Living Every Day with God
Living in the Moment.
Recently the topic of stress and the impact it is having on health, relationships and overall happiness is dominating more and more conversations I have with my girlfriends and other acquaintances. Physical issues like headaches, disturbed sleep, adrenal problems, depression and increased anxiety levels are just some of the manifestations myself and others are experiencing or have experienced at some point. Does any of this sound familiar? These conversations resonated with me because I myself lately have been feeling restless and more unsettled than usual and it just hasn’t felt right to me. I consider myself a very grounded person. I meditate; spend time with God, eat whole foods; workout; practice yoga and stretching, all the things good for the body, mind and soul. I didn’t know what more I could do so I asked God. I sat down and shared my feelings and how my body was feeling more run down than usual and the conversations I’ve had with others and prayed for an answer. And just like that on a typical morning while getting ready for the day, I received His gift of wisdom and grace. I had been living moment by moment rather than living in the moment.
God led me to two scriptures:
Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? Or, What are we going to have to drink? Or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
When I read this scripture, I realized that I was focused more on what was going to happen; what could happen or the maybe’s of the future versus living right now….here….in this minute. Just to give you an everyday example from my own life. The other day, I am at my son’s lacrosse game and the lengthy conversation we are all having is about a conflict that may arise given a potential playoff game that may or may not happen. I’m not enjoying watching my son in the game that is presently going on….I’m not in the present moment at all. This isn’t a speech about throwing retirement planning out the door! This is about bringing attention to how you live your days. Are you here in the present, right now? Or are you fretting over details about an event that will happen 30 days for now? Or how your relatives are going to get along at Aunt Marg’s 80th birthday celebration that’s taking place in 2019! After reading and meditating on this scripture, it was a big wake-up call about the time I was letting pass away without sincerely enjoying every moment.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money including greed, avarice, lust and craving for earthly possessions, and be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have; for He (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.
When I read this scripture, this made me realize that again, I was focused on more what I was working towards rather than enjoying what I’ve accomplished and what I have. There’s a gap between where we are and where we want to go. That gap is called the present. I am a proponent and a supporter of setting goals, creating action steps and going after your dreams. I have multiple vision boards in my office with all of my goals detailed in pictures. Just a side note, did you know that God speaks about a vision board in the Bible? (See Habakkuk 2:2) I speak regularly with God specifically about my goals, my dreams and what I would like to accomplish (however, God’s plan rules and I’m always open to His will.) This isn’t about getting rid of wants. It is about feeling settled in the now, feeling settled in the gap….in the present. Don’t stop dreaming. Just begin to appreciate where you are.
Until next time!
Lots of love,