2013 One Word: NOW– Live in the NOW


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I love new beginnings. 2013, filled with dreams, possibilities and wishes. Resolutions, plans, desires. I need new beginnings to remind me that there is more, and that I ought to reach for it. Reach for direction, purpose, goal. This is what makes me tick, what gives me wings.

But life has taught me a thing or two about myself, and sometimes, I don’t like what I see. Like my getting crushed emotionally as the days go by and my determination peters out, or my passionate resolve weakening as time lingers on, or the wound of failure opening up once again after they have barely scared.

My weaknesses disgust me. They tell me that I am a loser.

So as this brand spanking new year stands in front of me, I wondered if it is inviting me to take on a new challenge and win, or teasing me, knowing that I will lose anyway. And I wonder how to juggle my need for goals to reach and purpose to live fully with the understanding of how dangerous these can be for me.

Until I turned to Him.

He always knows best.  He made me. He knows how I work.  I can trust His guidance.

“Live in the Now,” I heard Him whisper.  

Not in the lofty goals for a calendar year, or a month or a week, but in the very moments of my day. Not moments actually, but moment.

In the focused care for the now.

The now I am in right this very second. In the joy of a job well done right now. In the purity of a smile given fully. In the reality of right now.

In the fullness of life.

And all of a sudden, my answer is as clear as a crisp fall morning.

My heart fills with joy, because I know that I am known.  I know that nothing is hidden from Him, because I realize that my dilemma is nothing to Him, because I see that He can make what I need to know to live fully today obvious to me.

So that I can live in the now.

And I see that it has already started, this living in the moment.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp 

#419 Realizing that a new year offers me new possibilities

#418 Waking up to hope once more

#417 Planning my son’s wedding with joy and peace

#416 Bread baking and filling the house with its amazing aroma

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  1. every day is a new beginning! and some times we lose sight of the now because of our lofty goals (can you tell i never was one for long and short term goals 🙂 )
    here and now with HIM makes so much more sense to me 🙂
    oh weakness is never a sign of being a loser, but it took me a long time to realize that!


  2. Very poignant and true!! He is with us always and forever and we must be present and like you said, be with Him through it all and not dwell on the past.

    I hope you’re having a great week and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week’s Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I’m following you.

    If you have time, we’d love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven’t already! (Thank you so very much if you’ve already linked up, I truly appreciate it!!)

    Come and link up and celebrate the coming weekend with us!


    Jean {What Jean Likes}


  3. Hi! I’m your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi when you have a chance. I’m also hosting a blog hop – if you would like to join us 🙂 Hope you’re having an awesome week.

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  4. Hi Barbara,
    Thank you for linking up to the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop.
    What a great post! I learned about living in the now when my brother-in-law passed away in a car accident. Just like that he was gone. Not a day goes by that I do not think of him or how important right now really is.



  5. It’s been a stressful couple of days and I don’t do well with stress. Thank you for reminding me of some very important truths. I appreciate it. Happy Friendship Friday! :O)


  6. Yes, I want to live in the NOW, too. It’s all we really have and to squander it is to miss the miraculous. Here’s praying that 2013 will be filled with a million nows.


  7. […] I take you so seriously that I shape my sentences in view of you, seeking to reach your soul with words. I use this tool I have been granted to challenge you to color your world differently, this tool I have been given to encourage you to never settle, to always reach out, to breathe deeply. And my lofty goal is always that my words might affect your life at the level that your life needs to be affected in the now.   […]


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