I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions. That being said, I saw an idea that I thought was pretty fantastic that I will be participating in over the course of the year. I plan on purchasing a notebook, choosing a word that will aid my growth in the Lord, and then will be studying and praying about it throughout the year. Any verses, thoughts, etc. I will jot down in the notebook. This doesn’t seem like a “resolution”, so I’m in!
I considered several words such as servant, gentleness and contentment. But in the end I chose the word Intentional.
While I can always work on being more intentional in my quiet time, with my family, and in our homeschool, I realized over the last few months that there are many traditions and activities that my family does, just because it has always been so.
My goal is to intentionally evaluate my families activites to see how they line up with scripture. For example, are our extracurricular activities pleasing to the Lord? Are we participating to give glory to ourselves or to Him? Why do we wear the clothing that we do? Or even maybe…Why do we blow out candles at birthday parties?
There are so many “traditions of man” in our culture today that our family blindly follows. I want to look at the “why” for the first time in my life. I’m really excited (and a bit nervous) as to what the Lord will reveal.
I hope to blog about it from time to time too! Some topics might include:
Being Intentional in our Walk with God
Being Intentional with our Husbands
Being Intentional with our Children
Being Intentional in our Homeschool
Being Intentional in Homemaking
Being Intentional in our Time Management
Being Intentional with our Finances
Being Intentional with our Clothing
Being Intentional in our Extracurricular Activities
Being Intentional in our Traditions
Now onto an apology…
Throughout the last year, I’ve been accused of being a Pharisee, rude or unkind a few times on this platform. Last week someone whom is a family friend told me that I twist God’s Word, am verbally and emotionally abusive, and I tell people how to live via this blog. I was also told that I need to find a more “mainstream” church, and if I choose not to do so that is telling that I’m not a true Christ follower. Friends, that stung, and I wanted to address it in case anyone else shares the same feelings. One thing that I have been intentional with is this blog, and I try my best to never write in haste. My husband reads to check the content and tone of my posts as well. Sometimes the truth of God’s Word stings (believe me, I know this all too well), but I want to apologize if I have ever come across as lacking grace. Other than blatant sin outlined in the Bible, there are issues that I cover that are well, not quite as cut and dry. I hope to be an encouragement to those who might be feeling conviction in the same areas that I do, but ultimately that is between you and God. While God’s truth is unchanging, I do share my opinions here as well, which are by no means a standard to live by. I am not here to condemn you.
The teachings of the Bible do not always seem kind to our listening ears. In John 6, many who were followers of Jesus turned away after he taught since they didn’t like the message that He shared.
And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
Again, I apologize if I have ever lacked grace. I am a sinner, in need of God’s precious forgiveness daily. May God richly bless your family!
*The only dissenting comments published on this blog will be those made in kindness and with courtesy, and in the realm of “iron sharpening iron”. Comments that involve name-calling will not be published. Thank you for your understanding.*