The joy of intentional living

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Have you ever read something and immediately fell in love with the words? We hear that the Bible is God’s living word but I feel as though we often neglect it and fail to always hear what He has to say to us.

 

You see, if you would have asked me a year ago what “intentional living” meant to me, I would’ve stumbled to find any words. Quite honestly, living with intention was not a priority of mine a year ago. And even today I sometimes find it difficult to put the whole concept into words. In my humble opinion, it’s a very personal journey that we each must take. Sure, there are resources out there that tell you what intentional living is and how to be intentional, but you ultimately have to make a commitment to find your own sense of intentional living.

 

With that in mind, the essence of intentional living for me was developed in two Bible verses — Ephesians 5:15-17 and John 15:11. Both verses set a foundation for me of what a life with purpose looks like, and they have become my life verses. These two verses have guided myself, and in some ways our family, to make changes for the better. So, what do the two verses have to do with intentional living?

 

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV

 

When we made the decision to change up the blog and to start anew, this verse was a key focus. The Amplified translation says it in such a way as, “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately…” Ultimately, am I making the most of my time here? Am I living a life that matters? Am I living a life that brings glory to God day in and day out? You see, if I begin to revise the instructions given in Eph. 5:15-27 and turn them into questions, I can quickly put a check in my life.

 

Sure, I’m human and I fail. I will never attain perfection but I will move forward and I will live these days not for myself or earthly things but rather for the purpose that God has called me to.

 

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

John 15:11 NKJV

 

Two weeks ago, I sat with a group of ladies and shared about how John 15:11 was heavy to my heart. As I read this verse again and again, my prayer quickly became that my joy be evident to others, and that I always recognize the difference between joy and happiness. This verse serves as a reminder to me that joy is eternal just like our Savior. While our emotions may waiver, they are not trustworthy and we must remember that our joy is in the Lord, and that joy comes when living a life worthy of Him.

 

Obviously these verses aren’t going to change everyone’s lives, and that’s okay. But my prayer for  each and every person that reads this is that you find your own means of intentional living and that you find joy in it. Our journey into intentional living has changed all aspects of our wellness, and we continue to trust that God has wonderful plans for us, just as He does for you.

 

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NKJV

XOXO,

Brently

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