You know what I haven’t written about in a while? Daily Affirmations; I feel it too. When I slip out of the habit of daily affirmations, my mind is a little more scattered, my heart a little more troubled and my soul a little uneasy. The problem is, the world is not an encouraging place…in case you haven’t noticed. I need to fill myself up with words of life because the world surely won’t. So let’s consider a super simple daily affirmation…
Daily Affirmations: It’s Gonna be Alright
Guess what, not all daily affirmations need to be or are going to be all “Rah! Rah! Let’s go get this thing called life!” Sometimes…many times, our daily affirmations are going to be just enough to get us to make the next step and then the next, and then the next and so on…And that’s ok. Really life is more a matter of steps than giant “Rah! Rah!” leaps and bounds isn’t?
My heart has been so heavy since the death of my grandpa…”It’s gonna be alright.” I’ll be able to go on without him. My grandma will be ok. We’ll miss him, but it’s gonna be alright. If I believe in God–which I do. If I love God–which I do. If I believe His Word is true–which I do. Then I must believe Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
Life has been a little topsy turvy around here lately…”It’s gonna be alright.” The laundry may be a bit behind, the meals a little less nutritious, the bedtimes a little later, the read alouds less frequent and pajama days more frequent…”It’s gonna be alright.” God knows where I am right now mentally, spiritually and physically. He sees me; He hasn’t forgotten about me. (Isaiah 49:15) I’m in a season right now…”It’s gonna be alright.” Are you in a season too? A season where you need the verbal reminder, “It’s gonna be alright.”
Let’s imagine for a minute what our day would look like, if in the morning, instead of waking up thinking and feeling behind in life before our eyes have even focused, we greet God with a declaration of “Servium–I will serve.” The we assure ourselves, “It’s gonna be alright.” What if we believe from the get go, there is nothing in this day that hasn’t passed through the hands of God before it reaches us. There most likely will be moments of turmoil and strife, disagreements, misunderstandings, and just plain ‘ol baloney–maybe even literally (not a baloney fan), but if we can just keep repeating to ourselves and maybe even those around us, “It’s gonna be alright,” it actually will–it already is–remember we love a God who loves us more.
“It’s gonna be alright” is big picture thinking. I believe and love a God who is the Alpha and Omega…the beginning and end. That is pretty big picture. His Word tells me, “For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) I may be sad, stressed, misunderstood, worn out…”It’s gonna be alright.” These feeling won’t last a lifetime. I need to quit using words like “always” and “never.” I need to replace those negative words and feeling with “It’s gonna be alright.”
“It’s gonna be alright” is a breath. Saying those four simple words is taking a breath to get through the moment. Try it during a toddler tantrum, a teen misunderstanding, a marital disagreement, an insurance company phone call, a doctors appointment, a fall-on-your-knees moment of prayer, a traffic jam, a long grocery line, a broken washing machine, a sick baby, a middle of the night-can’t-go-back-to-sleep, a burned dinner, a noisy car ride, jostling a toddler in the back of the church, the death of a beloved grandpa.