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JM’s Journal: How to Live in the Moment

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How to Live in the Moment

And Why That’s Good for You

by J.M. Troppello

In the past, I’ve had trouble living in the moment. Lately, that’s all I feel like I’m doing—and that’s a good thing.

“Live in the moment and become present in all that you do. Don’t worry yourself with what happened yesterday or what’s going to happen tomorrow. Stay focused with what’s in front of you.” – Michael Trevino

I love this quote from Michael Trevino. Yesterday is over. You can’t change things that happened in the past. However, you can live in the moment of today and try to become a better person. I especially love the last statement. That’s what I am trying to do. Remain focused on what’s right in front of me in each moment.

1. Don’t Live in the Past

One important first step to living in the moment is to not live in the past. You can’t ignore what happened to you or what you’ve done. However, you need to treat the past as a learning experience. If you don’t learn from your past and any mistakes you made, you’ll likely continue in the same cycle.

Own your past. Embrace it. Deal with the hurts. The only way I’ve been able to do those three things is through the power of the Holy Spirit working in my life. I can’t truly heal and learn from the past without God’s help.

2. Live in the Present

Wherever you are, truly be in that moment. If you are with other people, put your cell phone down and genuinely interact with them. Don’t allow things to distract you from the relationships that God wants to continue to grow and develop in your life.

When you are alone, embrace who you are, and all that God wants you to become. Learn to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Spend time in Bible reading, prayer, and worship. Don’t be afraid to be alone with your own thoughts. Sometimes, it’s easy to have constant noise or activity around you in this modern technological world. It’s good to take the time to unplug from technology and be alone with your own thoughts. As you process them, seek God’s guidance, and listen for anything He may be saying to you. Practice mindfulness to help you stay focused on becoming more emotionally and spiritually mature.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10, NKJV)

Don’t forget to be still and know that God is God.

3. Trust God for the Future

You can also live in the moment by trusting God for the future—and not worrying about what is to come. Worrying is not good for your health. It will do nothing positive for you. I have been a worrier in my life. I’ve gotten better at staying calm and focused on God. Yet, I still falter sometimes.

3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.
(Isaiah 26:3-4, NKJV)

I love this passage of scripture. I’ve memorized it and have repeated it to myself many times as needed. When my mind is focused on God, I have experienced true peace. When I’ve focused on my problems, I was worried and not at peace.

Live in the Moment Daily

Even today, I was worried about some problems and got a bit depressed. I felt like God wanted me to listen to worship music. I opened my Spotify app on my phone and listened to songs by Lauren Daigle while I washed dishes. Focusing on God and singing along to the songs really helped lift my spirit.

  • Don’t live in the past

  • Live in the present

  • Trust God for the Future

How do you embrace each moment?

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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