Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Living in the Moment

I've been looking over pictures from our cruise (Yes, I'm STILL thinking about it. Feel free to roll your eyes. I'm sorry. I just can't help it. What a trip!) and finding this weird phenomenon. I look so happy. I mean, glowing happy.

 Miss Innocent One says this is her favorite photo of us because we look excited to be together. And we were! But I'm thrilled to be with this man any day, anywhere. Even after 25 years, I tell him how much I love being his wife. Why doesn't it show like this every day? How does life sap the joy from my face? How can I stay here, in giddy, sweet delight?

Do you suppose it's a mindset? On vacation I gave myself permission not to think about the junk at home. I didn't stress about what needed to be done before the next day. I didn't dwell on bills or kids in college or how dirty my house was. I didn't fret over relationships. I lived in the moment, savoring each one, rejoicing in every little blessing.

Is it possible to live this way in "the real world?" Can I train myself to think only of the present? Can I learn to put aside worries and anxieties to drink in the beauty of each day?

It's certainly worth a try, don't you think? It will take practice though. Somehow I have to figure out how to see past the yucky stuff this world throws my way, find the good and rest there.

It says in Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." That perfect peace will manifest itself in joy, don't you think? It will show on the outside. It may even make us glow. So I fix my eyes on Jesus. I set my mind on Almighty God and His Word. I fill my head with His truth. And I trust Him, sapping the most out of every moment.

How do you do it? What helps you live in the moment?


e-Mom said...

Three thumbs up... you two look spectacular!

Brenda said...

Chris and I went to Antigua for our 25th is truly magical to be in such a place. Makes me wonder how beautiful heaven must be if there is that much joy on a little island here!