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The Journal

Years ago, someone gave me a journal because they knew I loved to write. I love journals, but this journal was different. On the cover it stated the following: Always remember you are Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, Smarter than you think and twice as Beautiful as you ever imagined.

This journal forced me to read these declarations every time I decided to write in it. I read the words over and over tracing them with my finger daring to maybe believe the bold statements.   I received this journal when I was going through a low point and I was having difficulty believing in myself.

Chastaney

But that voice, you know that one that follows you every day telling you what you can and cannot do, would tell me, “Who are you to believe these statements are true about you?”  “Look at all the mistakes that you have made-those statements are for everyone else, but not you!” And because of the mistakes that I had made in my past, I acquiesced and said, “Yeah, who am I to believe those statements are about me?” I placed the journal back on the shelf and walked away with my head down and sighed. Eventually, I bought another journal and stopped writing in the journal I was given.

One day I was walking past my bookshelf and I heard a voice say, “get the journal and read out loud what it says on the front.” I thought that was silly to do and that I was hearing things. I started to walk past the shelf and again I heard the voice say, “Get that journal and read the cover out loud!”

I walked to the bookshelf and pulled out the journal and I began to softly read the statements out loud. The voice said, “Louder!”  I read it a little louder this time and then I began to read the words louder and louder, over and over each time with authority. “I am Braver than I believe, Stronger than I seem, Smarter than I think and twice as Beautiful as I ever imagined.”  I needed to own these words-because, I needed to set the record straight with life.

If my Heavenly Father thought these thoughts concerning me, if God who created the universe, thinks good thoughts towards me and He created me, who am I to allow myself to think otherwise. I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Romans 12: 13 says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought” but, some of us have a hard time thinking any good thoughts about ourselves. If someone gives us a compliment, we are quick to dismiss it and say something negative about ourselves. Every day, we should find something good to say about ourselves, even if no one else does. As David said, sometimes we have to encourage ourselves.

It is okay to like yourself and better yet love yourself. Take the time to also give someone else a compliment, even if it is just a smile. You never know how much a smile can help someone.

I heard the story of someone who was contemplating suicide; however, he said if the first person that I see smiles at me then I won’t do it. Well the first person that he saw not only smiled at him but greeted him with a hello. That was enough for that man to believe that someone cared about him and he decided to live.

I challenge you; stand in the mirror and look yourself in the eyes and smile at yourself. Then tell yourself “I love you.”  If It’s hard to say I love you, then start with, “I like you.”  Do this on a consistent basis, you just might be surprised as to how things start changing around you.

If you want to say more affirmations but are at a loss as to what to say, you can borrow the words of my Journal, “ You are Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, Smarter than you think, and twice as Beautiful as you ever imagined.”

 

Love always,

Chastaney (Chas)

 

 

 

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