I think it’s about time to pick up our armor–our daily affirmations, and recommit to them. Things are rough. People are rough. I don’t want to be rough. I don’t want to be rough on myself and in turn my loved ones or even just the unsuspecting lady in the parking lot! The world is full of fiery darts meant to kill, steal and destroy. I don’t need to be a dart thrower or a dart absorber–is that even a thing? You know what I mean right? We have weapons at our disposal to fight these attack darts whether they come from within our own heart or from someone else. So let’s choose an affirmation–a truth— to meditate on, proclaim, and choose (yes, choose) to live by. I took the liberty of going ahead and choosing an affirmation for us. This daily affirmation is taken from 2 Corinthians 9:8, I Have Enough.
Daily Affirmations: I Have Enough
Pretty timely daily affirmation huh? We live in a world filled to the brim with, “I want…I wish” followed closely by “I need…” But what if every day this week we told ourselves, “I Have Enough.” Think of how those three words, short enough to fit in a tweet box, would change the way we spoke and then eventually thought about everything.
Rushing around the house, trying to get out the door to one of the many and varied places we go, how many times do we holler, “I don’t have enough time!”
Sure we do. Did God not give us enough time? I Have Enough.
Scanning the lines at the store with way more people than cashiers, how many times do we mumble, “I don’t have enough patience to stand here all day.”
Really? Do we really not have the patience or is it that we don’t want to practice our patience? And “all day” said in a long drawn out kind of way… the lines are so long and deep it’s going to take “all day” to wind our way through them? What do we consider “all day?” Twelve hours? Twenty-four? Less than thirty minutes? Maybe ten minutes? I Have Enough.
“Momma, I want xyz to infinity!” Let’s face it, or at least I will, it seems like my kids always want or need something! And how do I reply, sometimes in a not so nice way…”I don’t have enough money!”
Is it that I don’t have enough money or I choose not to have enough money for that request? Or, I really and truly don’t have enough money right now because I’ve chosen to spend it on other things? And that’s not necessarily a bad or good thing. We are free to choose where and how we spend our money. And sometimes momma needs a treat!
Let’s be careful with the words we use to describe our financial situation based upon our method of living. Let’s not poor mouth ourselves sitting in the drive-thru lane. Sometimes having enough is simply a matter of how, when and where we spend what we do have. And let’s be honest about what we consider enough. Our definition of enough will be exponentially different than that of a wife and mother in a Third World. Let me assure you–most of us do in fact have enough. Sounds like a great weapon to add to our daily affirmations arsenal–I have enough.
Let’s make a little pact, you know how Amazon offers such kind suggestions of other items we may like? Let’s ignore them. Let’s not stop, scroll, and look; let’s confidently utter, “I Have Enough” and go to checkout.
When we’re standing in line at the grocery store and look to the right and the left at all the miscellaneous junk on either side that suddenly seem like items we need–even though we didn’t even know we needed them mere minutes ago…let’s whisper to ourselves, “I Have Enough.”
When we feel like we cannot do one more blessed thing for one more blessed person, let’s remind ourselves, way down deep in our hearts and minds, “I Have Enough.”
I have enough time for the lonely old lady telling me about her bursitis because I may the only person she has to talk to. I have enough room on my lap for two squirmy children to sit while I try to read a book to them. I have enough energy for my husband late at night when the rest of the house sleeps. I have enough patience to make dinner and answer a million and one questions from what some days seems like a million and one children.
I have enough time to pick back up the practice of repeating daily affirmations to myself. If we want to change the way we speak, we need to change the way we speak to and about ourselves.
And most importantly, let’s remember we have enough time to spend with Jesus at some point during this day, even if it doesn’t look all early morning, holy, Pinterest-worthy, Instagram pretty, with a candle on top.