Are you really living?

Out of all the days you have been alive, how many of those days have you truly lived?

Yesterday that thought made me pause and think for a moment. Honestly, it makes me sad. So many of my days have been spent by merely existing and just trying to make it through the day.

The days when I choose not to feel anything are the saddest days. On those days I end up emotionally eating, numbing my pain with social media, or sleeping more. Because I don’t want to feel the emotions of life or do the things that need to be done to make me feel better. Therefore, I stuff my emotions down inside of me. I stuff and then numb the pain that the stuffing brings. It’s a horrible cycle.

The only way for me to break through is to allow myself to feel whatever it is that I am feeling. Sometimes I just need to sit with the emotion and allow myself to feel it. Then when the emotion is strong, I need to pray about whatever is bothering me. When I give the Lord my troubles, then He gives me His peace.

We have to get to the place in our lives when we will no longer accept our present behavior. Then, we can change it. Prayer always helps me. Just talking over my troubles with the Lord helps me to see them differently. The enemy wants us to believe that the desires of our hearts are impossible, but with God all things are possible.

One of the best ways for me to fully live each day is to cultivate gratitude in my life. The more I search for it, the more things I can find to be grateful for. This gives me feelings of abundance and joy and helps me to live my best life.

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