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How to Get off Track Easily from Being Intentional

Being Intentional – It’s not easy

I have five minutes – given the prompt “intentional” from Five mInute Fridays.

Set the timer: GO

When I heard the prompt this morning I thought, “yes I can write about that”. Then I had interruptions, lots of interruptions. Now it is 5 hours later (and still Friday) and I am being “intentional” once again.


There seems to be only one way I can work this intentionality and that’s to focus on the task and JUST DO IT.

I get waylaid too often. I have many things I write down to do but other things come up. Then I get distracted.

One of the worse distractions is my cell phone. I didn’t have a cell phone last year – at least one that worked with data, texting and lots of space to fill up. Now it has become my companion. And I think that’s not a good thing.

I am reading “Lord of the Rings” and as I read about the ring and Gandalf’s story about it being called “precious”, I thought aha. That’s what my cellphone has become. It has become my “precious”. The attraction of what’s going on, who is doing what, who needs me .. is too much. I have to check it.

I don’t want my cell phone to have POWER over me and my time.

I have found 3 ways I am working towards stopping my “Precious” from controlling me.

  1. Put it Away: I put it aside – somewhere NOT near me, or on silent, so I can’t wonder if  there is anyone there and be tempted to reach for it. I don’t have notifications alive for my social media so if I want to know I have to actually click and find out.
  2. Don’t Use it: I use my computer alone to check messages, and emails (and when I am writing I shut those down too).
  3. Use a Timer: I use Pomodoro, a timer, to tell me when 30 minutes is up – the maximum time I should sit without a break. Then I take a break and go back for another 30 minutes.

I want to be intentional in my writing, studying and painting. But I know that this one distraction can make havoc of my plan. How Can I be Intentional?

But then again I have another distraction and it is called “hubby”. He just came in. And thank goodness the timer has gone off and the 5 minutes are up.

In one place I am super intentional and that’s my time with God. I do get up every morning and I do study and pray. My cell phone is OFF. I concentrate on God alone.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33, ESV).

Do you want to find that intentionality? Please read below and join me.


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How Can I find a Moment with God?

How Can I find a Moment with God?


I hear so much about people who feel they have no time for themselves – so how can they find time with God?

I have found two personal times where no one can interrupt me:

      • the bathroom
      • the bathtub

That may sound silly but those are private quiet times.

I have joined a Facebook Event called 1 Minute Prayer Plan. See UTCOP’s post from Monday to read the whole story or visit the Facebook Event.

Think of the washroom breaks as prayer times. Crazy – maybe. Practical – yes. Doable – yes.

And soaking in a hot tub. While the hot water gently relaxes your body, focus your mind on Jesus. He will relax your soul and your spirit.

Let the light of My Presence soak into you, as you focus your thoughts on Me (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young).

As Jesus told Martha in Luke 10:39-42:

Mary has chosen what is better.

With those few minutes taken to seek His face, the rest of your time will be stronger and more peaceful.

Focus your thoughts on Jesus and He will be your strength and your peace.

Think of other moments of the day when you can have a moment with God.

Here are some of my ideas:

      • cleaning the stove top
      • vacuuming and dusting
      • doing the dishes
      • in the car – especially stop lights and railway crossings
      • grocery lineup (don’t fume about wait times, pray them – pray for those around you)
      • daily walk
      • brushing your teeth
      • drying your hair

Look for all the personal moments of the day where you and Jesus can have a Facetime, a Google Connect, an email, a text message or a phone call.

I would love to hear your other ideas of moments with God.

Then stop and thank Jesus for always being with you 24-7.


Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being our 24-7 Connector to God. We will endeavour to find moments to connect with You more. Remind us to use those “free” moments to talk with You. In the Name of Jesus. AMEN.

The Bottom Line: Take Time with God


Focus your thoughts on Jesus and He will be your strength and your peace. (click to tweet)

Look for all the personal moments of the day where you and Jesus can meet.