Monday, November 28, 2011

The Power of Affirmation
This devotional was written by Jim Burns

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. —James 1:26

Back in 1980, Cheryl Prewitt Salem became Miss America. Cheryl is a beautiful person on the outside but more importantly, her inner beauty radiates God’s love in her life. When she was four years old she often hung around her father’s small country store. Almost daily the milkman would visit, and she would follow him around as he lined the display cases with shiny bottles of milk. He always greeted her in the same way: “How’s my little Miss America?” At first she giggled, but by about age 11 she became very comfortable with this idea of becoming Miss America. Before long it was her childhood fantasy and teenage dream. It became a prayer and a solid goal.

Later she did become Miss America. She traveled the world spreading goodwill and, because Cheryl is a deeply committed Christian, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It all started because God used a milkman to speak a word to this young and impressionable mind. It was embedded in her subconscious. Her prayer became a reality.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21

Can God use your tongue to offer an affirming word to someone?

Sorry about how I have been off lately with the daily devotionals. Sometimes we get too busy and forget about God. We have it all backwards. Without God I would be nothing and trusting in Him is what gets me through. You never know who may need your encouragement or even just looking at you to see what you do. Always let Christ be shown through your actions. Speak it and it will happen. Whatever you are going to just have faith. As stated in the passage the little girl heard that over and over and believed it. Same thing for us. Whatever good or bad repetition is the key. Encourage yourself. Encourage others. Then watch and see how positive your life changes. Have a great day. Thank God and thank you.

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