Thank you for visiting my Blog! Living Affirmed is intended to help you succeed in life. From defeat to victory, from existing to thriving, you will learn how to live your life affirmed (LYLA)! The assurance of God’s approval of you will embolden you to cross every bridge you encounter.
When you’re living affirmed of who you are and what you are doing you are walking confidently in your divine purpose. The only opinion that matters about you is your Creator’s. The good news is that he’s already approved you and what he created you to do. That’s exciting!
“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son” (Ephesians 1:6b-e, MSG). YOU ARE ALREADY APPROVED BY GOD, IN CHRIST, THE BELOVED.
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 of King David’s song express the reality of God 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 also accept that your purpose was conceived by God before you were born. Moreover, that God not only created you, but he adores you. How cool is that?
That relentless stirring in you is meant to unsettle you, to nudge you from apathy to intentionality. You can turn restlessness to resourcefulness. We are all meant to evolve over our lifetimes. Harrowing bridges must be faced to carry you to destiny. Tempests and floods are temporary. Gary Allan’s lyric “every storm runs out of rain” is true.
When a kaleidoscope is shaken even slightly, the former image shifts. It’s still the same kaleidoscope on the outside, but the image on the inside changes. Shaking is often necessary to shift you toward your destiny. No change, no change. Your faith and obedience will cause you to live on purpose—affirmed, not defeated—even if it hurts getting there.
Once you agree with God’s plan you will move from where you are to where you were meant to be. If 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 our stories to unfold. Ambition is properly balanced when you learn the wisdom of passionate living versus stressful living.
Here 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 accept that 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 in your mother’s womb.
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.
Trust me, I know the days of depression and defeatism first hand. This is not a Polly Anna plea. This is a lifeline extended to raise you from where you are to where you must be going, knowing that the Breaker goes before you making the way.
“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!
ALL CONCEPTS AND INSIGHTS SHARED HERE ON LIVING AFFIRMED: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EXISTING & THRIVING, HOME PAGE, FIRST APPEARED HERE. by M. J. SMITH
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