Self love and daily affirmations

daily affirmations & bible verses

If you’re anything like me, you may experience burnout pretty often. Between work, school, responsibilities, and trying to squeeze in some fun once in a while — it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day and you can’t get anything done. I constantly need to re-route the thoughts in my mind that say I’m not enough, I can’t do this or that, or that I’m all alone in my problems & issues. 

These things make me feel so vulnerable and I feel guilt and shame for just for having a bad day or feeling down & anxious. 

If this is you, I want you to know that you aren’t alone & that this is not the end. There’s so much more for you. God has created you exactly as you are and he loves you. There isn’t any single person on the earth, nor that has ever lived that is an exception to that. 

Sometimes we need to shine a little light in our own lives, and we can do that by seeking God. For instance, I’m overwhelmed at moment with homework, laundry, and preparing for another week at work. These things may seem silly and there isn’t anything wrong with those tasks. These are mundane things that I do regularly – but, when I’m running my to-do list, anxiety creeps in. I start worrying about days that haven’t even come to pass. I want to be living here & now. I want to take a minute to BREATHE. 

If you’re feeling anxious and you’re thoughts are spiraling: 

  1. You are not alone 
  2. Take a minute to BREATHE 
  3. Sit somewhere quiet and read the daily affirmations (in the picture above), changing ‘you’ for ‘I’ 
  4. Jot down the Bible verses alongside the affirmations & highlight them in your bible 
  5. Remember that whatever you are feeling does not reflect who or how you are – but is simply the stress you feel in your current situation 

It is difficult, when feeling down/anxious/emotional to separate our situation with our individual being and relationship with God. If you’re anything like me, you may internalize your emotions and your thoughts tend to dictate how you may feel about yourself. Just know that those NEGATIVE THOUGHTS WILL LEAVE. Even at 23, I am still learning what self-love is. Sometimes it is just taking a moment to say “hey, you are loved.” “You are beautiful.” “You are unique – and there isn’t anything wrong with that.” 

Don’t let the enemy steal your joy, take your happiness and convince you of anything opposite to what God says about you and who you are. 

This spiritual battle that we fight – it begins in our mind. 

STAND YOUR GROUND. Flip those negative thoughts into bible verses and positive affirmations. We are all loved. We are all forgiven. We all exist and have a purpose that is handpicked by God. Don’t let the enemy deter you from your truth. Pain is real and life has some bad times. No matter the reason for what you are feeling, YOU ARE YOU! There isn’t any better way to be! 💛

Be Still

I thought a lot about whether I would want to post about this or not, and I’ve chosen to share my story.

Earlier this year I was in a car accident and it was by far the scariest thing I’d ever experienced in my life. In a matter of seconds, my whole life was placed on hold. Everything I had planned, looked forward to, and had in mind was cancelled in the aftermath of the accident. The day following my accident was my 23rd birthday and I didn’t know what to do or how to feel. I was grateful that God protected me, but the little voice inside my head had me running in a downward spiral of “how could this happen?“, “why would this happen?” and “where do I go from here?”.

For me, driving was my biggest fear as a teenager. I hated the idea of getting behind the wheel of a car and having to be in control of a car. I had so much anxiety with the thought of getting hit by a car, or causing an accident. Then, it happened. I was driving home from work one night and another car struck mine. I am still very anxious throughout any traffic jams, but I have been learning and putting effort towards calming my fears and anxiety while letting God work in me.

At first, I was in total shock. More so because I hated driving in the first place and this event confirmed my fears. I was grateful that God kept me alive and throughout the days following the accident, I was mentally in a different place. I didn’t want to be stressed about dealing with insurance companies, and finding out ways to place all the pieces of my life back in order.

I was still. I can honestly say that despite the fear, anxiety, and mood swings — I had time to just sit and be still. I didn’t want to be worried about my full-time job, my classes for school, nor all the errands I had to run. I truly feel that sometimes we need to experience these moments that make us re-evaluate our worldview, and show us what’s really important.

I felt that before all this, I was putting a lot of my wants before my relationship with God. I chose not to focus on the ‘who’, ‘what’, or ‘why’ in the accident. I chose to look at God, who still had my back. There are so many times in life that I have gotten caught up in things that weren’t necessary for me.

I really feel that my experience was an epic ‘Be Still’ moment. Despite my fears, my anxiety and the aftermath of the physical event – I was spiritually reset. Once again, my heart is full and I know that God is always with me and he has a plan for me. A future that I sometimes doubt but, he always remains faithful.

Be still before the Lord

    and wait patiently for him;

do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

PSALM 37:7 (NIV)

If you ever experience anything that you feel has turned your world upside down, take a moment to give God a chance to work on you and to speak to you. Allow yourself to have a ‘Be Still’ moment, and trust God through the process. He is always there, and there is nothing that can keep us from him goodness, and his plan for us.

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”

MARK 4:39 (NIV)