We are seven days into the New Year. If it were any other year, I would be struggling with my list of New Year’s RESOLUTIONS and feeling miserable by now. You know, the list of things you want to change about yourself, behaviors and patterns from what has been your norm. Things like losing weight, exercising more, reading the bible in a year, being a better mom and wife, etc.

As I said before, I have determined that RESOLUTIONS are nothing more than me trying to take control over something in my life for which I never really had control. Thus, I set myself up for failure and all the lovely emotions of disappointment and self-loathing that accompany failure.

This year God has prompted me to rethink RESOLUTIONS. Rather than focusing on a list of RESOLUTIONS that involve my making changes, He has given me a WORD that He will use to refine me.hearts on cross wood jpg

The WORD is INTENTIONAL. It is taking action, purposely stepping out in God’s character, offering Him the driver’s seat of my life and allowing myself to be renewed by Him in this New Year.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) If we believe this statement to be true, then we must accept that we were designed to be like God, to have His character.

We cannot adopt God’s character by putting His characteristics down on a list and expecting to receive them by sheer will. It is through the Holy Spirit and our willingness and commitment to obeying God that brings about seeing Him in us.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)

Over the course of this year as an act of worship and obedience, I am going to take an INTENTIONAL journey through some of God’s amazing characteristics, focusing on one at a time. I will be digging into God’s WORD, praying, taking INTENTIONAL action and journaling.

I know it will not be an easy journey. As Paul says, it will take sacrifice, commitment and obedience but I want heart transformation. I want renewal. I want that freedom. I desire nothing more than to be like Him and genuinely reflect Him.

Will you join me in this journey? Look for these journal entries every Sunday evening on my blog to set yourself up for a week of purpose, INTENTIONALLY pursuing God’s character.  You can also sign up to receive these posts via email on the website so you don’t miss a thing.

I can’t wait to see how God transforms us as we allow God to redo our thinking and our behavior!

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4 Responses to Intentional Living

  1. Look forward to transformation!

  2. Kelly Broughton says:

    I would like to join you on this year-long road trip toward God’s heart. :)

    • bstraub says:

      So glad you want to participate. The best way to keep up to date is to sign up to receive the devotions in your email. I will also post them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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