Abundant Living

Intentional Living

Can you believe 2019 is upon us already? I can’t. It seems like just yesterday we were making plans and resolutions for 2018.

I promised myself 2018 would be the year I’d reach my ideal weight, publish my first book, pay down some debt, and write full-time.

I self-published my first non-fiction book (yayyy me!) and paid down some debt (whewww hooo!), but I didn’t lose any weight, nor did I start writing full time. 2 out of 4 isn’t bad, right? Right! But I could have done so much more had I been intentional in meeting my goals.

Every year, I seek the Lord for a “word.” I then focus on that word throughout the year. The Lord impressed Intentional upon my spirit for 2019.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines intentional as “done by intention or design.” Some of its synonyms include: conscious, deliberate, intended, knowing, and purposeful. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intentional, retrieved 1/1/19).

I liked the word INTENTIONAL, and when I meditated on why the Lord showed me that particular word, I saw that while I am intentional in some areas of my life, I’m not deliberate or purposeful in others. Further, I could accomplish more if I were intentional in those other areas.

I’m intentional about seeking God. I’m intentional about studying and teaching the Bible. I’m intentional about loving my family. However, I’m not intentional about eating healthfully or writing on a consistent basis. But I need to be.

Being “conscious, deliberate, intended, knowing, and purposeful” about eating healthfully and writing consistently will ensure I see progress toward my weight loss and writing goals in 2019. Being intentional about serving the Lord and my family will ensure I prioritize my life appropriately. Being intentional helps us place first things first.

Thus I’m declaring 2019 the year of Intentional Living. I will be more intentional about all areas of my life. I will be conscious, deliberate, and purposeful in eating healthfully and writing consistently. I will put in work! And 2019 is the year I reach all my goals because I will be INTENTIONAL.

If you haven’t chosen your 2019 word and/or desire to be more intentional about your spiritual life, family, career/business, ministry, or health, let me urge you to choose a word on which to focus this year. I believe you will find success if you remain focused and intentional.

In His service,

~Aretha

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