In a busy world, it’s easy to get distracted by all the things but the true joy comes from living in the present.
What does that mean?
Honestly, I’m still learning myself but, here’s a few things that are helping me.
#1. Simplify. I’m pretty sure every mom can agree that time seems to move insanely faster once you have kids. I actually get really sad when I think about how quickly my kids are growing—but I’m trying to catch myself—and instead I’m trying more often to set aside distractions (like my phone) and watch them, interact with them and be in the moment.
My new favorite thing to do is read books together first thing in the morning while I sip my coffee! Note: My kids are 5 and 7 now, so my coffee is much less likely to be spilled as opposed to when they were babies and toddlers.
#2. I keep coming back to scripture to give me peace. With everything happening in the world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so I’ve just been repeating a few of the same scripture pieces over and over as much as I can to ground myself.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:34)
“Do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18b) is another good one.
#3. Focus on the gratitudes. It sounds clique—but it works.
We’re in a 6+ month waiting period in our lives. We sold our house, moved back into our RV and have been praying about where to live next. God keeps telling us to wait. Which is hard.
Some days tiny-house living can be really fun but some days it’s really HARD and it’s discouraging to have to keep waiting. On those days I have to remind my kids (and myself—mainly myself) to focus on the gratitudes.
We don’t have a bathtub in the RV, but we do have a 9×13 baking dish I can soak my feet in—focusing on what we do have, remember! 😉
#4. I also ask myself, how can I enjoy this moment, right now?
Sometimes that means putting the kids to bed on time, popping some popcorn and turning on a movie to watch with Corey.
Sometimes that means thinking ahead just a bit to plan something with a friend—friends help fill my soul. God ultimately is the only one who can truly fill my soul but I think he uses our godly friends as a tool to do so sometimes!
Don’t have a great friend yet? Again, focus on what you do have, focus on the gratitudes. Focus on a step you could take to be a friend for someone else.
Ya’ll, I know what it’s like to not have something you have wished for for a very long time. I don’t have a mom or dad (I do but I don’t. To protect myself and my family I had to stop speaking and seeing my parents). I know what it’s like to have a pain in your heart. I know what it’s like to yearn for something, pray for something and then wait on the Lord.
I can get sucked down deep into the all familiar rut feeling sorry for myself or I can focus on what I do have—God has blessed me with the most incredible godly husband who is also my absolute best friend.
#5. Yesterday, my daughter gave me a picture she drew of a rainbow and a sun!
On it I wrote a note to myself, “Sometimes the best thing to do when you’re feeling like that, is to help someone else.”
And by “feeling like that” I mean when you’re feeling sad or overwhelmed or in a waiting season.
I try to ask myself, What does God have for me today?
I don’t think I’m going to edit this post much. I think it’s much more like we had a conversation over coffee this way. It’s not perfectly edited, there are many rabbit trails, but somehow I hope this encourages your heart today.
Just know I’m thinking about you and praying for you my friend.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what God is teaching you and/or what helps you live in the present.P.S. Are you looking for extra side income? I make full-time income blogging part-time—check out this easy step-by-step tutorial on how start a blog (no tech knowledge required).