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.


Reflections, Goals, & Hello 2018

Wow! I can’t believe that 2017 is over and a new year has begun. Usually I start out by saying that the new year is going to be the best one yet, however it didn’t go as planned the last two years so instead I am going to say whatever 2018 brings is okay with me.

2017 was a rough year for me. Although I was getting over a time of depression and grief with the lost of my grandma in 2016 and just starting to find my way back into the craziness of life another life event happened that shaked my world. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2017. It was really hard for me dealing with all the doctors appointments and taking care of mom as well as taking care of my own chronic health issues. There were times when I felt that I was loosing myself but thank God I had a wonderful group of friends that prayed for me, supported me and encouraged me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.

I want to say that 2017 taught me to go deeper. Every hardship, every tear, every broken part of me made me trust God and seek Him more. It made me stronger and got me through all the nights of crying and asking why.

As I reflect and prayed about what God wants me to do for 2018 I’d like to share a few of my goals and visions.

1. Be Consistent in the Word Every Day & Read the Bible in a Year 

One of my goals is to be more consistent about spending time with God every day. There’s nothing better then studying Scriptures and digging to apply every single truth to your life that God teaches us in His Word.

I’ve always wanted to read the Bible in a year but never have. This year I thought it would be the right time to do it since I want to get consistent and intentional about having a daily Jesus Time. Last year I bought the Every Day with Jesus Bible but never used it so that is the reading plan that I will be following this year for my morning devotions.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

❤ 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2. Write and Blog More 

My intention this year is to continue to write and blog and focus on my ministry here at One Girl One Life One God. You will see me posting more on my Instagram and Facebook for sure as well as here on the blog.

Writing is something I am going to take seriously this year. I’ve been going back to old school where journaling with a pen and paper is my only tools. Don’t worry I still use my laptop and phone for notes at times but nothing beats a piece of paper that you can write down your thoughts, dreams, prayers, etc and hold in your hand. I don’t want to miss anything that God is teaching or telling me. So I am going to be writing it down.

As the plan right now is to post weekly please keep in mind that quality is my priority so if I feel like I’m rushing or pushing to post that’s not my best then I won’t. You are important to me. I want to make sure the content of this blog is excellent and quality over quantity. My whole passion is to share what God is teaching me and encouraging others to grow in their faith.

“Therefore write what you have seen, what is, and what will take place after this.” 

❤ Revelation 1:19

3. Mentorship 

Mentoring has been something that God has laid on my heart the last couple years but I wasn’t in the right place or ready for that until now. In 2018 I want to mentor someone. The thought of encouraging, supporting, praying for someone to live the life God intended just makes my heart so happy. There’s no greater joy to me then seeing someone else be on fire and passionate about learning and growing closer to God.

Another thing is I’ve been praying for someone to mentor me as well. I long to have a relationship with someone that I can call or meet up with for coffee and talk about anything. I want a deep friendship that will last for a lifetime.

This is something I am praying really hard about and ask that you join me in praying too.

“Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.” 

❤ 2 Timothy 2:15

4. Build a Ministry Team 

Building a ministry team is something that I have been praying about for the last several years now. I want to join together with other women that are likeminded and passionate just like I am so we can expand our content and equip you with more resources and tools to help you live life with purpose and intention.

I’m praying that the right people will come at the right time. Eventually I want to be able to introduce the One Girl One Life One God team consisting of prayer partners, encouragers/mentors, creative partners, and writers.

The vision for ministry is expanding and I am looking forward to what God has in store in His timing. My prayer is for a team that will help me share the love of Jesus with everyone that will listen and encourage them to live life for God.

“Therefore, since we have this ministry because we were shown mercy we do not give up. Instead we have renounced secret and shameful things, not acting deceitfully or distorting the word of God, but commending ourselves before God to everyone’s conscience by an open display of the truth. But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.”

❤ 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

5. Intentional Prayer Life 

Last but most importantly I want to work on my intentional prayer life. Prayer is a powerful weapon and it’s one that I want to have. There’s nothing I love more then praying for friends and family when they ask me too. I want to make sure that my prayer life is strong and that satan will be afraid of it. Writing down my prayers is something I want to intentionally do this year.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” 

❤ James 5:16

So what are your plans and goals as we start a brand new year? I would love to hear about them. Let me know in the comments or feel free to reach out to me by email or any social media accounts.

Blessings and Happy New Year, Grace Mae ❤