, and your post. It has not been an easy time with a moving, new job and everything so far from home and alone. I began to question if this was the right thing, or if I should just go back home. But the movie, and your post, made realize that we need to let go, let God… Thanks!

    1. It is on Netflix now and I have probably watched that movie over 50 times since I wrote this. Every time it puts things into perspective for me and reminds me there is ONE who cares for me and about me – more than I will ever know! So glad it resonated with you as well! Thanks for stopping by and blessings on your journey.

  4. Do you sell a print of the “Don’t lose yourself in the temporary” photo? I just love it. Thank you for expounding on that quote I heard in the movie Coffee Shop. I hoped it was bible derived.

    1. Unfortunately, this print is from a stock photo, which I do not have permission to sell. And yes, this quote from the movie really struck me and made me think about the “stuff” here on Earth we hold so dear, when it’s just temporary. We are just wanderers on this Earth and we should be longing for Home with Jesus Christ. It really put things in perspective for me.

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