12 Things That Will Help You Embrace Life Now

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I want to embrace life, to live until I die. Don't you? Doesn't everyone? If fear is holding you back from living your best life now. This is for you...

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …” ~Marcus Aurelius

I want to LIVE until I die! 

Don’t you? Doesn’t everyone?

Maybe.

Or is it possible fear is keeping you from embracing life.

  • Fear of failure.
  • Fear of rejection.
  • Fear of judgment.
  • Fear of embarrassment.
  • Fear of loss.
  • Fear of change.
  • Fear of ____________.

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I understand. I lived way too many years in fear and it didn’t change a thing.

It’s true—frightening things happen every day, but God’s Word says if we focus on Him and on His faithful presence we have nothing to fear.

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Maybe you’ve heard the question, “What would you do today if you knew you could not fail?”

But I want to ask it another way…

What would you do today if you really believed there is nothing to fear?

I want to embrace life, to live until I die. Don't you? Doesn't everyone? If fear is holding you back from living your best life now. This is for you...

Would you:

  • go back to school?
  • ask for forgiveness?
  • call an old friend?
  • start a blog?
  • profess your faith?
  • try a hobby?
  • become a foster parent or adopt a child?

I want to embrace life, to live until I die. Don't you? Doesn't everyone? If fear is holding you back from living your best life now. This is for you...

12 Things That Will Help You Embrace Life Now

1. List your goals, hopes, and dreams – big and small . . . anything and everything.

“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” ~Lou Holtz

2. Identify your fears – write them down. Fear loses power when you label it.

“Every battle you have to fight, is an opportunity for the glory of God to be revealed. The greater the obstacles, the greater the victory.” ~Lailah Gifty-Akita

3. Ask if your fear is protecting you or limiting you.

Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm. Proverbs 19:23

4. Write a mission statement – know what you believe and what’s most important.

“You have a purpose in life. You know in your heart what’s most important to you. In fact, your mission and values are expressed every day, by how you live–you just may not realize it.” ~Stephen Covey

5. Be fully present in the moment – don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future.

“If you have one eye on yesterday, and one eye on tomorrow, you’re going to be cockeyed today.” ~Author Unknown

6. Forgive yourself and others.

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” ~Lewis B. Smedes

7. Surround yourself with wise loving people.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

8. Learn and use wise godly boundaries to overcome irrational fears.

Ask yourself, “What does God want me to do? Is this in line with His will for me?”

9. Pray for wisdom, strength, and courage.

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6–7

10. Refuse to lose hope – God knows your eternal future.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

11. Show generous gratitude – to everyone for every blessing.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John F. Kennedy

12. Live, Love, and Laugh

“Live every moment, laugh every day, love beyond words.”

I want to LIVE until I die. I want to embrace life now.

Why? Because I’ve known people who have and those who haven’t. I’ve watched whole families start grieving the death of a loved one the day cancer was diagnosed; and others who have lived with love, hope, and joy to their last breath.

I want to live with love, hope, and joy up to my last breath.

You too? Today is a great day to live . . . to embrace life.

What will you do today to embrace life? What’s on your list of goals, hopes, and dreams? What fear has God helped you overcome? Do you want Him to help you overcome?

“If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.” ~ Thomas Merton

 

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23 thoughts on “12 Things That Will Help You Embrace Life Now

  1. This is a Pillar Post, Deb!

    Great and practical words of wisdom. I pinned and tweeted several of them today!

    I needed to hear this one, “Refuse to lose hope – God knows your eternal future.” We are in a waiting season, and this point helped!

    Came over on Soul Survivor.
    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

  2. I always knew I had it in me to write, Deb, but held back for years from doing anything serious about it. Fear of failure? You bet! Then God spoke, audibly, and I knew that feeling of now or never. The rest, as they say, is history!
    And like you, I try to live and love and laugh in the present moment, each and every day!
    Blessings!

  3. I’m trying to be more productive to leave more time for extra things I enjoy. Thanks for all of your tips!

  4. This is excellent and I agree 100%! Fear, if used correctly, can be a good thing (I wrote a post on that recently!). It can show you want hurdles you should push past in life. I’m trying to really take a deep look at my core values and my life goals to align them to help me embrace them more and stay on track more.

    1. Knowing core values and life goals is so helpful. I worked on that earlier this summer. I lived so much of my life in fear I really need to know the why behind it. Protection or limitation. That’s where I need God’s guidance and grace. Thanks so much for joining the conversation Vicky.

  5. Powerful post – very encouraging words – I deal with “fears” all the time – these are great practical tips!

    1. Thank you Clare. Oh, I hear and feel your struggle. I spent way too much of my life either being paralyzed by fear or trying to run so fast I could stay ahead of it. Neither work. Now, I’m trying to simply trust God’s grace. Praying for you. God bless.

  6. Well, now that I’ve shared this post on practically every social media site I have, let me comment. This hits home so well. I had to laugh when you quoted: “What would you do if you knew you could not fail.” That quote has been on my brain as I go through this summer of discernment about where to go next with my professional career. Thank you for your words of guidance, which truly feel like they were sent as a blessing from God this morning.

    1. Wow, thanks Jenni. Your kind encouragement has made my day! I love how the Lord uses us miles apart to bless and encourage each other. Enjoy a wonderful blessing-filled day!

  7. Deb, this is so good! I started reading quickly through it, because “I know all this already. I’ll just see what someone else has to say on the topic.” HA! #3 stopped my eyeballs in their sockets (because stopped me in my tracks is so overused). Is my fear protecting me or limiting me? Well…yes. And I didn’t recognize it as fear. Which meant I had to go back to #2, and once I labeled it as such, that required me to go back to #1. So, I’m printing this out and going over it later when I have more time. Thanks, I guess! Wonderful nuggets! I’m sharing it on my FB page, G+ and Twitter.

    1. Thanks Mary. I’m glad. Fear was such a huge issue for me. I can’t remember a time in my life when it didn’t cover me. I had faith in Jesus but still terrified of all the terrible things that could happen. I hated the process, but having the cloak of fear stripped away is a miracle of God’s grace. Life is just better this way. Blessings to you. Praying for you. Hugs!

  8. Definitely a pillar post, Deb. Like one comment above said. I also agree with what Jenni said. \”What would you do if you knew you could not fail?\” That is a powerful question. Your post took me by surprise, I expected something else, but this is great encouragement to live a purpose-filled life. I\’m going to pin it to share with others, but also to keep for myself!

  9. These are great tips and good quotes, Deb! I don’t want to let fear hold me back any longer either. We both referenced Jeremiah 29:11 today!
    When my kids left home (all save the last), I felt life was boring and there was nothing left for me. But then I decided to return to the calling God had directed me to (blogging) and follow what I knew He wanted me to do. I let fear hold me back for far too long.
    I’m all in now!
    Thanks for the visit today, Deb!
    Blessings to you!

  10. Fear is an old nemesis of mine. It has kept me for years from doing the things I wanted to.
    Thank you for this encouragement.

  11. I liked your 12 ideas! I especially related to number 5, live in the moment. I’m guilty of looking in the future. But, the present is too good to miss! Thanks for the encouragement. Visiting from #threewordWednesday.

  12. “Fear loses power when you label it.” Wow, isn’t that so true. And so important. So often I find myself paralyzed by fear – which hinders embracing life – and can’t seem to find a way out. Anxiety attacks, endless thinking, worrying… I need to be reminded often to invite Jesus into that place. I need to refuse to lose hope. To pray often. To seek Him constantly. Thanks for encouraging me today. And thanks for challenging me to embrace every day!

  13. What a great step-by-step process to bring back some fulfillment in life! I love that you included a mission statement. Writing something so detailed about your life has to bring into perspective.

  14. I want to live my way into the answer to your question: What would I do if there was nothing to fear?
    So many good things I want to do BIG picture, while trusting for obedience to do the everyday walk of faith.
    Thanks for these wise words.

  15. I love this post so much that I chose it for my feature on this week’s Pinterest Love Weekend Pin-It Party. It will live on Friday Aug. 21st 🙂

    Thank you for continued encouragement!

  16. Love this! I wrote out a personal mission statement a few years ago and always go back to that when I’m reevaluating my priorities and responsibilities as well as setting goals.

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