Authentic, Intentional, Today is Your Day Link Party

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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:

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.”

[Tweet ““Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.””]

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!”

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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.

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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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27 thoughts on “Authentic, Intentional, Today is Your Day Link Party

  1. Thanks for this Deb. And for the recap too. There’s quite a few posts you’ve referenced that I think I want to start working my way back through. Living with an awareness of purpose is so vital. I think discovering who we are and what we’re here to contribute can be one of most challenging, worthy and valuable things a person can do.

    1. Thank you Micah! I agree knowing our purpose and then living it can be challenging, but oh so valuable and the best way to enjoy a life filled with joy! Blessings to you!

    1. Thank you Shelly! It is my pleasure to feature your post. I love the beautiful way you share your heart with all of us! Hugs and Love to you!

  2. Great post. Being authentic while intentionally is exactly what I’m aiming for in my life! Since my experiences of the past year, I’ve found that I have changed…I don’t want to miss anything and I’m more willing to step out in faith! That’s a good thing and I’m leaning on God for continued courage. As I’ve been living more intentionally, He has blessed me over and over! Thanks for this post…I’m going to go back and read over Wednesday’s post now too!

    Blessings, Joan

      1. You crack me up! Isn’t it awesome the way He blesses us in the midst of our greatest struggles. I find myself wanting more and more of Him and the ability to live for His glory. It’s hard to get myself out of the equation, but that is the goal. Thank you my friend! Many blessings!! And hugs!

  3. Being intentional takes a lot of work, but the rewards of living intentionally certainly out weigh the risk. Thinking on your questions I hope that my relationships reflect my purpose, to share the heart of the Father with those in my life, and usually my calendar reflects the same. Yet, I know it could be changed to further reflect His heart.
    I love your Dr. Suess quotes and I really enjoy visiting you each week, your heart shines through beautifully.

    1. Oh Dawn, Thank you for your kind encouragement. I’m with you, my prayer is to live each day to reflect His love. Thanks so much for visiting and joining the party. Blessings and hugs!

  4. Hi Deb! Thank you for including me in your list of featured blogposts. You are such an encouragement to me, and to all the bloggers who have been featured in the past.
    Today is gone, today was fun…on to the next one. I just love that idea! Do the best I can today, and then on to the next. That’s a philosophy I can live with.
    And the planner too!
    Weekend blessing,

    1. Thank you Ceil! I love your look at discernment. Something we would do well to put into practice each day.

      I was amazed at the number of Dr. Seuss quotes were on topic for this week. It was fun finding them and being able to share them.

      Hugs and Blessings!!

  5. I love being here, Deb, as I always find encouragement for my day. And today, it was from my favorite author (still), Dr. Seuss – “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!
    Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” Blessings!

  6. Oh, how I enjoyed the quotes from Dr. Seuss! In the simplest of words, he captures the essence of what it means to be an authentic person. Well, done, Deb! Thanks for giving us such inspiration the entire week.

    1. Martha I had no idea how many quotes he had about living authentically and intentionally. It was fun searching for them. I always love a good lesson where I can learn and have fun at the same time.

  7. Love these questions, Deb! I plan to spend some dedicated time thinking through them in my prayer time tomorrow. Thank you for hosting the link and for your continued encouragement and inspiration. God bless you!

    1. Thanks Julie, My prayer is to become authentic to the gifts and abilities God has given and intentional as a steward of the resources He gives. Time to make some changes. 🙂

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