Sue’s Note: The photos in today’s blog post were taken by my husband, Ron, during his recent wintery excursion to the Palouse in north-central Idaho. The melancholy simplicity of black and white photography speaks to my soul. I hope you’ll enjoy.
In a recent post, I told you I’m developing a list of A.M. Affirmations to use during my morning devotional time. I’m taking this action to
affirm truths I desire will seep deeply into my soul.
A reader asked me to share these affirmations, and today I will pass some on to you.
The power to choose is one of the greatest gifts given to humanity. For many years, in both my personal and professional journeys, I’ve observed there is something quite remarkable about choosing to focus on what is right rather than wrong, what is good rather than bad, what is lovely rather than ugly.
I will never minimize pain and suffering.
Life can be brutal.
People can be ruthless.
Seasons are often filled with stress and sadness.
Not one of us is exempt from loneliness and loss.
The affirmations I give you today are all based on scripture. Other affirmations in my arsenal come from thoughts I’ve heard that have captured my imagination or words from written prayers or songs.
Sometimes when I write or speak, I wonder if I’m overusing scripture. I abhor the thought of being perceived as sanctimonious or spiritually simplistic. Yet, when I examine this matter honestly, I return to one realization. It has been through searching the pages of my Bible in life’s dark, depressing moments that has helped me emerge
battered, but not broken,
hurt, but not helpless or hopeless,
defeated, but not destroyed.
Please review these thoughts—all taken from the referenced scriptures. If you find any helpful or strengthening, I will be grateful to our never-changing God whom I’ve discovered is always available to help us maneuver through our always-changing worlds.
Sue’s A.M. Affirmations
- I am strong and courageous because the Lord my God is with me and will never abandon me. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
- I am filled with the joy of the Lord, which gives me strength. (Nehemiah 8:16)
- With eyes of faith, I will see how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is for me and for those I love. (Ephesians 3:18)
- I have Christ’s strength to accomplish all God calls me to do. (Philippians 4:13)
- I will seek God, and I will find Him because I’m seeking Him with all my heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
- I will remember my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I will use my body to glorify God (1 Corinthians 6:19 & 20)
- I will monitor the words I speak remembering, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18)
- I will remember how Jesus healed those who needed healing and that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Luke 9:11& Hebrews 13:5)
- When my faith is weak and I feel life is too difficult, I will remember Peter’s answer to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)
- I will choose joy even when my circumstances don’t feel joyful. (Philippians 4:4)
- I will try to corral my negative thoughts and ‘stinking thinking,’ and instead focus on whatever is TRUE, HONORABLE, RIGHT, PURE, LOVELY, ADMIRABLE, EXCELLENT and PRAISEWORTHY. (Philippians 4:8-9)
- I WILL NOT give in to a spirit of fear because fear never comes from God. Instead, I will tell fear to leave me alone and declare the truth that the spirit God gives me is one of power, love and clear thinking. (2 Timothy 1:7)
- When I’m confused and don’t know which decision is best, I will pray and then trust the words of James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
- I will trust that as I focus on the truth of Scripture, I’m being transformed by the renewing of my mind, which will enable me to realize God’s will. (Romans 12:2)
- With God’s help, I will throw off everything that hinders my trust and get rid of harmful behaviors that trip me up. I will persevere—placing one foot of faith in front of the other—fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author of my life story and the one who will edit out that which is not worthwhile in order that my faith will be perfected. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
- I will keep on believing that God, in the way only God can do, will work together everything in my life—good, bad, happy, sad, success and failure—for good. God is weaving a tapestry of my life. The dark threads add depth and meaning and will enable me to help others and to be conformed more and more into Christ’s character. (Romans 8:28 & 29)
- As I delight in God’s words, allowing my will to be conformed to God’s ways, I am growing deep roots of faith that will produce good, life-giving fruit. (Psalms 1:1-3)
Blessings to you…