There are some truths I hear that I think, I know that but if I really lived my life remembering it each day, my days would be vastly different. You know, like if I remembered God’s purpose for marriage I would choose to serve my husband instead of nit-pick. If I remembered that God has called me to be an ambassador for my kids, I would take time to address the heart and not just change the behavior.
Truth has the power to steer our days in a completely different direction, and that right there is a hopeful way to start my day.
Here’s a definition of affirmations:
positive, specific statements that help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. They help you visualize, and believe in, what you’re affirming to yourself, helping you to make positive changes to your life and career.
The idea of this sounded good in theory. Of course overcoming negative thoughts is good! But it seemed to leave out one big thing – it wasn’t about believing primarily in myself, but in who I was because of Christ in me. Before Allie shared, I had never seen how it could be Biblical.
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Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” We must make it a habit and priority to renew our minds and guard our hearts because it leads to everything else.
So I started to see affirmations in a new way. I started to think “What Biblical truths would transform my life if I remembered them daily?”
I made a list on my phone and paired a verse with each.
I started meditating on them during my 5 minutes of silence each morning. I can’t promise you a miraculous change and that you will remember every minute of the day, but I believe God’s Word does not return void and that as we continue to fill our minds with truth, it will change us. I shared about this a bit in the Renew Challenge.
So today, I wanted to share the affirmations I wrote down and a worksheet. The worksheet has two sides. One side is filled with the affirmations I am sharing below so that you can get started on this right away. The other half is lined for you to customize and fill out your own affirmations depending on personal needs and how God leads you. Here are a few questions to ask (in prayer!) when figuring out what affirmations may need to be on your list:
- What is your biggest pain point in life?
- What are the things that cause the most conflict in your life with others?
- What things cause you the most anxiety?
- Based on my goals, where do I feel you leading me and what thoughts cause me to stay stuck?And what truth are you forgetting about all those above questions?
You can get the worksheet here.
The affirmations I chose:
1. He who is in me is greater than He who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
As I start my day, I want to be reminded that whatever comes my way, God is bigger. He is bigger than the next national tragedy. He is bigger than our government. He is bigger than hurricanes, floods and forest fires. He’s bigger than failed tests, chronic pains and broken relationships.
2. Jesus died on the cross for me. His grace is sufficient.
This is my ultimate hope. In a fallen world, I can always rejoice in the grace I have been given with Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for the sins that I owed.
3. Your Holy Spirit lives in me. I am free from the yoke of slavery.
Romans 8:11-15, Galatians 5:1
Because of the Holy Spirit, I am not limited to my own abilities. When I feel like I cannot resist temptation, have patience with my kids, I want to remember that I have the power because of Christ who lives in me.
4. The Lord’s plan is better than mine. Therefore, I will live surrendered and obey.
Romans 12:1, Matthew 6:10
I want to live surrendered every day.
5. Make me thirsty for more of you.
Lord, keep me so hungry for you. Increase my passion for you, your Word and prayer.
6. Use me for your kingdom, God.
Remind me of my ultimate purpose on this earth.
7. Today is a gift from you.
May I start my day with gratitude knowing that for every good and perfect gift comes from above, including this new day.
8. It’s not about me.
Turning inward leads to selfishness, conflict and even hopelessness. Give me eyes to see the world around me the way you see it.
9. No one can serve two masters. I choose to serve you.
Matthew 6:24, Matthew 6:33
Anything that I prioritize over the Lord, even good things, can become an idol. Lord, help me seek you above all.
10. Abide in the Vine.
Apart from God, I can do nothing. Fruit in my life only products when I remain in the vine.
Examples of my personal affirmations:
1. Prayer is powerful. Prayer is productive.
James 5:16b (NLT)
Lord, when I remember this truth, it’s easy to choose prayer.
2. Food does not rule over me. I rule over food.
1 Corinthians 10:13
I am not a robot that is at the mercy of a sweet treat. God has given man authority to resist temptation.
3. God’s design of marriage is vastly different from the world.
Lord, let me approach my spouse with unconditional love, grace and forgiveness.
4. I am God’s ambassador for my children.
2 Corinthians 5:20
Lord, help me focus my efforts on changing the heart of my kids and not simply the behavior.
Just last night, I was reminded of one affirmation I might need to think about each night. Lately, I have gotten so down on myself for not accomplishing “enough” with my time. I would go to bed each night feeling bad about myself because of it. It made me think “why put guilt on myself for something God doesn’t put guilt on me for?” So a new nightly affirmation for me will be:
5. My value is not determined by what I accomplish today.
My life doesn’t have to be driven by checking everything off my daily to-do list. That is not where God places my value so I won’t either.
2. Start asking the Lord the questions in the post to help you figure out if there are any personal affirmations you need to incorporate in your mornings.
Bonus: I created a 14-day challenge all on renewing the mind.
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