My nature is to plan ahead. I am often thinking in advance what I will need to accomplishment later today, tomorrow, or next week. I guess you could say, I am a planner! When we were young, as the beautiful poem says above, our mothers went ahead and mentored us as the wiser one. We learned from our mothers. Our days weren't numbered when mother was in charge. We lived like free spirits....happy all day long with mother guiding. But.....we do grow up! We are responsible for our own days. We have choices we must make each day about how we will spend our hours....all twenty four! We are encouraged by Moses in Psalm 90 verse 12 to ask God to teach us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom. We are to use our time wisely. We aren't to squander our time or throw it away on useless activities. We live in a day where that could be impossible unless we plan ahead not to waste our time! So, planning and thinking about our future can truly keep us on the right track and keep us productive. How do we achieve this? If you were blessed to have a mother or perhaps a mentor that has taught you the valuable lessons of a well lived life then you are ahead! It's not easy to learn our way....even at my age. There isn't anyone to tell me what to expect or how to keep busy when the children are all grown. I have to be wise and seek wisdom through prayer and through other women who are wise and on a similar path. I do not have to have all the answers at once but I can press against the Shepherd and learn as I go. I want to plan and trust His heart above my own. He is available to guide my decisions and responses when I trust in Him. The Holy Spirit guides our decision making when I surrender and plan by asking for Him to fill me with His desires. This isn't easy. We have to be quiet and there is so much noise......when I am quiet, a peace enters that is like none I have ever known. I don't know what is going on in your life today, but if you need to plan ahead and be guided, may I encourage you to take a few moments and ask God to refocus you and guide you and go before you. He's your Heavenly Father and you are His child.