Encourage Yourself...

As of almost a year ago, I started listening to Gospel every morning. I play Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, and Yolanda Adams, Pandora stations as I am gettin ready to start my day. I then realized, its a select few songs that I really enjoy and get into, to help me get in the correct mindset for those days. One song in particular that I HAVE to listen to, is Encourage Yourself (Donald Lawrence & The Trip-City Singers Version).

In this song, there are several "omg" moments but there is one in particular that gets me every time:

 "Sometimes you gotta look in the mirror and tell yourself you can make it. You gotta remember that life and death lies in the power of your own tongue. Even if no one tells you, you can run on, you tell yourself. You gotta remember, I am more than a conqueror."


This part resonates with me so much because we wait on people to tell us we're doing good enough or we seek validation from others to make us feel as if we are doing okay. But this song is telling you that no matter what, YOU are your toughest critic; you are the difference in how your day is going to go. BUT we cannot do any of this without prayer and knowing God has our back. 

When you speak negativity into something as small as, "This is going to be a long day" you are putting in your mind and in the universe that you are going to have a terrible day when it does not have to be. The difference is, even if it turns out to be a long day, you can make that long day a great day, by changing:

"This is going to be a long day" into "This is going to be a great day."

We have to learn that no matter the situation, we have to be strong and understand that no situation or obstacle is bigger than the God we serve.

So, what have I done to change the way I think of myself and the way I encourage myself throughout the day?

  1. I pray daily

  2. Have my favorite scriptures written where I will see them everyday (On my bathroom mirror)

  3. Start my days with my Gospel Playlist

  4. Try to keep a positive attitude

  5. Surround myself with positive people

  6. Ignore negative comments and thoughts as much as possible and if by chance I acknowledge a negative comment, find the positive in that negative because their is always a silver lining.

I am saying all of this to say, we need to be our biggest fans. Whether it is with sports, doing your job, or living everyday life, we need to make sure that we are pushing ourselves to be the best at what we do.

Do this without being too harsh on yourself if the outcome isn't what you expect. All that means is, it's not what God has in store for you at the moment. Know that something better is coming your way and know that "Even if no one tells you, you can run on, you tell yourself."

"Speak over yourself, encourage yourself, in the Lord."