I have this desire to change some things in my life and I’m beginning to feel like it all needs to start with the power of words that come out of my mouth. I believe our words and what we “meditate” on have huge effect on how we live. There are plenty of positive affirmation people out there and I’m one of them. For a year I read positive affirmations over my life and then the following year I began to see them come to reality. It was the coolest thing. Then somehow I get away from those good things and have just lived life. Well, it’s time to get back to it.
So, there are two big areas of my life I want to begin to speak life over. One is my health and the other is our finances and my business. As I’ve gotten older (hello 40 in a few months) the aches and wrinkles have begun to bother me. This pesky pinched nerve has caused me to stop working out and in turn to eat poorly. I’m bummed that I don’t feel strong anymore. I find myself complaining more than doing something about it and I know what to do but it all starts in my mind. I’ve gathered some scripture because I believe God is our true source of health. I’ve also gathered some positive affirmations to begin speaking over my life.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from your head. – Acts 27:34
I am strong and healthy. Choosing and enjoying healthy life-giving food brings me joy. I love to move and be active with my family. There is time in my day and I am worthy of being taken care of. I go to bed at a time that allows a full night of peaceful, pain free sleep. My back is healing and there will be no pain. Thank you body for being so healthy and never failing me!
Onto our finances. When you get married there’s a lot that changes and one of those things is how you deal with money. Gabe and I have been doing Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University together and something Dave said yesterday really hit home for both of us. He said, “You will either learn to manage money or the lack of it will always manage you.” Uh, our money tells us what we can buy and what our future looks like. We want to be in control. We want to honor God and each other with our finances. As for my business, it’s hard to grow and it’s scary. I sit and wonder and worry instead of moving in the direction of reaching my goals. I wonder why I don’t move? Fear, feeling I don’t deserve it? I don’t know, but it’s time to change it.
So, I’ve also found scripture, positive affirmations, and a declaration I like to believe when giving my tithe.
Owe nothing to anyone – except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. – Romans 13:8
Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly – Proverbs 13:22
The wise have wealth and luxury, but the fools spend whatever they get. Proverbs 21:20
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. – Proverbs 3:9-10
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. – 2 Corinthians 9:8
We use money to better our life and the lives of others. New avenues of income are welcome. We move from poverty thinking to abundance thinking. We are worthy of making more money. Our actions create constant prosperity. Our finances improve beyond our dreams.
Now this declaration could get some people’s panties in a wad but hear me out. I am not one of those that preaches the prosperity message. I believe that God has laid it out that if we steward our money properly we will have more than enough. To me, He has blessed me with a gift to take pictures. I am paid for using that gift and in return I thank Him by giving my tithe. It is important to honor Him with using the money He gives me through my hard work by saving and taking care of others. I believe that when I am faithful with the little He gives me He is then able to bless me with more. That blessing may come in some of the forms mentioned in this declaration.
“As we receive today’s offering, We are believing the Lord for: Jobs and better jobs. Raises and bonuses. Benefits. Sales and commissions. Favorable settlements. Estates and inheritances. Interests and income. Rebates and returns. Checks in the mail. Gifts and surprises. Finding money. Debts paid off. Expenses decrease. Blessing and increase. Thank You, Lord, for meeting all of my financial needs that I may have more than enough to give into the Kingdom of God and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
So, what are you going to do with your words? How will they change your life?
You can read about how I press through life and tips on marriage here and here.