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Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

My garden never ceases to amaze me. There was some definite and intentional planning that went into what was planted. In each season a different plant or flower seems to take centre stage. In Summer there is a blanket of pink roses, winter it is the white camellias that add freshness to a quiet garden. It is certainly something that I can’t claim any credit for it as it was done before we moved here. Certainly since living here I have done nothing in the garden other than reap the benefits of someone else’s hard work and planning!

Being intentional about life is rather like tending a garden. It takes work, effort and planning! To enjoy the daffodils in spring you need to plant the bulbs in the fall. To be a teacher or lawyer tomorrow you need to study today. Decisions we make today determine our tomorrows. They determine our destiny. It means sometimes making choices based on a future hope instead of a present desire. The culmination of many small little decisions and choices will impact our future.

Being intentional in life goes further than our decisions too. It means being careful about our thoughts and words. It says in Proverbs that death and life in the power of the tongue. It means that what we speak about ourselves and our circumstances have an impact on our lives. Patricia King once wrote “the original purpose of words was not communication but creation.” We walk out in life what we declare. Make decrees of the Word and create your world!

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

“Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.” (Alice Walker) 


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“intentional : – done on purpose, deliberate, calculated, conscious, done on purpose, intended, planned, meant, considered, wilful, purposeful, purposive, pre-planned.
I’ve decided that my word for 2015 is going to be “intentional” and I am intent on it! And yes I am sure I break a rule of English by using the definition of the word in the explanation of it! Nonetheless, I am intent on 2015 being a year where I am more considered and purposeful on all aspects of my life – whether it be family, relationships, work, health, church life or more importantly my relationship with God.
I intend to be more considerate of my decisions small or big. To understand that any decision has a flow on effect to all aspects of my life. Working late or after hours impacts my family life. A late night on writing impacts my work day and the quality of work that I do. Intentional to me means being present in the activity that I am currently involved in. It means ignoring the email when I am playing batman with my 3 year old. It means ignoring the phone ringing when the boys are telling me about their day. Intentional means making the wise decisions when doing the grocery shopping and being mindful of my needs for rest and ensuring my yes to anything is the best yes.
Having “intentional” as my word for 2015 gives a framework to my year, to my decisions and plans. The thing is though, I know, despite my best resolve that I cannot do this on my own. That on my own, the word “intentional” will be merely a word that I whispered to the night air at the start of 2015. Once again I can turn to no other but God, for His guidance and strength, His wisdom and care. And actually, He holds the key, and it really is quite simple.
“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.” (Psalm 37:4-5)
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)


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