“Intention” and “Purpose” have been two HUGE words for me in the past year. The Lord led me to choose “PURPOSE” as my word for 2015- and it’s been a hell of a ride so far figuring out all of the details. What is my purpose? As a wife, mother, businesswoman, friend, family member, believer, consumer, community member? How do I navigate all of the nitty gritty of life and be sure that I’m doing everything well, with love, and to the best of my ability?
I want to share with you some resources that have helped guide my heart- and head- in the past year. Some are gentle reminders placed around my home, others are productivity tools that keep me centered, still others are books that have shepherded my heart through this season. I hope you’ll find something that speaks to you!
Hands Free Mama- Hands down (ha!) the most important book I read in my first year of mothering. Forget all of the other parenting books, if you are intentional and present with your babies, all shall be well.
The Best Yes- I’m actually in the middle of this right now, but it’s really encouraging and challenging me. This is all about freeing yourself up to say YES to the things that the Lord wants you to do- the life-giving, challenging, heart-altering things that we might miss with our busy lives otherwise.
Make It Happen- Similar to The Best Yes, Lara’s book helps women identify the things that bring them joy and please the heart of the Father. I learned so much about myself and what I value and need in my spirit by going through this book- and I live those things out much more intentionally.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up- A more practical book, this one helps you minimize your physical clutter to bring your home more peace. Basically, being intentional with your belongings. I’ve done this and I do it every day and I feel so much healthier for it!
PRODUCTIVITY and GOAL SETTING
Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner and Simplified Journal- Can’t live without these. My planner gets used EVERY day and my journal helps me get my thoughts in order and really identify how I’m feeling about things. They are both so well thought out and perfect for bringing both joy and order to your purposeful life.
Lara Casey’s Power Sheets- This goal setting system helps you identify what really matters to you and create a gracious plan to make those things happen!While I don’t always get to do them each month, I do them as often as I can and they help me feel so centered.
Mint.Com- More practical, but this financial tool helps you see where your money is going and set budgets and goals. Super helpful is financial intentionality is part of your game.
She Reads Truth App- Ah! This beautifully written and designed devotional app is just the right amount of truth and encouragement for a busy mama reheating her coffee for the third time (no? just me?)