Are you Intentional? – Free resource

One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 8:27-28

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

I love that God searches my heart because if I were judged, solely, by my actions, you might witness a fact but not see the truth. Sometimes my actions are contrary to my heart’s intent: for example, being consumed in my thoughts and not hearing the soft whisper of a child’s “hello”  or running out of the store, because I’m late for school pick-up, and letting the door hit the little ol’ lady behind me.  Most observers might think, “she is so rude” and, based on my actions alone, they would be right. However, when I practice, “being present,” I would never do either of those things.

So, why do I harshly judge the actions of others when they do similar things to me?  For example, when I’m driving and the person cuts me off, or when I waved and spoke to someone, who walked in the opposite direction to avoid me?  Because I rely upon my five senses when interacting with others; unlike God, I cannot search their hearts–and neither can they search mine.  In the examples mentioned, my car lights were not on when the person cut me off, and the other person was not avoiding me–she did not see me. I, incorrectly, judged both parties.

Although we should not be quick to judge with our senses, we do have a resource:

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Friends, I never worry when someone judges me,  because God knows the intention of my heart. And because He’s an Intentional God, I don’t worry about the intentions of others.

The Intentional God

Previously, I lived a life full of regret. I regretted, having the parents I had, I regretted my childhood, I regretted being raised in poverty, I regretted not making wise choices, I regretted–you get the picture–a life full of regret. But 10 years ago, in my devotion time, the Lord asked me 2 questions that changed my life:

  1. Do you love me? (Like Peter, I emphatically said, “Yes, you know I do.”)
  2. Do you believe you are called according to my purpose? Again, I said “yes.”

And his next words set me free:

“Then ALL things will work for you good.” Romans 8:28

The reasons Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite scriptures is because it loosed me from the bondage of a life full of regret, and allowed me to see The Intentional God.

  • My negligent parents forced me to lean on God to teach me how to parent–that works for my good.
  • Living in poverty gave me a deep appreciation for the gifts God lavishes upon me; I don’t take them for granted–that works for my good.
  • A bad marriage, and costly divorce, taught me that I was too broken to be yoked to anyone. This made me pursue healing and wholeness–that works for my good.
  • Making bad choices demonstrated to me that I was not wise, so I have to depend on God, who is all-knowing–that works for my good.

Friends, there is not ONE area that I viewed as regrettable, that God has not made work for my good–not one.

For balance, I must explain what I mean by The Intentional God. God did not cause my parents to be neglectful or raise me in poverty. He did not cause me to say “yes” to my ex-husband’s marriage proposal. He did not cause me to make bad decisions, but He knew those things would happen. And in His infinite wisdom, He intentionally allowed them because He knew, too, that He would make it work for my good. Are you praising Him with me yet? To God Be The Glory!

Since we are created in the image of God, we should be intentional too. We do not have to be slaves to our circumstances; we can, intentionally, choose to live free.

Free Resource

In a few days, I will share a free resource to help you. It’s a short, 7-day video series that will show you how to begin living a life of purpose, passion and prosperity–just like God intended.

Click here, and I’ll send the information as soon as it is available.

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43 thoughts on “Are you Intentional? – Free resource”

  1. Your post brought to mind a Bible story I was teaching some little ones the other day–it was about God choosing David from among his brothers, and how man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. I never made the connection between that story and the Romans passage before.

  2. Yes, it is so easy to misjudge the intentions of others and get our feelings hurt without knowing the whole story! Thank you for this reminder that we should leave it up to God to determine the intentions of others, and we should just trust Him to care for us.

  3. I love your message. It’s a good reminder for me today. I can so relate to what you are saying. I still struggle with letting God do the heavy lifting but when I let Him, it’s awesome!

  4. The key is balance. You are right, if we look for opportunities to use our past to improve our perspective on life, we’ll live a more fulfilled, peaceful life. God knows our past and wants to use it to help us become who we need to be. Dwelling and regretting are not beneficial. It is good you see that.

  5. I as well, came from childhood circumstances beyond my control, and it took me years to see why they were there in my life and what purpose they served. Now I am able to use those as tools in ministry towards others. Awesome post!

  6. Living an intentional life is something I wish to do. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily struggles of life. Living with a purpose is something I am striving for this year.

  7. I especially need to remember what you said: ‘I never worry when someone judges me, because God knows the intentions of my heart’. I know that God has taught this daughter of His well and helped me to grow strong in Him.

  8. God has been teaching me to be more loving and less judging over the last year or so. I’ve found that it allows me to be more able to give grace and mercy to those around me. It also allows me to love people who I’d otherwise be pointing a finger at. It’s a humbling thing to have to be taught.

  9. I love this so much! It’s so true! The thing about God is that although He knows that things will happen to us that might not be pleasant for us, He also knows that if we rely on Him, everything will work out for our good. I’ve seen so many things in my life that are difficult but when I look back I see the lessons and I see how God has worked things out in my favor.

  10. Wow, amazing post. Your into hit me hard, “I love that God searches my heart because if I were judged, solely, by my actions, you might witness a fact but not see the truth.” That’s so true.

    I have also made or said my regrets, but I love that yes all things work out for “our” good!

    Excellent post!!!

  11. In the past, I’ve been known to think the worst of others and after much praying and growth, I have a more positive look at people’s actions. I don’t assume they mean me any harm now. I had to go back and rely on the faith that was instilled in me and have more conversations with God to change my mindset.

  12. We waste so much emotional energy when we try to figure our other peoples intentions. It’s just downright exhausting so I, too, never try to judge someone’s intentions, I know that God knows and that’s all that matters!

  13. I like this thought: “Friends, I never worry when someone judges me, because God knows the intention of my heart. And because He’s an Intentional God, I don’t worry about the intentions of others.” Wow!! Thanks for the post!

  14. We don’t always choose the life we are given, but how we handle that life develops our character. The choices we make within that life, the way we handle the outcomes of those choices make us who we are.
    God calls each of us, He molds and forms each of us with intention. I am grateful for the life I’ve been given. All of it, the good, the bad, and the not so pretty.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Great reminder of how God works in our lives and how He works things out for our good. Your past experiences will help others who are going through similar situations. They are also what shape us into who we are. Keep being intentional!

  16. I love that everything God does is intentional. Even if things don’t work out for us or how we expected, I find great peace in knowing that God intentionally laid out the plans He has for my life. His plans are so much better than our own. I strive to live intentionally for God each day but I definitely fall short sometimes; thank goodness for His grace and mercy!

  17. you enlightened me on that part where solution is always there at the end of the tunnel , one just have to keep on stepping those tiny steps to get there. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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