The Year of Being Intentional

Can you believe that another year has begun? Wasn’t it just the beginning of 2018 and here we are January 1st, 2019. I swear the year went by fast. Whether you like it or not, the truth is we have a brand new year right in front of us.

Every year for the past two years I choose a word of what I want to focus on throughout the year.

  • In 2017 I chose DEEPER
  • In 2018 I chose THRIVE
  • So this year, 2019, I chose INTENTIONAL

Intentional? Now you are probably wondering what that means but I want to be intentional in so many areas of my life and how I live. This year I am declaring that it will be the year of being intentional.

  • I want to be intentional in my relationship with JESUS!
  • I want to be intentional in my friendships!
  • I want to be intentional in how I spend my time!
  • I want to be intentional in investing in others!
  • I want to be intentional in serving my community and church!
  • I want to be intentional with my blog!
  • I want to be intentional with my social media!
  • I want to be intentional in the way I write and with my words!

My verse for the year is found in the book of Ephesians. 

 Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. 

Ephesians 5:15-17 (AMP) 

This leads me to my goals for this year and how I am going to work to achieve them. When I set my goals for the year I don’t always achieve them and sometimes they change as the year goes on. Remember that no one is perfect but as long as you give it your best shot that’s all that matters.


1. Read the Bible Chronologically in a year!

  • I bought the One Year Expressions Chronological Bible.
  • It’s a journaling/coloring Bible.
  • My goal is to keep up with the reading each day.

2. Word Before World!

  • Start my day with Jesus!
  • Read my Bible before anything else.
  • Open His Word before my phone.

3. Mentorship!

  • Mentor someone this year.
  • Be mentored by someone this year.
  • Walk alongside them on their journey of faith
  • Encourage and keep them accountable.
  • Invest and be invested in.

4. Write More Often!

  • Journal every day.
  • Blog more often.
  • Write out my prayers.
  • Journal and doodle scriptures.
  • Get my personal thoughts down in writing.

5. Continue Improving My Prayer Life!

  • Pray daily.
  • Pray for others.
  • Write out my prayers.
  • Ask others what I can pray for.

These are just five of my goals. I’m sure I will have more as the year progresses. I’m not perfect and there will be times that I fail or things get in the way but as long as I remember to not give up or get discouraged I’ll be alright. As for now, this is what I will be focusing on and being intentional about. I pray as we start this new year that we reflect on all the blessings that are ahead.

How are you going to live this year? What word did you choose? I’d love to connect with you and pray for you as we start this new year.

 

Welcome and New Beginnings

Welcome to One Girl One Life One God!

I’m super excited and happy that you have decided to stop by and checkout my new adventure. There’s so much that I can’t wait to share with you but before I do let’s take a little time to learn about my vision and purpose of this blog. Maybe you already know me or maybe this is your first time finding me. Either way I hope you decide to stick around. 😉

If anyone would’ve told me a year ago that I would be writing here for you my reaction would’ve been “seriously? Me, a writer?” I never saw myself writing but God did. He has called me to do this. Am I good at this? Do I know what I am doing? No not really but I am learning. Am I going to continue to do this? Absolutely! If there’s one thing that I have learned it’s that when God calls you to something you do. Be sure to check out The Real Me page to learn more about me.

As I have been praying long and hard over this blog and praying for each one of you, my readers God has laid the foundation of what I want this to become. During Bible time I came upon Romans 1:12. Ever since the first time I have read that verse I knew this is what I wanted this blog to be founded on.

“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”

This verse means so much to me and it has become the life verse for One Girl One Life One God. Even though my main goal or mission is to encourage you in your faith I think it’s important I am encouraged by your faith.

Every week I hope that you will come back. I plan to post once a week to unsure top quality. Some weeks it may be more but for the most part just once a week. You, my readers are very important to me and I want to make sure that every post is top quality and thought through. Be sure to check out Grace Mae’s Musings Newsletter too and sign up. I will be sending out a weekly email filled with encouragement, resources, special offers, and more.

This is going to be a learning process and I pray that you will stick around. I can’t do any of this without prayers, encouragement, and God’s strength. Today I’d like to end this post with a prayer for you if you don’t mind.

Father, I just want to give you thanks right now. I am beyond excited to be launching this blog and I want to dedicate it over to you right now. Everything that I post, write, or share I want it to bring glory to you and only you. Without you this wouldn’t be possible. You have laid this on my heart and has given me this opportunity to share and encourage others in their faith. Please guide me and give me the words you want me to share. I just want to be used by you. Now I pray for every single person reading this right now. Help them to open their hearts and minds to what they are reading. Keep them close to you because they are loved. You love them and care for them. I thank you that we can come to you in prayer no matter where or when. You are always faithful and I can’t wait to see what all you have in store for this blog and for me. We love you so much Jesus. Amen! 

Well, thanks for checking me out and don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me a message. I’d love to hear from you and get to know you as well. Comment below with where you are reading this from! Just state your name and state. You can also find all my contact information on the Contact page! I’m all over social media.

Blessings until next time,

Grace Mae ❤