Love finishes strong

by Craig on August 5, 2011


So I rose this morning in the hours before dawn and realized that my Love War (explained here if you are new to the Love War on the Negative Voices) hadn’t had any attention for a while.

There have been Love kitty thank you lists to write,
and spider rants to make,
and a day to define Love,
and the day of doing one little piece of love nearly perfectly

So the Love War on the negative voices has taken an unintentional week long hiatus.

And as I return to the breaking of the wild horses of negative thought…
I find…
I don’t want to.

I hear…


the faint and deceitful echo…


“Craig, my friend,
enough time has already been spent on this.
You’ve pinpointed the voices…
You now know how they operate, and when.

And even encouraged a person or two.

Just let things rest now, go on to something else.
You know you’ve been writing about this too long.
The people who don’t have the negative voices…
and that means most “normal” people…
they don’t need this…
you’ve been lucky they’ve continued to read despite the not needing.
Maybe you shouldn’t stress their grace.

It’s not giving up!
You can declare victory if you want.
Just move along – nothing to see here.”

These impressions coupled with the feeling of not wanting to deal with them. And it all sounds like it’s one of those comforting kind of negative thoughts – the kind that pretends to be love. And I realize to have come this far in this Love War, and have all these unbroken Mustangs still in the corral, and to not finish it would be truly wrong, and a waste of time, and harmful thing to do.

The thing you fear is that which you should do.
On any to-do list the one you don’t want to do is the one you should tackle first.
The conversation you don’t want to have is the one you should begin.

Negative voices would never say any of these positive things.
So it serves as another reminder how evil the negative voices are,
and how important this Love War against them is,
and how it must be fought beginning to end,
because if they go back to the shadows they regain the advantage…
and they’ll never. go. away.



I know I can’t stop now.

If you’ve been patiently reading – even though this doesn’t apply to you…
Thank you for being as gracious as I know you are.

If you’re engaged in the Love War with me,
keep asking your questions of each negative voice,

Where did you come from?
When do I hear you?
What do I do when I hear you?
What is the opposite of that, or those, actions?
Is there a positive nugget of truth to be gleaned from you?

A couple more questions to be added next…
and then the finish line…

As for me today, and this weekend…

The thing that I fear is…

That. Which. I. Will. Do.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ruthiey August 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I APPROVE! I think it will always be important!


Craig August 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

I will gratefully and humbly and gladly accept the Ruthiey seal of approval – although it’s still really hard to accept the good things that nice people say – that one’s going to be a tough habit to break. Thank you Ruthie and God bless and keep you!


Miz Liz August 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Hi Craig. Learning to identify and do battle against the Negative Voices is an on-going battle for those of us who know them up close and personal!!! My lack of comments has nothing to do with the content of your Love words but with my own battles. I drop by here and desperately want to absorb because I know your words/messages are important, but because of sleep and other health issues [tee hee methings that’s spelled: OLD AGE :-)] I can’t concentrate. BUT I hear the name of our LORD and sometimes that is enough. Thank you for continuing to write the message of healing. Standing firm in your calling is often difficult. I’ll pray more for your strength and clarity.
May God’s Hand continue to touch you in those deep places.
Love, Miz Liz


Craig August 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

Liz, I do miss you in the comment section when you’re gone. And thank you for reading – whether you comment not. I can’t always comment on everybody that I read either – and I get the concentration thing – and I get the sleep thing – and I get the health issues. Before my thorn in the side I would not have gotten any of them – nor had compassion. I would’ve attempted to have compassion – but I wouldn’t have. The thorn, as much as I hate it, has been good.

Thank you for your kind words – I’m fighting really hard to try to learn to accept the nice things said by terrific people like you. It’s a work in progress – it’s a nasty voice that won’t let go easily. Thank you for praying too – thank you for that much. God bless you Liz!


Cora August 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Craig, I, for one, and still in the race (or fight, or training corral — whatever it’s called)! In fact, there are days when I come back here and reread back posts — especially when one of those horses seems especially snorty and reared up, ready to crush me to death. It’s been one of those weeks where it’s all been tested to the max. And today??? Honestly, I’ll just say it —- I wanted to give it all up and crawl into a hole. Your reminders here are such a lift for me, and I thank you for that. Miz Liz is right — it’s those who stand firm and consistantly pound away at what is truth are those who make a difference. Thank you!


Craig August 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

I’m sorry that my metaphors keep changing – it’s still a love war – and it’s still breaking the horses – and it’s still a race – whatever it is – it’s still the same thing :-) and as you can see from my writing today – wanting to give up and crawl into a hole when you’re fighting these negative voices – that is normal – all the psychological stuff I’ve read says it’s normal – and in a war it’s normal to want to duck – and even healthy. But I know how much damage these voices have done – and they have to go – so we just have to keep getting up, whether we like it or not, and move ahead. And Cora, thank you for your nice words, I heart that you read me – and I heart reading you.


Angela August 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I use to have a mirage of them, but since blogging they are beginning to be few and in between.
Sadly, they all stem from childhood, but I’m reckoning with all that … little by little.

Again, love your writing Craig. And hey, I wanted to subscribe to you by e-mail , but don’t see where to subscribe by email.


Craig August 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

first of all, Angela, I’m sorry for responding so late to your comment. And about those “voices” – I think all of them come from childhood – or at least almost all. Good for you for fighting the fight – the voices hardly ever tell the truth. About subscribing – if you hit the RSS button in the sidbar – there are a number of options available – one of them is to have Love delivered every day by e-mail. Try that – and please let me know if you have a problem with it. I heart that you would ask about that – thank you – and God bless you Angela.


Michelle August 8, 2011 at 6:57 am

But it would be so easy to let it go, to go on with something new and shiny, to pretend they are all dealt with. Thank you for not listening to them and for continuing on the battle. Not just for us, but for yourself.

And our health battles here – my hubby had his angiogram on Thursday and his heart and vessels and arteries are all GOOD. And God. We had people praying all over the world. Which is great as his parents both died of heart related issues. But leaves us with a lot of questions still. But there are other causes to his symptoms (dizziness, coldness, etc) that are not as traumatic to deal with, so we shall continue to explore.


Craig August 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

thank you Michelle – we all know how intently focused I can become – ooooh shiny! :-)

And I’m glad you guys jumped that one hurdle with his heart. It sure sounds like the biggest one to have jumped. I have prayed – I think you know that – and please keep me posted. God bless and keep both of you!


A. August 9, 2011 at 6:31 am

Craig, I am glad you are persevering in this one even when the voices begin to tell you it is an old and dusty topic. We know voices will tend to be in hot pursuit when we are onto something true and good. I liked your list of questions to ask about the voices. I need these reappearing summaries of things like this list and the daisies you were doing.

And that voice, ‘Craig, my friend….’ sounds soooo like something voices would say!!! I am glad you chose to expose it and thereby nail it!

And, because I am so visual-y, I absolutely hearted all three pictures! In the first, I hearted the positive expressions on the persevering runners. I loved the vapor/ethereal wispiness of the second-it portrays so well what you were saying, and that last, the plodding faithful little ladybug…if one could hug a bug, I would hug that one! Yay for your pictures!!!!


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