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

The Snare of Entitlement {Not Just a Teen Issue}

the snare of entitlement and 5 ways you can combat it

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

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

An Unusual Thank You This Holiday Season {Homemakers Challenge}

Homemakers Challenge Contributor

Today, I'm posting at Homemakers Challenge about an unusual thank you I have for this holiday season. How is it that one can be so thankful for someone who makes them feel like they get absolutely nothing done in a day? Well, you'll have to click over to see what I'm so unusually thankful for.   By the way, if you’re enjoying this post, please consider subscribing to my blog. Enter 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

home sweet home

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

Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude

“True righteousness only ever begins when you come to the end of yourself. Only when God leads you to the place where you begin to abandon your own agenda and false righteousness, does true righteousness take hold. And only then can a passion for selfless service and true worship begin to grow in your heart.” (Broken-Down House*, page 95) One of the questions I have been asking myself Continue Reading