Some bloggers choose a word for the year. A word to focus and inspire them. I have done this in the past and while I didn’t intentionally choose a word for 2018, a word that continues to come to mind is intention. I have always valued intentionality and try to be intentional in my speech and in my action. It helps to have a focus point, an ultimate goal. Ultimately my focus point and my goal is Jesus – to honor Him, glorify Him, make Him know, and be like Him. What the looks like in my every day life is where intention comes in.
One of my favorite phrases is, “Say what you mean (but don’t say it mean).” I need the second half. You might not. I want to be intentional with my words because words and language matter. They are powerful. I am so grateful that God gifts us His very self in the form of words, the Bible. You can always count on Him to say what He means.
Once upon a time, God, with intentionality, SPOKE everything that ever was into existence. Yes, words are powerful and important.
This morning I was introduced through a Hillsong United song called So Will I. As I read the lyrics and sang along, tears streamed down my face. These lyrics scream intentionality to me.
And as You speak
A hundred billion galaxies are born
In the vapor of Your breath the planets form
If the stars were made to worship so will I
I thought of standing on my back porch/laundry room, looking out into the sky above my backyard, fill with hundreds of stars. Aren’t stars magical? So far away. So big. So bright. So… essentially purposeless, but beautiful. Made to worship. So will I.
God of Your promise
You don’t speak in vain
No syllable empty or void
For once You have spoken
All nature and science
Follow the sound of Your voice
Everything He says matters. Which is why it is so important to study the Bible. To open it up, to read the Words, to know them, pray them, sing them, tattoo them on our hearts (and on our skin!). If words are powerful and important (and they are) THE WORD is the most powerful. The most important.
If we believe that God is Who He says He is, if we believe that God is the ultimate creator, we have nothing to fear from science and truth and discovering and wondering and questions. Everything falls in line with His intention and His creation and His voice. He is the boss. He is the sustainer, the ultimate Word.
And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
Oo. This is us. Evolving in pursuit of what You said. We move forward. We change. We grow. We are sanctified. We mature. We are forgiven. We are made whole. We are NOT found lacking. Because that is what He said and what He intended. God’s intention is holy. It’s what He said. Nature and destiny and fate and sovereignty all move us forward toward that holy intention. Catch your breath. Catch His breath. Pursue it.
And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I am, in general, a confident woman. I am competent and well equipped to do my job. I am, at the very least, a decent friend, a capable pet owner, and I truly am seeking Jesus every day. I am bilingual and committed to this community. I am secure in my position as a child of God. I know and believe and live all of these truths.
But every once in a while, much more often than I’d like, satan and doubt and lies catch hold of my heart and my mind and make all of those things untrue. Seemingly out of nowhere, I feel like a failure. I feel incapable and unequipped. I feel like a failure, even when all evidence is to the contrary.
This past Thursday I was knowing and believing and living lies instead of truth. It happens and one of my intentions for 2018 is to learn how to see a breakdown coming, to head it off, to not give the lies any footing. But because this past Thursday I did break down and I did cry and I felt failure take root in my soul, these words spoke LIFE into my soul. These words uprooted failure and planted FREEDOM. Hallelujah. Because these are the Words that matter, powerful and important as they are.
I can see Your heart
Eight billion different ways
Every precious one
A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will ILike You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You’re the One who never leaves the one behind