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Planning by Theodora Mooketsi

Plan. Pray. Surrender. And be Flexible

Like many others, I started the year 2020 with much excitement, enthusiasm and great

plans. This was going to be the year where I was going to achieve most of my goals. Like

many others, still, I entered the year 2020 with a well-documented checklist that was

articulating all of my daily, weekly and monthly activities.

A wise person once said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This quote gives me sleepless

nights. I am a planner by nature. I plan from the biggest things to be done right down to the

last detail. I plan meals, outfits, cleaning timetables right up to my next hairstyle. I

appreciate a generous sense of control in my life. Deep down inside, I harbor the need to

know what is next.

As a working wife, mom, pastor and conference host, I wear many hats and I have learned

over the years I cannot and will not be successful in any role I occupy if I don’t plan ahead. I

work well with schedules and I am constantly on my phone’s calendar; planning the next

agenda of my or my family’s schedules.

This is a great discipline to have; one that many should adopt in order to be more

productive and functional in their daily lives. Planning gives structure to life, family, church

and to business. Without an action-plan in place, I certainly feel like I am out of control and

functioning on a cloud.

However, over the years I have learned that if I am going to live the beautiful life that God

has predestined and preplanned for me, I must learn to be flexible.

Proverbs 19:21 - Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

Yes, flexible! I have learned that no matter how much I plan, God has a greater plan for my

life. At any given moment, He places me where He wants me at; a place where I am needed,

and a place where I will grow. The place where God places me is not always in line with

where I had planned to be in that given season.

Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I have learned that sometimes my over-planning and controlling nature is lack of faith and

trust that God has a greater plan for my life and that plan, according to His word, is not to

harm me, but to prosper me. We have this urge to be in control of our lives and to want to

know what is next because maybe, just maybe, we don’t trust God enough with the finer

details of our lives. What if I told you that God is actually interested in your shopping list,

family vacation and your next hairstyle? The truth is; all of that is detailed in the plan that

Abba Father has for your life. If He knows the exact amount of hair on your head then surely

He has great plans for your tomorrow.

When 2020 took us straight into lockdown as a result of a pandemic, the Corona virus; my

plans came tumbling down and I was so disappointed. I thought all of my plans were gone. I

started to worry. All of the hope I had entered the year with was gone. And this was

because my plan was set to fail, and I did not believe that God has a greater plan for my life.

Matthew 6: 34 - Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

God had a plan all along, and though the Corona virus was not from God, He surely had a

plan to sustain us through it all. More than anything else, the past few months have taught

me to surrender; to surrender my plans and my whole life to God.

Planning must always be paired with prayer. When you plan and take your plans to God in

prayer, you are saying, “Lord I surrender my plan to the greater plan you have for my life.”

This humbles you. This is the kind of prayer that says, “yes, Lord, I have a plan, but let your

will be done in my life,” This is a surrendered life. A flexible life. The kind of life God shines


I encourage you to be responsible children of God and to plan ahead, plan for a rainy day,

plan your family’s future and plan your next trip but, more importantly, take those plans to

God in prayer. Surrender the desires of your heart to God in prayer and be flexible; allowing

God to use you and to do with your life as He pleases.

Proverbs 20: 4 - In their heart’s humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Theodora Mooketsi is a working wife, mom conference host, preacher and speaker. She is the

founder of the Wordlife organization which is an evangelistic ministry and co-pastor’s Seasons

church with her husband. Her biggest conviction is that by God’s grace “Africa will be saved“

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