The following is a guest blog post by Evelena Dawson, founder of Affirmed Women. Enjoy!

I once heard that I Am are “two of the most powerful words. For what you put after them shapes your reality.”

I am a firm believer of positive affirmations. I spent many years of my life in self-doubt and believing the negative things about myself. I didn’t grow up in a home where we regularly expressed positive affirmations to one another. We knew we loved one another but we barely said it.

But as I grew older I started to understand the importance of affirmations. I started to understand that the words you say out of your mouth and to yourself is life or death.  The beginning of Proverbs 18:21 says, “Your tongue has the power of life and death.”

What that simply means is that your words have power. That’s why it’s so important for you to watch what you say out of your mouth. We have what we say so, if you are only talking negatively you will have a negative life. If you are constantly speaking positive things to yourself then you will have a positive life.

You must use your words to bring life to your life and not death.

Affirmations can break patterns of negative thoughts, negative talk and in turn negative actions.

The quote I mentioned at the beginning of this blog talks about how those simple two words “I AM” can shape your reality by what words you decide to speak after them. Speaking words of positive affirmation can cause you to predict your own future and live up to your potential.

I spent many years being sexually abused and confused with what love really was or looked like. My experience triggered so many insecurities in me. For years I thought that pain would always be a part of my life and I had no idea who I was and I didn’t understand my purpose in life.

But the more I spend time with God, the more I discover who I am and who He has created me to be. Now I know that I have always been enough. I’ve always had someone who loved me so much so that He gave me His life.

You see, you have already been Affirmed. You just have to remember who you really are and who you come from. You are a child of the most High God. You are the Daughter of a King. You are God’s Masterpiece. He loves you and He has always loved you.

God has made you in His Image and Likeness even before you were born. You were affirmed on that cross when Jesus died for you. When Christ died, He was saying to you that you are good enough, that you are worth everything He went through.

So, you don’t ever have to wonder again if you are loved, enough, worthy etc.  It’s all throughout scripture how much He loves you and as I end this blog I want you to affirm yourself daily with God’s Word. Remind yourself daily of who you are and whose you are. Say words to yourself like…

I Am Loved

I Am Chosen

I Am Beautiful

I Am Accepted

I Am Enough

I Am Worth It

I Am Important

I Am Destined for Greatness

I Am God’s Masterpiece

I Am the Daughter of the King

I Am Who God says I Am

These affirmations can help you to see who you really are and cause you to believe these things about yourself.

Stay Affirmed,

Evelena Dawson

About Evelena Dawson

Evelena Dawson is a woman of many unique gifts and talents. Originally from New Jersey, she is the oldest of eleven children. Having endured a difficult childhood and adolescence of sexual abuse, she is living proof that negative circumstances don’t have to become insurmountable obstacles. Moving to Maryland with her husband in 2009, Evelena was determined to fulfill her God-given purpose.

With a heart for those who have been hurt and abused, Evelena founded Affirmed Women, an organization dedicated to empowering women to find their identities in Christ and encourage themselves.  Evelena is passionate about the taboo issues that women face daily, such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, and low self-esteem.  As a mother to a young daughter, Evelena’s desire for young women to know their worth and value is personal.

Connect with Evelena

Facebook & Instagram @evelenadawson and @affirmedwomen