My new motto is “Survive Today”. If adoption has taught me anything, it has taught me the future is always uncertain. No matter how much you plan. Or prepare. Or pray. I have learned to live one day at a time. With four little ones, homeschooling, all of the therapy and appointments I can only live in today.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Today is enough.
Living in today is ok.
Our God promises to be with us in the present.
Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
How do you get started in living in today? What does it mean to live in the present? How do rest and find peace by living in just One Day at a Time?
The First 3 Steps for Living in Today
- Trust. While the children of Israel wondering the wilderness, not knowing when the Promised Land would be in sight, they were fed. (Exodus 16:35) God provided for them. Even their daily needs. You can rest in today because God provides. Trust God, the great Provider, to provide all of your needs: spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
- Rest. We may look at our day and see only the To-Do list. Suddenly, we sink into discouragement. It seems to be too much. We think about what we can cut out. Or what we can multitask while we do it. We feel the burdens of our life. We feel the weight of us each day. Listen to this promise from Psalm 68:19: “Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.” (NLT) Each day. He will carry you today. What about tomorrow’s list? Forget about tomorrow. Rest in His arms today.
- Sacrifice. Living in today means sacrifice. We sacrifice our own desires. We set aside our plans and agenda. We can make our lists, but understand our life for that day may look different. One of our little ones may wake up sick, or we might wake up sick! The meat you planned to use for dinner might have spoiled. Or you get a phone call that takes longer then you planned. Sacrifice your life before the Lord: each day. Jesus says in Luke 9:23, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Daily sacrifice.
Praise our God who understands our frailty. Who sees our days. Give thanks to Him who offers His arms to hold us in the daily life. Who calls us to abide in Him. For as we abide, we find we can live in today.
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