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: