Living Intentionally?


A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Proverbs 16:9

I had every intention of sending out a blog post yesterday.  I even had the subject in mind and the gist of what I wanted to say.

I’m realizing God must have a great sense of humor and I’m not missing the irony in this.

My subject for the post?

Living intentionally.

And things didn’t go at all the way I intended them to go yesterday.

I updated my Mac OS and it stalled over and over.  I had to reinstall.  Wait.  Wait.  Wait.  Until at 10 pm last night I was finally able to use my computer.

I was very frustrated by then.  Too frustrated and tired to write and make any sense.

This morning the irony of it all descended on me.

Here I am, making all kinds of resolutions about how I am going to let God take the lead, and I get upset when things don’t go the way I have planned.

Lesson time!!!

I like plans.

I like organization.

I like order, though it rarely rules in my life anymore.

The challenges I face health wise are only part of the issues.

I have ADD.

Attention Deficit Disorder.



I don’t do it quickly - but I wander.  I wander all over.

I can start something with the best of intentions - and end up doing everything but what I started out to do.

So, it seemed like a good idea to start living intentionally.  Disciplining myself to stay on track.  Finding more order in my life.

Now, I’m not saying that those are not good things.  They are!

But I had put myself firmly in the driver’s seat on this one. 

I’d not prayed about the post.  I’d not gotten still before God and run the idea by Him.

I picked up the idea and ran with it myself.

And was stopped dead in my tracks!

And, this morning, I have to admit that I see the humor in the situation.  It wasn’t funny at the time, though.  Not at all.

The above verse helped me to understand what happened yesterday and what happens often.

I can make my plans.  They can be as elaborate as I want them to be. But they are just that … my plans … and they can be fraught with difficulties I don’t foresee.

But God’s plans?  

When we follow His directions?  Those plans will come to fruition. He will see to that.

Today, I need to remember:

My choice is either to lead with my own intentions or 

to live God’s way 


Now … it’s your turn.  What lesson is God teaching you today?  Have you learned to follow is lead?  Are there ways you remind yourself to continually turn to God? 

I’d love to hear how God is working in your life!

I’d love for you to begin or join the conversation!  Encouraging Words     Just click on the link.  :)

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