With every new year comes a new beginning, a fresh start, and a clean slate.
Do you really believe that when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve in Times Square you’ll suddenly have the life you’ve always dreamed of living?
The problems we face at 11:59 pm are still the same at 12:01 am. Broken relationships aren’t miraculously restored. New employment options don’t pop out of thin air. Debt doesn’t disappear. The pounds packed on through the holiday season can’t be wished away. And the prodigal child doesn’t walk through the door, ready to be received in love.
The calendar and the clock do not dictate life change.
Promises of quick fix diet plans, budget making models for financial prosperity, and self-help books won’t do much for you, either. While they all may have great ideas worthy of applying, real change must come from the Changer, Himself, working in you and through you for His kingdom purposes.
Real change comes from placing your life in the Life Changer’s hands.
Living intentionally, with passion, purpose, and priorities in real life, is all about growing in a deeper and more satisfying relationship with our sovereign God through a personal relationships with Jesus Christ. It is about digging deep into His Word, discerning how to apply it to life as we live by the leading of the Holy Spirit to fulfill our God-given passions, purposes, and priorities.
Romans 12:1-2 The Message
Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
We all want to see change happen in our lives, both externally and internally. But real, gut-level transformation takes time, focus, and discipline. It is about carving new pathways, while giving time for the old, destructive ones to overgrow and become obsolete.
Living intentionally is about cultivating new ways of thinking — rooted deeply in the Word — which will give way to new habits and, ultimately, new outcomes. This authentic change takes time, perseverance, humility, and most of all, accountability. This is why it is so beneficial to journey together as LiFT sisters – Living Intentionally Focused Today! As we individually place our lives in God’s hands, we lock arm and arm together to spur each other onto the cross.
An Invitation to Live Intentionally
Each month at Internet Cafe Devotions, Life Coach and Ministry Leader, Lisa Pulliam will bring forth a living intentionally topic along with practical resources. She is committed to equipping you with relevant Biblical truth, deep thinking questions, and realistic life application ideas. The focus of this year-long series will parallel her Living Intentionally worksheet, which challenges you to consider what she calls the “5Ps” of life – passion, purpose, plan, perspective, and priorities.
Begin Living Intentionally Today
- Download the Resources
Lisa has created a collection of living intentional resources, including a worksheet, instruction guide, and additional tools. We encourage you to download these free resources at Lisa’s life coaching website, Passion and Purpose. A special teen version is also available Lisa’s ministry website, More to Be. If you have any questions or problems with the downloads, contact Lisa at by email: Lisa (at) pnpcoaching (.) com or leave a comment below.
- Share about Living Intentionally and Link Up
Post about your commitment to live intentionally in 2012 on your blog and share about it through Twitter and Facebook. Grab a button to post on your blog, too. Leave a link below to your post and visit other links to encourage LiFT sisters! If you don’t have a blog, leave a comment below sharing your commitment!
- Connect on the 1st and 15th
Visit ICD on the 1st of each month for a new Living Intentionally topic and on the 15th of each month for more accountability. Lisa will have a few questions related to that month’s topic to pray through and write about as well as additional resources to download for free.
Questions? Email Lisa at lisa(at)pnpcoaching(.)com.