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You know by now that I believe the spoken word in the form of affirmations carries a LOT of power, and that our positive intentions, spoken aloud with conviction, can create real, lasting change in our lives.

Those positive intentions can reach beyond material things like good health, wealth, and a rewarding career, though – affirmations are about what we WANT in our lives and not what we don’t want.

Use the power of affirmations and positive, focused effort to create an environment where you can encourage your Personal Spiritual Gifts to blossom and last a lifetime – far beyond some of the “quick fix” solutions that are advertised in our world today, and beyond the material things.

Say this statement out loud:

My Spiritual Gifts will last a lifetime.

Consider the difference between giving and receive spiritual gifts instead of material ones. Spiritual gifts transcend the boundaries of time and are lasting in a way that material gifts cannot be. Material gifts can indeed bring pleasure and a measure of security, but there’s so much more to life than that.

  1. Prayer is a spiritual gift that offers a lifetime of benefits. When I man prayingoffer prayers on behalf of others, I can have and extend a level of faith that answers to concerns and questions are on the way.

Prayer can be defined as an earnest hope or wish – and no matter what your belief about God, Spirit, or some other force beyond us living human beings, prayer is a way of communicating beyond ourselves.

Prayer is a method of encouraging change through the power of the spoken or written word, and having a spiritual connection and common ground with others gives you a sense of belonging. A Spiritually Authentic connection can empower you to feel at peace with the circumstances you’re dealing with, regardless of how difficult they are. When you know that your well-being is in the hands of a higher force, your spirit will be lighter, your stress levels will decrease, and you’ll worry less.

2. Love is a gift that keeps on giving. Knowing that I am loved is very soothing and enriching. Love reminds me that regardless of my situation, love one another chalk written on concrete floorthere is something strong and eternal that I am able to hold onto. I know that once I experience true, spiritual love, and know that it’s sincere, it is mine for as long as I live.

Love is an intense feeling of deep affection – and while it can be romantic or sexual in nature, that’s not the full extent of love. You can feel and express love for your fellow human beings, for a pet, or even for an inanimate object like your home.  Those deep, intense feelings can bring you a lot of joy, enthusiasm, and can also give you what I love to call the “warm fuzzies.”

I can remember having that kind of deep affection for a flowering tree that was in the backyard of the house I grew up in. It made me happy to sit under that little tree and smell the fragrance, and I took joy just in being in its presence and taking care of it.

3. Performing good deeds for others brings an increased level of spiritual wellness. The feeling of being an agent of positive change that green leaf on water flowbenefits others is transformative. It reminds me of what is important and brings me joy in addition to increasing my spiritual strength.

Helping others to overcome challenges is one way to strengthen your spirituality and your spiritual muscles. Wanting the best for another human being is wonderful, but how much more power is generated when you put action behind those good feelings? Making tangible, physical steps to help others helps your spirit to blossom and gain strength, and in doing so, you renew your own strength and joy.

Today, expressing and strengthening my spirit through prayer, love, and good deeds brings me inner joy and peace. I celebrate people with whom I connect at a deeper level, and I also celebrate my greater ability. Sharing a spiritual journey and my gifts of the spirit with others helps to make my existence fulfilling and beautiful.

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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