The Best Way to Live One Day at a Time

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“One day at a time- this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” — Ida Scott Taylor

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34

It’s hard isn’t it?

You and I know we sacrifice peace, joy, contentment and more when we choose to live with past or future “what ifs.” If only it was easy to consistently kick painful memories and anxious thoughts to the curb, but if you’re like me those days I don’t feel good or things don’t go well—it’s easy to add past and future thoughts to days struggle.

So, I’ve made a list:

The Best Way to Live One Day at a Time

The Best Way to Live One Day at a Time - Counting My Blessings

1. For today – I will make healthy choices and be kind to myself.

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I will remember how much God loves me and wants the best for me. I will not sabotage His work in my life with unhealthy choices.

2. For today – I will choose joy.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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3. For today – I will trust God’s plans for me.

“I’m practicing believing that God knows more than I know, that he sees what I can’t, that he’s weaving a future I can’t even imagine from where I sit this morning.” ~Shauna Niequist

I will trust God’s plans are for my good and His glory even when I can’t see it at the moment.

4. For today – I will repent and trust God’s forgiveness.

But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

He is faithful to forgive. When I doubt His forgiveness I doubt His love. If I trust Jesus sacrifice then I must trust it sufficiency to cover my sins.

5. For today – I will forgive myself and others.

Forgiveness doesn’t diminish justice, it entrusts it to God.” ~Max Lucado

I will let go of what God has forgiven and give the gift of forgiveness to those who hurt me . . . trusting it is God’s will and that He will help.

6. For today – I will plan my day.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~Paul J. Meyer

I will use today’s 1440 minutes intentionally. This one is a challenge for me. I definitely want to do better with time management.

7. For today – I will not over-plan my day.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~Stephen Covey

I’m working on a mission statement and will share the process with you tomorrow. Having a mission statement makes it easier for me to know my priorities and schedule in a way that I have time to breathe.

8. For today – I will accept the unexpected.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38

Whatever the day brings, I will trust that God is greater than my circumstances and live with confidence that He is able to give me strength to endure.

9. For today – I will refuse to worry.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34

I will do what I am able to do now, plan for today, and leave tomorrow to the mercy and grace of God.

10. For today – I will count my blessings.

Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!” Luke 5:26

I began blessing counting during a time when my heart hurt so much it seemed impossible to see anything good. A discipline God used to strengthen me and fill me with hope. I’m a committed counter now.

So, let me ask . . . what do you do to live one day at a time?

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  1. Sabra Penley says:

    Deb, these tips are wonderful! Writing them in my journal to turn back to time and time again!

    1. Thanks Sabra. It’s so easy to get off track and start regretting and worrying. My greatest need is to honor God by living today for His glory. Wow am I thankful for grace! Blessings!

  2. Some of your tips shared here, I’m getting better at with God’s help. I certainly could use some improvement, though, in all areas, but planning the day needs the most work. 🙂
    Blessings, Deb!

  3. Hi! We were thinking much along the same lines today. Great post…and I love your list. I am going to try and implement them too. Blessed to be your neighbor at the RaRa Linkup today!

    1. We were Tara. Thanks for visiting. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better through your blog. Thanks so much for visiting!

  4. Thanks Heather. Balance is so hard yet so important. I wonder if I’ll ever get it figured out. I’m guessing not, but I will continue to make it a goal. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

  5. I love every idea on your list for how to live each day. For me, I believe it is important to start each day with
    thanks for the new day” on my lips. God needs to hear that we are glad for the gift of a new day. Then I try to dig into many of the ideas on your list. Blessings!

    1. Amen Mary! Thanks for adding that great point Mary. I can’t count blessings without gratitude, but I shouldn’t assume everyone knows that. Enjoy a blessing-filled day!

  6. Karen DelTatto says:

    I found this post so edifying and encouraging!

    Your suggestions for living in the moment, daily, are so helpful. I love how you backed up every suggestion with Scripture showing that God’s ways are the best ways for our good and His Glory.

    Thank you for sharing!

  7. These are just the truths I needed to read and hear today. I have wrote them down in my journal so I can come back to them day after day as a reminder for the important choices I need to make. Thank you so much for sharing them. I will be featuring this post tomorrow on Intentional @ Home Thursday 🙂

  8. Lux Ganzon says:

    It’s really better to take it one day at a time so we don’t get overwhelmed. And it also allows us to focus on the important things.

  9. Cindy Barclay says:

    After years and years of overplanning my days, I’m seeking the Lord- how do I live each day for His glory- and take care of “everything”- myself – my hubby- my home- my job- the rest of our large family- Thanks for these tips. Blessings!

  10. Brett & Rose says:

    Daily depending on Christ
    Daily giving our will to His

    Thanks for a great article

  11. Following those 10 tips will cause us to shift our mindset throughout our day. It alleviates the spaces that usually filled and overrun by stress, worry, anxiety, anger along with the frustrations of every day life. I really enjoyed this blog it is good advice that anyone can follow.

  12. Raising Samuels says:

    Great post, Deb! It is so hard to forgive others in past experiences but it is healing to do so, and what God wants us to do. Thanks for sharing this amazing post! Blessings from #bloggercaregroup 🙂

  13. I love this. It really encouraged me today.

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