“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Intentions, by definition, are: the things that you plan to do or achieve; an aim or a purpose.
These could be good or bad intentions just like anything else. By choosing positive intentions, with a positive mindset, we feel most in line with our purpose for the world and for the greater good. Plus, it just feels good!
However, I don’t start out (like some people) saying, “These are my intentions.” To me, intentions are a form of prayer. First, I thank God for all my blessings. Then I talk with God about what I would like – usually something like asking for blessings or healing over someone I know in need of help and guidance. My prayers or intentions are for the most part centered around what I think is best for others and myself but asking God to handle it in His way. God’s way is always the best way. For me, it’s the only way. I know what I think should happen; however, it’s in God’s time and in God’s way. Then I thank God, our Father, for His help and guidance.
Have you thought about what you ask God for and how? Remember, God knows what is in our hearts.
I love this:
I asked for strength and
God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom and
God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity and
God gave me brawn and brains to work.
I asked for courage and
God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience and
God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.
I asked for love and
God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors and
God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted and
I received everything I needed.
My prayers have all been answered.
When we are working in our lives, setting up schedules, planning events, or running our lives, what are we asking God’s help with? Do we want everything to run perfectly? Do we ask for that front parking space so we are able to get in and out of the store quicker? Do we ask that the doctor not be behind schedule so that we can get on with our day? Don’t stress about it – turn it over to God. Ask and listen.
Are you setting intentions, sending prayers or both?
Allison is also the Founder and President of www.CatholicTherapists.com, a nationwide network of dedicated Catholic therapists.
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