But God Had Other Plans

Today’s post was sent by Stacey Herndon of Herndons-Dont-Blink.blogspot.com. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

About this time last year I was preparing for a significant lifestyle change. I am a stay-at-home
mom with 3 young children and my husband, who works full-time, was about to begin graduate
school on top of his day job. We were very nervous about how we would juggle everything, but
thought if we bunkered down we could somehow get through the next 2 years.

A few weeks into the chaos my sister asked me if I would be interested in hosting my first
Cupcake Kids sale in our area to raise money for kids in Uganda. I was hesitant at first. I hadn’t
quite gotten a grip on my new life and adding one more thing to my list made me nervous. I
finally agreed and was so glad I did. It truly was a great experience, one my children loved, and
it completely changed me.

This year my girls were dying to help again. I called all my friends and contacted my
neighborhood’s HOA for approval to hold the sale by our pool just like we did last year. I
waited patiently for the responses to pour in and…nothing! Everyone was out of town the
weekend of the sale or had other commitments and could not help. My neighborhood board
would not return my calls and were ignoring my emails. I tried to remember if I had forgotten
anyone that might be able help or if I could do the sale somewhere else. My husband was 12
months into graduate school and had no spare time. Keeping up with 3 kids certainly
didn’t offer a break in the day for brainstorming either. Once everyone was snug in their beds
after violin lessons and soccer practice and homework I was too exhausted to lift a pencil. I
wanted to just wave my white flag and tell myself better luck next year.

But at the end of the day, I didn’t want to let down the kids in Uganda. I didn’t want to set a
bad example for my children either. I decided to pray to ask God how to handle my sale. Once
I turned this over to Him things started to happen. My dear friends that were going to be out of
town offered to make signs, to spread the word, and contact local cupcakeries. My friends that
had other commitments that day realized they could make some goodies in advance and got
back in touch with me. Some of my friends had just forgotten to respond, but wanted to help
any way possible. Inspired by my friends’ support, I remembered we have a lovely Christian
woman on our HOA board. I told her what we wanted and our sale was approved that same

Sure, sometimes all of our plans work out exactly how we imagine and things come together
almost perfectly. But I believe it is in those times where we can’t do everything on our own
where we truly see how God can work in our lives. My girls and I will be out there selling
cupcakes on May 5th trusting in him to make it a success.

Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

It is not too late to sign up and have your own Cupcake Kids cupcake fundraiser for the children in Uganda. Head on over to The Registration Page to find out more details and to register your stand.

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