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Kristin Hill Taylor lives in Murray, Ky., with her husband, Greg, and two kids – 6-year-old Cate and 3-year-old Ben. She can often be found trying to beat her husband in Words with Friends, playing games of Settlers of Catan with her best friends, watching “Parenthood” or “Bones,” listening to...

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  1. Beautiful, dreamer friend. I feel like I’m yelling, “What’s next?” at God somedays, and He quietly whispers, “Just do the next thing…” He is always in front of me, and always knows the plan. I’ll just keep doing (too often, frustratedly!) the small things He gives my hands to do, and wait – because like you said, these moments make our lives.

  2. So fun to see your smiling face here today, friend! Great post…thank you for the reminder that He’s got it all planned…even if we can’t (and probably shouldn’t, for our own good) see the whole picture. Love this!

  3. You are speaking to this dreamer’s heart today, girl. Love this! And so excited to see you here – beautiful, inspiring words 🙂

  4. I’ve been doing a lot of “what’s next” lately. And grumping because my desires/plans aren’t being fulfilled either as fast or as soon as I want them to be.

    I’m thankful for this reminder.

  5. Just love this…:) and so very timely in my life, as well. Thank you, Kristin, for a beautifully written reminder! Have a lovely Mother’s Day!

  6. Kristin,
    you were writing out of my head. I’m struggling with waiting lately and I needed this message. Thank you. Like you, “I just try to take it all back when I crave a plan. Yes, I want a plan for the day, and the week. But what I really want is to see the plan for my life. Instead, the creator of the universe reveals it to me in moments. These moments make the journey. Perhaps that’s really the plan.”
    It is, and I am thankful that He is the Master Planner. All I need to is be faithful. Even though it’s hard.
    So good. So necessary.
    Happy Mother’s Day with many blessings, sister dreamer.
    Peace and good to you in Jesus’ name

  7. I love the emphasis you make that we are on a journey made up of little moments, Kristin. God reveals the moments, but the journey is often a wondrous mystery. Wish I could always look at it this way.

  8. Thank you for sharing your heart Kristin! I do the same thing you do-always wanting to know what’s next from God when I should be resting content in the moment. A great reminder!

    • Whew, being content in the moment is hard stuff, but it’s possible because we serve a mighty God who has it all together. I’m certainly learning as I go … 🙂

  9. Kristin: Sweet friend, how this resonates with me today! I am like your son, always asking God, “what’s next?” I can be so impatient sometimes. I can only see today– but thanks so much for the reminder that He has a bigger picture.

    • I have a hard time being still, so I’m always thinking about what comes next. Your post about playing was good for me in a similar way, to think about slowing down and pausing for what’s right here in the moment.

  10. Thank you, Kristin! This touches me because I get you…I want to see the plan for my life, too. I believe He has a plan and He leads but I really, really want to know not just what’s next but what’s later!!

    • It’s a constant lesson for me to let … it … go and be still enough to realize it’s all really better when I don’t try to be in control. I hold Romans 8:28 close. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Vanessa.

  11. Amen! The sentence, “These moments make the journey,” is so true. For some of us (like me!) who want to see more steps ahead, it is hard to settle in to the moment by moment walk with Jesus…but when we do, there is such peace and companionship. Great insights, Kristin!

    • Thanks, Amy. Romans 8:28 and Phil. 4 are some of my favorite verses, probably because this I need constant reminders God’s got it (all of it!) under control and there is peace that passes all understanding when we give it (all of it!) to him.

  12. So happy to see you over here today! And what a great article! I can relate to this entire post from the kids incessant “what we gonna do”to my own incessant “ok, God, what’s next?” Like them I want to know! I’m sure He’s like take a chill pill and relax, enjoy the journey 🙂 So glad He’s patient with me, and I need to be more with my own kiddos when they just want to know what’s next too.

    • You’re right, Alecia! God probably laughs when I tell my kids to just take it one thing at a time and relax because that’s exactly what he tells me … constantly! 🙂 And, yes, my kids would be blessed by some more patience and kindness from me.

  13. Love. I am such a planner. Lack of a plan makes me feel totally useless. But that’s all pride and control issues. I love that you said the little moments are the plan anyway. And this is me setting down the computer to go play with my daughter. 🙂

  14. These moments make the journey. Perhaps that’s really the plan.
    Yes, that’s it!
    Moment by moment is the plan!
    Dependently is my word of the year.
    You’ve written it so well for me, thank you!
    His plan revealed moment by moment as I depend on him.
    Just like your child, because he is Father God. Perfect parent!

    • Aren’t you glad we serve a perfect parent who doesn’t expect us to be perfect?! Your comment is like a mantra, Beth. Thanks for cheering on the truth.

  15. Kristin,
    So excited to get to finish reading your post on (in)courage! It’s been fun linking up with you also on Chasing Blue Skies :). I loved your post and have caught myself asking God so many times, “what are we gonna do next?”. Learning, in my old age, all good things in God’s good timing! Way to go!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  16. Ahh! This really spoke to my heart today. I sometimes get so annoyed at my 3 year-old’s “and then?” because he wants to know the list of the day’s activities. What a great reminder that I have been doing this to my own Father all along. “These moments make the journey.” I will step back and indulge in those moments. Thank you for that!

    • I’m so glad us mommas can help each other and that we don’t all have frustrating days at the same time. Thanks for commenting, Alyssa.

  17. Oh yes – These moments make the journey! I have to remind myself of that over and over again. I have always been a planner and liked to have control. He has been working on me and I am learning to live for the moments. Thank you for this beautiful reminder!

  18. Kristin, it’s so wonderful to see you over here at (in)courage! I’m a planner and always need to know what happens next. Learning to trust in His timing… thank you for this reminder today. With this pending deployment of my husbands this is a reminder I needed. Many blessings my friend.
    Beth

  19. Kristen,

    I, too want THE Plan for my life–written out, spelled out & I’d like it now. Waiting makes us depend on Him and that is what this journey is all about–dependence on HIM and HIS Timing. After all Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you”.

    Thank you dear sister for this reminder of dependence! 🙂

  20. Beautiful!! Absolutely beautiful!! And I can just hear his sweet little voice asking that question! : ) I too am guilty of this…it’s so hard!

  21. Awesome! Kinda like the familiar chant from our kids…or from ourselves. When are we gonna get there. The journey is the thing, one moment at a time. Bless you friend!

  22. Oh wow, this post hit home for me. First, because I have a middle who is my, “what are we doing next?” child, but also because I can so relate to how I do the same with God. Thank you for sharing! Lots to ponder. Have a great weekend!

    • Right now Ben is our youngest of two kids, but I have told my husband several times he has a middle-child personality, so it’s funny to me you mention your middle child’s questions. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend, Maggie!

  23. Hi Kristin, I get what you’re saying, but this post touched me in another way today. It made me think of the ways I keep asking God to prepare me for what’s next and then realizing that I missed the prep session. I was feeling down this morning and couldn’t shake it. I prayed, tried to find a Word, failed to connect and cried on the way to work. I forced myself to get lost in work and forgot I had a Big Sister meeting!?! So here I am begging for what’s next and I am not being faithful to the assignment I was given. I know God forgives, but now I need to seek forgiveness from a little girl who was counting on me to be her rock. AAAARRRGGG!

    • Days like that are so hard. Praying peace that passes all understanding covers your weekend. Living and serving in the present is important and I’ve been known to wish it away anticipating what’s next.

  24. God will give me the next step, but then I always need to remind myself that he is in Control and all I need to do is take the next step and know that he knows the plan. As long as I hold His hand and stay out of his way, all will work to His glory. He is having me go in a way that I never though would happen, Praise God that He is a teacher through me. I love all I learn with the class.

  25. Kristin I just read your post this morning and I believe it is for me! I spent my time in prayer today wrestling with my need for a plan, begging God to talk to me and give me secure footing for the next part of my journey. I wrestle with this greatly. He whispered to me through your post. Thank you.

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  27. I’m a planner too. Sometimes I wonder if God gets tired of my “need to know.” I’m thankful for a God who controls my life — and for this post reminding me!