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The Present

Happy First Monday of 2021! This year we are hoping to regularly share #mondaymotivation posts with you! Be it quotes, thoughts, stories, Bible verses....our prayer is that in some way, shape or form, these musings will make you smile, inspire, encourage and motivate you through your week! Don’t worry, our goal is to be posting more than once a week🤪😂 And you will be getting posts written by each of us...(eventually😂). But this is a foundation:-) So now let’s get to it!

When I was probably around 9 years old I will never ever forget watching a message on Christian TV titled “The Precious Present”. Now, please don‘t ask who the preacher was or what every detail of the message was. All I know, is what truly stuck with me was the fact that we hold one of the greatest gifts in our hands—and that gift is the present. Get it...the “present”/🎁 is the PRESENT! The current...the now

In these recent years of my life I have really had to put this concept into practice. In the moments of uncertainty with our Mother’s health and eventual passing the thing that would help reel my spiraling mind back in from thoughts of - “how will I be able to exist without the woman who birthed me! Who knows me! All the moments I will have to face without her...”- was to focus on the moments that were in front of me. The time of enjoying just sitting with Mom and being in her presence. In moments when lockdown first happened, where my mind would wander into thinking will we be able to work? Where is this going? How long will this last? Now again, while I tend to be a planner and like to know what’s coming down the path, many of the crazy worries and stresses that I’ve faced have been caused by either projecting too far into the future or by staying stuck in the past! Its an honest recipe to rob you of your present!

I try as much as possible to keep a couple verses in mind to keep perspective. (Trust me when I say...these are only a few that I go to...cuz I have more😂 And let me be very honest....although, I have more, I also have way too many instances where I didn’t go to these verses and I just let my mind go😳It happens....the point is acknowledging it and moving forward).

Proverbs 27:5

“Do not boast about tomorrow,

for you do not know what a day may bring.”

Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Proverbs 16:1-4

“To humans belong the plans of the heart,

but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.”

So with this in mind, and while I/we have some pretty big plans for 2021, let’s stay grounded in each moment. Shall I say “feel all the feels”. Stay flexible and trust that God always has the big picture in focus.

Love you all loads!

~ Janna

and The Sibs



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