At first I thought they were silly – not to mention sloppy: little sticky notes everywhere; three by five cards taped over the sink and on the refrigerator. I once made a reminder which said, “Smile,” and taped it to my bathroom mirror. The next day when I exited the shower, I looked up expectantly, waiting for encouragement, only to be disappointed. The strip of ordinary white paper was rippled from the steam and running red marker letters were fast blurring into watercolor hieroglyphics. My tentative smile felt a bit as though my spirit had been caught in the rain in non-waterproof makeup and a crinoline dress.
Never-the-less, these little reminders must be effective. Graduate language students continue to step in and out of elevators and bump into normal folks while reading little cards always in abundant supply from a vest pocket. Music teachers and Math teachers still recommend flash cards. Life coaches persist in prodding clients to meditate daily, murmur canned prayers, and, above all – Affirm yourself!
Since I am a music teacher and have experienced first hand the positive results of the flash cars mentioned above; I have come to see the logic and benefit in daily review and affirmation. Today I invite you into my inner sanctum of meditation and thought to share my current affirmations – private to me; yet publicly available to all in the widely published book known as The Bible. The thing that is most affirming to me is that I did not go in search of these particular verses and themes. I came across them during natural times of meditation and daily need.
Do not neglect your gift; which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. I Timothy 4:14
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. I Timothy 4:15
But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b
The peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things…and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:7,8,9.
God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
[Today] God fulfills his purpose for me. My heart is steadfast. I will sing and make music. Psalm 57