My Practices of Intention {A Manifesto}

Well, I am happy to say that I finished my 31 days series before the calendar rolled over to 2013. So what if it took me three months. (sigh) I am glad that I finished what I started.

Really, it was more to me than following through on something I set out to do. Writing the series really helped me define the areas of my life that I want to live with intention as well as opened my eyes to how much I really need to walk in His grace.

So as a little tribute 2012, I thought I’d write a manifesto of sorts summarizing my practices of intention.


My Practices of Intention – A Manifesto

Living a life of intention will no longer mean my striving for perfection, but will be my striving for excellence in stewardship of God’s gifts, while allowing His beautiful grace to cover my humanity and His power to be made perfect in my weaknesses.

The Practice of Thriving

thrive: to grow or develop well or vigorously; prosper; flourish

I will take time to myself and quiet the noise so that I can do the inner work that I need to do in order to thrive mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

I will not neglect myself, but will practice the art of self-care as I take care of my body through proper rest, nutrition and exercise, and what I wear.

I will feed my soul and spirit through prayer and time in God’s Word, even if I don’t always feel like I do it right.

I will know myself and accept myself as I be the woman that God created me to be.

I will be careful about guarding my circle of influence.

I will passionately pursue my goals and dreams, but at the same time hold them with an open hand, willing to surrender them if at anytime the Lord chooses to step in and redirect my path.

I will see my mistakes as part of my story.

The Practice of Beauty

I will set aside time to use my hands to create beauty and show myself grace as I make mistakes in the process.

I will look for smalls ways to add beauty to the the ordinary everyday of my life and be content with what God has given me.

I will practice hospitality to my family and our friends as I strive to create an atmosphere in our home that exudes warmth, care, and beauty.

I will embrace the imperfections of real life, and allow God to turn them into things of beauty.

The Practice of Graceful Motherhood

I will put my family first and be willing to pause and pay attention to what is most important.

I will focus on being the mom my children need me to be, rather than simply doing a lot of things that I think a mom should do.

I will remember that my children are my first ministry and I will shepherd them as my little flock.

I will recognize the season, breathe in and breathe out, remember my non-negotiables, and listen to the Spirit as I strive to find balance in motherhood and life.

I will remember that I can not do this mothering thing on my own and I will cry out to the Father for help in my times of need.

I will pray for my children and shape the destinies of their future.

The Practice of Extending Grace

I will rise up and tell others about the goodness and faithfulness of God.

I will pray for others rather than judge them because of my own insecurities.

I will not hold others up to high and unrealistic standards of perfection, but will show them the same grace that I am learning to show myself.

And last, but not least…

I will not allow my intentions to simply become boring tasks or unending to-do lists, but I will make sure that each intention is accompanied by His grace which brings life, beauty, and freedom.

So 2013, I look forward to the new chapter that you bring in the story that God is writing on the pages of my life.

A story where I continue to passionately pursue a life of beauty and meaning while learning to live where my best but flawed intentions meet His perfect and unending grace. 

Wishing you a beautiful, intentional, and grace-filled Happy New Year!



v904This post is the epilogue of the 31 day series I wrote on cultivating a life of intention and grace. For a complete index of posts in this series, click here. To read more 31 Days series, please visit The Nester.

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  1. Teri Swingle says:

    I loved your series, Amanda. Thank you for inspiring and insightful words. Happy 2013!

  2. Amanda, I love this manifesto. We should all sign it!

  3. I will definitely be visiting this post again!

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