Crazy, Stressed Days Need This Life Plan: A Manifesto to Stay Sane

Ann Voskamp | 1/14/2019 | Staff
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So I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest of us are.

And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps.

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So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand different ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God.

I scrawl out mine, which would be different than most wayfarers and sojourners, who knows, but I make a place for it on the fridge and it’s not a law, but a scaffolding for the shaky, struggling days.

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I don’t write it as a checklist, like these are things I have to do, one after another, but I write the manifesto, fluid, like limbs on a tree, to reach for just the next one I need right now.

And I write it in big letters, right at the top, what I need to whisper on the days when I don’t know how to keep going because everything’s going wrong: Forward!

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So, it’s there on the fridge for all the days when I just need some kind of a map, and for all the days in between, my 25 Point Sanity Manifesto.


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1. First things first: Word in. Work out. Work plan.

Open your eyes every morning and just do three first:

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Word in: Get into God’s Word and let it get into you.

Work plan: Write out the work plan. And then work the plan.

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2. “What a heart knows by heart is what a heart knows”

Write your memory verses on a sticky note, on a chalkboard, for your pocket.


3. Flame first.

Light a candle first thing in the morning.

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So you remember: You are the light that is put on a stand so that it gives light to everyone in the house.

4. Your work is art: it needs a soundtrack.


Find your music.

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