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Welcome!

Intentional Pursuit was conceived 6 months ago as God continued to speak to my heart about being Intentional and deliberate in all I do. It all began last year when we purchased a CD called Deliberate Kids for our children. It really wasn’t the CD (although we love it), but the artists’ (Phil Joel, the former Newsboys bassist) convictions that God used to woo me closer to Him. He and his lovely wife are passionate about living deliberate and Intentional lives. I am a long way from where I want to be in my walk with Christ. The closer I draw to Him…the further I know I need to go, and yet the more of Him he gives.

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God,and he will draw nigh to you.” James 4:7-8a

I love the promise that as I pursue God…he in turn,pursues me. I pray that I will live in Intentional Pursuit of my God and Savior every moment of my life. That I can teach my children to live Intentionally Pursuing Christ. I know that I will fall short of my goal at times, but I resolve to get up and begin again. My prayer for my blog…to Glorify my Saviour and King, Jesus Christ…to lift high His great works in my life… and to encourage those  who read to live life Intentionally Pursuing God.

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In the Presence of Hunger

The last couple days have been pensive here. No negative happenings spurred the inquisitive and contemplative time…quite contrary actually…my sweet husband has been HUNGRY!

HUNGRY? I know, what can cause so much contemplation?  Well..he isn’t hungry physically. He’s hungry for the Truth that is only found in the Word Of God.   As he has read and prayed and pondered and wrestled and prayed and read and pondered, I have had such a difficult time reading his expressions and body language. It’s funny how our very countenance is changed by the presence of God.

Just as Moses’ countenance was change after he met with God on the mountain, so is our countenance changed when we earnestly seek and find God. 

I am thankful for a husband who still seeks to KNOW the Living God.  Who studies “to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.  I also love that he is humble and will be very embarrassed that I wrote such admirable things about him…but they are true.

He is a wonderful example of a husband, father and friend…but He has spurred me to hunger this week as well.

May we all be changed to look more like Christ.  May we glow with His presence like Moses so others may wonder and marvel at God’s awesomeness.

Merry Christmas to you all!

   Katie

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Resolve

"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."   Psalms 118:24

I love that the Word of God is alive and fresh!  I love that every time I read it, it speaks to me. This is the day the  Lord has made...I've always loved this verse.  I've often quoted this verse as a reminder that everyday is a gift from God and my thanks to Him should be on my lips from the moment I rise to the moment I sleep.

Today, as I was reading Psalms, I read the same words but saw the need to emphasize WILL...we WILL rejoice and be glad in it. The Lord is good ALL the time but I don't always rejoice in His handy work.  Not because I don't appreciated it, notice it, or love it...but because I don't intentionally resolve to voice my rejoicing!  It is a choice....as with all areas of our lives.  To say I WILL rejoice...I WILL honor Christ...I WILL look to the King of Kings for my needs, desires and daily food.

The living Word of God...speaking to me again, about intentionality, resolve, choices...How sweet it is to know the King Of Kings, Lord of Lords loves me enough to write His words in paper form to love on me, correct me and raise me up in His power and grace.

I pray that today I WILL rejoice and be glad...no matter what the day holds for me.

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There IS Hope...

I love the Biblical accounts of Mary as she was being filled with the Lord...her journey...her obedience...Josephs obedience!  What an awesome testimony and heritage she left for the world...being found righteous in the sight of the God Almighty. God had an Awesome plan laid for Mary and Joseph's life.  He has a plan for each of us as well...each one just as important as Mary and Joseph's, for it is the same.  The call to follow Him...to show His Love and Grace to those around us...to teach our Children about His great Love and Sacrifice...to be Obedient in walking after His ways, with His character and His heart of compassion.

 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."Jeremiah 29:11-13

I am not always obedient, not even in the little things sometimes, but I know that God is merciful, and if I am seeking Him, He will change this heart of mine into a willing and obedient heart, that He may find pleasure in my actions. Meanwhile, I thank the Lord for the 'hope and future' that He has orchestrated for me, and YOU, as followers of Christ. This year, I am being intentional to enjoy the Christmas Season.  I have a wonderful family around me, whether immediate, extended or my family of friends and I am rejoicing before the Lord for the Symphony of people he orchestrates in my life! 

Take time to thank the Lord for being Jesus (Saviour), Emmanuel (God With Us), today.  Even when Life is difficult and despairing, he IS with us. It's WHO and WHY He IS.

Merry Christmas to you all!

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