Thursday, July 2, 2009

Personal Declarations

Sometimes, when I find myself in the middle of a few very challenging situations and I feel like I can't take one more step, I begin to talk to myself - not out loud. I engage my brain to recite the truth to my heart so that I don't let myself get carried away by emotions that could really keep me from imploding.
In the last number of months, I've begun writing these thoughts down. I call them "Declarations." Writing things down seems to give strength to the process and it is also interesting to look back over a Declaration or two sometimes when I can't think of what to tell myself. :)
This is a Declaration I wrote yesterday. It was 'one-of-those-days' and I realized that I needed to sit myself down and strategize or I would be mowed down by despair. I thought I would share it with everyone and maybe it might help someone else who is having 'one-of-those-days' today.

I will choose to keep my focus ahead of me
-I can't get stuck in this moment or in the past
I will choose to do what I can in this moment
-instead of giving up
I will remind myself of the truth - the basic facts
-and not get overwhelmed by extemporaneous chatter
I will not let my emotions carry me down a negative path
- that disables me
I will resist the temptation to run away
-though I so wish I could
I will allow the Holy Spirit to work His life in me
-love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control

I will endeavor to be all I can be - right now - right here
-so that I don't waste the moment and I can still make progress


Jane said...

I like them so much that I am making a copy to remind myself each morning before starting the day.

It is a very good way of taking our thoughts and actions captive so we don't overwhelm ourselves by making a bump in the road a gigantic mountain (which I have done too many times).

I understand you are on a road never traveled before which took much courage, my prayers are with you!!!!

Rebekah said...

BRAVO, my friend!

Caleb and I are working on the same! He tends to declare the negative.

Diane said...

Yes Jane, thank you. Could you contact me through my email address on my profile please?

Diane said...

It takes work to declare the positive, Rebekah! All the best to you and Caleb :)