Recently I was talking to my 15-year-old daughter about how much she has experienced and grown in her first semester as a high-school freshman. This weekend she performed with her marching band on the football field of Arizona State University and they placed second. I told her as an ASU alumni, I had never been to the stadium let alone on the field. It was an opportunity to encourage my once shy daughter. A chance to acknowledge her choice to step out of her comfort zone and the growth she had attained.

As a young girl, I was constantly bombarded by .

Fear kept me from LIVING life.  Experiencing what life had to offer me at that time.


A few years ago I had a near death experience ( a story for another day) that caused me to LIVE my life differently.

I want to LIVE courageously and intentionally for God.

What if…

  • We live intentionally?
  • We were secure in our own unique personality?
  • We were content to serve and fulfill our God-given purpose and calling.

Would we…

  • No longer feel the burn of envy for someone else’s achievements?
  • Change the lives of those we are blessed to encounter?
  • Finally, be free to LIVE fully present, empowered to walk out all we are created for?

Each of us is created for a uniquely designed purpose.
The desire that burns within us in not coincidence.
It is a call to step out and make our DREAM a REALITY.

BUT…

In walks fear.

  • What will others think if I truly go all out?
  • Am I being selfish if I passionately nurture and grow the gifts and talents within me?
  • Can I use the experiences from my past, my accomplishments and failures, to help me learn how to live more intentionally today?
  • How do I know this burning desire is actually Gods’ voice.

When I contemplate these questions and thoughts, my desire it to live intentionally every day.  I am reminded of

2 Thessalonians 1:11 MSG

We pray for you all the time. Pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.

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This is my prayer for you and I. That all we do would be blessed and glorify our Creator. That we will be BOLD in walking out the plan for our lives.

What is the dream that is kindling within your heart. What is holding you back from stepping out and fulfilling your dream, your purpose?

48 comments on “What IF we LIVE Intentionally?”

  1. What a wonderful post! Living intentionally and raising my girls intentiomally is something my husband and I strive for. God delivers and will provide in all situations, it’s just taking the step to trust Him that takes the most courage.
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    • Hannah, I agree. Living intentionally has been a journey for me. It is easy for me to go into my turtle shell and hide from the things I prefer not to deal with, but I know that is not Gods’ plan for me so each day I choose to be and do better. 🙂

  2. I love this post! Especially the bullet about not letting others’ achievements make us feel like we can’t achieve something! We need to lift others up and encourage them because we need that too!

    • Robin, I am right there with you. Raising my kids is by far my first priority. My question to you would be how are you using your time now so when you are able to pursue your dream you are fully equipped? There is always something we can do to be ready if and when an opportunity presents itself. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  3. We can never live in fear, because that wouldn’t be called living at all. Life is all about risks, and if we don’t dive, we won’t know what we’re missing. I say it’s better to fail than to be afraid all your life.

  4. Great post. This is so true. Most of us, myeself included have some obstacle or another in the way of living intentionally. I love yoga for this very reason, you have no choice but to be in the moment, intentional. Travel gives me this same feeling.

  5. I agree with you. My husband was diagnosed with cancer at 17 yr old. He too has told me several times to live in today. Be humble and pray more because god bless’ us with many things.

    • I think it is definitely a common thread that runs through many people. I think everyone wants to live as their “true” selves. However in our society that can be difficult at times. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

    • It can be difficult to step out of the boat and walk on water, but it takes extreme faith to accomplish something extreme. Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  6. Ah, this is a word I needed. So important to live with intention. I know from my own life when I am not deliberate , then I can into chaotic living very quickly. Thanks for this encouragement!

    • Same here Helen, if I do not begin each day considering Gods plans for me, I get off on my own path and that is NEVER a good thing. 😶 Thanks for your comment.

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