I typically start my day reaching for my reading glasses as the sleep fog clears while I’m still in bed. I read from two devotionals. One of them this morning, from Chuck Swindoll, got me pondering.

It was about how we respond when struck by an arrow of affliction. He told the story of how his close friend responded after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Instead of crossing the days off the calendar, this friend, instead, drained every ounce out of every day.

Don’t seek more days in your life but more life in your days.

Chuck Swindoll


Questions silently arose. Do I do that? Do I drain every ounce out of every day?

Am I living fully alive or just going through the motions?

Am I living fully alive or just going through the motions?

Some days I do okay. Other days, however, I feel I’m just trying to get through the day. I’ve been known to longingly look forward to the day’s end or to the upcoming weekend instead of appreciating the moment on a Monday morning or the ordinary in a Tuesday afternoon.

Some days are full and I can’t squeeze in one more thing. Some days I try to do too much. You, too? But, I don’t believe living fully alive is about packing our already full schedules with more to do. That, I believe, is a death sentence.

Living fully alive is more than we may think.

I believe it’s more about living consciously aware of embracing every moment we’re given and living fully alive in that moment. Even at the dentist office. Even in the dark of night when sleep eludes us. Yes, even when life hurls arrows of affliction our way.

I believe it has to do with where we find our strength and how we impact the lives of others around us. It’s about looking for the good… in situations, in others, in ourselves. It’s about embracing the time we’re given to make a difference.

You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment.

Psalm 16:11 (The Voice)

Living fully alive is a choice.

Life is too short to live it just going through the motions. I’m reminded of the song, Live Like You Were Dying, from one of my favorite artists, Tim McGraw. Let’s not wait one more day to live fully alive. Not one more moment. Let’s choose this moment to be the one where we begin to live fully alive–for the rest of our lives.

This is the subject of our next Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage (BYOB and B) event on February 4. It’s a night of encouragement designed for women like you and me who could benefit from a fun time together! If you’re local, I’d love to have you join us. All the details can be found here.

Living Fully Alive in 2019

Friend, are you living fully alive or just going through the motions? What do your thoughts throughout the day reveal to you? What’s one thing you can do to live fully alive today?

May you and I seek more life in our days. Together, with God’s strength and guidance, we can do this. I’m cheering us all on!


It’s a joy to link this post with friends Mary, for #TellHisStory and Anita for Inspire Me Monday!

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