Being Intentional

I’m trying to be more intentional.

I’ve noticed lately that my friends and I will say “We need to get together soon!” when texting, but… it never happens.

I decided while with some of my really good friends that I wanted to be intentional with making plans to see them. They live quite a ways away and between their schedule and mine, getting together isn’t always easy. So while we were together, we all looked at our schedules and set a date for when we will be getting together next!! The date we chose is almost 3 months from when we were together – but it’s on all our calendars!!

I was going to be near a friend who lives about an hour away, so I made a point of seeing her even just for an hour while she was on her lunch break! That short time was so beautiful¬†and I am so thankful I got to see her!! I’ll be bugging her in a couple weeks to make time to get together again… and for a bit longer!

Another friend who lives a not too far drive away – she and I text almost daily, we check on each other, share funny stories, pray for one another and just love talking and being together. Despite the just 30 minute drive, we rarely see each other in person. I decided to be intentional and keep pursuing until we set a date to get together! And it’s on both of our calendars!!

Yet another friend who lives even closer to me… we keep saying we are gonna make plans, then don’t! I told her I was being intentional and we needed to make plans! It took us a few days to nail things down, but we now have plans! YAY!

Being intentional is NOT easy. I told my friends I felt like I was being annoying or bothering them! I also told them that being annoying wasn’t my intention, just that I value our friendship and desire to spend time with them! Spending time with them is so important to me that I’m going to keep saying “Hey…” until we plan our time!

I know I need time with my friends. God created me to need fellowship with others. He created my friends and we meet each other’s needs! I’m taking it slow, but I’m so thankful for this decision to be intentional!

Can I encourage you to be intentional?! Get in touch with that friend- the one with whom you always say “We need to get together soon!” and tell them you are working on being intentional, that you value their friendship and you want to set aside time for them! These times are SO rewarding and SO worth it! Even if they are only an hour, they are worth it!

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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