Welcome to Day 10 of my 31 Days Writing Challenge as I read the book of Sirach for 31 days! The other day we considered Daily Affirmations. Good, good…but there is something even better. Even better than daily affirmations? Way better. Positive Affirmations…and even better than positive affirmations…Christian affirmations!
You know I’m going to quote from The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life, one of my all time favorite books, next to the Bible. (Hi Mr Newberry, one of your biggest supporters here.) Anyway, in Chapter 4, the author states, “Too many people resign themselves to lives far below what God intended. They don’t see themselves as worthy…Much discouragement and underachievement result from dwelling on the failings of our human nature. A mediocre self concept does not come from God but from the stains of the world. It comes from seeing ourselves different from how God sees us.“ (emphasis mine) So how does God see us?
According to Ephesians 2:10 we are God’s accomplishment, His workmanship, His masterpiece. Wow. Let that sit a bit. Now say out loud, “I am God’s masterpiece.” Powerful isn’t it? What if we started our day first with an act of gratitude for the day and then put both feet on the floor with the words, “I am God’s masterpiece.” What if some time during the morning we told our children they were God’s masterpiece before we sent them on their way?
What if throughout the day, we recalled more positive affirmations, more Christian affirmations to keep us going strong mentally, emotionally, spiritually and even physically? How different would that make tomorrow look from today? Or the last day of the month from payday?
And while we’re talking about Christian affirmations, let me say this, if you think you can’t memorize scripture or can’t find any “good” scripture affirmations…you’re right. On the other hand, if you believe God’s Word can help you turn your negative thinking around, if you believe you can memorize some of these scriptures to change your habitual thinking…you’re right.
I made a pretty print out of Positive Affirmations for us to hang on our bathroom mirror–or tape to our forehead–to remind us of who we are, Who we belong to and what we can expect. And even that’s the only affirmation you can muster right now, “I am a child of God,” that will be enough to begin to chip away at your old, negative, habitual thought patterns.
Are you wondering how this fits in with my 31 Days of reading and writing about the book of Sirach? The book of Sirach is filled with encouragement for us to speak and think rightly.
Positive Affirmations from Sirach
I am blessed with gladness and joy. †Sirach 1:12
I know that God will help me and make my way straight. †Sirach 2:6
God makes my heart radiant. †Sirach 2:9
God will make my blessing flourish. †Sirach 11:22
The Lord will deliver me from every trial again and again. †Sirach 33:1
Just to name a few.