Do you know what it means to live a life of intention? The dictionary defines intentional as, “done on purpose, deliberate.” Things that you do with meaning and on purpose! Days will sometimes go by when I feel like every intention I had flew out the window. I make plans and do not follow through, and put off til tomorrow what I don’t have to do today. This season has been one of throwing all my good intentions out the window, seriously. The only thing I feel like I have done with intention over the past few months was keep breathing (and eat chocolate).
Since Ben’s death my heart has been heavy for my children and what the future looks like for them. We live in a scary world, one where no one is safe from sickness, loss, and grief. I have felt the burden of being the single big influence in their life and the stress of what a load that is to carry. With that in mind, I decided several weeks ago that my goal for 2018 was to be a more intentional parent. Even though I have more time for my children now than ever before, I am realizing how little time I truly spend intentionally with them.
The other day my daughter wrote me a book. It was entitled, “How Daddy Got Sick.” It was painful to read and it left me in tears as I read about how she believed he got sick and died. I remembered that I am not the only one grieving this massive loss… they too feel the influence of it in their young minds. It is my job to determine what they do with that loss and how they move forward from here. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
So I came up with four reasons why I want to parent more intentionally in 2018:
Do you parent with intention? Do you live a life of intention in other areas? I’ve been convicted about quite a few areas the past few weeks and am determined that this will be the year I start living my life intentionally… both as a parent, as a child of God, and as someone who values their own life and the lives that the Lord has blessed me with.
If you are someone who struggles in this area, or who feels they are really strong in this area, I would love if you would share with me about your journey! I am praying that this year you will find something in your life that you can do with intention!
**If you are looking for a great resource on intentional parenting, there are two great books coming out soon that I have the privilege of reading advance copies of! Brave Moms, Brave Kids by Lee Nienhuis & 936 Pennies by Eryn Lynum! I can’t recommend them enough!
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