I set a single word on the mantel: PreApproved.
That word is the focal point of our living room –right in the very center of our home.
The word — PreApproved — has become a way of centering our family. It’s a word we need to memorize in our hearts before we head out into all the places of this world where we are tempted to “prove” ourselves.
This has been our battle cry: We are PreApproved. We have nothing to prove.
I need to know I’m PreApproved before I sit down to write a single word in a book
or a blog post. I need to know I’m already approved by God if I’m tempted to let reviewers or rankings define my worth — whether those reviews are flattering or negative. Our children need to know they are preappoved when they bring home midterm reports, when they step onto volleyball courts, when they try out for school plays and honor choir. We need to know we’re PreApproved and loved by God, when we are in desperate need of a do-over.
Sure, we are here on earth to live with excellence, and to do our very best. But we are not made to prove anything. God has already done all hard work of proving and approving. Visit the cross to see just how much.
They can pierce us, inspire us, motivate us or tear us down.
They can be weapons or balms.
Words can hurt us. Or they can save us.
The words we use to describe ourselves begin to change us on the inside.
When we change our words, we change our hearts. And when we change our hearts, we can change our world.
Solomon said it like this: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
What we think of ourselves — and what we say to ourselves — can make us or break us.
What word do you need to hear today?
Be kind to yourselves, good people.
Speak kind words over yourselves. Pick the words that make you more of who God created you to be: beautiful, remarkable, one-of-a-kind people made by God to shine His light into a broken world.
A new product by Dayspring and (in)courage
I am pleased to share with you Dayspring’s new Letterpress blocks, found here.
Or skip the pre-made words, and head straight over here to create your own set of letterpress blocks. I am loving the new letterpress blocks on my mantle. This interface helps you drag and drop the letters to see what your word will look like before you order it.
I played around with the interface today.
I couldn’t resist. 🙂
What word does your heart need to hear today? Do you have adopted a “one word?” Share in the comments!
CREATE YOUR OWN LETTERPRESS BLOCK WORD HERE