Day 5: Intentional Self

Colossians 4:2

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Speak Intentional Prayer is the most intimate and fulfilling way to have relationship with our Lord.  Without that conversation with Him we will flounder. I have found this to be a true stabilizer in my life.  Sometimes I simply sit and listen, saying nothing, just feeling close to Him and waiting for direction.  Sometimes I ramble because my soul is in such turmoil that my mind needs Him to settle me.  Sometimes I’m fixated on the pain of others and asking for Him to intercede in the lives of someone I love.  But in all times I’m intentional in spending time with Him.   I’m reminded of the story of Nehemiah and his prayer to the Lord.  He went to God with an open heart, admitting sin and shared his pain for his people.  He was intent on focusing on God’s promises and trusting that He was faithful.  And that trust enabled Nehemiah to be joyful.  I feel that same joy even when my circumstances may not always warrant joy.  An article I read provided 5 key elements to intentional prayer and I find it helpful.

  1. Take action in prayer with a heart open to God – Hold nothing back.
  2. Look to benefit others  – focus on others
  3. Take responsibility- I am 100% responsible for how I think, feel and act.
  4. Focus on a promise – trust on God’s outcome
  5. Respond with joy – live as if your prayers have been answered already

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Live Intentional Health, I have to admit is not my strong suit.  But as I’m getting older, I’m realizing that I better start being more intentional.  I have although worked very intently on my emotional & spiritual health but my primary struggle is in the area of my physical health. But God has been talking to me heavy about this subject lately.  I’ve entertained external ways to battle the problem and God has closed the door to them, telling me that this is an internal issue that I need to deal with.  So here I am, open to God and you, admitting this battle.  But I’m focusing intently that God is on my side in this and He will give me what is needed to fight this battle.  So now is the time for conquering the struggle with my physical health. 

Ephesians 4:2-3SELF

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Love Intentional Relationship with God and others for me is the foundation of my life.  I absolutely love people.  I’ve always loved but I haven’t always been able to show that love openly.  It wasn’t until I fully grasped the love that He has for me, that I was able to love fully.  But man it can be hard sometimes!  People are not the easiest to love!  Hum……..I bet God thinks that about me a lot!  To love others I have to be intent and sometimes make myself do that which is possibly uncomfortable.  Loving others and loving God is not about what I get out of the relationships, it’s what I can give to them.  I “do” because my heart truly wants to.  But through it, I always gain more than I give!

Lord, it’s my time to be still with You! I thank You for the people that You have blessed me with and I pray for their hearts and I pray they will know the love that You have for them.  Please Lord be with the hurting, there are many.  I come to You open to my struggles and trusting that You will give me what is needed to beat the battles with in me.  I am at peace within even if the outward seems to be at war.  I love and thank You.  Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 3: Intentional with Time

Hebrews 13:2

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Wow!  That’s all I can say about yesterday, Tuesday, 2nd day of being intentional.  It was  all about being intentional with my time.  And what I have learned is that it’s not always how I have it planned out.  Sometimes Satan throws a wrench in the plans!  But God always has it planned better!

Two things to chew on…….

  1. Looking someone in the eye, you might be the only one that did that day
  2. Acknowledge someone when they walk into a room with a kind word and with a face to face contact, they may really be lonely

Tuesdays are generally a day of giving of my time anyway because I’m a part of a Celebrate Recovery group here where I live.  I find myself meeting people where they are on a weekly basis.  Loving them through their brokenness and rejoicing with them through their victories.  I regularly look people in the eye that aren’t used to someone actually doing that.  It’s a blessing to me to be able to see how God is using my brokenness to further His kingdom and give people hope for a better tomorrow.  I have to be honest………………. there are days when I’d like to go home after work and kick off my shoes but I choose to spend my Tuesdays with intent as service to others so that Christ can be shown to them.

I also started a new chapter in my life of a life long dream of working with the local pregnancy center so woman and families can find a way to manage through life when they find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, newly parenting as grandparents or any other trauma they may be in. Babies are precious and these families need to know Christ.

A friend needed me today and I am honored that God put me in her path.  There is nothing better than knowing that we have someone we can call if we need them and yesterday, I was able to fill that space for her.  I praise Him for placing me in this town, with my job and with my history so that I’m able to give of my time.

So, like I said, WOW, my day was full of intention! Solely living for Him!  So how have you been doing these last 2 days?  Please comment on this post and let us know how He is working in your life.

Lord, I thank You!  I thank You for allowing me to have pain, so that I understand the need for compassion and grace.  I ask You to continue to guide me in my daily walk and remember that my time is not mine but Yours to be used.  Please be with me and my family and friends.  Help us to live with intention.  Amen!

 

 

 

DAY 2: Intentional Giver

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Intentional:

  1. Simple acts of thoughtfulness – bring someone a cup of coffee/hot chocolate
  2. Time with special people

This weekend I was with my kids and their families.  I was reminded again how blessed I am to have people to love and to be loved by.  And I realized!  The girls now out number the boys. Our youngest son is getting married next month, so now there are 5.

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I am the mother of 2 boys and now I have 4 girls to love on.  I know that I have to be intentional about loving on my daughter in laws.  I tell you that my boys are married/marrying strong, confident women, which for me can be challenge and a blessing all in one.   I love that they are strong and will raise my grand daughters to be confident in their walk through life and letting the Lord lead them.  Not afraid to take a stand and speak with with confidence, expecting respect yet can be loving and compassionate.  They parent with intention!  Takes a strong woman to be in the Gould household and I’m proud to have them in mine.

I was also able to spend a little time with a couple of very dear long time friends.  Sharing a little life with each other, a few tears and a lot of laughter. Friendship is a blessing that only when it is filled with the love of God can last through disagreements, hard aches, honesty, tears and more love than is imaginable.friends

Staying in touch with friends that live miles away takes intention.  You know it’s a true friend when life doesn’t get in the way .

Monday, I decided that I was going to share a bit of warmth with a couple of friends who have had a hard few life issues so I brought them coffee/hot chocolate  to start their morning off right.  Praying that it brought them some moments of warmth knowing that they were on my mind.  It’s not much but it came from the love I have for them.

Lord thank  You for giving me people in my life to love.  I am truly blessed!  I pray Lord that I will look daily for ways to be intentional in my relationships. That I will love as You have loved me. Amen!

Being Intentional!

Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Intentional – What does that mean?

Definition: done on purpose; deliberate.

This week, as I have found encouragement in the bible and friends, it lead me to want to encourage you to be intentional for Christ.  Each day I will share with you what I did the previous day.   I hope that you will consider “being intentional” in your relationships and comment on the post, sharing how you’ve been looking at being intentional.  And also share how it has encouraged you in your walk with the Lord.

Here is a couple of things to spur you on……

  1. Create multi-generational/racial outlets: Don’t stay closed off to only what’s comfortable
  2. Remember that the longing that you have in your heart to be loved/accepted is the same longing that the others around  you have

Lord, I know that You want me to be intentional in my walk with You.  To spend time in Your word, to talk with You daily, to share You with others and to Love like You have loved me.  With our busy lives Lord, that can seem to go on the back burner.  I pray Lord that You will give me the time daily to be intentional with those around me.  To be aware and be willing to give of my self even if it’s not comfortable.  I ask You to prepare me with words to say and love to give.  I ask You Lord to be with my family and friends.  Help us all to remember that it takes energy and awareness to be intentional in our relationships, which includes our own families.  I love You and am grateful! Amen!