Why positive affirmation is critical…

Everybody needs some positive motivation here and there. When we are motivated, we are driven to create and reach our goals with both engagement and tremendous effort. If motivation wasn’t a thing, how would we get things done? Specifically the things that we don’t always want to do.

Motivation is inevitable. It can come from just about anyone, anything, and anywhere. It could be a well deserved pat on the back or a kiss on the cheek. We can even give ourselves a dose of motivation. Particularly with a tool that I like to call positive affirmation.

I’ve been trying to personalize my workspace, a bit more, so I decided to print some motivational quotes that I can read to myself everyday. Although I just put it up on my bulletin board (after customizing it to add some personal touches) it definitely helps me start my morning off to a great start.

If you have a good support system, then that is a wonderful thing. However, motivational words can’t always really sink in unless you believe them, yourself. You have to have faith, too. This is exactly where the positive affirmation, or positive self-talk, comes in.

Some ways to practice positive affirmation include:

  • Putting up positive messages around your workspace or room.
  • Repeating uplifting sentences when you are getting ready for the day. The more you say it, the more you can start to believe it, increasing your self confidence.
  • Using sentences that start with “I am” or “I can” followed by a positive trait about yourself or a personal goal.
  • Remain optimistic, even through possible bumps in the road.
  • Put in your best effort to reach your goals. Believe that you can reach them.

Using positive affirmation in your daily life may take some time. And when you’ve mastered it, there’s no going back! Just remember that whatever you set your mind to, even if it seems impossible at times, with your best effort and just a little faith, you can surely succeed. You just have to believe it.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reading the Word of God – Words of Wisdom #3

Having a healthy relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ, is important for so many reasons. It’s a blessing to be able to talk to Him, bond with Him, and spend time with Him. And a huge part of my relationship with God is continuing to learn who He is.

It’s actually very similar to forming a relationship with any other person: in order to have a positive relationship with someone, you have to know who they are. The same applies with the Lord.

He already knows who we are. In fact, He knows more about us than we know about ourselves. But a relationship goes two ways. And that means, we need to spend time meditating on the Holy Bible, and sending our thanks and prayers to God to learn who He is and how He wants us, followers of Christ, to live.

God not only shows us who He is by the miracles that He preforms in our everyday lives, but also in His Word. I made a goal for 2022, and the rest of my life, to spend more time with the Lord. Me and Goodmommy have been having frequent Bible studies ever since the 1st of January, and we are both learning a lot, even despite the fact that she already knew a lot of the Holy Bible.

Before this year, I did know some of the stories of the Bible, as well: Noah’s Ark, Adam and Eve, The Crossing of the Red Sea, etc. However, what I love is that when you take the time to read the Word of God, there’s always something new to learn. New wisdom to receive.

No matter how much I think I know, God is always teaching me something new. Something that I never knew before.

In short, I’m thankful for my time spent with the Lord. He truly is an amazing God.

5 Tips for Anyone Who Wants to Practice Poetry #poetry

Poetry is a writing technique that I’ve loved for a long time. It allows you to express yourself, tell your story, and use your creativity to make every poem that you write your own. Today, I had a Creative Writing Club meeting, and I noticed that a lot of my fellow members said that poetry was a little more difficult than them.

I understood them completely. As writers, we all have those things that we are naturally good at and the other things that we WANT to learn but just don’t know where to START. That’s where I come in. Take a look at these tips that can help anyone who wants some extra poetry practice.

1.) Read the work of other poets. Poetry is a form of art. And just like visual art such as paintings, sculptures, and sketches, it is important as an artist to be inspired by the work of your peers. This in no way means that you should copy another poet. However, you can gain a lot of knowledge regarding rhythm, how to tell a story and really convey your emotions in your work by looking at the work of poets who came before you.

2.) When you have an idea, jot it down in a poetry journal. Every work of art starts with an idea. It doesn’t need to be specific. You may just sit down and say, “I want to write.” Then, maybe the idea will continue to become clearer as you write. Other times, they just pop into our minds randomly: while eating dinner, watching TV, or any other daily activity. Whenever this happens, write the idea down in your personal journal, whether for just poetry or writing in general. That way, when you feel motivated, you can use that idea and put it into words.

3.) Be okay with being imperfect. So maybe you tried to write a poem, and it isn’t what you thought it would be. I applaud you for being you. When your work is imperfect, that means that it has your personal touch. It is authentic, raw, and a representation of the fact that you made the choice to try something new. That is nothing to be ashamed of.

4.) Don’t focus on complexity. I think a lot of times where we go wrong, as writers and human beings, is we make the simplest things a lot more complex than they really are or have to be. Every line doesn’t need to be 20 words to make an impact. In fact, it’s sometimes the short and sweet poems that really pack a punch. So focus on the quality, not the quantity or how big the words are.

5.) Always reread, review, and revise your work. Don’t just write a poem and then continue with your day. After you finish writing the draft, reread it. Find ways to improve it. And again, they don’t have to be super complex. Does the poem have any spelling errors? Are there any boring words that you could make more vivid or descriptive? Is this poem a reflection of you trying to make a replica of someone else’s writing or a reflection of the gift that has already been given to you by the Lord? Really think about that, for a second.

It can be hard to make poems original, and if you don’t want to share them with anyone, that’s okay. You use it as a learning experience, and a stepping stone to getting better. Just keep in mind that it can make the process easier, and a lot more fun, when you just let the words flow from your heart, onto the paper.

I hope you all enjoyed! If you’re new, please like this post and follow my blog for more.

I’ll see you next time! ✨

A Little Faith Goes a Long Way.

Matthew 17:20 NIV - He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

These are the words of Jesus, our Savior Himself. He says that faith the size of a mustard seed (which is only 1 to 2 millimeters) is enough. Even with an amount of faith that may seem small to us, with God, this is all we need to move mountains. Wow.

I really want that to sink in: Even with faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains.

Although it’s a small sentence, it holds a lot of power.

Have you ever wondered why things aren’t going your way? You prayed with all of your might and still no prevail? While prayer is a wonderful way to communicate with and bond with God, what we also need to do is have faith. And guess what; it only takes a little bit.

God says that with faith, nothing is impossible; in other words, all things are possible with just a little faith.

You may be wondering what I’m trying to say to you. If nothing else, remember that God sees our hearts. He knows our true intentions, when and why we pray to Him (whether that be all the time or just when things aren’t going our way), and how much faith we truly have.

He hears our prayers, all the time, but He also knows what’s inside our hearts. He knows if we really believe that with Him, anything is possible.

He Himself said to us that mustard seed faith can move mountains. He says to us that a little faith goes a long way.