If you are new to The Littlest Way, welcome! One of the things you should know about me, I firmly believe our thoughts play a crucial role in our lives. Typically on Monday’s I share Daily Affirmations–intentional thoughts focused on the good, true and beautiful that we repeat to ourselves throughout the week. These truths provide a compass point for our heart and mind so we always stay focused or are able to draw our focus back to the truth when we are being bombarded by lies, fears, anxieties or insecurities. This week’s daily affirmation–I walk in faithfulness.
Daily Affirmations: I Walk in Faithfulness
Here’s another thing about me, I like to look up words in a Thesaurus. So I looked up “faithfulness” and was pleasantly surprised with some of the synonyms: care, constancy, dependability, duty, loyalty, piety, trustworthiness, truth…truth! (emphasis obviously mine)
It is so easy to walk through our home–or at least my home–mumbling, “I’m sick of walking through this messy house…I’m always walking on Cheerios…What in the world did I just walk through?!?!” And I know this week I am going to be using my daily affirmations a lot with a broom in my hand. There will be the obvious messes to sweep away, but also the mental messes. As I sweep away the day’s…check, the morning’s mess, I can use that time to sweep away the negative thinking, anxious thoughts and just plain lies that have started dog piling me.
I walk in care
As we go throughout our day, let’s say to ourselves, “I walk in care.” And to me this means, we are careful what we take in. For me, if I’m walking in care, I am not watching the news or clicking around the internet too far. I am being careful what information I am taking into my heart and mind. Walking in care, is also walking in thoughtfulness–I think about my surrounding. I consider the music I listen to, the television I watch, the magazines I flip through, the websites I visit…Are these people, places and things bringing me in closer friendship with God?
The other danger against which the understanding must be on guard is curiosity, because, when we suffer it to be filled with hurtful, idle and frivolous thoughts, we destroy its power of apprehending that which closely relates to the true mortification of ourselves and to our perfection.
—Spiritual Combat: How to Win Your Spiritual Battles and Attain Peace
I walk in dependability
To me, dependability directly corresponds to duty. So if I am walking in dependability, I am doing my duty. Let me be honest here, there are so many times I would rather not do my duty…so I don’t. I know–Ouch! What’s going to happen to me? It’s not like Chris and the kids can fire me. So I spend a little extra time doing this that or the other before I get to my duty which I then do in a hasty manner because I didn’t do it when I should have. Or I just avoid it altogether. And then I regret it and feel guilty. I hate that I wasted my time–the precious gift of time–when there are mommas out there fighting for more time.
Let us consider now, my daughters, the various ways in which we are losing time: by remaining inactive, by permitting ourselves to be idle, and by indulging in daydreams. To squander our time in this fashion means to render our lives sterile, and talent unproductive. We become like the fig tree cursed by our Savior because it bore no fruit.
—Counsels of Perfection for Christian Mothers
I don’t take this to mean we must always be “doing…doing…doing!” I take this to mean, pay attention to what I am doing. If I’m clicking around the internet or flipping through the channels to “veg out” is that really what I need? And if I do need to “veg out” can I possibly do it in a healthier way: a sunset or a quiet walk.
I walk in piety
A synonym for piety–grace. I walk in grace…everything is grace. Using synonyms for grace…I walk in loveliness–not un-brushed teeth, spit up on, holey yoga pants and greasy hair…unless your postpartum or dealing with extraordinary circumstances–then carry on! But if we didn’t get around to brushing our teeth because we got sucked into Facebook looking up old classmates to see if they got fat or bald…c’mon! Grace can also mean, mercy and forgiveness. When was the last time we extended the same measure of mercy and forgiveness to others that we so readily extend to ourselves?
I walk in trustworthiness
Trustworthiness can also mean honesty. To me, this means if accused or even just questioned about what I did all day–maybe my husband smelled my un-brushed teeth? I don’t respond with, “Well what did you do!?” I’m truthful. I’m truthful about what I did or didn’t do. I’m also truthful if I’m in a place that I may need a little help out of. If my mind is kicking my rear end day in and day out and I can’t seem to get ahead of the fear, anxiety or hopelessness, I honestly share those feelings with someone.
I walk in truth
One of the ways I walk in truth is to count my blessings. I consider the great things the Lord has done for me and I list them one by one.
So our daily affirmation this week–I Walk in Faithfulness.