Living Intentionally

I know I’ve been MIA for the last month, but we have had so much going on, there have been things that have fallen through the cracks.
Summer has arrived and we are in that wide-open mode and will be for the foreseeable future. πŸ˜•

Speaking of not having enough time, God has been working on me and I have been convicted as of late for living unintentionally. Let me explain…

I am not a neat person.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t live in garbage and filth, but I do live in clutter and cobwebs. I always have…and I hate it.
When I was young, things were only cleaned because of my sister. She is a self-proclaimed neat freak, so it was not easy for her to share a room with me. She would get disgusted with the clutter and would kick me out of our room so she could clean it. It worked out great for me then, but not so great for me now.
I did okay at keeping things neat when I moved out and went to college, but a month after graduation, I married a man who has less inclination to clean than I do. He is a wonderful man, but he is not a tidy man. (I’m not trying to put him down in any way; I’m just explaining that marrying him has not given me more incentive to clean.) Over these past almost 6 years, our home has stayed cluttered and dusty more than not. It’ll get to the point where I can’t stand it anymore and I’ll clean for a week and a half straight…but it won’t be long before things begin piling up again.
We have not been intentional with our home.

I have also never been the most organized when it comes to budgeting and writing down expenses. We have big dreams and plans to move into a bigger home and adopt children, but we make it week to week with all we need, so forget about building savings. We aren’t lavish or wasteful in our lifestyle and expenses, but there are definitely corners that can be cut.
We have not been intentional with our finances.

My hubs has several health issues that have landed him in the hospital more than once. He takes a handful of prescription meds everyday to keep the issues at bay. It does nothing to treat the problem, just the symptoms.
I have some health issues of my own that are keeping me from having children, losing weight, and basically feeling like a normal woman. I quit taking my meds because they weren’t working and the possible side effects were worse than the initial problem. I’d much rather heal our bodies naturally, the way God intended, than pumping our bodies full of dangerous prescriptions anyway.
I know how to eat right and cook right so healthy food tastes good, but when we are so busy, it’s so much more convenient to just grab something and go.
We both need to exercise and eat right ALL THE TIME, not just when it is convenient.
We have not been intentional with our health.

Many times, I sleep in “because my body needs it” or sit down on the couch with my phone “for just a minute,” only to find 45 minutes or an hour has gone by. Some days, it’s after lunch before anything really productive gets done. Sadly, this occurs more often than I care to admit.
I have not been intentional with my time.

I claim to be a Christian and that my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life (which it should be!), but in the midst of my busyness, I find myself skipping regular devotions, only reading my Bible here and there, and praying when I find the time.
Friends, that is not the way it is supposed to be.
I have not been intentional with my walk with Christ.

I realize I just made a giant confession, but I wonder if I’m not the only one who finds myself in this seemingly endless cycle. My hubs and I are both very laid back people and don’t want life to pass us by because we were too strict and scheduled to enjoy it. Unfortunately, we have fallen into the other ditch of, “If it gets done, great! If not, oh well.” There is a balance and I’m trying to find it and am taking necessary steps to change some things.
Time passes by so quickly (Can you believe the year is half over already?!), and I’m tired of just letting life happen to me. I want to make things happen for me!
I’m the kind of girl who needs structure to accomplish goals. In college, I had to take several independent study classes and I asked my professor for deadlines because I quickly found out if I was given a class and told to turn it in at the end of the semester, I’d never get it done.
I needed structure then, and I need it now. I’m making lists and charts to help keep me organized and on task.
I’ve recently become a distributor for a home-based company called It Works! Global that is putting me on track to help our health and our finances. (You can find out about the all-natural products and this amazing business opportunity here.)

Maybe some of this is ringing true with you and you want to begin living more intentionally as well. I’d love to hear from you! Let’s do this together! If there is enough interest, we can create a Facebook group to share tips and encouragement for living with purpose. With a group also comes accountability that I …um, I mean some people πŸ˜‰… so desperately need. Plus, everything is more fun with friends cheering you on. πŸ™‚

I want my hubs and I to take charge of our home, our finances, our health, my time, and my Christian life. I believe God will honor that and I so want to honor Him with everything that is within me.
How about you?

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