I choose to live in the present, not looking beyond the moment is thriving not surviving. 

Dearest Ones,

Several weeks ago I shared with you how I manage my days; it struck a chord. Not only with you, who suffer from a Chronic Illness, others also. Healthy or not, we all need proper time management in our tool bag.

Why?

We are living our lives at a frantic pace, doing it all, keeping up with everything, and comparing ourselves to every other person on Social Media. The truth is no one’s life looks as good as it does on a such a public platform.

And we are only wearing ourselves down, while we walk through our days looking as if we are sucking on a lemon.

“I have come to realize these principles are for anyone’s everyday life. How much more productive would your life feel if you made more space for rest? Would your life feel more at ease if you were to manage your time wisely? Could it be much better than living overwrought and frazzled?”

The Next Component

Much of the feedback I received opened my eyes to the fear that comes with Chronic Illness. Fear of what the future holds. We are fed words such as palliative care, bedridden, feeding tubes, and more. Staring into a picture painted with such heavy words leaves us trembling in fear. We can choose to let fear destroy the fragility we already live with, or we can choose to live in the present.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgement.” 2Timothy 1:7 (CSB)

When you are sent packing with a bag of fear, how can we choose to move forward leaving behind the fear?

We can choose to let fear destroy the fragility we already live with, or we can choose to live in the present.

Choose Today

How do we choose to live in the present? Jesus, himself, tells us how we are to live in the present, trusting Him and his provision.

“Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (CSB)

Is it easy? NO! Are there tears and frustration? Yes, plenty of both. Do I always live this well? No, I do not. However, I have been given this one beautiful broken life to share His faithfulness to me. And, so have you.

Most days, getting myself up and moving forward is a slow and painful process, I refuse to waste effort on looking forward. I put my energy in moving from one step to another, relying on His provision for me.

Our days are long and hard, wasting one minute of our energy on living in fear is not thriving. In fact, it is living a life of merely surviving.

I want more. I wish for more from life, and I want more for you. I ran across this post, Dandelions: Finding Wonder In Fragile Places.

Reminded of the wonder God places in each moment of my day, just as He does the same for you. However, we must choose to live in the present, or we will miss these moments.

I choose to live in the present, not looking beyond the moment is thriving not surviving. 

I want to leave you with this:

“I lift my eyes to toward the mountains. Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.

The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night.

The Lord will protect you from all harm; he will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.”

Psalms 121 (CSB)

Gifts of Grace

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In case you missed these posts:

Managing Time: Making The Most of My Days Living With P.O.T.S.

Strongholds: What is Your Egypt?

Coffee and Reflections: Leaving April Behind

Light in The Darkness: Hope in Your Weary Days of Heavy

Serving: A Burden or A Privilege

Why Writing In A Journal Transforms Me

Spiritual Growth: Establishing A Daily Quiet Time

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I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you, my daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.