As I reflect on my journey for the last 18 months, I see that there have been many lessons learned and many issues/emotions uncovered. I find that learning to take one day at a time has been one of the key lessons.
One day at a time is all I can deal with and sometimes only the current moment. Constantly being focused on the future provokes anxiety and stress, at least for me. Right now is the only time I can do anything about. And, when I focus on the moment, I can focus on doing what I’m doing well.
That doesn’t mean I should never think about the future, because otherwise I would never have plans or goals come to fruition. Yet, when I focus too much on the end result, I tend to get anxious, which leads to negative coping skills, such as overeating.
Ultimately, I must leave the future in God’s hands. And, when I leave things in God’s hands, He takes care of a lot of things for me. Many of the things I worry about get taken care of by God in the end and there was no need to worry about it in the first place.
For example, we have entered the holiday season and there is so much going on for the near future. My weekends for December are already being booked. When I think about it, I can feel the stress pile on, but I’m learning to pray and let God have it. I can only deal with right now. I have made the plans, but there is nothing else to be done until that day gets here. And I know that all the worrying doesn’t get me anywhere anyway. God is taking care of all of it.
In the past when I have been anxious about things like this, food was a welcome distraction or escape from the anxiety and any other emotions that popped up. So, I’m learning to manage anxiety by taking one day at a time, leaving things in God’s hands, spending time with God, & attending Celebrate Recovery meetings.
God is doing so many amazing things in my life during this time. On the outside, it may look like a hard road, but it is a blessed hard road.
The following verse is one of my favorites. I included it in three different versions, because I liked the way each one of them stated it.
Matthew 6:34 TPT
Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
Matthew 6:34 MSG
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:34 NKJV
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Praise Report: I’m celebrating victory over food addiction/overeating for 1 yr 192 days. God has removed 96.2 pounds from me.