I hope this Quick Sip finds you well. This week, we're sipping about our thinking and affirmation!
As I journey through life, I find that though seasons change, there is one thing that remains consistent. That's the daily battle of the mind and ultimately, the heart.
Our thinking can be what makes us or breaks us. It can be the difference in us accomplishing goals or not pursuing passions. It can enhance a relationship or completely destroy it. For, as a man [woman] thinks in his [her] heart, so is he [she] - Proverbs 23:7
To get my thinking right, I learned to surround myself with verbal and written positive, truthful affirmations. That's right, it's not enough to speak positively... what you speak also has to be grounded in truth. For that, we look to what God says about us.
What God says regarding me:
I am LOVED: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I am VALUED: Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold … but with the precious blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19.
I am FORGIVEN: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
I will NOT fear: The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6
A great way to jumpstart your daily affirmations is to treat them like a best friend. When you get up in the morning, speak your affirmations with boldness in the mirror. Throughout the day, speak your affirmations. Keep written affirmations in eyesight in your workspace and at home.
Want to go even further? Memorize and focus on one scripture about who God says you are and His plans for you, each week.
Your attitude about yourself and others will naturally change the more you speak positive affirmations over yourself. That may mean that you are no longer short-tempered or that you even perceive others (co-workers, husband, friends) differently because you have a fresh, honest perspective about yourself.
So, the next time you begin to think negatively about yourself or a situation; or the next time your thinking goes to the left, you'll have an arsenal of positive affirmations to go to, to battle with! Let this be the week you start to speak life and watch God change you!
Dear Father, forgive me for thinking less of myself than what Your Word says about me. Help me to not become prideful, but to be bold in everything You said about me and in everything You said is mine. Help my words to be seasoned with love and truth. Help me to make the time to study Your Word so that I will have Your truth written on my heart at all times. Remove any gossip, hatred, doubt, or anything else that is contrary to what You say about me, from my speach and replace it with love and kindness. Give me strength to speak over myself daily in spite of how I feel or how I think of myself. Thank you, for doing a wonderful work in me. In Jesus name. Amen.