“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (TLB)
That was my verse and still is.
It is the verse that I leaned on after my breast cancer diagnosis, I needed encouragement. By the time I was diagnosed, the cancer was Stage 3a and Grade III, a very aggressive form of cancer. How could I stay positive with such a grim diagnosis?
I knew that I had to maintain a positive mindset all day long. 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. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (TLB)
- I printed that verse on card stock (pictured above) 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.
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.
***I write about my thoughts, my hopes, my soul, my highs, my lows and everything in between. I share my journey through breast cancer and invite you to read my story in Keeping It Real.