Intentions

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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted any content on this blog that I love.

My intentions nearing Christmas were to finish up the end of the year and take a short break for a few weeks.

I’m embarrassed to say that my last post was December 25, 2016, making that ten months since I’ve written here.

Intentions?

The word Intention means an idea or plan of what you are going to do. (Collins English dictionary)

Well, I obviously did not have a plan. I was merely taking a break and telling myself I’d get back to writing soon.

Does that ever happen to you?Do you intend to do something and somehow you don’t end up doing it?

Are you left feeling discouraged or upset with yourself?

I know the feeling.

On a recent trip back home, I sat near the ocean with my feet tucked under the warm sand listening to the ebb and flow of the tide.

I had great intentions to be still and spent time praying and listening for God to speak to me.

I began to ask the Lord to help me slow down and not be so easily distracted.

I heard His voice say to me, “Quiet your mind so you can hear my heart.”

Father would you come and quiet my mind, I whispered.

But no sooner than those words escaped my lips a huge wave came crashing on the beach wetting my towel, books and pulling my favorite, half-empty water bottle out to sea.

I felt discouraged.

My intentions seemed to fashion a perfect setting by the sea.

But the world, life, and the enemy have other plans.

I have come to understand that intentions are not worth much unless you follow through no matter what happens.

My intentions are to do many things until life happens which usually begins at 5 A.M. when I don’t feel like getting out of bed because the warm blanket is more inviting than the chilly air.

The Lord often reminds me of areas in my life that need work, starting with slowing down.

Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

My first priority must be to seek him, to lift up his Holy name; to be still in his presence and allow him to speak to me through his word.

I allow His word to soak into my heart as I begin to pray is where things change.

Life has to be more than intentions.

I want to be able to set goals and succeed, and not allow excuses or life to steal from me. I understand that it begins first with bringing my time, thoughts, ideas and plans to the Father.

Psalm 37:23 “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”

Isn’t that verse comforting? He delights in every detail of our lives!

Another verse that helps me is Proverbs 16:9, “We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps.”

When I put God first in my life I can be sure he will help me with everything that’s in front of me.

I can tend to get overwhelmed at times, that’s usually when I begin to push things to the back of my mind and take care of the things that are urgent, neglecting what’s important.

My prayer for you and I is that we make it a priority to seek God first and allow His will and plans to move in our lives.

Intentions don’t mean much unless we follow through with the plan.

Father, would you help us take each day as an opportunity for you to work in our lives. Help us to slow down and put you first so that we don’t miss out on the opportunities you have for us today. Would you empower us by your Spirit to do what you have called us to do and may it be more than intentions but actions that bring you glory, In Jesus name, I pray Amen.

Thanks for stopping by,

Praying for you today,

Jamie

©2017

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