First I want to welcome all the new people who have signed up for my newsletter. I know many of you came from the giveaway on Molly Green’s website, Econobusters, but if you didn’t, be sure to go there and sign up for it.
I also want to remind you that all the Purposeful Planning materials are on sale. If you purchase something at the sale price and then win it in Molly’s drawing I will gladly refund your money, so don’t miss these great prices.
Today I want to respond to some of the comments left on Molly’s site.
Someone mentioned that they didn’t think you needed to spend days at this if you are seeking the Lord daily for His will.
Setting aside several days each year to seek the Lord and meeting with Him daily aren’t mutually exclusive. It isn’t eithe/or, it’s both. Yes, we need to do both. Our planning times are like Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter. They are the highlight — when we spend extended, unrushed, uninterrupted time with our family and our Lord to allow Him to unfold bigger things to us — things that we don’t often have time to seek Him about daily. It is a time for our family to reconnect on many levels — uninterrupted, not rushed and hurried.
I’ll tell you a secret…we don’t even go to church during our planning weekend, but spend that time worshiping together as a family. We don’t make any plans outside our family for those days together. We are just together—allowing for lots and lots of quiet, prayerful times to refresh our souls and our relationships.
Then, after we are refreshed and have the big picture, we return to our daily quiet times seeking the Lord as to how we should carry it out in our daily routine.
Along similar lines is the comment about daily or weekly husband and wife times. The daily and weekly times together don’t replace the longer, more purposeful time together, and the longer time together doesn’t replace the daily and weekly — we need both to thrive.
There were the comments about not wanting to “nag” your spouse. One comment I get regularly from purchasers of Purposeful Planning is that they love not having to bring up “touchy” subjects — because I do it. If you follow the itinerary in Purposeful Planning you won’t have to nag… I’ll do it for you, and you can blame me.
There were several comments about husbands who just wouldn’t do this. I have found that a lot of husbands wouldn’t sit down and read the book, but when the MP3 became available the response was — they won’t read the book but they loved listening to the MP3 on their way to work.
One thing that is in the works, so to speak, is the possibility of Dan and me making a recording—sort of a Purposeful Planning seminar. It’s one of the things we will be discussing during our planning time this year — which is January 14—20th. I envision it being directed more towards husbands, with Dan encouraging them about how valuable this is to do with their families.
I’m going to stop here, because I need to get dinner going and tonight is the start of our yearly Purposeful Planning! Yahoo! Yes, I’m really that excited about spending hours and hours with my husband and family, seeking the Lord’s will for us.
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