31 Days of Affirmation first took hold in February 2016 as Affirming Fridays, a way for me to affirm hope when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. This means, at least for me, I need to engage and practice and activate my faith as I believe it bolsters my hope. I do this by affirming truth even in the storm.
I want to live a life of an engaged, activated, and practiced faith. It’s what we are called to when we choose to follow Jesus. I’m making room for the more of God living in me – His presence guiding my days. His Light piercing the dark.
I am meditating on Philippians 4 and see how an active faith is part of my ability to hope even in the darkness. It is two part. 1. God is at work keeping us. 2. We activate, engage, and practice our faith. This is what it is to live empowered. Christ infuses us with the hope and strength we need to stand even as the days are evil. So, we are not with out hope. Hold faith beloved. Your faith is not a dead one. It is made to be fully alive.
Affirming the truth can be a powerful way to hold faith when the struggle is real. Each day (or whenever I write) of the series I will post the link below. Come along and read.
Day 1 – With Me in Valley and Shadow
Day 2 – I Still Love You
Day 3 – It’s Not Too Late
Day 4 – Be Your Whole Self
Day 5 – Good Enough
Day 6 – Test
Day 7 – The World Is You
Day 8 – Not a Failure
Day 9 – Honoring Boundaries
Day 10 – On Belonging
Day 11 – Affirming Truth in Prayer
Day 12 – Here: On Being Present
Day 13 – Grace Wins
Day 14 – A Poetic Affirmation on Returning
Day 15 – Belief Is My Armor
Day 16 – We Are Loved
Day 17 – Practice Kindness
Day 18 – Rise Up and Move Forward
Day 20 – I Have What I Need
Day 21 – Encourage Yourself Today
Day 23 – When You Do Not Need to Wait to Move
Day 24 – You Have a Future and a Hope
Day 26 – When the Calling Is Strong
Day 27 – God Hears Us Through It All
Day 28 – Change Is Not an End but A Beginning
Day 29 – When We Must Change
Day 30 – Be a Light
Day 31 – A Beautiful Ache