Intentional Living – means knowing why you do what you do, taking responsibility for your external and internal well-being, and adjusting your life to match who you are and what you want.
An intentional life is a life lived with purpose.
Authentic Living – means knowing your personality, character, and values and living in a way that is genuine and true.
An authentic life is a life lived with integrity.
A quick recap – if you missed anything:
- Monday – 7 Steps to Becoming Authentic and Intentional – Because it takes strength to grow up and become who you really are.
- Tuesday – Quotes to Inspire Authenticity – What if you were made to be different?
- Wednesday – Purposeful Planning Promotes Intentional Living – Tips to prayerfully plan your day to live with purpose.
- Thursday – Be Yourself – Authentic and Intentional – A look at Psalm 139 and a prayer for God’s help.
To close out the week, let’s look at someone who taught us lessons on living intentionally and authentically with fun and in rhyme . . . Dr. Seuss:
“With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
“Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind maker-upper to make up his mind”
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
“Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
Every day, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
“A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just isn’t present. But you… You ARE YOU! And, now isn’t that pleasant!”
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
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Use this weekend to ask yourself the following questions:
1. What is your purpose?
2. What do you value most?
3. Do your calendar, budget, and relationships reflect your purpose and values?
4. Do you need to make any changes?
5. How will you start making those changes today?
It’s not too late. There is always hope. Change is always possible.
For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will look for Me and find Me, when you look for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11–13
One last word from Dr. Seuss to cheer you on:
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”
Authentic, Intentional, Today is Your Day
My friend, Shelly Hendricks – at Renewed Daily – chronic illness and Christianity,
shines for God’s glory through the challenge of living with disabling illness.
Her post – Do You Have Plans or a Purpose is beautiful and right on target with this week’s topic.
Kortney Stanis writes Vulnerable Prayers – thoughts and prayers for the One
who created us. She describes life with three littles under five as crazy busy.
Her post – Searching for Approval inspired me with a challenge
to be authentic by remembering who I am in Christ.
Ceil Ryan faithfully motivates me to center my life in and with the Lord. She writes
Surrounded by the Spirit – Finding the presence and grace of God in
everyday life. Her post – The Art of Discernment motivated me to
take time, seek God’s will, and live intentionally.
This week’s top pic is from my Art Pinterest Page
Head over to enjoy art by Mary Engelbreit, Jesse Barnes,
Steve Hanks, Debbie Baker, Jim Shore, and Williraye.
Now it’s your turn!
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