Start your day with this declaration. Spend time during the day meditating on it. Reflect on your day in the evening.
I have been studying how positive thinking and speaking relieves stress and gives us peace. I have been putting the things that I am learning into practice and I am seeing a change in myself. Those changes are creating a more peaceful home for me and my husband. I’m sleeping better. My days are more productive. I’m paying attention to the blessings that have been coming my way because of it.
Thinking and speaking positive words and affirmations is nothing new. I’ve heard it all before, but I’ve never really put it into practice. I’ve always told myself, “You’re a positive person, you’re always upbeat, and you don’t let things get you down.” However true that is there is a difference of being those things naturally and putting these things into practice every day.
At the beginning of the day I am choosing to start my day off with this declaration:
“This will be a great day. I have God’s favor. He is directing my steps. I will succeed in all that I do today and I will have peace.”
That statement alone gives me energy. Let’s break this down.
This will be a great day! This is a choice. From the moment we get up we can decide whether or not today is going to be a great day or a bad day. We can choose to be happy in all the things that are going to happen in our lives today, or we can dwell on everything that may not go right during the day. We can choose to focus on our problems and not count our blessings. And don’t forget the people around us will know what kind of day we are having. It will show on our face in our body language and in our speech.
I have God’s favor. How awesome is this? Say that again, “I have God’s favor!” What does that mean? The favor of God can be described as “tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord.” What does it mean when you favor someone? You want to spend time with that person. You want to see them succeed. You enjoy their company. That is how God feels about you and me!
Favor is closely related to grace in the Bible. Those who have received Jesus as their Savior are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9). They know the favor of God. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), but those who have saving faith in God’s Son are declared righteous (Romans 4:5; Philippians 3:9) and live in God’s favor. The most basic answer to “how can I get God’s favor” is “believe in the Lord Jesus.”
God is directing my steps. Proverbs 16:9 says that we can make our plans, but God will direct our steps. I love knowing that he can see what lies ahead. God loves us and is wise. As a loving teacher he will give us the instruction we need. If we are open he will teach us the best way to accomplish our goals.
I will succeed in all that I do today and I will have peace. God wants us to be a success. He doesn’t want to watch us struggle and feel defeated. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11. I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. (CEB)
While you are going about your business today, I want you to keep this verse in mind. Remind yourself throughout the day that God is thinking about you. He is rooting for you to succeed during your day. He wants you to have a day that is peaceful when everything feels like it is melting down around you. He gives us peace that passes all understanding. He will give you hope for today and tomorrow.
God gives us an instruction and a promise:
Philippians 4:6-7 (KJ21)
6 Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The instruction: Don’t get stressed out. Give thanks to God for everything that is going on your life. He knows what is happening in your life, but he wants you to come to him and tell him.
The promise: God will give you peace. This is a peace that we don’t understand. This is the peace that a person who has a terminal illness but still has peace about their situation. The peace that comes from being in a right relationship with God is not the peace of this world. The world’s peace depends on having favorable circumstances: if things are going well, then we feel peaceful; when things go awry, the peace quickly dissipates. Jesus made the distinction between His peace and the world’s vacillating peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives” (John 14:27).
My declaration for you:
Today, you will indeed go out with joy and be peacefully guided.
Action Steps: Share a declarative statement you say to yourself to start your day. Please leave your comment below.