Daily Delight

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How to Live an Authentic Life: Day 4: Cultivate Positivity

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." -Proverbs 17:22

One of the most rewarding and beneficial ways to living a life of authenticity is to learn how to cultivate an everyday positivity into your life. Positivity will not only make you feel better mentally, but spiritually and physically, too. When you are positive, you learn how to enjoy life more- regardless of what it throws your way- and you get out and do more as a result. Positivity is important because it's the one thing that can give us the hope we need in order to keep going in certain seasons of our lives. Here are a few ways to cultivate it:

1) Words of affirmation. The Lord and His Word is our everyday affirmation, and it is through His glory and His glory alone that we find the fulfillment we long for. Write down verses of affirmation on post its or index cards and place them on your mirror or around your room. One affirmation alone can lift your spirit tremendously. 

2) Hang out with people who encourage you, acknowledge your gifts, and challenge you to grow. I'm not saying to ditch the friends you have that may be negative. What I am saying is to not seek fulfillment and satisfaction through your relationships with negative people. Be the light of positivity they need instead, and soak yourself in a deep and rich community of believers all while doing so. 

3) Take note of one positive moment every day. Every day may not be a good one, but there is always something good in every day. Jot these good things down and I can guarantee they will increase your positive thinking. 

4) Dive into Scripture. I know what it's like to have that feeling of blockage between you and God's Word. That's simply because getting into the habit of reading your Bible is a discipline. And disciplines take time. But ladies, there is nothing like jumping into the Story that we are called to live. We discover our identity, find freedom, awaken our faith, experience transformation, receive the truest of joys, feel love, and find fulfillment through God's Word. Nothing and Noone else satisfies. 

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