For everyone living with the best of intentions.

I don’t know how or when it started, but I’ve certainly mastered the art of un-intentionality. As if I’m intentionally living with the best of intentions that never come to be.

The stack of books I have had every intention of finishing…or at least starting. That would be a start.

The upstairs attic that needs to be purged to make room for our growing toddler who deserves a room void of a washer, dryer and gun safe. A girl needs a real bedroom and there is one waiting. Waiting for me to clean it out and clean up this too full life of mine.

The flower beds that are more weeds than flowers these days, being choked out like the pressure on this conscious of mine suffocating with guilt.

The endless pile of clothes that ebb and flow and diminish and grow like these emotions that march in like a lion and roll out like a lamb.

The old corn crib that was to be storage building that instead sits on a trailer for the second spring because it’s too wet, then too dry, then time to make hay and no time to make way.

A week post-vacation and my son is still living out of his duffel bag that just gets filled back up and depleted again. What’s the use of putting the clothes in a drawer, anyway?

What’s the use, anyway?

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Our best intentions get the best of us.

The best part of our day. The best part of our soul. The best part of me that’s aching to be the best part for them.

The will-dos and should-haves keep us grounded in the past and dreading the future. Forgetting all we have is the here and now.

Living out-of-presence in the present is the norm these days. We long for the promise of tomorrow and live in the regret of the past.

Instead of living in the now, we get stuck in the when or lost in the then.

It’s time for us to get intentional about today.

It’s time to say “no” to what’s not important, to have time to say “yes” to what is. So we will have the time and energy to say “yes” to Who is important.

I know the clothes will keep piling up, the books will still be stacked, the room will be busting at the seams and the day lilies will get lost in the wire grass, BUT they don’t have to. I don’t have to be unintentional. I have a choice. 

There is freedom in the choosing. There is Grace in our freedom.

There is a way out of our un-intentions. His name is Jesus.

He gives grace for the best of intentions that never come to be. And He gives us freedom to choose a different way than where we find ourselves today.

Living in the present isn’t impossible. It’s necessary. And by His grace we can make it back to where we really are in the first place.

Here and now. It’s all we have.

Our kids need us here. now.
Our families need us here. now.
The lost need us here. now.
Jesus needs us here. now.

It’s not impossible to be here. now. It’s necessary. And liberating to find ourselves where we’ve been all along.

Graciously,
Meredith

 “So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.”
Romans 11:5

What’s on your list of “best intentions” that you haven’t gotten done…? I’d love to hear…and know I’m not alone. 🙂

I’m honored to be linking-up with my friend Katie Reid for #inspireandgrow today. Link your own inspirational post following her instructions here: (http://www.echoesofmyheart.com/2/post/2014/04/1.html).

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13 thoughts on “For everyone living with the best of intentions.

  1. Oh man, I have a huge list of things I intend to do, but never do. The one bugging me lately is purging my boys closets. You know, the dumping ground for outgrown clothes, never-used toys, the place where everything gets shoved. Out of sight, but never out of my mind. But I think that’s the problem. It’s out of sight so I leave it be, even though I know full well it needs tending. I think I will feel such freedom when I finally tackle it. Thanks for your words! It’s so good to know we’re not alone in this stuff!

    • So, so, true, Nikki! It’s out of sight, but never out of mind. Like a constant nagging and that’s why I know “if” I can ever get my act together I will be so much “freer”. (is that a word?) Hoping we get there together…and if and when we do, let’s have a party! 😉

  2. Ah, those piles of papers on the desk (at least I filed my taxes on time), the unopened letters (they aren’t bills, so they’re probably not important), the stacks of books (we really need bookcases). Yep. I’m a lot like you! I’m learning to prioritize and do hard things (like file papers and open mail), because I know it builds character and prepares me for the hard things that God might ask me to do (and he says he’ll give us stuff to do that we might not find easy or pleasant–so I’d better find the ways to make myself do what needs to be done).

    • So glad you got your taxes filed on time! We filled out the extension on April 15…no lie. That’s bad…:-\ You are right, God doesn’t say everything will be easy, does He? But He promises never to leave us, especially when the going gets tough. So thankful for Him! And thankful for your thoughts here today. Thank you for visiting, Anita. 🙂

  3. “We long for the promise of tomorrow and live in the regret of the past.” That’s where I’ve been lately. My best intentions? My clothes closet. You’ve inspired me to begin that daunting task this evening while my son is away with a commitment. Thank you, Meredith for your message. I appreciate you and your heart! Here and now is truly all we have!

  4. Meredith,
    Thanks for this great advice: “It’s time to say “no” to what’s not important, to have time to say “yes” to what is. So we will have the time and energy to say “yes” to Who is important.”….I have been wanting to plant sweet pea seeds…get rid of clutter….blessings to you as you choose to live intentionally…Grateful for His Grace 🙂

  5. Beautiful poetic reflections! Mine are…painting the bathrooms, and tidying the weedy flowerbeds, and oh that laundry that keeps piling. I want these things done, but they aren’t life-giving to me. I want to snap by fingers and see them finished. There is grace for the undone and grace to get it done too.

  6. What a great message! I need to be reminded every single day of God’s desire for us to stay in the present, to live for this day and not muddle our brains with all that could be done, should be done, might be done tomorrow and regretting not getting things done in the past. “Here and now. It’s all we have.” So very true! What needs to be done today–THIS day? A timely word for me, Meredith. As I am feeling behind on everything and reeling in the pressure of a busy week weighing down on me. Blessings!

    • Glad you found yourself in this post, too, Sabra. Even if it means we both are struggling. At least we serve a God who gives us grace to get through and will help us see it through! Blessings right back to you. 😉

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