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Stay Present This Holiday Season
When we choose to live in the moment and stay present this season, we embrace all God has for us and we don't miss any of His many blessings on a daily basis. Also, we give our best selves to others while in their presence. But the thing is, we can't do this in our own strength. We cannot stay present this holiday season on our own, but we can with God's help. How can you partner with God today to stay present today?
Live Undistracted This Holiday Season
The world gets a bit crazy at Christmastime, and it's easy to get caught up in it all, isn't it? Let's get back to the heart of this holiday and center ourselves on truly what's important. Let's take a stand to do things differently than the rest of the world. How about we live undistracted and stay present this holiday season? Listen to episode 122 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast for 5 ways to stay present this season.
5 Ways to Stay Present This Holiday Season
Well, here we are! The holiday season is upon us, and Christmas will be here before we know it. We know how full this season can be, and we also know how we can miss the special moments in it if we're not intentional in staying present. In episode 122 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast that dropped early this morning, I share five ways to stay present this season. These five ways will truly make a difference in our holidays if we apply them.
This quote stopped me in my tracks this morning. I'm in an online prayer group each Monday morning, and today one of my friends said six simple but profound words that completely stopped me. Natalie said, "Joyful people are the happiest people." It got me thinking, how's my joy level? Am I filled with joy or am I allowing issues, distractions, situations, or circumstances to rob me of that joy? How's yours today? Live in His joy today, friend, and spread happiness into this world!
Giving Thanks Isn't Just for Thanksgiving
Just because Thanksgiving is behind us, we can still chose to give thanks today. For what are you thanking God today? Listen to episode 120 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast for more on this subject.
Every day can be Thanksgiving!
Here we are! The week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. I read a sentence last week that I can't get out of my mind about the New England colonists and their practice of celebrating what they called "Thanksgivings." It wasn't just one day a year, but many days. We discuss this in episode 120 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast that dropped early this morning. In fact, this could truly transform our lives!
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I looked around the other day, and everywhere I looked, I saw a mess. The enemy of my soul quietly whispered, "You're a mess and so is your life." I get so tired of his whispers. Do you hear them, too? Instead of allowing his words to sink in, I claimed the truth of God. Sure, life gets messy, but I'm not--nor is my life--a mess. When life gets messy, God is good at turning messes into beauty. Friend, this is for you and your life, too.
Are we missing God's blessings?
Think about all the many ways God has blessed you, not just recently but over your entire life. I can't count all the ways, can you? When we live distracted, however, we miss many things--including God's blessings. I sometimes wonder how many I've missed over the years because I was too distracted to see them. Let's live intentional today to not miss another one.
Are We Too Busy to Do What We Enjoy?
What's one thing you enjoy? When was the last time you enjoyed it? We discuss this on episode 119 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast this week. If we're too busy to do what we enjoy, then we're too busy. I don't say the word "busy" anymore. Even when I write it, I cringe. Because busy used to boss me around, but this is not God's best for us. Friend, do that thing you enjoy. If you can't today, plan for it in the days to come. Then listen to episode 119 for more encouragement.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with busyness?
Busyness is stealing life from many of us. We're feeling overwhelmed with our overloaded schedules, and we consistently feel behind because there's so much to do! If you can relate, join me in the movement to slow your go and unbusy your life... before the busiest season of the year is upon us. Listen to episode 119 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast for hope and answers this week.
Today is a good day to unbusy your lives.
Are you busy? Silly question, right? We all are. This word "busy" I've removed from my vocabulary. I don't say it anymore. As I share in Chapter 3 of Right Now Matters, removing "busy" from our words is the first step in removing it from our lives. Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gets into fill swing, let's take some time right now to slow our go and unbusy our lives. Listen to episode 119 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast that dropped earlier today for more.
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Who do we seek first? God or others? I've been known to seek out the wisdom of others before going to God. Maybe you can relate. What are we needing today? Answers? Help in making a decision? A solution to a problem? Encouragement? Hope? Wisdom? Whatever it is, let's go to God first.
Today is the day!
How do we know if we're living distracted? One big clue is that we can't seem to complete tasks in a timely manner. Distractions take us off course from what's important to things less important. This includes our work, our prayer time, our time spent with friends and family, and a whole lot more. Today is the day to take back our lives from the distractions that entice us away to less important things. Listen to episode 118 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast for more.
Right Now Matters at Christmastime - Julie Lefebure
Imagine this: You experiencing the most memorable holiday season this year as you live in the moment and stay present through it all. It's not a dream. It can be your reality! I'll teach you how! Come to our next Real Encouragement LIVE! women's event on 11/30, 6-8 PM, in Cedar Rapids: Right Now Matters at Christmastime.
Are you living distracted?
Some of us have been living distracted for so long, that it's all we know. We may not name it "living distracted," but might think, "This is my life, and I can't do anything about it." Let me tell you today, nothing could be farther from the truth. Life does not have to be this way, and we CAN do something about it. In fact, God desires His good for our lives, and living distracted certainly does not come from Him. Listen to episode 118 of the Encouragement for Real Life Podcast.