Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Words of Affirmation
I’ll be bold and say at some time in our lives, ALL PEOPLE struggle with their identity and/or self-worth. It could be just a little or it could be a WHOLE LOT, but we all go through times of self-doubt or lack of confidence about our abilities, intellect, and for many of us our very God-given appearance.
As self-assured and certain as I appear and as assertive and sometimes aggressive as I am, I still have a bit of self-doubt. Usually these periods are directly related to hormones or emotional flux associated with specific triggers. Regardless of what the cause, they exist and they trip me up fairly regularly.
A few years ago I found a source that helps me soothe the savage beast and actually even empowers me. I use this technique and have helped others to utilize this technique as well.
What is it? You ask…well words of affirmation of course.
I take a small photo album, you know the ones they sell for one-dollar or less, typically used as grandma brag-books. Instead of filling them with pictures, I fill them with my favorite Scripture, or Scripture that affirms who I am in Christ; the “me” God speaks of!
I hand write the Scriptures onto note cards or colored paper and put stickers on them, or doodle a bit on them (you know me; MORE IS MORE). Then every day, either while I’m driving, waiting in a drive-through, getting ready in the morning or just down on myself…I read them each…out loud. I repeat them. I repeat them again, sometimes. I personalize them and make them mine!
Not only is this a wonderful tool for Scripture memory, but it’s also a way to crawl out of a funk (when I remember to pick them up).
I had almost forgotten about them, in the midst of a busy summer, but I stumbled across them during room cleaning and decorating and lo’ and behold the same Scriptures I had in there still ring so true to me. I can almost recite them verbatim, but it’s still nice to look at my writing and know God gave these to me! I actually have about 3 books for this and I pick up empty books to fill for others who are walking a lonely journey.
I remember Beth Moore talking about using note cards to remember Scripture, so you may already have the note cards complete, just transfer them into an album and drop them in your purse or put them in your nightstand and read them OUT LOUD each day!
Edited 7:26 pm 08/09/06 to add pictures from my affirmation book. Found it's stashed space. There are actually 20 scriptures in it total...here are some samples
Have an awesome day!
Hey, I kinda did a WFMW...only it's more a works for me EVERYDAY! or when I don't misplace it...