My husband laughs at how I plot out my grocery shopping trips. First, I take inventory of what we have on hand. This includes going through every cabinet and freezer and marking down how many of something I have. Second, I plot our dinner meals for the month, based on what we have and then on what I’d like to have. Third, I go through my list and mark down how many of each item to buy. Fourth, I highlight the things we need in two different colors, one for each store I go to. Third, we go shop. If the kids are with me, we take two carts, one for cold stuff and one for regular stuff. This makes it easier to pack into the car, rather than having it mixed up. When we shop, I don’t mess around. Why? Well, my inventory list is by aisle so I know exactly what order and what aisle to go down. It’s my very own paper app! Once I sent my husband to the big store for stuff with this list. He looked at my list and says, “You know which aisle stuff is in?” Yup. He came home and told me everything was right where I said it would be. Easy.
This strategy helps me to know what we have and to not buy too much of something I have on hand or double up on something I don’t really need to double up on. It saves me time and money. Kids might cry for donuts, but I tell them, it’s not on the list. Well, sometimes I give in! What would happen if I used this detailed a strategy in other areas?
The Proverb says: A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisors. This is talking about actual war of course. It’s telling you, you need a strategy to win and you need to be wise. Some of you are battling wars in your own life. This Proverb can help you. You need to get knowledge and increase your strength. You need to find people who can guide and mentor you. You need people in your corner!
Folks, you need to know you have a personal cheerleader in your corner already. God! He is wise, strong, a great counselor, advisor, and the only teammate you need on your side if you are battling something bigger than you can handle. This is good news! Trust me that no matter if your faith is still young, wavering, or indecisive God is on your side. He will put people in your path that can help you. He will help you make tough decisions if you ask Him. He loves you. Reach out to Him. Pray to Him. Call on His name. He is always there, but He is waiting for you to ask Him to be on your team forever.
Make your shopping list for the battle you are waging. Take inventory, see what you need, highlight important stuff, and find some helpers. Most importantly, ask for God’s help, send out the battle cry. He is the greatest advisor and can help you through.
A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisors. Proverbs 24:5-6