Milk and Honey Magazine explains the power of affirmations. Biblically, encouragement can be such a beautiful, uplifting practice. Encourage your girlfriends today, lovely princess!

Power of Affirmations

Grace Cummins

I was first exposed to the power of affirmations from my sister, Mary. I was a freshman in high school and terrified of taking my first final. I woke up the next morning to a post-it note on my bathroom mirror saying, “You can do this, G. You are smart and you are prepared.” Waking up and seeing that note changed my entire day. I believe I passed that exam largely because of the words my sister wrote, boosting my confidence knowing someone believed in me.

Since that day, I've been trying to uplift those around me. Affirmations I recieve help me take a step back and examine myself and see myself in a new light: the way God sees me.

Words = power. They have the power to hurt and damage, but also the power to uplift, inspire, and heal. I'm a firm believer in the power of affirmations; they uplift the receiver AND the speaker. It's ironic that something so life changing and powerful is so rare - but also free.

I have recently been randomly texting affirmations to friends, such as “You are beautiful. You are loved. You are enough." These three phrases can turn someones day around. I text people affirmations usually after praying or thinking of that person; I pray that what I say will encourage them. Sending affirmations has helped me see my friends as brothers and sisters in Christ... and to see Christ in them. The person receiving the affirmation, especially unprovoked, is able to see themselves positively. They begin to believe the affirmations they are told; positive self-talk can go a long way. It changes the way one looks at themselves and how they are going to (and can!) achieve their goals.

Have you ever gone to a workout class and heard the instructor say, “Push yourselves, it’s mind over matter!"? Just like our bodies, it's important to train our brains. Our thoughts govern what we will accomplish. If we believe we are loved, we will never feel alone. We will discover what makes us feel empty and unloved and cut it out of our life. Words are powerful.

 Our goal as Christians is to lift each other up and to show our brothers and sisters that we are Christians by our love.

"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

I encourage you, ladies, to incorporate affirmations into your everyday life and to see the power first hand. Grab your phone and text a friend everything you know YOU need to hear right now.