Intentional Writing

Intentional Writing

Intentional Audience of One

My core intentional desire is to write for an Audience of One.

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” ~Colossians 3:23-24 NASB

He alone can satisfy me. He alone can meet my inner desires to delight and worship Him. He alone can bring delight, fulfillment and rest to my soul.

Living from a whole heart means we are not shackled by the past, tethered by the present, or imprisoned by the fear for the future. ~Lisa Blair

Intentional Influence

My intentional audience is the Lord alone, but we do not live alone. There are no lone rangers. We live in community whether we admit it or not and whether we feel it or not. We don’t want to be completely dependent on community, but it is a blessing to find a community of iron-sharpening-iron and encouragement.

My human audience are those who are hungry to press into the Lord. To love, delight and surrender in deeper measure to the One Who has captured our hearts. Worship, the Word and prayer are our pursuits to love and know Him more – and to strengthen the Body of Christ in their inner man. I pray you are strengthened and encouraged in your relationship with the Lord and in your relationship with the Body of Christ through this labor of love called writing at Strength with Dignity.

And deep within, there is a desire to reach the unreached. To share the love of God with those who have never heard of His unfailing love. My prayer is that you would find the One whom your soul longs for, the Lover of your Soul, the Prince of Peace.

Intentional Writing Challenge

In February, I intentionally participated in a 28-Day Writing Challenge. The daily writing strengthened my writing skills, encouraged me in community, and helped me breakthrough a glass ceiling regarding page views.

Writing is a solitary endeavor. Being an introvert, I relished this at the onset, but as time continued forward, I missed the iron-sharpening-iron and encouragement that comes with community. The February writing challenge gave me community with encouragement which spurred me forward in my writing endeavors.

Words of encouragement are a gift of the heart to bless and strengthen another in their journey through life. Whether simple or elaborate, it is a gift of value, appreciation and blessing from one person to another. ~Lisa Blair

Intentional Obedience

I believe the Lord called me to write in this season. To research and study the Word of God. To dig and cultivate, to learn and grow, then share the fruit of the harvest.

Intentional Blessing

I agree with the Apostle Paul, and pray you are encouraged, set apart and preserved until we meet Christ Jesus face-to-face.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:23 NASB

Recommendations:

Intentional Delight, Worship and Prayer Intentional Delight, Worship and Prayer – Strength with Dignity

Intentional – One Word (Spirit, Soul, Body Growth) Intentional – One Word 2022 – Strength with Dignity

References:

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

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I’m joining The One Word 2022 group. If you would like to join us, Lisa Burgess has sign up information here: Want to Join a Group for Your One Word 2022? (lisanotes.com)

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30 thoughts on “Intentional Writing”

    1. Oh Lisa, I can feel your heart on the page. I appreciate your honesty & vulnerability. As you continue to be intentional you will be blessed abundantly!

      I’m excited to see what’s next.

    1. I’m so glad you were drawn upward to Him, Debby. May He continue to use us for His glory through our writings.

  1. Lisa, I related to this so much! First, Colossians 3:23 is one of my top three life verses. Second, I’ve been known to get distracted and forget that I’m writing for an audience of One. And third, I related to your comments about being an introvert by nature. Thanks for these reminders and challenges today. I’m always inspired by your words, and it was encouraging to visit today!

    1. I appreciate your encouragement, Stacey, and I appreciate your writings. May He continue to be glorified through our labor of love.

  2. I really benefited from the camaraderie from the 28 Days challenge too. But since then, I’ve cut back on writing and commenting, so I hope to get back into the groove again soon!

    1. The 28-Days were really good for exercising our writing muscles, but it was exhausting! Yes, it’s good to pace ourselves for the long-haul, Lisa.

  3. Lisa, I’m glad the 28-day writing challenge was helpful to you. I did it last year but rather than post every day, I simply worked on the discipline of writing every day on a particular topic. It definitely strengthened some “muscles” that were very out of shape! Thanks for this reminder that, ultimately, we write for an audience of One.

    1. Writing for an Audience of One makes all the difference, Lois! Writing challenges definitely strengthen our writing muscles!

  4. Thanks, I needed the reminder of who I write for. I started the 28 day write challenge, but stopped about half way through. I found myself consumed by what I was going to write and not writing for my Audience of One. I’ve taken a break from writing to reconnect with Him, just Him apart from writing. It has been fun and He is taking me in new directions.

    1. I’m so glad you are reconnecting with Him, Jodee! I’ve been spending some time preparing for Spring and it has been so nice to reconnect with the Creator in creation. Blessings of peace as you walk with Him in new endeavors.

  5. It helps to be intentional about what we do, because it helps keep us focused. I had intentional as a word a few years ago. This year it is HOPE. Blessings to you!

  6. Such good thoughts on intentional, Lisa. Your comment about writing for an audience of One really spoke to my heart. I believe that is my “intention”, yet I know there are times when I stray from that intention. I enjoyed your posts from the writing challenge and truly saw growth in your writing, may God continue to bless you as you intentionally choose to write for Him.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Donna! Writing for an Audience of One makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

  7. Yes we can get caught up in watching ‘statistics’ rather then the reason we were called to write Lisa.
    Like so many things we can focus upon rather then keeping our eyes upon the Lord & His purpose for our lives.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

  8. I haven’t done the writing challenge in several years now. It’s easy to get caught up into numbers. I have found myself grateful for the connections I make with the One, and the one here or there 🙂

  9. Lisa, I enjoyed reading how intentional writing was beneficial in many ways for you. 🙂 I find myself often coming back to the truth that, really, I am writing for an audience of One. Remembering this is my primary goal is crucial.

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