How do you start the day?
Pause for a moment.
Really think about it.
Do you wake up moaning, already complaining about getting up early?
Or maybe you groan about the aches in your body or the noise your kids are already making?
The words we use, spoken out loud or thought in our minds, have a major influence on the outcome of our day. These words impact how we view our family, our jobs, even ourselves. With so much on the line, it’s vital we choose our words intentionally.
If we want our day to be filled with hope, then we ought to choose to speak words that cultivate hope. Using God’s word to shape daily declarations over our lives reshapes the way we see the world and ourselves. Let’s talk about three daily affirmations you can speak to start your day filled with hope.
I choose love.
Love is powerful. Love is not something someone must earn, but rather a gift we are able to freely give to others. When we choose to love, we choose to be present. Saying “I choose to love” means I will show up even life is hard. You choose to let go of bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness so that you can love freely. Your heart is not held captive by pain but freed by the greatest love of Jesus Christ.
Each day wake up making the decision to love. Love people in spite of their attitudes. Love people in spite of their flaws. Love people in the good moments and in the hard ones. Choose love over anger. Choose love over bitterness. Choose love.
I choose to speak life.
When we are tired, life is hard, or our emotions are on edge, our words can reflect our frustrations. We start mumbling and complaining. We start to lose sight of what matters most. Before you know it, you are complaining about the job you prayed for. You speak unkindly to yourself and to the ones you love.
Instead, make up your mind today to speak life. Speak words of encouragement to yourself, your spouse, your children, about your job and about the situations in your life. Even though you feel the ache, praise God. Even though the kids have been arguing ALL day, praise God. Even though you have asked your husband to clean up his side of the room three times this week and it is still messy, praise God. When we choose to speak life, we choose to focus on the goodness of God and not situations or people.
I choose faith over fear.
Each day we have a choice. Will I face the moments of my day allowing faith to grow my heart or allow fear to take my heart captive? Thoughts that run rampant. Will it sell? What about the results? Will anyone show up? What if I fail? What if I don’t get the promotion? How will I pay my bills? Thoughts after thoughts after thoughts. The decision to choose fear over faith says, these thoughts will not consume me. We step out in faith trusting in God’s capable hands letting go of the stress, the anxiety, and the worry. We get to choose to feed our faith or feed our fear. It’s up to you.