Please welcome Catherine Castle to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature.
One Day at a Time
By Catherine Castle
Have you ever been in a place in your life where all you could handle was what was dealt to you one day at a time? Overwhelmed, you cried out, like Scarlet O’Hara, “I’ll think about that tomorrow!”
Maybe the trouble came in the form of the death of a family member, a broken relationship, a lost job, or a catastrophic illness. Perhaps pain or addiction caused you to live day-to-day. Whatever the issue, every one of us has probably faced something that shoved us back on our heels and made life hard to manage on more than a daily basis. When times like these happen we often pray for the strength to make it through one more day, leaning on God’s strength when we have none left, talking to him daily, asking for his help and guidance. And that’s a good thing, because God is always there for us.
But living one day at a time is not in modern man’s nature. We tend to plan for the future. While not all of us look ahead to long-range things like retirement, we all anticipate the next paycheck. We stock up on the groceries for the next week, lay aside the money to pay next month’s rent, figure out how to get all the kids to their respective activities on time, and worry about our jobs. In those stretches when life is good, or hectic but manageable, we often forget to live one day at a time like Jesus admonished us to do.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink: not yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (Matthew 6: 25)
Matthew 6: 25 isn’t a call to be a sluggard and do nothing to make sure our daily needs are met. Nor it is telling us not to use our abilities to make our lives better, because we are admonished in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 that “If any would not work, neither should he eat.” Instead, it’s a call for us to lean on Him on a daily basis, in the bad times and in the good times.
A dear friend of mine is fond of saying, “We should work like everything depends on us and pray like everything depends on God.” I’ve taken up her proverb, because for me that’s a good formula to follow, no matter where I am in my life’s walk. The only postscript I would add is, do it one day at a time. As the song says, and the Bible teaches, taking life one day at a time with God in control is for our sakes, No one cares for us like our Father—for his “lovingkindness is better than life.” (Psalms 63:3)
About the Author: Bio and links
Award-winning author Catherine Castle is a life-time writer. Before her romance writing career she worked as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and theatre. She loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.
Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, is an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award Winner, a 2014 EPIC finalist, a 2014 RONE winner and a Carolyn Readers Choice Award finalist. Her newest book, a sweet romantic comedy, A Groom for Mama, is releasing September 2017
Book Blurb for The Nun and the Narc
Captured by the local Mexican drug lord after she interrupts a drug deal, novice Sister Margaret Mary risks losing her life, her vocation, and her heart when she falls for undercover DEA agent Jed Bond who is imprisoned with her. Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary. Jed knows she’s off limits, but his heart can’t help wanting this woman who’s been promised to God.
Connect with Catherine at her website: http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/catherinecastle
Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7085414.Catherine_Castle