In January I posted on “How Can One Word Keep You Faithful?” In that post I mention each January I prayerfully consider a word for that year to focus on. This year my word is love, to show more love toward others, and to listen more intentionally. Recently I have noticed that I need to show myself a little more love.
As women, and I know I am generalizing here, we lean toward caring for others before we take care of ourselves. It may be the way God made us, to be nurturing, or it’s just your enneagram number (or not). All of the twos out there know what I mean!
So, why am I going back to a similar topic? First; if you selected a word for the year are you still being intentional and moving forward focusing on that word in a way that God intends for you? This podcast will talk about centering on intentions. Second; I like this podcast, the repartee these two ladies have will make you laugh. You can tell they are good friends and enjoy teasing each other.
The podcast I am reviewing this week is from January 7th, 2021, and it is called “Mary and Martha: Energy and Intentions”, the hosts are Shakisha Morgan and Christina Jones. They describe the podcast as: “A podcast by two black women who love God; relatable women, who talk about relevant topics.”
In the beginning of the podcast both Shakisha and Christina mention a Mary or Martha moment they experienced over the past week. Before we get into the meat of the intention’s topic, I want to recognize what Christina mentioned as her Mary moment – the rioting at the Capitol. These are her words, “For me it was like taking a peek at the Tulsa riot, and seeing the anger and visceral that the white people had in that riot and seeing it play out in 2021. This is how our ancestors felt, when they watched their family and friends get lynched. This is that same energy, from the 1800 or early 1900s. That to me it was scary that it still exists in such a palpable way. It was terrible, horrible, and disgusting, but to me it was seeing a peek at history. My Mary moment is allowing myself to reflect on my ancestors and my grandmothers, and great grandmothers, and how they must have felt when things like this happened to them in a very hyper local way.”
I wanted to make sure I didn’t just gloss over this statement. It is important and I hear you. Another intention of mine this year is to not only listen more to those around me but to those who are different than me in the community and to understand their point of view.
Christina begins speaking about intentions: “One of the things I wanted to do in 2021 was not to set resolutions. It doesn’t work for me. What I am big on now is intention setting. A resolution, to me is more of goal setting, more tangible small things, and many times I don’t meet those goals. If we set an intention for the year, something we want to walk in for the year. It is something I can go back to and check myself to see if I am meeting those intentions. How we can walk in the intention that Christ has set in our lives, how we can walk in the spirit, how we can make sure our actions and reactions match the same energy that God has.”
An example would be, “your intention can be you want to be more in the present in 2021.” Here are some ways Christina and Shakisha state you can work on setting an intention:
- Where in your life are you not showing up for yourself? Do not condemn yourself but you need to make this assessment so you know where you can begin to show up. Being honest with yourself in this way allows God to show you how He can show up.
- What makes you feel like yourself? Think back to the last time you felt alive, at peace, rested, and safe. What was happening at that time? Was I spending more alone time or more time with God? Be honest with yourself; it is key to this exercise.
- What has God been revealing to you? God speaks in a quiet still voice, sometimes from others, scripture, or through your quiet time.
Christina sums it up like this; “What will make you really settle into your Christian identity, what makes you effective for the Kingdom?”
Shakisa’s final statement is profound; “Understand how important intentions can be, no matter what is going on around us. We are still called to be Christian; we are still called to be disciples; we are still called to be the best version of ourselves with Christ at the center of it no matter what is going on around us.”
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Having Christ at the center of our thoughts, in everything we do, will lead us to becoming more and more like Him. It can and should be small steps. I need to continue showing up for myself in relaxing ways and look for opportunities to study the word with other women. What are your answers to the three questions Christina and Shakisa posed to us? If you are willing to share, I would love to hear from you.
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