I discovered Shannon's blog, Smile and Write, a couple weeks ago and learned that she had a very cool link-up that happens every Thursday! It's called Write Yourself Happy. This is my first time joining in with this link-up, but I'm excited to get started and I think I picked the perfect time to start! For the months of April and May, the topics are all going to be lists!
And we know, I'm a lover of lists!
If there is one thing I love, it is lists. And another thing I love is quotes! Words are something powerful, which is why they should be used for the better. Words have the power to harm, but they also have the power to speak love, truth, encouragement, and healing. Today's list called for us to write down 5 positive affirmations. My five are a combo of bible verses, quotes, and song lyrics. Enjoy and I hope they speak some encouragement to you today!
There are a lot of things in this life that can hold us captive. There are many things that we can let control us. One of the beautiful things about the Lord is that in Him, we find freedom. We find release from all the things that once held us captive. Through His redemption, we have been set free. We are no long slaves to sin, but live in righteousness and freedom.
I love this verse, because it shows us that there is nowhere we can go that we can escape God's love. Whether we are high on the mountaintops or down in the valleys, His love will find us there. One of the most interesting things about God's love is that it "surpasses knowledge." No matter how hard we try to understand, no matter how much we try to find logic in it, no matter how many times we crunch the numbers, we will never fully understand His love. All we can do is accept it. Accept His love and bask in it daily. And find comfort that no matter where we are or where we go or whatever season we are in, His love is there.
The first time I heard this song, I literally burst into tears. Truth. There is so much truth in these lyrics. I am what He says I am, not what the world tells me. The chains are broken, I'm set free. The scales have fallen off my eyes, I have seen the light. I'm no orphan anymore, He has redeemed me, bought me, and calls me His daughter! I am all He says I am. And that is more than I could ever imagine. If you stopped reading here, before you go, just listen to this song. Click here!
We may stop growing physically at one point, but we can always keep growing in other ways. Emotionally, mentally, and spiritually there are so many things we can keep learning and adding to our lives. Who we were when we were younger is not who we are today. And who we are today, may not be who we are 10 years from now. Let's keep growing...for the better.
Mark Twain is a well known author, but he also knows a thing about travel and adventure. He was born in Missouri, but traveled all around. He moved west to Salt Lake City, lived in Nevada for a time, moved to San Francisco, went to Hawaii, traveled to the Mediterranean. Adventure leads you to many things that you maybe thought you would never do. How do you know you love or hate something without trying it first? Sail away to something new. It might become your favorite thing.
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