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Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Daily Affirmations

I think we're all in the same boat.  My guess is we're all facing financial setbacks and struggles.  Encouragement and Hope--we all sorely need it, don't we?  I sure need to hear and speak uplifting, positive truths in the midst of these potentially fearful times.  How about you?

Now, I'm not usually big on repeating "affirmations."  I'm not into plastering yellow sticky notes all over the mirror, computer and refrigerator, pumping my fist in the air, robotically repeating mantras: "I am powerful," "I attract abundance and joy," "Today I glow with love all around me and I glisten with happiness"--Yeah, I know, "glisten!"--but I kid you not, I just read that one on a popular church's website!

We who are followers of Jesus have many words of affirmation and hope from The Book that we can trust and cling to.  Jeremiah 29:11--"For I know the plans I have for you . . . to give you a future and a hope." Psalm 40:2--"He drew me from the pit . . . and set my feet upon a rock."  And Isaiah 43:19--"See, I am doing a new thing . . . making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."

One of my favorite assurances has always been God's promise in Hebrews 13:5b--"I will never leave you nor forsake you."  I quote it to myself and to others on a regular basis.  But just today, I read it again--in context--and realized that the verse has to do with finances--being content with God's provision instead of feeling stressed and anxious.  "Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for He has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you,' so we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my Helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'" (Hebrews 13:5-6).

I especially love 'The Message" translation, listen to this: "Don't be obsessed with getting more material things.  Be relaxed with what you have.  Since God assured us, 'I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,' we can boldly quote,
        'God is there ready to help,
        I'm fearless no matter what.
        Who or what can get to me?'"
        (Hebrews 13:5-6 'The Message')

What a promise and powerful encouragement!  What tremendous hope!  Now those are affirmations I will joyfully speak out!  Those sentences are worth writing on sticky notes all over my house and repeating aloud every single day, aren't they?!

So this month, and in the difficult days and months ahead, let's makes those words our daily meditation and affirmation.  Wanna join me?  All together now:
Your turn:  What do you think?  I'd love to hear what promises bring you the most affirmation and encouragement.  Post here:

Dear Nancy,
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me
in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and [thy]1 staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of [mine]2 enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
If ever I have ever found more peace and encouragement from the Bible besides John 3-16 it will be Psalms 22 who could ask more of God then what this psalms might bring to anyone in any circumstance that life may present to us . I know you would feel the same about it also if you ever found yourself unloved and, deserted by all that in general we all hold dear to us as our family and or friends.
Thank God for the Church a symbol manifest to the destitute that reassures that God is still there for us in our times of travail and trouble truly when family and friends are no longer present to encourage and fortify our sense of being loved the church is a mighty replacement . many times I remember the uplifting of my heart just by seeing the Steeple of a church or the always open doorway into the presence of the Lord when the world seemed to be against me wholly .
Nancy "God" bless you also for your wonderful website I am sure does the same for many a poor soul looking for a helping hand with emotional distress and, feelings of being all alone with one scruples in a what might seem like a scruple less world and times.
Many thanks I look forward to another meeting with you through these e-mails.

John Paul Messina
Hey Nancy,

Loved your article!

I'm big on Scriptural affirmations, so I could fill up the screen with 'em. But I'll limit myself to 2 or 3:

- God's purpose in me NEVER grows slack (Col.1:5)
- God is singing over me with joy... (Zeph. 3:17)
- Despair is temporary/ Hope is permanent(Ex: Esther,Job,Joseph,disciples)
I realize that this is almost 3 years old, but I feel compelled to reply. 5 weeks ago I lost my brother-in-law to cancer. While the term is “in law,” I felt as close to my brother-in-law – if not closer – than my biological brother. And I had 6 months to prepare for his death. It wasn’t the first time I had lost someone, but his death hit me harder than anyone I have lost in the past. I was close to having a crisis of faith. I was lucky; I had several people praying for me, and scripture to read. This week I finally felt that I was starting to accept his passing. I know where he is, and I know that he will be there when the Lord decides it’s time for to leave this earth. Then today happened. First, a bit of background; my father, who is 91 years old, hasn’t been well since his 5th stroke 7 years ago. Whether it was medication or dementia, he seemed to be slipping further away each time I saw him, and it became more and more difficult to understand what he was saying. He lives in another city so I can’t see him as often as I would like to. Each time I left, I sobbed, worried that it would be the last time I saw him. Sometimes I thought that he didn’t even know who I was. Almost a year ago, for my mother’s 90th birthday, I arranged for her friends and family to celebrate with us. My dad didn’t seem to understand what was going on. He would talk over someone and even told my son “I am moving next weekend, going east.” Although I knew that my mother had a fantastic birthday, I was so sad that he didn’t seem to ‘be there.’ As I was leaving, I kissed him goodbye and told him I loved him, just as I always did. Sometimes he would reply “That’s nice.” That would break my heart. But this day he took my hand, looked me straight in the eye, and said as clear as a bell, “You did a really good job today.” I sobbed walking out of his building again, but this time it was tears of joy. It had been an answer to prayer. This morning my brother called. My dad was taken to the hospital early this morning with blood in his urine. He’s undergoing tests right now, and I will be leaving shortly to be with my mom until he is released from hospital or … well, I don’t really want to think about that, although I know it’s inevitable. I’m just starting to get over the loss of my brother-in-law, and now I have fallen right back down the chute. I knew I needed help. I have to be strong for my mother. I presume God led me to your site, and to this post. It reminded me that God has always been there for me, and always will be.
18 years ago, I was a newly divorced single mom and not receiving any financial help from my children’s father. I got a call from the phone company telling me that my phone would be shut off if they hadn’t received payment in full by noon the next day. Shortly after that, I received a call from the hydro company with the same message. I collected all my bills, my final notices, and my most recent bank statement to see if there was any way I could get through this crisis and buy groceries for my kids. Of course there was no way this could happen. I had $50 in the bank. I had reached rock bottom. I gathered all the paperwork, went into my bedroom and closed the door. I didn’t want my children to see me so discouraged. I threw all the paperwork on my bed and dropped to my knees. I prayed. I told God that I was done. I couldn’t do this by myself anymore. I gave all my paperwork to God and told Him that it was in His hands, as was my entire life. He would have to look after my children, I just didn’t have the strength. I told Him that I wasn’t going to worry about anything any more. Whatever happened, happened. When I got up, I honestly felt as though a load had been lifted, from my heart and my shoulders. I meant every word I had prayed, especially about not worrying. About an hour later, my mail came. (cont'd)
(cont'd) Included in the pile were more bills and something from the federal tax office. I assumed I had done my taxes wrong and owed the government money that I didn’t have. One by one I opened the envelopes, leaving the government for last. Hey, who doesn’t? When I finally opened the envelope and unfolded the letter included, I found that I had, in fact, made a mistake on my taxes. Instead of the $250 rebate I had expected, there was an explanation and a check … for $2,500. I learned that day that when you hand it all over to God, he will look after it.
How does all this tie into your post? I was discouraged again. I was feeling alone with my feelings and my worries. As I said earlier in this incredibly long post, I presume that God led me to your site, and this post. I needed help, and in my selfish sorrow, had forgotten Who I was supposed to turn to. So thank you, Nancy. And thank God for sending you to me.
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