Hi guys! One of the things that’s been heavy on me for the last few months in particular is how I’ve been speaking. Now, I don’t mean that I’ve been having trouble talking or struggling to find the right words. The words have been there, but they’ve been sort of negative – especially the words that I say about myself. I have dreams and different goals that I want to reach, but what I’d been letting come out of my mouth didn’t line up with my dreams at all. I would mess up then put myself down. I would get overwhelmed then say it was because I wasn’t capable of doing the work. No looking on the bright side, no finding silver linings – just allowing negativity to flow. Well, it’s way past time for all of that to change.
I had made positive affirmations part of my daily routine several months ago, but somewhere along the way, I just stopped. I don’t remember why exactly – probably thought that I didn’t have the time because my workload has been so high lately – but I was starting to feel the affect of no longer being intentional about speaking positive faith-filled words over my life. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those words couldn’t be more true. When I tried to look on the bright side and spoke positive words, even if they were the opposite of what I actually saw, things always seemed to get better and became easier to deal with. Alternatively, when I sunk into the negative side of whatever was going on and just talked about how bad what I saw or what I was dealing with was, the situation always seemed to become worse and it was harder to deal with.
So, a few weeks ago, I dusted off the journal where I had written my affirmations down, added a few new ones, and made a new resolve to speak my affirmations out loud every day. I noticed that starting my day this way also helped to keep me focused on positive thinking throughout the day and made me less likely to fall into a pit when something didn’t go as planned. This has made SUCH a difference in my life. So, I wanted to share a few of my affirmations with you (also watch my positive telework morning routine below):
- I am free from people-pleasing.
- I am free from condemnation, guilt, and shame.
- I am overflowing with the joy of the Lord.
- I am bold and confident.
- I am beautifully and wonderfully made.
- I am healthy, healed, and whole.
- I attract good things to my life.
- I expect good and not evil.
- I have favor with God and with man.
- My mind is at peace.
- My heart is at rest.
- I parent my son with wisdom.
- Everything I set my hands to prospers.
- The Lord has caused all things to work together for my good.
- The Lord has placed all things under my feet.
- The Lord is for me, with me, and in me. Who can be successful against me.
- God rejoices over me with singing.
- I am precious in God’s eyes.
- I hear and know the voice of the Holy Spirit.
- Something good will happen to me today.
- I am a blessing to my contract, my department, and my company.
- I am debt-free and financially superabundant in every area of my life.
- (*insert your street address*) is paid in full. I have no mortgage.
- My wealth is growing daily so that I can help serve others and leave an inheritance for my children’s children.
- I only say what I expect.
These are just some of the things I choose to speak over my life every day. There are more! I prayed and chose some of my favorite scriptures to help develop these affirmations. I also payed attention to the areas where I’m weak. If there is a particular area where it looks like I keep falling short, I use the power of my tongue to say what I want to see no matter what I actually see at the time. And I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard sometimes to speak these words when what I see is the complete opposite. But there’s one thing I have to keep reminding myself of – feelings don’t always reflect the truth. Feeling like I can’t do something doesn’t actually mean that I can’t do it. Your mind and emotions will play you like a toy if you let them. They can change all the time. You may not be able to control what emotion you initially feel when something happens, but you can make a conscious choice to change how you think about that situation and what you let come out of your mouth.
Y’all, I have to remind myself of this every day. Change is a process. But I’m able to keep putting one foot in front of the other in part because I take the time to participate in that process. Daily affirmations is one way that I do that. I highly encourage you to do the same. Take a few of the affirmations that I have listed here and feel free to use them as your foundation. Add your own. You know what you seem to talk negatively about. It’s that negative thing that you seem to say all the time without even thinking about it. Those are the things that you need to flip into something positive. Make a positive affirmation out of it. Let what you say reflect what you want to see and keep saying it. Over time, the way you think about things will change. Over time, you will become better at catching negative thoughts and replacing them with positive speech. Yes, I said replace a thought with speech. That is the way you capture a thought – SAY SOMETHING. Otherwise, that negative thought will keep running wild.
So, let’s get started! Make a resolve to write down your own affirmations and read them out loud every day. It doesn’t have to be a lot. You could start with just one if you want but commit to saying it out loud every day. And let me know what some of your favorite affirmations are in the comments! I’d love to add to my list!