Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Empowered By Affirmation

We’ve discussed Affirmative commands as one of the Truth Tools before. We talked about how much power comes from stating our goals and desires in a positive, affirmative way rather than in a negative way.

In accordance with this, I went through my Patriarchal Blessing and wrote out the information in my blessing in short affirmative sentences that I can read quickly. For example, a blessing might state that you should have faith to accept callings given you can be made into the Affirmative command, “I have faith to do whatever I am called to do.” A sentence that tells of gifts or talents you have been given such as being a peacemaker is easily written as, “I am a peacemaker.” The admonition to raise your children in faith and wisdom becomes, “I teach my children in faith and wisdom.” The statement that you are of the noble lineage of Ephraim becomes, “I belong to the noble lineage of Ephraim.” Write each item in first person, present tense as if it is already accomplished and in the most positive terms you can. For example, a statement that you are going to experience suffering, but that suffering will help you grow in faith would be written out, “The suffering in my life increases my faith.”

After compiling everything in your blessing in a list of affirmative statements, slowly read through the list aloud. Savor each affirmation. Feel the truth behind the statement. I have been surprised how empowering this is and how immediate the positive feelings can be felt. On dark days it is like a life preserver being thrown out to me. But don’t wait for dark days. Read your list daily and see what happens!

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Wendi said...

You are an amazing person, Sherrie. I'm thankful for all the positive ideas you share to help all of us achieve our potential. :)

Becky Rose said...

wow- great idea. Love it. Will do it!

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Wendi, I'm not amazing--the gospel is!!!

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Becky, Let me know how you like it after you do it!

Cathy said...

I am going to try this, what a great way to compile a list of affirmations!