Intentional – One Word 2022


You Have Your One Word. Now What?

Once you have your word, it is helpful to begin with the word’s definition. I prefer Webster’s 1828 dictionary. Here is what I found for intentional – intended; designed; done with purpose.

Because intentional was defined as intended, designed, and done with purpose, I dug deeper by including the definitions for these three words. I needed to expand my understanding.

Intentional – Intended; designed; done with purpose. Intend is fix the mind on; to attend. Design is a plan of a thing by an outline. The word design may include adapting or planning an item for a purpose which implies a plan. Purpose is what a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished. Purpose always includes the end in view. To resolve; to determine on some end or object to be accomplished. ~Webster 1828

Look in God’s Word

Look for your word or the meaning of your word in God’s Word. The following scriptures came to my mind. I want to be intentional in seeking the Lord, in trusting Him, in delighting myself in Him, and in cultivating faithfulness by the Spirit of God. I desire to ‘fix my mind’ on the things above and ‘purpose’ to know God in deeper ways. Here are the verses I have.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened. ~Matthew 7:7-8 NASB

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. ~Psalm 37:3-5 NASB

Though these verses do not specifically contain my word intentional, they express my heart’s desire to draw near to God and my confidence in His character and His Word that He will respond by drawing near to me.

Nourish for Growth

To nourish is ‘to promote growth,’ which leads to the question, “What are we growing?” Our triune God has made us triune beings. I want to grow in all three areas and be a healthy, well-rounded person.

Intentional living simply means to live the life that you truly want. A life by [the] design of your choosing, rather than living a life that just ‘happens’ to you. ~The Goal Chaser

Intentional Intimacy with God

Spirit growth. I desire for my spirit man to grow in the Lord. I want to delight in Him and to bask in the light of His truth that He delights in me.

I chose to abide in Him and His Spirit and cultivate the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

I aspire to trust Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and believe that He can transform me from the inside out, conforming into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

As I draw near Him, He responds by drawing near to me. As we share our hearts, I release myself to Him, He releases His love, and then everything comes into perspective.

Intentional Growth in Understanding

Soul growth. My mind, will, and emotions are renewed in His Presence and in His Word.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ~Romans 12:2 NASB

My mind improves as I research, read, and expand my knowledge and understanding.

We cannot choose how many years we live, but we can choose how much life those years have. We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it. We cannot control life’s difficult moments but we can choose to make life less difficult. We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we can control the atmosphere of our minds. Too often we try to choose and control things we cannot. Too seldom we choose to control what we can…our attitude. ~John C. Maxwell

I submit my will to His, which does not mean I become a doormat, but does mean I surrender first place to Him. His perspective is good, gracious and full of good fruit.

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. ~James 3:17 NASB

My emotions are fully experienced, yet through the spiritual fruit of self-control, they are (hopefully!) expressed through the filter of selfless love and consideration for others, for love never fails.1

Look at the word responsibility – “response-ability” – the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feeling. ~Stephen Covey2

Intentional Good Health

Body growth. I choose to eat well, drink water daily, do 10k steps a day, and I’m working on getting more sleep. What steps will you take this year to improve your physical well-being?

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. ~Romans 12:1 NASB

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? ~1 Corinthians 6:19 NASB

In my post, Love – One of 9 Fruits of the Spirit, I look at Paul’s list of fifteen fruits of the flesh, fleshly works versus spiritual fruit, and the nine fruits of the Spirit of God. Most of the fifteen fleshly fruits fall into four categories: sexual sin, religious sin, social sin, and personal sin. All are self-destructive and bring forth death to ourselves and those around us. The nine spiritual fruits help us be mentally and physically healthy.

The life of the body is a heart at peace, but envy rots the bones. ~Proverbs 14:30 WEB

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. ~Proverbs 17:22 NASB

I hope seeing the steps I’ve taken with my one word – definition, scripture verses, and active implementation in my spirit, soul, and body – will encourage you as you seek the Lord in how to walk with Him this year in your one word journey.

When you get right down to it, intentional living is about living your best story. ~John C. Maxwell3


To read Love – One of 9 Fruits of the Spirit

Need to know how to find your one-word How to Find Your One Word – Strength with Dignity

Want accountability? Want to Join a Group for Your One Word 2022? (


11 Corinthians 13

2 Top 25 Quotes. Published by AZ Quotes. Retrieved January 3, 2022, from  TOP 25 QUOTES BY STEPHEN COVEY (of 702) | A-Z Quotes (

3 Top 25 Quotes. Published by AZ Quotes. Retrieved January 3, 2022, from  TOP 25 QUOTES BY JOHN C. MAXWELL (of 1087) | A-Z Quotes (

32 Intentional Living Quotes: Live Like You Mean It! Published by The Goal Chaser. Retrieved January 3, 2022, from 32 Intentional Living Quotes: Live Like You Mean It! (

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32 thoughts on “Intentional – One Word 2022”

  1. I like your word! I’ve chosen a word for a year a couple times but haven’t done it regularly. Every time I think about it I want to choose the word joy for some reason. Joy just always seems to be my chosen word. Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 66. Pinned!

      1. I really want to grow in spirit, soul, and body this year, Barb. Thanks for your blessing! Are you doing One Word for the year?

    1. That’s one of my words this year Lisa! I’m calling it a ‘theme’ this year though, which I borrowed from Pam, as I had two words Ask & Intentional, & got ‘Ask with Intent’ which is a continuation of ‘Prayer’ that I had last year.
      Great post!

      1. I really like ‘Ask with Intent’ Jennifer! I look forward to hearing of your journey this year as you build upon prayer by asking with intent.

  2. I love looking at the etymology of my One Words too. It really helps me get the feel of the word. I’ve also picked out some verses about my word. Your word is going to be such a great one to work through this year! I look forward to following you.

  3. Lisa, you bless me with your thorough meditation of your word! Intentional is such a good, strong word, applying to so many things in both our spiritual and everyday lives. I like your emphasis on intentional intimacy with God: too often I can spend time with Him, but if I’m honest, it lacks “intention”. I look forward to walking with you in 2022 and learning more from you about being intentional!

    1. I’m looking forward to intentionally pressing into the Lord this year, Donna, and to walking with you in resilience. It’s going to be a good year!

  4. I love the idea of living an intentional life, Lisa. We’re too easily swept away or distracted. And the first place that often hits us has to do with our souls and relationship with God.

  5. Lisa, my word is Become and it ties closely to your word, Your plans with it are closely aligned with what God is saying to me. I look forward to gleaning revelation from you as we explore living intentionally and becoming all that we were created to be.

    1. I like your word, Jodee! I look forward to learning alongside you as we intentionally become more like Him and reflect Him to others.

  6. I always leave a memory on FB to see my word from the prior year when the memories show up for the day. For this year I chose follow-through, and we shall see how I do as the year progresses and I am reminded by my FB feed…I will say I did quite well with my one word the prior year.

  7. Intentional is a powerful word. “Intention” is implicit in every One Word practice, I think, but you’re focusing on the act of intention itself, which makes it especially strong. You’ve already done a lot of work and I’ll be interested to see how this unfolds more for you during the year.

    Like many people, I tend to start the year with intentions to do something about my health. This year I am trying out a new doctor to see if he can help me with chronic digestive problems. I find that getting a new point of view is sometimes helpful. And I tend to try to do everything myself and cut myself off from other guidance, so this is a way to counteract that. (Also relevant to my word, CONNECT). I’ll see how it goes!

  8. Lisa, Intentional was a word I considered for the year. But God always seems to sway me to a word of His choosing. And of course, I fight it for a while. I love your word and the way you explained it. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth Link-Up. Pinning.

    1. I’m so thankful God knows what we need and leads us in the way we should go, Maree Dee, as He always knows what is best for us. May we have an intentional year full of His purposes!

  9. Lisa, I do the same thing with my one word – I look at the dictionary definitions and then at Scripture. Intentional is such a good word as it not only guides us to live with purpose but also to live purposely. It truly does impact the entirety of our living. I look forward to reading about your journey this year with intention. Blessings!

    1. This is my second year to do One Word, Joanne. I learned so much last year, and I’m looking forward to this year. I’m excited to hear all that the Lord has for us this year.

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