When you get up in the morning, if there is something you need to attend to that day that you’re not looking forward to, you can say, “I dread this day,” or you can say, “God will give me strength today to do whatever I need to do and to do it with joy.” Which of these two statements do you think would better prepare you for the day? -Joyce Meyer, Words are Food for the Soul
I have been reminded over and over again that what we think and speak matter.
Each morning, I challenge you to say one Truth out loud to yourself. It might feel weird at first.
God, thank you that you love me. (Romans 5:8)
Thank you God, I know you will take care of me. (Philippians 4:19)
Lord, you are my Shepherd. I know you will guide me. (Psalm 23)
Of course, God hears the prayers of our hearts. I think speaking things out loud is more for us. It helps us to hear it.
Read the Word, for sure. Reading the Word is so important. But, thinking the Word throughout the day, speaking it out loud, praying as you go and applying God’s Truth to our day to day circumstances – that’s living out our faith.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” -Luke 6:45
-Make sure your heart is full of truth & love!
“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person.” -Luke 6:28-30
-This can be so hard to do, but choosing to think, speak, and pray positively for those who we find difficult to love is not just for the benefit of others – it’s for our benefit too. Obeying God is always best- even when it’s challenging.
How can you love someone through the words you think, speak & pray today?