Posted by: macahajo | February 2, 2016

personal retreat days and living intentionally

When we prepared to serve in Africa, we participated in a ReachGlobal online course called Intentional Living. The course inspired me to live my life, as much as I can, with intentionality.

intentional /ɪnˈtɛnʃənl̟/ adjective
Learner’s definition of INTENTIONAL
: done in a way that is planned or intended : DELIBERATE

In efforts to live intentional lives, ReachGlobal encourages their staff to schedule regular personal retreat days. This time looks different for each person, but here are some key components in my personal retreat day:

• Extended quiet time with the Lord, including worship, Bible study, and listening prayer.
• Listening to a sermon from a favorite pastor teacher.
• Reviewing and praying through my ReachGlobal OnTrac form, including my Key Result Areas (KRA’s).

The RG OnTrac form that I referred to above, is a wonderful tool that ReachGlobal developed for their staff. It helps me as I consider how to live my life with intentionality, and as I pray about how the Lord wants me to spend my days. An important part of the OnTrac form is the KRA’s. A Key Result Area is like a mission or vision statement. I’ve spent time praying and thinking about the key result areas in my life. The following are a few of my KRA’s:

Personal Development: I will live this life that God has given me with intentionality and a desire for good health; in my spiritual, emotional, relational, physical, and financial life.

Marriage: I will intentionally strive to have a healthy, growing marriage that honors God.

Children: I will disciple our children to be devoted followers of Christ, and mentor them to be growing, healthy individuals.

Strong Team: I will invest time and energy into being a productive part of a strong, healthy team.

After determining my Key Result Areas, the next steps are to list action points that I work on in efforts to accomplish the Key Result Areas. For example, in my personal development: I want to live this life that God has given me to the fullest, with intentionality; in my spiritual, emotional, relational, physical, and financial life. I ask the questions…With the Lord’s help, how do I get there? How can this happen? What do I need to do? The following are just a few action points for my personal development KRA:

Spiritual: Having uninterrupted, unhurried time daily with Jesus, and extended time on Mondays.

Emotional: Read the book, Calm My Anxious Heart, by Linda Dillow.

Relational: Intentionally plan time with friends who fill me up.

Physical: Exercise; run and play volleyball.

Financial: Discuss our budget at the beginning of each month, and prayerfully consider how the Lord would have us use the resources He’s given us.

When I take my personal retreat day, I review my Key Result Areas and my action points, reflecting on the last month. The Key Result Areas stay the same, but I might adjust, change, and add to my action points, as I prayerfully look ahead to the next month. This time helps me to focus or re-focus on what’s important in my life and how to spend my days.

Wanting to live intentionally in Christ, Cathy Lynn



  1. Hey Cathy,

    I’m also working on my personal retreat days and living intentionally. Thank you for this post.

    I think Debbie Wardle gave all us a copy of “Calm My Anxious Heart” while we were at the conference. I left it here with the things that we stored here, but when I got back to the states, I felt like I should read it then. The whole time I was reading it, I thought I would do it again when I got to Africa and had the “paper copy” in front of me. Part of that was because I wanted to be able to do Bible study that is at the end of the book—kind of difficult on Kindle.

    So, after reading your post, my question is, would you like to do this together? If not, I’m fine with that, but I just wanted to throw it out there as an option. I’m good either way.

    Let me know,


  2. Hi Sheryl, I would love to do this study together! Thank you for asking. I will email you 🙂 ❤

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