Dare to trust God today. Some may say that is easier said than done. I get it. I have had to trust God through many situations. The most challenging was my diagnosis with breast cancer.
I was 47 years old when I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. How could this be? I did not have a family history of breast cancer and I nursed both of my daughters. I did not think this would ever happen to me. In all reality, it did. By the time I was diagnosed, the cancer was Stage 3a and Grade III, a very aggressive form of cancer. The first doctor I saw told me how LUCKY I was that it was breast cancer because I could probably survive at least five years. Thankfully, it has been 7 ½ years since my diagnosis.
3 steps I took to live a more positive life
First, I surrounded myself with positive people; positive talk and I didn’t listen to the negative stories.
- There will always be someone with a negative experience or story. I just let that go in one ear and out the other. My goal was to remain positive. I surrounded myself with positivity. Positive people are those people who pour into your life instead of those people who constantly take from you.
Next, I changed my way of thinking. I had to become positive in the midst of a grim diagnosis. I posted positive notes everywhere. And I mean everywhere.
- I had a positive note at my workplace on my desk and in my drawer. It was a scripture verse. I needed to dare to trust God.
- I had a positive note on my bathroom mirror and a positive note in my car. I listened to praise and worship music in my car on the way to work and on the way home from work. My faith began to rise. My outlook began to change.
- I carried a Bible verse in my pocket every day. It was Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
- I printed that verse on card stock so I was able to print about 20 at a time. As I would reach in my pocket for a note or some change, I pulled out that scripture. I took a moment to read it and thanked God in advance for my healing. That is when I started to realize that “Every day is a good day. It’s up to us to make it great.” Now, that is my motto. I am thankful for every day.
Finally, I visualized (I saw) myself healed.
- I saw myself receiving that promotion that I was seeking at work and I saw myself coming through this diagnosis of cancer. I saw myself coming through on the other side and living my life to the fullest. We call this step visualizing.
No matter what you’re going through today and no matter what you’re facing, here are three things you can do to keep yourself in a positive space.
- Surround yourself with people who make deposits into your soul or into your emotional bank. We all have these different areas and people need to be making deposits into your life instead of just making withdrawals.
- Change the way you think. Focus on the positive. Post positive notes or scriptures in key places for you to see daily.
- Visualize your life the way you want it to be.
Together we can dare to trust God and these are three steps that you can take to begin your journey.
I invite you to read my story in Keeping It Real.