4 Ways To Beat Discontentment

4 Ways To Beat Discontentment | IntentionalByGrace.com

Image from Flickr.com By contributing writer, Jane For much of this year, I've struggled with a general feeling of discontentment. I've spent most of my time hoping and praying for new things to happen: a new baby, a new house, new friends, a new church, restored health. I've shared all the desires of my heart with God and waited in expectation. But as weeks, then months, went by without Continue Reading

Reclaiming Hashtag Blessed

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By contributing writer, Ami Blessed. It’s a word that often makes my skin crawl. “I’m so blessed.” I cringe at the statement, hoping no one else can see the involuntary shudder. Blessed is a perfectly biblical word, so what’s the big deal? Aren’t you being cynical? Surely, you’re just bitter because others have what you want. Yes, sometimes it’s hard to rejoice, but there’s no cynicism Continue Reading

The Snare of Entitlement {Not Just a Teen Issue}

The Snare of Entitlement (Not Just a Teen Issue) - Intentional By Grace

I felt the sun streaming through the window warming my cheeks. The fan oscillated casting a gentle breeze across the room. I snuggled a little further under my blankets as I listened to the silence coming from the monitor. My husband's footsteps crept down the hallway and the smell of coffee drifted into the room. A real live day that played like a dream. When a toddler and baby live in your Continue Reading

Goodbye 2013

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Dear 2013, You've been hard. Too hard. I'm sort of glad to see you go. I wouldn't trade a single moment of a single day, but I'm ready for a new year, a new start. It's been a year of brokenness. A year of picking up the pieces and starting again - over and over and over again. You've peeled back the layers - thick, thick layers - layers that took many years to knit. Layers that were my Continue Reading

A Lesson in Gratitude: Saying Grace {or Not?}

a lesson in gratitude from a toddler's rebellion

As the eggs steamed under my nose, I reached across the table to grab my toddler's hand. It was a normal day of saying grace before we would break the fast, and yet my toddler refused to take my hand. Instead he held firmly to his fork and said, "No God. Eat." I sat stunned alongside my husband as we each took in this moment of rebellion. It was in that moment I got a glimpse of my soul - a Continue Reading

Finding Beauty in All Creation

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This post is written by contributing writer, Kimberly from The Corner of Birch and Divine. At first arrival, it was exactly the paradise I expected it to be. The sand was soft, the ocean was vast, the palm trees were plentiful, the sun was hot, and the breeze was refreshing. The smell of Island hung in the air, and I took a deep, grateful breath of it. Our tropical vacation had finally Continue Reading

My Problem is Not My Circumstances

My Problem is Not My Circumstances - Intentional By Grace

When God’s people do not embrace His covenant, they sin as badly as any others. Our sins separate us from God. Our guilt, from sin, is the cause of our misery because we are seeking satisfaction where satisfaction cannot be found. We need God's discipline. Unfortunately, we often think that our misery is the result of our circumstances. If only … I could work part-time. If only … I Continue Reading

Powerless Against What Is To Come But I Am Not Afraid

Powerless Against What is to Come But I am Not Afraid - Intentional By Grace

At long last, we are settling into our new home. There is still much work to be done, but we are hopeful. To be true, this move has been one of the hardest trials ever set before us. It seems that nothing has gone right, and at times, we just want to give up. However, God has truly sustained us and will continue to do so. Though there is much that I can write, I only have a moment. This past Continue Reading

Living in the Dark Ages Just Isn’t For Me

This has not been a good week. As a matter of fact, it has been a really hard week. We have been without electricity since Tuesday evening. Some wind came and blew around town for about ten minutes and now I am forced to camp in my own home. I wasn't prepared for this. Can you ever really be prepared to go without electricity for so long? I'm not entirely sure. This week ... I have Continue Reading

Counting My Blessings: Who is It Really About?

Counting My Blessings: Who is is Really About - Intentional By Grace

Recently, I began an exercise of counting my blessings. I made a practice of recording moments in my day that I was grateful for. I must confess that over the last several weeks, I have stopped recording my blessings in my gratitude journal. As I contemplated why I had stopped, or rather why I found it so hard to take time to write down my blessings, I realized that it was because my motivation Continue Reading