Daily Declarations 4 of 4

Over the past several days and post I have shared with you my 10 daily Declarative Statements. I have turned those statements into a poster (see photo below). I read this poster every morning before my quiet time as it is displayed in my prayer room. I made the poster to read every day because vision leaks. I must remind myself every day who it is I am called to be and who I am choosing to be. I am confident that I will never be perfect. However, the one thing I know and will always fight for, is to be better tomorrow than I was yesterday. I want to be a better husband, father, leader, friend, follow of Christ, etc. That’s what is at the heart of this project. To move toward the best version of myself that I can become.

If you end up making your own Declarative Statements, I would love to hear what you come up with. You can email me at dustinaagaard@gmail.com

Daily Declarations 3 of 4

This is the 3rd post of an idea of my Daily Declarative Statements. If you missed it, it may be helpful to take a couple minutes and read it to get an understanding of this post.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and…”

7. Make my wife smile.  Her smile is gold to me and serves as an indicator that she is happy.  I will do anything to make her happy.  I will serve her faithfully and joyfully.  Her joy is my top priority every day.  

8. Spend time with kids. Before I know it, my kids will grow up and leave the house.  My time with them is limited.  So, while I can I will love them, hold them, sit with them, teach them, listen to them, care for them, cry with them, and simply walk with them through the ups and downs of life.  It is not a chore to do so but an honor and a gift.

9. Be an encourager.  I will pan for gold in others because I realize everyone is made in the image of God, but few know or remember that.  I am an optimist.  I will assume the best not the worst in others and in life.  

10. Choose to be Joyful.  I realize joy is a choice and I choose to be grateful, for I know God has been so kind to me.  I will rejoice in every season.  I will sing His praises just as loud in the valley’s as I do on the mountain tops.  I refuse to complain when life doesn’t go my way.  For I know that complaining erodes unity, exposes immaturity, and avoids responsibility.   

Daily Declarations 2 of 4

In my previous post I talk about the idea of Daily Declarations. If you missed it, it may be helpful to take a couple minutes and read it to get an understanding of this post. Today I am sharing 3 through 6 of my Daily Declarative Statements. I’ll share the remaining 4 in the next post.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and…”

3. Take care of my body.  I know that my body is a temple of the Lord.  I will discipline myself to keep my body, mind, and soul healthy through working out, eating right, and getting enough rest and sleep every day.  I will hit my daily exercise goals.   

4. Work hard.  I believe that “we reap what we sow” (Galatians 6:7).  I will work hard at work and at home.  I will not be lazy, for that solves nothing, produces nothing, and does not glorify God. 

5. Take responsibility.  When I make a mistake, I will own it and do my best to never repeat that mistake again.  If my mistake caused someone pain, I will do everything in my power to bring reconciliation to that relationship. 

6. Pray with expectation.  I know there is power in prayer as there is power in faith.  I will continually beat on Heaven’s door for any and all prayer request that echo the heart of God.  I believe God moves mountains and I believe prayer moves the heart of God.   

Daily Declarations 1 of 4

A friend of mine, Kevin Queen (Senior Pastor at Cross Point church), once talked to me about something he referred to as declarative statements for his life. These were 10 statements that were more like declarations of who he was or at the very least who he was striving to be. They were very thoughtful, simple, and articulate. They told me about who Kevin was, but more importantly they told me where he was heading.

That was several years ago and as I was processing 2019 and who I was striving to be, I felt a tug to revisit that idea of declarative statements. One thing led to another and I felt like God expanded on that idea for me to make Daily Declarative Statements for myself. Where Kevin’s were more macro this was going to be more micro. His were more about his life mine was going to be more about my day. This was going to be who I want to be on a daily basis. Through a couple days of prayer and processing I am came up with my 10. I read these to myself everyday before I start my day.

Before I share them, know that there is nothing magical about my 10. There are no right or wrong 10 or 5 or whatever. This is simply what God has placed on my heart for me in the season I am in. Some of them may be more elementary and simple than you’d think but if I can manage these 10 then I’d be a little bit closer to reaching my full potential as a Christ follower. When I wrote these I never intended them to be public, then I realized this is exactly why I decided to blog. To share what God puts on my heart and if it’s helpful to someone even in the smallest way then it’s worth it.

Today, I will share my first two and then I’ll share the others in the next few post. I should also tell you that at the top of my declarations I rewrote Psalm 118:24 for it to read like this…

“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and…

1. Get up early. This is where my day is made. My morning routine is based off of my ability to wake up early every morning no matter what.

2. Spend time with Jesus.  I am who I am because of Jesus.  I realize that my day and my life rises or falls based on if I spend time with my Jesus.  I meet with him daily because I can’t do this life without him.  I meet with him daily because I need forgiveness daily, daily renewal, and a daily reminder that I am His and He is mine.  I gladly sit at his feet.  It is not a chore, it is an honor.  

Why I started blogging again.

Before the craze of social media, I blogged.  I loved writing. Although I don’t claim to be a great writer, watch you’ll see.  Then social media hit, which I consider micro blogging, and my blogging slowed down and eventually altogether stopped.  However, I am picking it back up for several reasons.  

1. New Seasons. This past year I entered into a new season as our family moved from 12Stone Church in Atlanta, Georgia to Journey Christian Church in Orlando, Florida.  New seasons call us to do new things and I have been sensing for a while that this is what God is calling me to do.

2. I love coaching! Over the past couple years God has enlarged my heart to come alongside hungry leaders and help them in anyway that I can. I love teaching, preaching, sharing, communicating and just about anything that involves helping others experiencing God, and reach their full potential.

3. My insecurities.  Over the years, I have seen God do absolutely incredible things. The more He did the more I bragged on Him. However, sometimes I felt like if I was bragging on God or on the ministry that I would be coming off as bragging about myself (since I was the leader of that ministry).

This created insecurity about what I posted on social media and eventually I just stopped sharing ministry stuff altogether. If you look at my social media over the past couple years, you will see the heavy majority of it is my family not the ministry.  That is not bad by any means, but I know God is calling me to share more what He is doing.  

I don’t know what God has in store with this blog.  All I know is that Psalm 107:2 says,

“If the Lord has redeemed you, then say so.”  

God has indeed redeemed me, 1,000 times over.  He has been so good to me and from this point on I choose to no longer hoard the goodness of God in my life.  Instead, I will share and expose the answered prayers, miracles, and stirrings God is doing in me.

“May He increase, and may I decrease.”  John 3:30