Being intentional is inborn for most leaders. We dream big, plan hard, and make tough calls. But along the way, stress mounts and blood pressure rises. God designed us to be purposeful, but He never meant for us to go it alone. Let’s learn to intentionally engage with God in the midst of our packed days.

Recently I faced a meeting that was wrought with challenges. As I relived the events leading up to it, my heart rate increased. My shoulders tensed as I reviewed my notes. The meeting hadn’t even started and I was already in high gear.

I consciously began to think about and talk with God. “Father, this meeting is a big deal, but You are bigger – Lord of the Universe. I’m stressed; You’re at peace. I choose to trust You.” God shifted my thoughts. When I deliberately focused on Him, He reassured me of His presence. I jotted His simple, profound words on a post-it note, “I am with you, Lisa.” And He was – straight through the meeting.

10 Steps to Intentionally Connect with Christ

1. Choose to draw near to God.

2. Assess your thoughts and emotions.

3. Speak to God about what’s going on.

4. Praise Him for who He is.

5. Ask for His perspective.

6. Realign your thoughts with God’s.

7. Reflect on His truth; jot it down.  

8. Speak God’s truth against any lies from the enemy.

9. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.

10. Stand in Him, stand in truth, stand in peace.

An age-old question for leaders is what our relationship with God should look like – how long and how frequently should we connect with Him in any given day. If we were to ask Jesus, I imagine Him responding like he did when Peter asked how often he should forgive others. I picture Him saying to us, “70 times 7. Intentionally connect with Me all throughout the day.”

Most of us have good intentions about connecting with God. We mean well, we love Him, we need Him, and we desire to have a vibrant relationship with Him. The best intentionality is when we choose to commune with Him all day long. That’s what He longs for too.

“We have good intentions about connecting with God. The best intentionality is when we choose to commune with Him all day long.”

- Lisa Hosler

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Colossians 2:2

Fixing your eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”

Hebrews 12:2a

“Live in Me. Make your home in Me just as I do in you.”

John 15:4a

How do you stay connected with God through a busy work day? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.

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