Happy Friday Friends! I am bringing you another wonderful guest post, this time I am hosting Tona!! She heads an online Christian boutique (calledtoedify.com) and sells inspirational gifts and apparel; while sending portions of the stores proceeds to The Voice of the Martyrs ministry to help place a Bible in the hands of every Christian believer worldwide. Tona holds a bachelor’s degree (Biology) and master’s degree (Education) from Mount Mary University.
You can read her full bio at the end of this post. Today she is sharing 5 ways to be intentional in our walk with Christ and this post is dear to me because earlier this year, I wrote about my word for the year, which is intentional, you can read my post here. I wrote about how I was going to be intentional with my time with Jesus and this post extends from that and can help you also get intentional with Jesus.
Knowing how to slow down and “be intentional” is a process that happens over time. For many individuals, slowing down involves practical habits that take a little determination to initiate and maintain. However, being intentional about these five tasks can help you feel closer to the Lord in a more meaningful way and enrich your walk with him. The five ways we can be intentional in our walk with Christ is through prayer, reading the bible, worship, serving others, and fellowship with other believes.
Prayer is the first thing you need to be intentional about in your walk with Christ. In today’s culture, people think that being spiritual means not needing God. This is a lie from Satan. One way to be intentional about your relationship with the Lord is by practicing prayer daily. It does not have to be elaborate, just a simple conversation with Him. When we pray, we can pray about our family, friends, family, repentant prayers, our nation, and ourselves. It is also important when we pray to make sure that we are writing down all the answers to our prayers.
Ephesians 6:18 NIV And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
2. Reading the Bible
Reading the Bible is the second way to be intentional about your walk with Christ. This involves creating a sacred space and time to have deep fellowship with the Lord. As believers, our relationship with the Lord is vital to our lives and needs to be cultivated over time. As we immerse ourselves in the word, we will then start to be transformed into his likeness. Writing down the things that the Lord is revealing through his word is a great way to remember and practice what we read.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Worship is the third way to be intentional when you are growing in your walk with the Lord. Having time dedicated to praise and worship not only in community but also when you are at home, in the car driving, exercising, cooking and any other place you may find yourself. Worship is truly a part of everything we do. We not only worship the Lord through songs, hymns, and psalms, but we do it with our lives daily. Everything we do is for His glory.
Colossians 3:14-17 NIV And over all these virtues put on love, which binds then all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you each and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
4. Serving Others
Serving others is the fourth way to be intentional in growing in your walk with Christ. It is important to really see, hear, and meet the needs of others that you consistently encounter. Jesus always meets our needs, and because we are to be imitators of him, we should seek to serve others in the same way. It can be through prayer, spending our time, meeting a specific need they may have, or simply being a listening ear.
Matthew 25:35-40 NIV For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
5. Fellowship with Others
Fellowship with others is one of the last ways to be more intentional in your walk with Christ. Fellowship is so vital to the Christian life, and it can be done through virtual or in-person church services, group bible studies, meeting for coffee dates, or retreats. There are many ways to fellowship with fellow sisters in Christ, and it is imperative for our overall growth as a Christian.
Hebrews 10:25 NIV not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I pray this list of five ways to be intentional in your walk with Christ gave you something to meditate and reflect on today. Are there any other ways that you can be intentional in your walk with the Lord that was not mentioned here? If you have any other ways, please leave them in the comments.
Thank you Tona for this list of ways to be intentional with Christ!
Here is her bull bio
Co-Founder/Director, Digital Marketing and Social Media
Tona is responsible for providing support and education to HAYWOOD SBS (www.haywoodsbs.com) contractors and employees. She is also charged with managing the innovation of the HAYWOOD SBS business model as a whole. Overall, Tona works to ensure HAYWOOD SBS clients are provided with the proper digital marketing tools, tactics, coaching and support they need to remain top amongst their competitors. Tona also recently started a Facebook group called Digital Marketing Strategies, Solutions, and Support For Busy Solopreneurs.
Prior to joining HAYWOOD SBS on a full-time basis, Tona was a High School science teacher for 16 years. She was known for her successful integration of technology in the classroom that not only helped her students become more engaged, but enabled them to begin to take more control over their own learning.
You can connect with Tona at her IG which is https://www.instagram.com/calledtoedifyboutique/
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