Five Minute Friday – Plan

by | Mar 12, 2015 | Five Minute Friday

It’s one of my favorite times of the week. It’s Five Minute Friday! 

Where many of us write for five minutes on a one-word prompt without concern of grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. It’s such a freeing thing to do, and I look forward to it each week. We gather together at Kate’s place to share our writing and encourage one another. I invite you to join us, either on your blog or in the comments below.

This week’s word:





The timing wasn’t great.

I didn’t plan on having a migraine tonight.

But, I guess migraines aren’t something we usually plan on, right??

I knew it would be arriving quickly when I could no longer see my computer screen. The fuzzy lines that always come first blocked my vision. I had to back off from our #fmfparty on Twitter for a time, because who knew what I’d be typing without the ability to see!

I’m just thankful I was able to take my medicine right away to minimize the effects. My sight returned within a matter of minutes.

But, isn’t that they way life goes?

Things happen in our lives that aren’t in our plans.

–The car breaks down.

–The water heater quit working.

–It snowed 20 inches.

–The difficult news we received from the doctor.

–Sickness. Death. Disappointment.

–Losing our job. Losing our car keys. Losing our way.

Life happens.

But, even when it does, and even when things transpire that weren’t in our plans, we can still trust the One Who’s plans are perfect.

It gives me great comfort to remember in such times that nothing doesn’t happen that isn’t sifted through God’s hands first.

Jeremiah 29 11(1)We may not always understand why things happen as they do. But God does. He knows it all. And it’s okay to just rest in that truth, and trust He knows what He’s doing.

Even with a migraine.



Whatever you may be going through today that wasn’t a part of your plan, continue to trust the One Who loves you, Who won’t abandon you, and Whose plans for you are bigger than what we can see now.

I’m praying for you, friend.


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  1. TC Larson

    It is comforting that even in the midst of things we’d never plan for ourselves (migraines included), we are not alone in it. Good reminder this evening. Blessings! ~A FMF Neighbor

    • Julie Lefebure

      Amen! Yes, it is most comforting. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing!

  2. LeeAnn G Taylor

    It’s always good to have a reminder that God’s plans for our lives are bigger than our own! Thanks for sharing tonight, even with a migraine. Always fun to see you at #fmfparty and maybe we’ll get to meet at the #fmfretreat.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Meeting you would be lovely, LeeAnn! We have much to be thankful for, don’t we?! God bless you!

  3. Shannon Bibby

    Julie, yet another fantastic post! I always enjoy visiting and reading your words of encouragement and Truth. I’m thankful you were able to write tonight. I know how difficult migraines are and they aren’t fun that’s for sure! I’ll be praying for you 🙂

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Shannon! And thank you for your prayers! I haven’t had a migraine since that evening. Very thankful. Thank you for your encouraging words, as always!

  4. Tara

    So true my friend! God is the master planner! Things in life aren’t planned but God promises to walk with us in the midst of the ups and downs doesn’t he? Hope your migraine is better.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Amen, Tara. So glad He walks with us through all circumstances! I haven’t had a migraine since. I’m thankful for that!! Bless you!

  5. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    The future we hope for, yes…but we do have to remember that His perspective is eternal, and not temporal.

    If I didn’t hold to that, I’d have a serious problem with Him at the moment…because my future here sure doesn’t look like fun.

    • Julie Lefebure

      I’m thankful His perspective is eternal as well, Andrew. So thankful for that!

  6. Janel

    “Nothing happens that isn’t sifted through God’s hands first” Oh yes friend!

  7. Jen Daugherty

    I’m glad you were able to halt it and still join in on the #FMFParty goodness! 🙂 Life definitely is full of unplanned things, and how we respond to them completely shapes the experience.

    I love your last few words. We can always trust in Him and His plans, even when we have no clue what they are or why things are happening.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Yes, Jen! You’ve experienced much of having no clue of His plans for us, yet you’ve walked them out beautifully. I love knowing more of your story, friend! Thanks for being here and for sharing!!

  8. Amy P Boyd

    As I face job lay off due to downsizing and now have to begin job hunting this –> “that nothing doesn’t happen that isn’t sifted through God’s hands first.” is such a comfort to me today. Thank you for reminding me that I may not know what is happening but He knows what is happening now and all that will happen in the tommorrows.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Oh, Amy. I’m sorry to hear you are facing finding a new job. God has something perfect for you, however. I’ll be praying for you and asking God to direct your paths. Bless you, friend!

  9. Carmen Horne

    ” And it’s okay to just rest in that truth, and trust He knows what He’s doing.” Trust is so hard. But, God has proven himself to me over and over. Glad you are feeling better! Love you friend.

    • Julie Lefebure

      God’s faithfulness is such a gift, isn’t it?? We can most certainly trust Him. He’s proven that. Thanks for being here. Love you too!

  10. Verona

    Julie…perfectly said! I am trusting my plans to God and I know that it will be the best outcome for me. He has proven His goodness over and over again. I cannot plan anything alone, I would feel hopeless….what a comfort we have in the Lord! Thank you for the uplifting post. Many Blessings to you!

    • Julie Lefebure

      “What a comfort we have in the Lord!” Amen, friend! Amen!!

  11. ~Karrilee~

    I love you so… and I am so glad that your meds kicked in quickly! You were missed last night, my friend!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Awh, thank you, Karrilee. I love you too! I missed it greatly, but will be back this week, Lord willing! Bless you and your heart!


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