Happy Sunday friends! I keep thinking it’s Saturday because tomorrow is a holiday and the hubster gets to be home for one more day, yahoooo!
I listen to a few different podcasts and lately Joyce Meyer has been on repeat. I went to her conference a few months ago and if you’ve never been, I highly recommend it, I just LOVE her and she’s amazing in person! On one of the podcasts I was listening to recently she talked a lot about speaking life over our lives. She speaks different positive affirmations quoted from scripture everyday and it really got me interested in doing the same. If you find yourself worried, anxious, depressed, self-conscious etc, there are several scriptures you can speak and pray over your life, mind and attitude.
I’ve struggled with fear my whole life. I was raised in a volatile home where fear was a permanent resident in my mind and heart. I was never taught how to deal with it, our feelings weren’t really talked about in our home and more often than not things were swept under the rug and as if nothing ever happened. It was confusing and dysfunctional. As I grew older my fear ruled my life and eventually turned into anxiety, severe at times, and panic attacks became a common occurrence. I’ve worked a lot on myself and learning how to get through anxiety, and exercising has been a HUGE help. But it got to a point where I needed something deeper, releasing endorphins at the gym only helped so much and for so long. I needed a heart change and the only way I could do that was with Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, I still find myself in the trap of fear, scared that something will happen to my children or my husband, I mean, I can really get myself freaked out about anything! But I’ve been able to find peace in Gods word and His truth.
When I find myself in that trap, these are the scriptures I submerge myself in and speak out loud:
Joshua 1:9 (ESV) – ….be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – You see, God never leaves us, He is always present in every situation and circumstance.
Romans 8:6 (ESV)- For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. – We have to be in control of our minds. This is the number one place satan tries to attack because he knows if he can get our minds to wonder he can corrupt our soul. We have the power to set our minds on the things above and overcome our fears and worries.
Psalm 5:4 (ESV) – In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety – When I read this scripture I instantly feel at peace. I love reading Psalms at night, it calms my soul after a busy day. Knowing and believing these words bring me so much comfort.
Psalm 4:1 (ESV) – Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! – When we call upon the Lord and seek Him He will give us rest and peace of mind.
1 John 4:18 (ESV) – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…. – Can you imagine if we all could act out of love instead of fear? Love this verse!
2 Corinthians 1:3 (ESV) – … God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any afflictions, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God… – I love this reminder that God is so good and He is our ultimate comforter. When we turn to him for guidance He will provide. I’ve had to practice this over and over and over and I still have to remind myself to turn to Him because only He can provide divine comfort and peace.
2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) – … for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and self-control – (some other versions of the bible say sound mind instead of self control) this is my all time favorite scripture and I quote it everytime I’m feeling fearful and defeated. One day when the kids were younger I was feeling stressed out and worried about something (I can’t for the life of me remember what it was, obviously it wasn’t that important!) and EllaBleu in her sweet little raspy voice reminded me of this scripture, I’ll never forget that sweet reminder.
Also, when quoting scripture or affirmations it’s really helpful to make them first person. For example: “If God is for me, who can be against me“. I feel like when I make it first person it feels more personable and relatable, and it’s also affirming it directly to me, there’s power in that! And speaking of power, there is power in our words. It says in Proverbs 18:21 that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue“, how convicting is that?! We need to be careful what we speak and the words we speak over ourselves. I challenge you to speak only good things over yourself, don’t look in the mirror and say something negative, force yourself to say something positive, then make it a habit and start to do it everyday. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, I hope you share them below!