Love thins out the herd of negative voices

by Craig on July 11, 2011

All the negative voices have been stewing for a week inside this corral.

If you are new to the love war on the negative voices please read this first. It really is time for the negative voices to go – and this is where it all started. Oh, and this explains the negative thought corral

It’s crowded in that corral,
and they don’t like it much in there,
they’d rather be running wild and free through the fields of my mind.

I look at them and realize how often I listened to them,
and how they are just words,
and they’ve lost a little bit of strength, but they still need to be broken.

Like wild stallions I need to lead them out of the corral,
one at a time,
and teach them what a saddle is,
and a bit, and a harness, and reins,
and teach them what it’s like to be ridden,
and help them to understand their better nature.

So I start by walking over to the wall and giving it a good stare.

It seems to help if I cross my arms, or put my hands on my hips, and squint at them.

They’re just posties on a wall.

And one by one I read them.

One will be the first into the new area…

where they will be separated from the others,
and be dealt with one at a time…

the training corral (the green thing)

So, of the many voices, I’m  looking to pick out five – the top five – the wildest horses.

I’m not going to be cruel to them. I’ll break them with Love.

I’ll break them with patience, kindness, humility. I’ll be gentle but firm. I’ll operate with a righteous anger – but not a temper. The voices are lies – I’ll confront them with truth – and if there’s some truth to their lie – that truth I’ll use – but the lies I have to break.

But then I noticed that my corral looks a little bit like a horse…

So I add legs, and a tail, and a couple of ears…

Sorry – couldn’t resist. I’ll remove them later.

Now to find the first five, and narrow it to three, and from the three pick the one that goes first.

And the first thing I think, is that they are all really good – good in a bad way. They all strike right at my center. No wonder they’ve been so effective. It’s truly hard to narrow them down.

And so I start taking out the meanest – the nastiest. My plan was five – but sometimes I’m an over achiever – I ended up with 10 – and they all got ushered into the little corral and the little path…

And I noticed two more things…

Those voices are scary, no wonder I was afraid of them…

And the corral seems a little bit emptier now – and that seems nicer…

And I think that’s all for the day – I think Ill keep them penned up until tomorrow – and then narrow down further – baby steps…


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Christina July 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Oh boy have I been dealing with lies! It’s given me a lot of material to write about, that’s the only good thing. I heart the drawing, a great way to look at it, dissect it, and deal with it bit by bit. When I feel down about all the lies, I think about Jesus, trapped in the desert with the Liar. Despite lack of food and water, he beat the Liar at his own game. And He did it for us. Each time He defeated a lie, it was credited to our account. Amazing! Thanks for talking about such an important subject! And as ever, thanks for your kind words on my little blog:)


Craig July 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

first, Christina, and I laugh as I write this, the “drawing” isn’t it a drawing it all – the negative thoughts are put on the posties – on the wall – and the little lines are those little rectangular posty notes that you can buy. The corral idea came from reading about horses in corrals and how they’re used. But I heart that you called it a drawing – and you know I heart that you used heart as a verb ღ ♥ ❥♡

and Christina – this ℒℴѵℯ war against the negative voices – I know that some of them come from the Evil One – and those are one extra level of complication – actually I’m beginning to think that even the ones we attribute to psychology come from the Evil One and his minions – but whether they come from me, or the Evil One, they don’t come from God, and they destroy – and I’ve had enough of them. I think a lot of people have. And thus – war! Thank you, as always for your kind words – and God bless and keep you.


Debbie July 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Tomorrow we go to my daughter’s horse therapy class. :) So I’m hearting you turning the whole thing into a horse! Oh please, don’t take it down. :) It brings a little levity to this serious situation. God bless you as you stare them down!


Craig July 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Debbie, the horse remains (◠‿◠). I’m even studying a little of how to break a horse so you can ride them. God bless!


cori July 12, 2011 at 1:27 am

I love this idea! as another person who suffers from anxiety and ocd, I know the scary feeling of overwhelming thoughts and unknowns! hope you find peace!


Craig July 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

peace… Thank you for the reminder Cori – I already know the secret to peace – I’ve written about it. Funny how we forget what we write. The secret to peace – is this simple – to want the will of God, to pray for the will of God, to do all you can (imperfectly of course) to get what you want done, done – then accepted what happens as the will of God – because that’s what you prayed for – and he’ll always answer that prayer. How quickly we forget – thank you Cori – negative voices were no negative voices the big thing is to want what God wants, ask for it, go for it, and accept it. I needed that reminder. Thank you. And God bless you.


A. July 14, 2011 at 12:42 am

Can’t wait to see where this goes…and interesting to take on only a few at a time!


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