“I praise you, for I am awesomely and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” (Psalm 139: 14)
Anyone who has followed just about anything I write, or preach, has most likely come to the conclusion that I believe in the power of affirmations. Daily affirming the presence of God in all of God’s magnificent glory working in, and through, and as our lives, has a powerful way of lifting our belief and trust to new levels of faith. First person, present tense affirmations such as, “Right now I am experiencing the presence of God moving me to new understanding and clarity in my life” are game-changers. They help to move us to a new awareness of that presence that is always with us and to the truth that we are never alone.
There is another powerful way to affirm God’s presence and it is one that is not always easy for people to do. It involves looking at oneself in the mirror, right in your eyes and not moving your gaze, and speaking to yourself in the “second person.” In this way we would affirm, “You are a beautiful creation of a God who knows only good. You are a blessing to all with whom you come in contact and you touch the lives of many.”
The interesting thing about this exercise is that, one, it is often easier to see the fullness and love of God for another than it is for oneself, and, secondly, it can be difficult to look oneself in the eye and not allow old tapes of our feelings of limitation and lack to overcome us. Deep within all of us lives the sum total of everything we have experienced in life. Good or bad, these thoughts, just beneath the surface of our consciousness, have shaped and formed us to be who we are. Looking at oneself in the mirror and affirming the truth of who you are as God’s creation will begin to change how you see yourself and your place in God’s world.
You are wonderfully made by a God who loves you unconditionally. Remember to tell yourself that often and then go forth to live that truth in the world. Your life will change in wonderfully miraculous ways.
Affirmation: In the mirror: “You are a child of God. Loved completely, just as you are.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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