Sharpening our swords
Recently, I shared a story about how the Lord put me in places to encourage others by sharpening their swords through affirmations; and it isn’t that hard for me because I look for the good in people and affirm their gifts. I also love to help children find their skills and talents, like buried treasures. Oh, the joy of watching them discover and flow as they grow.
A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
wherever he turns, he prospersPoverbs 17:8, NKJV
I also get super excited when I see someone take back their lives and discover themselves; there is nothing more liberating than finding the person you left behind in the rubble of the deceptions the world had to offer. But one day, you wake up as though you had been sleepwalking, and the fog finally lifted from your view. However, old behaviors remain the same. The exact negative words spoken over you from your past overshadow you like a cloud blocking the sunshine you need to grow and stretch out your branches. After listening to Prayer Therapy by Dr. Phil, Therapy and Theology, by Lysa Terkeurst, and Bible in a Year with Jack Graham. I learned it was not only okay to sharpen my sword but also vital. So, with Thanksgiving a few days away, we need to pull out those old knives and sharpen them, right? Who likes using dull knives to cut the turkey?
So last night, when one of those old familiar friends came and sat with me in my mind reminding me that I may spend Thanksgiving alone this year instead of messaging that into my brain, I spoke out loud. “Thank you, Lisa; we came a long way from where we were; you are more than a survivor; you are a child of the Highest God, you are a warrior, and you have the scars to prove it! It sure felt good to affirm my gifts out loud.
This may sound like a small step, but it is a step out into a new adventure.
Try it; give yourself an affirmation today!