Intentional Living 101: How to Live with Intention as a Christian Woman
Have you ever wondered what intentional living means as a Christian woman? The truth of the matter is you’re probably already doing it. I’m willing to bet that from the day you accepted Jesus, you most likely also decided to live with purpose. It’s not always easy, but there are great blessings in store when you’re focused on making your days matter.
What does it mean to live with intention as a Christian woman?
Living with intention starts with a longing to live for Jesus. You purpose in your heart to make your days matter so you can honor God with your life. As a mother, you also want to live on purpose so you can disciple your children and help them mature in their own faith. The intentional habits you practice every day will become the ones they model and imitate later.
As a wife, your purpose will be to have a marriage rooted in faith and intentionally seeking to be a woman of valor. You’ll also see how your lifestyle ministers to others and encourages them to seek a life pleasing to God.
Living an intentional Christian lifestyle means you don’t want to drift through life or feel you’ve missed it. Instead, you want to live on a mission for the glory of God and run the race He’s placed before you.
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5 ways to get started with intentional living
Seek the Lord for His will for your life
Ask the Lord for wisdom so you can number your days according to what His will is for your life. This starts by building a relationship with God, walking with Him, and talking with Him often. It also involves surrendering your will and being committed to what He wants you to do. An intentional Christian woman knows God anchors her soul and make a quiet time with Jesus a priority, even when life is hectic.
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.” Psalm 39:4
Manage your time wisely
Once you know where God is leading you, align your calendar with His plan for your life. Choose activities that are in sync with your purpose and priorities. This will involve saying no as needed to make room for what matters most. However, in saying no to some things, you are saying yes to the mission God has placed on your heart as you choose to honor God with your time.
Manage your home and responsibilities
Establish routines and systems so your homemaking and other life responsibilities will be on autopilot. When your home is properly managed and responsibilities prioritized properly, you’ll have more time to live on purpose, as well as pour into others by opening your home for hospitality. And because you won’t feel so scattered, you can spend more time investing in your family and ministry.
Nourish your soul and body
Fuel your soul with God’s Word and root your heart in His promises – staying on the path He has for you. Nourishment happens when you use God’s Word as the cornerstone for your life and the anchor for your soul. It no longer becomes you trying to live on your own power, but from the power of God within you.
From a physical perspective, take care of the body God has given you with the proper nutrition and rest so you can run the race He has put before you. This means unplugging and taking regular rest to fellowship with God, being still in His presence.
Guard your heart
It may seem difficult to do, but don’t compare your life to others. This is a sure way to give the enemy grounds to your heart. Instead, place boundaries around the activities that drain you or lead you off course.Renew your mind daily with God’s Word and surround yourself with friends and family who point you back to truth.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4: 23
As you continue on the path to living with intention as a Christian woman, remember that you are not alone. If you have a church home, reach out to other women, get plugged in, and glean what you can from other women of faith. There are also virtual opportunities to fellowship with other women, and resources (like this site) to help keep you encouraged.
How do you live with intention as a Christian woman?
Share your ideas below so we can gather ideas from your wisdom.
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