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

The Truth About Who You Are {Free Printable}

the truth about who you are

Sometimes it's easy to forget who we are in Christ. For those who have trusted in Jesus for their salvation, here is the truth about who you are. I Am ... I am known, formed, and knitted. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am justified, loved while still a sinner. My old self is crucified. I am no longer a slave to sin. I am not condemned, not a slave, but adopted. Nothing can Continue Reading

For When You Are Plagued By Worry

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In the dawning of the morning, I awoke with a heavy heart and eyes brimming with tears. My dreams turned nightmare just before the sun opened it's crusty eyes for a new day and I thought my day was over. My husband was dead. How can this be? He's lying beside me? Breathing steadily as if he has no care in the world. As my mind tuned into what was happening around me and the fog cleared, I Continue Reading

Why Do You Keep Rising From Your Knees

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I sat staring at my husband at the kitchen table. My heart was laid bare and the tears streamed down my face. I was weary and tired. Another wall. Another barrier. We know we're walking in the Lord's will. We've not taken one step without consulting our Heavenly Father, but here we sit again battle worn and broken. Just when I think I can finally take my nose off the floor, I'm forced Continue Reading

Surrender it All, Today

Surrender it All

I just had such a great quiet time this morning (amongst the playing toddlers!). I was working on a Bible study and was filling out a little "question/survey" form put together by Priscilla Shirer. It just made me think. I think it would be a good exercise for each and every one of you. Do you feel like it is all in vain? Do you feel like you go through the motion of serving God? You go to Continue Reading

When I Will Pray for You Isn’t Enough

when i will pray for you isn't enough

Have you ever been in a really hard spot, a spot that  leaves you breathless and weak and you have no idea where to go from here? You can't make breakfast, you can barely get a load of laundry on to wash and wonder if just buying new underwear won't be easier, and you just need someone to come and give you a hug, to be there? I look back over the last several years at all the times I witnessed Continue Reading

Our Prayer for All Readers

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Intentional By Grace has existed for almost two years now. In these two years, we've changed, grown, failed, and learned to surrender to the One who makes all things possible through His abundant grace and mercy. This corner of the Internet has become a space of not only the sharing of my life story, but of His life story for you. Within our midst are failing marriages thirsty for God's Spirit Continue Reading

I Just Need Five Minutes

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My eyes groggily opened to the sound of a little boy's voice curling around the bedroom door. I knew he would reach my bed in a few, short seconds, but the thought of greeting him joyfully was far from my mind. My bones ached from a long day and my mind swarmed with all the tasks left undone. I just needed five more minutes. But unlike the alarm clock of my youth, there is no snooze button on a Continue Reading

How to Overcome Sin {And Live a Victorious Life}

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This post is written by contributing writer, Alina Joy from Good Old Days Farm. Imagine it's the day of the big game.  The fans are in the stands cheering wildly.  The cheerleaders are on the field with their pom poms and big smiles on their faces.  The opposing team is at the other side of the field looking tough.  The air smells like hotdogs and popcorn and the excitement in the stadium is Continue Reading

What Is Your Motive Behind Prayer?

Summer Phlox James 4:3

I pray that my husband becomes "godlier." I pray that my daughters wouldn't make the same mistakes I made. I pray that the words He wants me to speak in front of others might come out cohesively, with grace. I pray that Shelby would stop going poo poo in her pants throughout this battle that we call potty training. These prayers, in and of themselves, are not bad prayers. But I must ask myself, Continue Reading