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Good Intentions

posted 3 Jan 2013, 08:19 by Peter Moore

It’s that time of year again -the “New” Year- a time full of resolutions and talk of how this year things are going to be different. The flyers are full of things that can help us get in shape and organize our lives. Most of us have good intentions and there is no reason why we shouldn’t take advantage of all the “New” Year hype to motivate ourselves and make some changes.

 

Some days I feel like my life is full of “good intentions” that don’t materialize. For example, I planned to clean my bookshelves at the office over the holidays. Good idea- never happened! I have a confession to make-some of the books on my shelves that need to be cleaned are “good intentions.” I intended to read those books but haven’t got around to it yet.

 

To make sure my “good intentions” turn into concrete actions, I have to be intentional. When it comes to reading books, I have to set aside time and make reading a priority (which is something I want to do more of in 2013!).

 

Right now I have three different books I am trying to get through (another bad habit I should resolve to do away with…starting too many books at once). All three books are on prayer. Over the next month I intend to share some of what I am reading and thinking about prayer here. Why prayer…well it is of course an essential part of our faith yet as much as we know about it and do it, there is always room for improvement! Also if we are not careful, prayer can become just another one of those “good intentions.” It’s easy to say “I’ll pray for you,” but following through means being intentional and setting aside time to pray.

 

Lord please help my prayer life to be more than “good intentions” this year!

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