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A Plan Has the Power to Bring Freedom

Think about how you feel after you finish a workout: Energized, ready to take on the next thing, strong. Exercise might not be your favorite thing to do, and it can be hard to fit it in to your busy schedule, but you’re always glad you made a plan and set aside the time. The end result is a healthier you.

Whether it’s for a workout or your giving, a plan has power to bring real freedom to life and relationships.

Three years ago my husband Sam and I attended our first Journey of Generosity (JOG) which introduced us to the idea that we could use our resources in a more powerful way.  A few months later I attended a Women Doing Well one day event where I learned that knowing my unique purpose would energize my giving and help me give even more.  My unique purpose had to do with “lighting the way” for others and led me and my husband to see our ministry together as sharing the powerful message of generosity.

After attending our first JOG we decided to host one for our friends.  Carla and Jeff Land flew in from California to help us. Throughout the weekend, they shared from their experiences and helped us dig deeper into our own.

Sam and I had made some pretty meaningful lifestyle and giving commitments coming out of our first JOG, but what really intrigued us now was Jeff and Carla’s plan to plan. Inspired by their example and the document they use to guide their planning time, we decided to take a weekend every year to seek what God has for us in the 365 days ahead.

It’s outside our daily norm to create this kind of space to plan and prompt dreams and desires. But that’s exactly why we believe it’s so important to set this time aside together.

We work through topics ranging from our family mission statement and guiding principles, to personal goals, new things we want to learn together, giving plans, even figuring out vacation days. Even that simple decision means it’s no longer a stressor for us to take a spontaneous day off. Instead its an exciting and life giving decision given that we are already on the same page.

We’ve shared our edited version of the planning guide with numerous friends. Just the other day, a couple at our church—people we barely know—thanked us for the family planning document. It had made its way to them as well!

The weekend away and the plans that take shape look different for each of us, but the end result is the same: purpose, clarity, excitement, and freedom.

Erika Quaile

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Erika Quaile

Erika Quaile is a senior regional representative at HOPE International, a Christ-centered microenterprise development organization investing in the dreams of families in the world’s underserved communities as they proclaim and live the Gospel. In her fundraising role at HOPE, Erika has the privilege of witnessing radical generosity in the families that support HOPE in the US, as well as in the lives of the families HOPE serves in 16 countries around the world. Erika and her husband Sam live in Durham, NC, where they love to host friends and family in their home, workout each morning together, and explore all the new restaurants popping up as their little city of Durham grows!

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