Love can handle a full corral of negative voices

by Craig on July 5, 2011

It started so small.

It was just one posty note on the wall.

One negative voice captured by writing it down. I said I was going to spend this weekend listening for them – filling up the corral

and guess what…

Not a problem.

Love is at war with the negative voices – the whole series is over there – to the right – and down a little – in the “Lots of Loves” area – the war, by the way, began here.

Anyway…

You know how you feel a little sorry for chickens in a chicken factory, how they are literally all couped up – wall to wall chickens?

No wonder the voices want out so bad!

Look at them all!

And sometimes we can overspiritualize – and we think all of them are from the Evil One and his hateful minions. And you know what? Lots of them may be – in fact all of them might be. But it kind of doesn’t matter because…

…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1JN 4:4)

And I’m praying anyway…
it was, and is…
the vital first step in defeating the stupid negative voices.

Prayer knocks off the minions of the Evil One. Angels are bigger, stronger, and better – prayer unleashes angels so we don’t have to fight these stupid negative voices alone.

So…

whether they are spiritual attacks from unseen forces – or just echoes from our own past inserting themselves into our present – prayer is key in the battle.

Anyway…

I now stand in front of my uber-full corral of posties.

Each one an inner critical thought…
pulled out of my head and given voice…
turned into a “you” statement….
because sometimes these stupid voices use “I”…
and they can be even more sneaky-ish that way.

I look at them and think,

I can see why the battle is so hard.
It’s one thing to have one negative voice to battle with.
But this is an army…
against only one of me.

Of course I’ll need an army of angels to beat them.

By the way, I seem to have misplaced my pink and green posty lines for the fence – so construction on the little area to train the horses (a.k.a. stupid negative voices) and filling in the gaps of the fence has come to a halt…

and …

well…

where would you head if you were a posty who wanted to escape the corral?

Yeah! Me too.

Oh…

and when I noticed this – this visitor chimed in…

and this one followed closely…

So they were corralled  ƪ(◠‿◠)╯

And now as I stand, looking at the wall. I get the feeling that it’s kind of like a to-do list. Even if there are 1,000 things on it I can check one or two off at a time, and feel some relief. Without a list the number of things that need doing can overwhelm.

With a “list”…
we gain control…
unless of course we let the list gain control…
but that’s a different war to fight.

Anyway…

now I get the feeling that these voices really are captured, corralled, and I can take them one at a time.

And even if I don’t beat them all back – I can beat enough of them back to lessen their numbers.

One step at a time.

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It’s just before dawn as I write this today.

And guess what?

The birds have begun singing.

And as I sit and listen, they seem a little brighter than normal.

And I’m anticipating the sunrise

and thinking…

this might just work after all.

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A. July 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

One at a time sounds manageable, and I love the last picture!!! this morning began with an all-out battle of the voices…just to get out of bed. I had to really focus my thoughts to get ahead of them. It is clearly a battle of the mind and spirit. Much tougher and more prevalent than I ever knew. This is like boot camp and I do believe-I have to-that it gets easier and better at some point. Like practicing an instrument or something.

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Craig July 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

A. I remember it was just a few days after I had declared this “love war” that the inner critical voices got the upper hand on me – and got really, really loud. Remember my post about how once they are stirred up – they get desperate – and they try to convince us that WE are desperate? They don’t want to leave – they don’t want to lose their position of privilege – if we win – they know they’ll lose – so they won’t go without a fight. Remember this, A. When things get rough – if they are fighting so hard to stay – it’s actually a good sign. God bless you A, and I just finished a prayer for you — prayer I think is necessary for this fight – and lots of it (◠‿◠).

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Dawn July 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Dear Craig,

The last picture…and with a quack and a flap the little duck skips off in his little ducky way (gotta be careful with those webbed feet) and says, “And that is that!” Just like a little kid would do, like

There is no more bother.
We have a plan.
Let’s go play, already.

A., tell those voices you don’t have time for them, you’ve got to go play!!!

Lord, Jesus, thank you for ducks,
Dawn

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Craig July 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Dawn, all due respect to the adorable little duckling (I heart that picture!) – The little duckling doesn’t know of the difficulties of life yet, the little duckling gets fed, and nurtured, and cared for – the little duckling has it EASY! and I bet he sleeps! I’m a little jealous of the little duckling – maybe a little bitter, now that I think of it – maybe – a little – but still…

(◠‿◠)

God bless

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Beth July 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm

The voices were yelling at me loudly Saturday night- and they can be very defeating. But God’s mercies are new every morning and it’s amazing what a good night’s sleep and a fresh perspective can do. Those voices get quiet when God starts talking.

And all I have to do now is think of that fuzzy little duck waddling into the sunshine, so determined….

That’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Webbed hands down.

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Craig July 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Beth, I’m glad the voices shut up a little bit and let God talk. The voices are nasty – really nasty – a don’t hate many things – but I hate the negative voices!

And that Duckling? just about the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. The way he’s got his foot picked way up and his wings – that aren’t quite wings yet – are spread out wide to balance – and maybe try to fly. I heart that duckling!

God bless you Beth – and thank you.

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Kristin July 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I LOVE the last picture! And I just love the way you think and write. Do I say this all the time? I’m sorry if I do. . .and YET. . .these are good words, good voices…put that on your wall and tell those negative voices, “take that!” :)

I posted about my “interview” from last Saturday…thought you might like to see it.
Blessings to you

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Craig July 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm

first of all – one of the notes on the wall says to ignore the nice things that people say because they really don’t mean them – it’s one of those voices that seems helpful on the outside – but on the inside is just as mean as the other ones. I’m working on accepting the nice things that people say – and what you say is full of awesome – and full of nice – thank you for it. Between you and me – little by little I’m learning that some people actually do mean the nice things they say – I really believe that you do. (◠‿◠). God bless you Kristin!

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Connie Mace July 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Craig,
A quote I love by Oswald Chambers claims, “moods go by kicking!” and I think perhaps voices inside us do also. When they are lies from the pit, then praying The Name of JESUS is the only weapon strong enough to banish.

Bless you as you keep eyes on the sunrise (The Son will surely rise!)

All for GOD,
Connie

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Craig July 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Amen, Connie, the voices they do go kicking! And Amen again – when they are lies from the pit they only go with prayer – but even the ones that come from ourselves – I’m thinking prayer is the beginning of every offensive effort against them. Thank you Connie – and I mean this when I say it – thank you for being far more well read that I am. I read the Bible, and commentaries, and now blogs, but when I read you – I know there are volumes of texts behind what you say. I heart that. Thank you and God bless and keep you.

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Katie July 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Thank you for sharing your coral full of negative voices. Keep at the fight! God is with you in this. I know how many lies and negative voices I have listened to and it is nice when I start to believe the TRUTH of God, yet just as often they creep their way back in. It is a moment by moment, day by day battle. Oh and thanks for the email today about my blog post. I really needed to hear it today.

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Craig July 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Oh, and it is a corral full. I’ve come this far in the fight – and it’s all been public – and I think there are few people fighting along with me – with posty walls of their own – so I can’t stop the fight now. Besides – these voices are stupid – I hate very few things – but I hate these voices! God bless you Katie – and I hearted your post!

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mary July 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Craig this is such a tangible way of taking control of those terrible voices we all deal with- some more then others. Oh those negative voices are so…..tiring….burdensome….demanding….defeating.
I struggle with this alot and the Lord actually showed me through Jonathan’s wild adventure that I pray out of fear and negativity much of the time too. Jesus promises to bring healing and victory over all the issues in our lives and I am looking for that deliverance. You might see me with my own corral!
bee blessed
mary

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Craig July 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Mary, as I write this reply to you I’m staring at all the posties on the wall – inside the corral. And you are so, so right they are, unless they are corralled and controlled – and broken – that’s one of the next steps – they are, as you put so well,
” so…..tiring….burdensome….demanding….defeating.”

And Jonathan is your baby – I can understand you praying out of fear – it’s your mama’s heart – and as I’ve written here before, the love of the mom is the love on this planet that most closely resembles the love of God.

God bless you Mary – and feel free to make a corral and fill it up – the more the Mary-er (◠‿◠) (sorry – couldn’t resist)

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Debbie July 6, 2011 at 1:57 am

Thank you Craig, for helping us corral and pray! I’m with you . . .praying has to be done! And we love to pray anyway, right? :) God bless you as you pray those voices away!

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Craig July 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Amen, Debbie, how often I forget – how often we forget – that prayer is the first line of defense – and many times offense. I’ll be praying against these voices – but I’ll be working on them too – you know how it goes – “Pray as if it all depends on God, work as if it all depends on you.” I have a lot of posties to tame – and they are stubborn. God bless you Debbie, and thank you.

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Cora July 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

I’m a day late here, but I’m with A. here. I think my corral of negatives has broken out into a stampede and capturing even one seems impossible. If I weren’t so aware of the fact that all this started as I began to corral them, I’d be thinking about deep pits and high walls again. I, too, had to smile at the last picture. Made me want a little fuzzy ducky. If it’s one at a time, I’m in —- otherwise, I’ll be trompled to death.

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Craig July 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Cora, remember when I started this “war” – and the voices pretty much pinned me to the ground almost the very next day. They won’t go without a fight – and they only fight in big numbers. That’s why I’m building that little area off of the corral to take the “horses” into – one at a time – and break them. One at a time we can do it – just like that little duck – one step at a time. God bless!

PS Laska noted that, “trompled” is very close to Laskish (◠‿◠)

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