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Pile-Up!! Time For “Operation Close.”

Recently, I reflected on a disappointing scenario that penetrated my life last year. It hit like a missile, and I found myself deeply sad. Being familiar with the need to make hard decisions for good reasons for long periods of

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What Does Jesus Say About Contentment?

When a person is content, they no longer have task masters cracking the whip over their life. In fact, they settle into a living condition of peace. They have a quiet heart, despite surrounding threats, difficulties, or obstacles. It would

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Good Parenting During COVID-19

  Parenting turned out different for most people this year! The COVID-19 global crisis changed lots of things about family life. School, extracurricular activities, family outings and vacations, even just running around the neighborhood! Let’s face it. 2020 will be

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God’s Power Tools

We bought a power washer. After borrowing one, we became instant believers. Gone was the greenish mossy mold on the house siding. The deck changed back to its natural wood color instead of the dingy gray-brown it had sported for

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7 RESOURCES OF THE HEART To Live Well In COVID-19

Everything has changed during COVID-19. People have lost income. Parents have suddenly become point person for their child’s education. Shopping safely is a big deal and many items are in short supply. Businesses have shut down or turned solely to

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10 Days of Prayers During COVID-19

As we navigate through our global COVID-19 crisis, we need helpful resources to respond in practical ways. We also need methods of encouraging each other. And we need prayer!  Intentional Living wants to come alongside you in prayer as we

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For Such a Time as This

  God created and equipped you in a unique and beautiful way. No matter who you are, God sees you as a special treasure! Not only that, but your life on this globe during this timeline of history is no

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COVID-19 – A Global Pause

Our global community is facing one of its greatest challenges ever. The COVID-19 Pandemic is giving everyone opportunity to reach for our highest and best responses.

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How To Manage Worries and Concerns

Life is filled with worries and concerns. Often circumstances beyond your control arise. There is so much to address and manage. Responsibilities. Relationships. Careers. Home and property. Events. Each day is packed. And now with the coronavirus, there is even

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What’s Your Move?

Every single day you ask yourself a question you aren’t even aware of: what’s your move? You make decisions and take action in multi-faceted areas of responsibilities and life issues. As a Jesus follower, you make moves to show others

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Gifts and Greater Gifts

We just celebrated Valentine’s Week by focusing on love in the article: New Fresh Love. This week, let’s explore how love can make a personal difference and a global difference. With all the challenges, conflicts, and losses on this spinning

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A New Fresh Love

This week is Valentine’s Week. People are focused on love. We need more love in our world, wouldn’t you agree? So how can you find a new fresh love each day? One that drives your life, that holds you safe

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Established

People try all kinds of approaches and tactics to establish themselves in better ways . . . who they are, what they do, how they are perceived, etc. Being established helps people live their daily lives. And in the first

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WE HAVE A PODCAST!

Rss Spotify Podcast Google If you want to learn more about podcasting, here is an article that talks about how Intentional Living Podcast adds value to your life. The second portion of the article gives actual “How To” steps to

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Depression in the Holidays

Christmas has so many wonderful moments. Unfortunately, strands of loss and grief alter Christmas joy for many people each year. Approaching Christmas is hard when your heart is breaking. Depression in the holidays is a real thing. Depression is experienced

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We Affect Each Other

Encouragement is always easier to receive than rebuke. Yet, we all need both. Truly we do. Unfortunately, most people put all their energy into defending and protecting themselves instead of opening to whatever truth is being presented. That’s a sign

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. We have so much to be grateful for even when life is difficult or painful. The blessings co-exist alongside the difficulties.

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An Honor Plus a Double Honor 

You may have been privileged to receive some kind of honor or award for a significant accomplishment. Perhaps you gained scholarship recognition. Maybe it’s been a military medal or a sport-related achievement. Perhaps you are an esteemed author, speaker, or

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Unveil

  You know what it’s like to wake up in the morning, look out your window, and see heavy fog. Sometimes it’s so thick you can’t see anything. Trees are barely visible. The street is out there somewhere. Probably the

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It’s Your Move 

Have you ever been wrongly judged? Falsely accused? It can be pretty painful. Equally difficult is to be correctly judged and appropriately accused. These scenarios create burdens to carry. God didn’t intended these burdens. He intended you to live in

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What’s Your Number One? 

In this troubled, broken world, how encouraging to know God has a plan – a good, flexible, vast, yet detailed plan. God loves you deeply, and He has a plan for your life, too. This plan has encouragement, guidance, and

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Just Say Yes

Every morning, I take certain medications. Perhaps you do, as well. Some people take a daily vitamin pill. Many meds are critical to promote health and bring balance to systems that need assistance. If you need a chemical your body

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Fresh New Life

The topic for today is fresh new life. You know life can shift pretty quickly. Mostly it’s in the small stuff. I’m sure you’ve been in a jam at some point. Caught in bad circumstances. You have that dreaded, instant

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Stuck in the Corner – How to Get Out

It is a terrible feeling to be stuck in the corner. Trapped by problems. Maneuverability seems so limited. Fear starts to do its work. Many times life feels like this. No matter how hard you’ve tried to do your best

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Match God’s Heart

  What does it look like to engage a life that matters? To avoid entanglements, skip the irrelevant, and move forward to be a seasoned believer. And what does it look like to apply practical decisions each day that make

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Words Have Power

  Think about the words that have impacted you the most. Sometimes you remember words spoken into your life for many decades . . . burned into your memory. Some words have been encouraging with powerful positive impact in your

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Lose the Bottle!

I’m sure you have held an infant, completely helpless, very hungry, in your arms. They depend utterly on you to protect and nourish them. Their intense, desperate delight as they grab the bottle you offer, shows their utter focus on

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Oh Say, Can You See?

“Oh say, can you see?” Our freedom came at a price. Blood shed and terrible losses for many families was the sacrifice years ago of people like you and me. Those people believed in freedom.

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Words For Weary Warriors

God calls each person into their own path – a unique and special path with a promise He will walk with you. Over the long-haul, life is pretty challenging. The good is side-by-side with the hard stuff. Jesus said, “In

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Stability: Three-Legged Stool

I’ve always heard that a three-legged stool is sturdier than a four-legged one, especially on uneven ground. The placement of those three legs provides versatile anchoring on almost any terrain. Life’s terrain is often unstable. I’m sure you’ve discovered that.

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How to Fix Perspective

Perspectives change. You reach a level that feels comfortable and becomes your norm. The next thing you know, everything shifts right in front of you. Your relationships change direction. Your health is imminently threatened. Finances become unstable. You relocate and

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Managing Long-term Stress

Life is an amazing privilege with many opportunities. But let’s face it: life is also really hard – especially when you are managing long-term stress. Stress is an unpleasant, yet common condition that rises when pressure mounts and stakes are

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What Does It Look Like to Use Your Will Power

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” If you look up will in the dictionary, definitions include, determination, motivation, drive, resolve, backbone, spirit, self-control, in addition to willpower. Indomitable means unconquerable,

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Why Would I Set Boundaries in My Life?

There are lots of articles and books about boundaries. Do you wonder why boundaries are important? Is it just another “buzz” word, or is there something to it? What does God think about boundaries? Why would you set them in

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Make a Difference With Little Leadership

All my life, I’ve wanted to make a difference in the world. The older and more mature I have become, I realize this world is a very big place. And my influence is rather small. Does that negate my desire

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10 Tips To Be A Good Parent

If you are a parent, you know raising kids is one of the most challenging things you have ever done. It is also one of the most influential and meaningful. As you think about being a good parent to your

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Dissecting Something Meaningful

Have you ever dissected something? High school biology? College anatomy? Did you know you can dissect Scripture, too? I’m not talking about the heavy–duty dissection a theology graduate engages. This is a lighter approach – dissecting something meaningful. Here is

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Helpful “H” Words

Sometimes little tricks or acronyms help you remember important things. I found some “H” words help me live my life a bit better. There are “H” words from God, and “H” words for you.

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The Importance of Scrubbing-In

I was reading recently from Dr. David Stevens’ book, Jesus, MD, and was struck by the idea of scrubbing-in. Apparently, it’s a big deal for a doctor to scrub-in for every surgery. It’s just part of the life of a

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Telling Jesus What to Do

Recently, a short phrase in Scripture caught my attention as I was going through my quiet time book.*    Stay. You don’t have to leave. The Scenario The disciples are in process of telling Jesus what to do. Imagine that! It

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HOW TO FINISH a 1-PAGE GOALS SHEET – Step 2

Last blog article explored living with a purpose and with hope. We began developing a 1-Page Goals Sheet – Step 1. The Goals Sheet is an individualized, custom-designed plan to organize and manage your life effectively with simple action steps.  We explored

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How To Set Up a 1-PAGE GOALS SHEET: Step 1

January is the time people often think about their life purpose and goals. Sometimes, they re-visit regrets or dreams they once had. Living intentionally is important to be a healthy, balanced person. I’m guessing you want to live with purpose

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Rising From Failure

Many Christians struggle to make their faith real and practical. They engage all kinds of plans and tactics to live up to what they believe and what the Bible says. But they feel empty, powerless, and hollow. Even fake. Sometimes

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Going Into a New Year: Things to Ponder

The New Year is only one sleep away. Are you ready? A New Year is an opportunity to let go of some things and grab onto other things. Going into a New Year involves many emotions. It can feel scary,

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Christmas Sadness: How to Manage It

Sadness at Christmas is more common than many realize. Your life is filled with difficulties, hurts, losses, and disappointments. At Christmas, these things sometimes feel bigger. What do you do when you have done your very best and it still

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Christmas Waiting

Waiting is just HARD! Perhaps you don’t have troubles waiting, but the rest of us do. Christmas waiting is the hardest.

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When Faith Hangs by a Thread at Christmas

God loves you so much. Christmas is His way of proving it. He became a person just like you. God-in-a-Baby grew up in this challenging world, now so different from how He created it. Baby Jesus entered shattered creation to

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The Truth About Emmanuel and You

Emmanuel puts skin on God’s love. I hope you will be encouraged as you read the amazing display of God’s love for you. When you finish reading this, I hope you will ask yourself a critical question (see below). 

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What’s Advent About Anyway?

The Christmas holiday season is almost here! Many people are starting to get excited. Are you? Have you wondered what the Advent season is about? What is the goal? Why do people participate? What value does it bring to your

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The Sweetness of a Thankful Heart

Some people have mastered being thankful. I know – because, when I was much younger, God gave me three mentors. They modeled thankfulness and exercised impeccable graciousness even when things weren’t going well. I’m not going to tell you who they

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Feeling Down These Days?

Feeling down is a hard condition to manage. Whether you are over-tired, mistreated, discouraged, or even struggling with depression – being on the “down side” is real.

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How To Destroy A Cell Phone

OK, everybody. Cell phones in the bucket of water. Now! Isn’t that how the line goes in detective spy movies? In horror you watch the agents (or bad guys) throw their phones in a big bucket of water. The bubbles

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Who Are You?

When you get up in the morning and look in the mirror, who do you see? Do you value that person? Are your next thoughts full of purpose as you consider the day ahead? Who are you? You are a

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He Picked You

Isn’t it nice to be picked? Chosen? Wanted? The ideas I’m writing about today came to me in a time of personal trial and testing.

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Two Universes of Values

Some years ago, I came across a helpful tool that not only changed how I think, but it has become a “go to” resource for me. It’s called the Universes of Values Chart. *

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Friend Or Foe

Most of the time, you are able to distinguish between friend and foe. Sometimes, however, you aren’t so sure. It takes time to figure out people and relationships. So, give your relationships time. Be wise and exercise discernment as you

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Superhero Mindset That Works Every Day

Did you know that your mind-set affects everything? Big stuff. Small stuff. Short-term. And especially long-term. What has your mind-set been these days? Do you know what a superhero mindset is?

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Weaknesses and Limitations

Sooner or later, a person comes face to face with their weaknesses and limitations. If they don’t face them, they may be living in a fantasy world in attempts to survive. Or perhaps they have given in to deceptive compromises.

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Life Adventure

Do you ever feel like Abraham – not knowing what’s happening or where you are headed, wishing things could be different, even as you are trusting the Lord? Do you ever wonder how he and Sarah might have felt?

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Take Your Pick

Why do people do what they do? How does freedom of choice impact their decisions? What root issues do people focus on most as they make their path through life? Root issues are important to look at when talking about

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The Magic

If you are a C.S. Lewis fan, you know he often talks about a certain magic in his children’s stories. It’s a very good magic – deep in meaning, inviting, safe, and hidden. It’s filled with wonder and hope. It’s

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Poured Out: Keep Your Head

The great work of a Christ follower is keeping your head and heart in the right place. Your heart is greatly influenced by what is going on in your head. The long haul of life affects how you think. Life

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The Worst Possible Sin

If we were to gather up a list of what each person on the globe thinks is the very worst sin of all, we’d have a truly interesting document. The data might vary from culture to culture, but there would

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Passageway

There’s a place where everyone lives. It’s between here and there. This passageway frames your entire existence. Starting when you were born, including all your yesterdays, where you are now, and what will fill the rest of your days –

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More is Coming

We don’t often talk about Heaven, but we should. Heaven helps people keep perspective. And it gives something to look forward to, especially if your life is filled with suffering and difficulties. Heaven nurtures hope.

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Do You Have a Busy Body?

Did you know Scripture takes a strong position about being idle? That includes wasting time. Apparently, it’s a big deal to God. Why would this be? It doesn’t seem nearly as concerning as certain other sins. Being idle leads to

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Exclamation Point !

No one wants to be rejected, left alone, overlooked. They want to matter. Each person wants to be important to someone. Valued. Loved. This is not an accident nor a faulty design. God purposefully created people with these inner desires

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Live Well – Love Well

Last blog urged readers to think about “more and more” – how it affects the idea of pleasing God and surrendering to Him. We looked at His love, instruction, and transformation for your life. Today, let’s look at “more and

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More and More

  Jesus loves you very much. Everything of value in life begins and ends here. God’s love gives your life purpose and hope. You can live inside His love. It’s that safe place where you flesh out details of daily

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Key Life Building Stones

This morning, I was thinking about something I don’t often. Foundations. I suppose engineers think a lot more about them. Apparently, the right foundation is everything. From your home to your fence to your raised flower beds, your career, your

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At Your Edge

Do you know how it feels to be at your edge? Perhaps you have been living there for a long time. It’s scary to live at the edge of what you can manage, what you can cope with. Scripture gives

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The Droplet in My Garden

PREFACE   I am republishing this article from last year at the request of people who read it then. I sat in this same garden this morning with my Bible opened to a different passage. Note the heading title in this

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A Plan to Become More Like Jesus

  I’ll get right to the point. People need a great modern-day plan with options and action steps to build a solid Christian framework that helps manage their life. Believers need to make their faith practical. You need some directives

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Keep Your Head and Do Your Bit

I’m guessing you fit somewhere in this list: parent, a business person, an educator, a politician, a scientist, a medical professional, a musician or artist, a clerk or shop caretaker, a writer, a childcare specialist, a building/grounds caretaker, an athlete

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God Is Interested In You

What you think or believe about God matters. Keep in mind, however, that what you think is a very small piece of the great big picture. You are not able to see the whole thing, let alone process it and

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Scripture’s Thinking Grid 

I remember how excited I was when I found a “Thinking Grid” in my Bible. A timeless tool that has provided guidance to Christians for centuries. This Thinking Grid specifies what thoughts to allow in your mind. And since thoughts

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Is Boasting Bad? 

Boasting is generally thought to be bad, self-centered at the very least. Most healthy people refrain from including it in daily communication and interactive behaviors. Yet, Paul promotes boasting.

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Troubles and Trials: A Peek Into My Testimony

Over the decades, I’ve shared portions of my life journey with a variety of travel companions. I also figured out that I don’t always have control over who my travel companions will be. Some have been pleasant, encouraging, and faithful.

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Coffee Grounds

Half awake. Blurry eyes. Groggy brain. Slippers dragging toward the French Press. I love my nifty silver and white personal coffee carafe.

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Safe With God

“One of the first things you do when you walk into a room is turn on the light. That helps you see everything in the room, prevents falls and bumps, and helps you find your way. It gives familiarity to

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Point To Christ     

We are in Holy Week leading up to Easter. This celebration is the pinnacle of our Christian faith. The cross. The grave. The resurrection. Forgiveness. New Beginnings. Eternal life. Joyful hope. Healing.

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We All Need A Savior

Easter week is right around the corner. People love to celebrate with joyful traditions, activities, reflections, and food. This week, for a Christian, is the highest pinnacle of celebration (possibly second only to Christmas). We call this special week Holy

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Fresh Faith

I was recently writing a letter to a friend and realized there was a stunning message in my letter – for me. Something so simple. Yet, so profound. Here is what I wrote.

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Billy Graham – Living Still

I am devoting this week’s blog to an amazing servant of God. I celebrate the life and message of Billy Graham. His “home-going” to Heaven is a world event. It is turning heads. For some, it’s another fond look at

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What Kind Of Free Are You?

You were created to be free. All people were. Yet, in order to live free, you have to think a certain way. Make certain choices. Freedom is so important to God that He established it deep in the original design

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He Loves Perfectly

I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ age when He completed His life on earth. He died at only 33! That’s just not very old! At a youthful age, Jesus handled Himself with exceeding wisdom. He understood deep, hidden things of God.

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Your One Good Option

I’m guessing you’ve had at least one time in your life when you felt your relationship with God was good. Maybe. Some have had several seasons. Yet, like seasons of the year, they keep changing. Your relationship with God shifts.

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Does Aging Strip You?

I had my annual visit with my Dr. last week. We had a great conversation about aging. Apparently, I’m right on target for getting old! And, although I don’t have control over the inevitable aging process – apparently, I’m making

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It’s Real, And It’s Very Near

Pushing back the curtain, my eyes struggled to focus in the flood of brightness. Gradually adjusting, I saw a story book scene covered in a blanket of freeze. It was breath-taking. Very still. Untouched. No snow falling. Just morning moments

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Fear of the Lord: What Exactly Is It?

Do you ever feel you just can’t get your act together? Do you sometimes doubt what you bring to the table? Maybe you think you simply don’t have much to contribute. You do love the Lord and want to serve

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Shadows of Things to Come

This next year will be filled with many blessings, lots of challenges, and probably some losses for many people. Such a mix of experiences. We love the blessings. We sometimes don’t mind the challenges. In fact, some of you really

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Steps to “Turn the Corner” in Your Loss During Christmas

https://intentionallivingministry.org/2017/12/18/steps-turn-corner-in-loss-christmas/ It’s hard to manage a life loss at Christmas. A season that should be filled with joy, cheer, and hope. But for you – it’s just not! You may feel you are drowning in sadness . . . cut off

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Here is Your FREE Gift From Intentional Living!

We have been building your anticipation with some promises. NOW IT’S TIME!!   Intentional Living has been working hard to give a FREE Christmas gift to you, your family, friends, church, and community. It is our way of saying thank

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Incredible Blessings

Did you know your choices about thankfulness reflect your relationship with God? They reveal your level of commitment and love back to God. They measure your trust in Him. And they determine whether you will follow through in 2 things:

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Does God Hear? Forgive? Heal?

Has it seemed God does not hear you? Perhaps you think He will not forgive you. Maybe you think you’ve somehow been disqualified from inner healing. A well-known Scripture impressed me today –

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Make a Global Difference

Do you ever wonder how you can help change the world? How can you make a difference with your fellow man in the community your life touches? How do you make a global difference in regions of the world far

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Do You Need A Miracle?

I’ve been thinking about miracles. Perhaps you have, too. Maybe you need a miracle right now. A miracle is hard to wrap your brain around because – well – it’s a miracle! It’s another dimension that slips into your normal

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I Just Don’t Care Anymore

If you find yourself thinking, feeling, or saying – “I just don’t care anymore!” – it’s time to pause. You may have “shut down.” It helps to explore why this might have happened.

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How Do Your Needs Get Met?

God is for you!  There are times you might struggle to believe that. Moments of deep disappointment, loss and loneliness. Long periods of waiting that bring discontent and doubt. The fact remains – God loves you deeply. He wants you

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What To Do When You Lack Direction

It’s hard to go forward when you lack direction. Perhaps you have goals, a plan, and action steps you are carrying out – yet you are standing still. Little progress. So many hours of hard, creative work isn’t helping. All

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The Droplet in My Garden

This week, early on a cool, quiet morning, I was having my quiet time with the Lord on my front porch. It rained the night before. Everything was fresh. With a mug of coffee, my Bible, and pen jotting in

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God is Pleased You are You

God is pleased you are you. He intends to bless your life as you live within His intended design. He also wants you to be a blessing to others in the world. You wouldn’t cut off a finger because it

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YOU ARE A TABERNACLE – The Most Holy Place

Chances are, you have not thought of yourself as a most holy place. And likely, you have not considered yourself to be a tabernacle. Yet – you are both. You Are a Tabernacle! WORSHIP is God’s Central Design for Your Life

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The House of The Royal Family

If you have trusted Jesus for salvation, you are part of The Royal Family – God’s Family. You have privileges as God’s heir. You also have royal responsibilities, influence, and leverage. Scripture calls this a “heavenly calling. Here are some

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Need a Family?

“Belonging” is one of the greatest human needs. God created you and the need to belong – with intentions of being the Source to meet your need for family. It starts way back.

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Someone Is Praying For You – All The Time!

I hope you have a person or 2 praying for you. In today’s busy world, people are limited in availability, memory, and understanding of your life. So, committed intercession is valued and precious – a wonderful gift! But it is

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Where Are You on the Spectrum of Global Ministry?

There are 2 focuses you can have on this globe: eternal and temporary. Everyone must address daily temporary issues (food, clothes, bills, plans, chores, etc.). Yet, eternal issues are critical. People exist somewhere on the spectrum – endless combinations –

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Weary vs Lazy: What’s the Diff?

Weary vs lazy! What a challenging subject. If you’re reading this, you are likely not lazy. If you are weary, you might feel fatigued as you read. Why are you reading this article? Maybe you are lazy and realize you

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White Feather: How To Bear Disgrace

A white feather has often been associated with disgrace, cowardice, or shame. The tradition of giving a white feather is questionable – especially when given unjustly. Yet, even when deserved, it’s hard to bear disgrace in life. To be misunderstood.

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7 Strategies of Rest to Finish Well

When you start a fun adventure, a new program, a fresh plan, a resolved commitment – it’s easy to be excited. Passion gives energy to do hard stuff. You even handle losses better. Fresh starts are power launches. But – how

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Affairs of the Heart

Do you know what affairs of the heart are? Do you know how they start? How does a sincere Christian sometimes end up there? What can you do to avoid them?

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Fill Your Life Jar

How do you fill your life jar with the right rocks in the right order? There are principles and action steps that help you live more effectively.  You have a loving Parent who will train you. Your jar matters! One of my

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BILLION.GLOBAL DIVERSITY!

What does it look like to work with diverse people to touch a world for Christ? How do you effectively set aside differences? How do people who are so un-similar work together for common goals? Your “differentness” is God’s idea.

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12 Qualities of Noble Character

A noble person engages in specific behaviors. It doesn’t matter if they want to. Or if it’s convenient. They simply choose to do what should be done. Daily life for a person aiming for noble character becomes proof they have decided to

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True Story of Faith – and the Answer

Something special happened recently –   “It’s raining again! We wait and watch. Pray. It’s just not happening. The spring is too wet – so much rain. Scheduling a pocket to plant between rains is tricky. Every step in soggy,

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Can DUST Trust?

Can DUST Trust? Some Questions: How do you turn dust into flesh and blood? And how do you turn flesh and blood into a fully alive person engaged in life?  Then, how do you turn a fully alive person: Away

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Do You Need A Faith Boost? The WOW List

There is a “WOW list” of amazing stories in Hebrews 11. The list records extraordinary interventions, protection, and answered prayer. The power released into these stories is initiated by faith in a God who loves His children and can do

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All He Wants Is You!

Years ago when I was a teenager, I heard a song that touched my heart.  The words of the chorus went like this – “All He wants is you. No one else will do. Not just a part – He

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Who Can You Trust These Days Anyway?

People can’t readily trust others these days. In fact, if they are truly honest, they can’t even fully trust themselves. Deep down, they know their perspective may be skewed and their judgment could be flawed.

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God Always Has A Plan: What’s Your Part?

God always has a plan. Always! In fact, He plans pretty far out. The Scriptures tell us that before He created the world, He already established The Plan of Salvation. He put into motion that Jesus would become the Intermediator:

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Dare to Take a Leap of Faith!

How do you increase your faith when you realize you don’t seem to have enough? How do you dare to leap from where you are to where you need to be? Apparently, it is impossible to please God without faith!

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7 Points Confirming God Has Chosen YOU!

God has chosen you to be His precious child. His friend. His family heir. You are very special to God – not because of various unique aspects of who you are, but because God decided. God simply loves you –

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What’s In Your Hand?

When I was a little kid, 9 or 10, sitting in church in a tiny town called Vulcan, a farmer got up front and shared what was on his mind. I sat in my pew, kicking my legs, chewing gum,

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Depression is REAL!

If anyone has ever told you depression is not real, don’t believe them. If someone has questioned whether a person can be depressed and still be a Christian, do not let them speak into your life. And worst of all,

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Falling and Failing: How to Avoid Them

Falling and failing in life are scary. They directly affect you. If severe enough, they can devastate you. Because their effect is strong, it is important to do certain things to be on your guard. It is true that falling

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Baby – You Give Us Christmas!

Christmas! Excitement. Hope. Eager expectation. JOY! Your circumstances do not change the timeless miracle of Christmas. A Savior has been born – for you! Baby Jesus made a promise. “Look! I Am making all things new!” (Rev. 21:5) Christmas has

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TRUE COLORS

I love autumn colors! I wait for them every year. Yet, even as I enjoy the splashes of color that cheer the world, these colors remind me of something quite sobering, something that helps me.

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THIS ELECTION!!

This has been the most difficult election process I remember.   So many concerning things leading up to this week of voting. I think the best one-liner is now: VOTE: prayerfully! I’ve been pondering how – even in a country

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The Ghost and The Storm

I know a ghost story. It’s true! And all I know is this: if it had been ME – I would have been scared out of my mind! Just imagining myself in the story sends shivers up my back.

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DESPICABLE WE: Printed and Published!

It is printed and published! Now it is releasing into the public! AND IT IS SELLING!!      DESPICABLE WE: Daily Studies in Ezekiel is available for you, your groups, your friends, your family, your church, your “Christmas gift list!”

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Depression and Pain: 7 Things That Matter

Depression and Pain are cousins. Sometimes they come visiting . . . and linger too long as your “guests.” More often, they feel like predators. As much as you want them OUT, you feel helpless to make them leave. You

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4-Step ACTION PLAN to Quit Sinning

Don’t you hate it when something gets quickly summed up – and it’s just not good?! Me, too. But sometimes, that’s the only way to get back on track and move forward. Take, for example, when Paul goes right for

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GOT POWER? 3 Forms of Power For Your Life

GOT POWER? Sometimes I lack power (energy, drive, passion, direction, perspective, etc.). And those days don’t go quite as well. Either something has hit or parked in my life, and that development requires extra personal power. Usually it’s some kind

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The Sin List

Lust is not limited to the sexual. “Lusting after” is wanting something so much that compromise of integrity takes place. It reveals a lack of contentment and thankfulness. It reveals a lack of rest. A person starts to think, speak,

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The Peace Hand *

Your hand is always with you. Is peace always with you? Maybe not always. How can you use your hand to ensure you have peace more often?

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4 Soils

“Where the seeds land, the soil determines the crop: The Beaten Path: everyday jobs, the schedule, same sounds, same sights, calculating, learning, thinking, travel, meetings, relationships, details, responsibilities, deadlines, opportunities, and – oh, yes – the Word. Rocky: Love to

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3 Key Anchor Points

When you face challenges and unknowns, it can be unnerving. Anxiety can set in. Your comfort zone is stretched. Equilibrium is threatened. If you are in this place now, remember the 3 key anchor points that will calm anxiety, help

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Easter Angel

God sent an angel down to earth from Heaven after Jesus had already raised from the dead on Sunday morning. The angel was so electric, powerful, and pure, that he made superheroes look like children at play. But this actually

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Do You Love Me? Jn. 21: 15-17

That’s a good question: “Do I really love God? From my heart? And how do I prove I love Him?” I was thinking about when Jesus reinstated Peter after Peter denied Him. He did so within the framework of love.

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Gratitude. What Exactly Is It?

I found myself defining gratitude a bit differently this year. In past seasons of life, I’d always defined it as being thankful. Over time, I came to say it is an attitude – of gratitude. This year, however, I added

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Harvest

This is the time of year that gardens and fields are eagerly harvested for the crop that was labored over all spring and summer. Harvest is a time of rejoicing. It is also a time of reflection. Finally, it is a

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10 Days of Prayers During COVID-19

10 Days of Prayers is a tool to engage prayer in a tangible, practical method during this pandemic time. The downloadable zip file contains both a 10-picture set (usable on your device) and a printable pdf arrangement for card stock to cut apart and carry with you, put on your family dinner table, or slip into your Bible. The set has beautiful imagery – an attractive set of prayer cards. Read More …

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SharpShooting: Your Bronze Bow focuses on careful thinking and life responses using the book of Matthew as a quiver. It is a 90-day study. A bronze bow is a symbol of strength. Read More …

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