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 liberated. Free from the limitations of your mind and others’ judgments of you.

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 created you, but he adores you. How cool is that?

The relentless stirring within you is meant to unsettle you, to nudge you from the mundane to your passion. You can turn restlessness to resourcefulness. We are all meant to evolve over our lifetimes. Harrowing bridges must be faced, to carry you from apathy to destiny. Tempests and floods are temporary. Gary Allan sings, “Every storm runs out of rain.”

When a kaleidoscope is shaken even slightly, the former image shifts. It’s still the same kaleidoscope on the outside, but the inside image changes. Similarly, shaking is often necessary to shift you toward your destiny. No change, no change. Change can cause you to live on purpose—affirmed, not defeated—even if it hurts like hell.

Once you determine to live affirmed of who you are, you will move from where you are to where you were meant to be. 

If you’ve suffered abuses or failures that have set you back but you’re ready to move forward, then you’ve crash landed in the right place. I’m guessing that’s a lot of you.

The stress of over ambition is replaced by peace when you understand the significance of who you are and why you’re here. Self-awareness shifts to spiritual awareness as you submit to the power of God’s grace that causes your story to unfold. Ambition is properly balanced when you learn the wisdom of passionate living versus stressful living.

Here at Living Affirmed you will learn lessons to guide you in understanding your relevance 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 you. The kingdom of God contains a scroll of his testimony about you. It is his story written about you before you were born.

As you live on earth, heaven can be your influence of reality versus your circumstances. Problems and trials are common to all of us. Those who dare will live affirmed of our Creator’s faith in humanity. We will turn pain to purpose, depression to destiny, and tragedy to triumph. We will lovingly support one another.

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. Treacherous waters merely lie beneath the bridges that were created to suspend you above life’s adversities. Your challenge is to stay focused, not looking down but looking ahead.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, ESV).

LYLA! Live your life affirmed!

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