Living with Intention
Merriam-Webster defines intention as:
“a determination to act in a certain way, of Import, significance.”
How can I be intentional in how I choose to live my life?
One way is to make intentions based on a Word focus for the year.
My word SPIRIT is quite broad. Following my friend, Mary Brack’s lead, I’ve made a visual Intentions page for my word of the year. Putting my intentions in a journal helps me integrate my word into my day to day life. The process of making an intentions page reminds me of what is important about my Word for this year, and in living life.
I chose to write out intentions based on my Word of the year regarding: personal growth, my relationship with God, and how I relate to others.
I cut out the triangle shape, with my word in the center, that points to the three focuses of my intentions and then the abstract, bubble paisley type shapes to write the intentions in. The three ‘F’ words, Fill, Flow, and Fruit describe the overall way I want to live in the Spirit. Under those words I listed specific intentions.
Intentions with God: Fill me with your Spirit
- Grow in intimacy with the Lord
- Discern what God is doing and what my part is in it.
- Spend daily time with God
- Examine my intentions with God
- Align my spirit, my desires, with the Holy Spirit.
- Pray without ceasing by living in awareness of God’s presence/Spirit in me.
As I was writing the list, the words that came to mind were surrender and worship. For me, these are key words to remind me how I can live in the Spirit.
Intentions with Self: Flow with the Spirit
- To examine my intentions and motivations with God.
- Don’t make decisions based on ‘shoulds’ or fear
- One of the definitions of Spirit is courage. Intentionally take courageous action
- Align my emotions with my spirit, rising up to what I am called to do instead of what I feel about it, particularly how I fall short. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
- Be intentional to nurture my whole self, spirit, soul, and body
Courage is the word that came to mind to remind me how to flow in the Spirit.
Intentions with Others: Bear Fruit of the Spirit
- Connect with others spirits by asking God to see the person in front of me how He sees them, made in His image
- Intentionally bless others with my words and actions.
- Be honest about my own needs with others, sharing with kindness
- Give grace, forgive, keep short accounts
Bless in the word that reminds me how to live with others this year.
As I was finishing writing the intentions, all of a sudden empowering verses rushed into my mind and I filled up the space around the shapes. I’m kind of proud of myself that I didn’t plan it all out and write it out in pencil first. My lettering and spacing is off, but what I wrote is meaningful to me. Immersed in the process and flow as I considered intentions toward God, self, and others, I became filled with hope in living out my word Spirit.
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose – I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything, through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”
~ Philippians 4:13 AMP
I continually ask You Lord to fill me with the knowledge of your will through all the wisdom and understanding your Spirit gives, so that I may live a life worthy of the LORD and please you in every way, bearing fruit in very good work, growing in knowledge of You God. I pray I will be continually strengthened with all the power that comes from your glorious might Lord, so that I will be able to persevere and be patient in any situation, joyfully giving thanks to You Father for making me qualified to share in the inheritance of Your holy people in the Kingdom of Light.
~ personalized from Colossians 1:9-12
‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty—you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak.’
~ Zechariah 4:6 TLB
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
~ Galatians 5:22
Goals and actions grow out of intentions. If I’m not intentional about doing something with my word, I’ll lose focus and interest, and not take any action, so this is a good starting point for a word-focused, action-packed year.
I hope you are inspired to consider your intentions for this year!
A number of people in our Facebook group: Living Your Word of the Year 2020 have already done their intentions during our Mind Map activity. It inspires me to see the different ways people approach this. It’s not too late to join our community https://www.facebook.com/groups/livingyourwordoftheyear/ of like hearted women who are intentionally living out their Word of the year.
Living Your Word 2020 Opportunity!
Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for creatively living a word of the year. In our Facebook group, we encourage one another by posting questions and prompts to inspire living out a word focus, keeping a journal etc. It is a safe place to ask for prayer and support. If you would like to connect with others in creative ways about living your word, you can ask to join our Living Your Word of the Year 2020 by clicking on the link below.
URL for Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/livingyourwordoftheyear/
URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2020
CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:
Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))