Thank you for visiting Living Affirmed! This Blog is intended to help you cross life’s harrowing bridges. From defeat to victory, from existing to thriving you will be inspired to live your life affirmed (LYLA). To live affirmed is to live FREE. Free of the limitations of your mind and others’ judgments that are false in light of your pre-destinated purpose.

Becoming our best selves takes effort. “Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change” (Arthur Burt). I challenge you to think differently about your circumstances. If you’re ready to move forward in life, then this blog is for you!

The lyrics to King David’s song express the reality of God, our Creator, and his unique relationship to humanity:

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me” (Psalm 139:13-16, NLT)!

If you are willing to accept this wonderful proclamation—that you were intentionally created, the process painstakingly attended to by the Master Creator—then you can accept that you’ve already been approved by God himself! From this, you can believe that you were created in love for a specific purpose. Embracing the power of this psalm will spur you to live assured in the knowledge that God not only watches you, but he desires you. How freeing is that thought?

The uncomfortable stirrings within you are meant to unsettle you, to nudge you from mundane living to passionate living. You can turn restlessness to resourcefulness. We are all meant to evolve. Our journeys include harrowing bridges at times. They were made to carry us from purpose to destiny. Tempests and rains are temporary; Gary Allan sings, “Every storm runs out of rain.” Troubles can shake us to change.

When a kaleidoscope is shaken even slightly, the former image changes. It’s still a kaleidoscope on the outside looking the same, but the inner image has changed. Shaking is necessary to transform us for better. No change, no change. Change causes us to live on purpose—affirmed, not defeated!

Your life was created on purpose, with purpose, to propel you to destiny! Once you determine to live affirmed of who you are, you will move from where you are to where you were meant to be. 

My target audience is those of you who have endured abuses or failures that have set you back, but you’ve become sick and tired of being sick and tired! You’re ready to move forward. I’m guessing that’s a lot of you.

The stress of drive and ambition is replaced by the peace of passionate living as you comprehend the relevance of who you are and Whose you are. Your self-awareness will shift to spiritual awareness as you succumb to the power of God’s grace for your life-story to unfold. You desires will become his desires as you dance with the Spirit of wisdom.

“[T]he LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7, KJV).

God formed and breathed and you came forth living. Therefore, you were intentionally meant to live, affirmed by the initiator of life.

Here at Living Affirmed you will learn lessons to guide you in understanding your significance to God. As you accept his love for all humanity—including you—you will soar. You will understand that it is your right and responsibility to do so. You will live by faith, knowing your past doesn’t dictate your future. Bridges will become welcome opportunities for advancement.

Nothing in this world defines the real you. The kingdom of God contains a scroll of his testimony about you. It is his story written about you and your amazing life!

As you live on earth, heaven can be your influence of reality instead of your circumstances. Problems and trials are common to all of us. Those of us who dare will live affirmed in our Creator’s love and grace. We will turn pain to purpose, depression to destiny, and tragedy to triumph. We will support one another in love. You may have heard that hurting people hurt people, but understand also that healing people heal people!

“The floods have risen up, O LORD. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore—the LORD above is mightier than these” (Psalm 42:3-4, NLT)!

Be encouraged! As you navigate your way through life, heart-pounding challenges and heavy sorrows are a given—you will encounter storms—but they’ll be tempered by joyous, reaffirming victories to encourage you along. When you forge ahead, you constructively make heaven your home—your present reality on earth—as you master those storms. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, ESV). The treacherous waters merely lie beneath the bridges created to suspend you above adversities. Your challenge is stay focused, not looking down but looking ahead.

LYLA! Live your life affirmed!

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