Love has enemies that want desperately not to lose

by Craig on August 23, 2011

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And you’d think it’d be all billowy sails, blue skies, and calm water now.

But this negative voice defiantly continues to cry, “Things will not work out.”

I’ve answered all but the last question (here and here)…

I’m surprised, until I remember some early advice on Love War about enemies…

Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When they fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.  (Sun Tzu)

This negative voice, now fallen “into danger”, is desperately trying to “strive for victory”.

It’s the final stretch of the Love War on the negative voices that hold us back.   It all began here…and over to the right and down a bit on the sidebar, in the “Lots of Love” section is the whole history of the war.

And so, today, I hear this…

Maybe you don’t need to replace this voice…
just be strong, and determined, and keep trying…
even though things aren’t going to work out…
what you think isn’t important so long as you don’t give up.

Clever move…

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sneaky even.

And it almost works, except I know that some negative voices attack with the velvet glove – enemy pretending to be friend. But even in pretense it presents a strong argument.

and I need help…

So I pray….

So what do you think Lord? Should I just keep going – despite believing that the light at the end of the tunnel is probably just an oncoming train? There’s a sense of courage in that. Right? What if I accept the voice, but just not give up – isn’t that enough?

And God told me….

No, before I get to that, let me share this…

My brothers, who are terrific men, but have yet to believe, have asked me, “What do you mean ‘God told you?’” And between you and me, isn’t it often like this – just an impression, a flash thought in prayer, and it’s love – so you know the source?

Anyway…

Back to what I was “told”…

the words, “quality of life” came to mind.

I never heard those words from God before.

But I had heard them fifteen years ago, when the doctors and therapists, attempting to solve the lack of sleep, which was only in its infancy then, put me on antidepressants – every kind. They said I’d have a better “quality of life”. They wouldn’t change life but they’d make me feel better and sleep better.

They didn’t.

And so I figure I’m gonna get help from God – instead…

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Yeah, like that.

Even with God in the picture, the voice now has more history on its side.

So I look back to God for the answer.

I know I can’t retreat…

but don’t know how to go forward…

don’t read the next line if you want to hang on in suspense for the outcome…

I knew you’d peek – so I’ll give you one more chance not to ツ

See, It’s like my mom said, I can read you like a book – I knew you’d look – one last chance.

OK – God had the answer. The voice gets replaced. Next time I’ll explain how.

I knew you’d look. ツ

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Cora August 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

I hate this blog thing!!!!!!! Just no way of flipping the pages ahead to see what’s coming. I’m no good with “daily” things. Like daily devotional books with the little readings for each day. I usually read the whole thing in one session — all 365 of them. And yes, I peeked —- all three chances. I wanted the new name. And my answer to your mom would be, “But Mom!!!!!! You promised!!!!!”

Two things stood out today. The first, the light at the end of the tunnel being a train coming at you. Usually, I’m a pretty discerning person. Having been around the block a few times, I’ve learned to read people. But maybe I’m getting old, or the Lord just knew I needed to get this one wrong this one time, as it was a train.

And the velvet gloved enemies pretending to be friends????? They were there, too. It’s amazing how these horses have costumes, disguises, smooth tongues, and come bearing gifts.

The trouble with this “Things-won’t-work-out” horse is that it is half-truth, half-lie. He leaves out the word “always”, which changes the whole things. I had to check that one out for myself by dividing a piece of paper in half and going back in my life with the “It didn’t work out” on one side and the “It DID work out” on the other side. At first, the “didn’t” side was pretty full and my face was pretty sour, and my horse was pretty happy. But the Lord said, “Take another look and be honest this time. Is it REALLY true that this did not work out?” Most of these on my list got crossed out and put over on the DID side.

I’m getting old enough now to where Romans 8:28 is getting to be more of a testimony than a promise. And I tend to forget that part. And this is where my horse got renamed, Craig. He is now my favorite and his name is “All For My Good.” I am beginning a journal with that title. If I leave anything behind, it will be the recording of ALL the things that seemed to have not worked out and how God changed that into good.

The horse I didn’t even think was there, then emerges as the leader of my pack, now the one I ride. This has been the best journey, Craig. Who would have thought a crazy board full of clouds and voices and sticky notes would changes lives??????

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A. August 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

Cora, I really like your insights here about the half truth/half lie aspect and then about tallying up the times it did work, so to speak. And the new horse name, yes! Yes to All for my Good, and ultimately, His Glory.

Craig, I wish tomorrow came more quickly, too, for your next post. Thank you for this guided post it journey!

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Cora August 23, 2011 at 11:12 am

Thank you, A. I really like Jeremiah 6:16. And I couldn’t believe it when I just opened my email a few minutes ago and found this:
http://devotions.proverbs31.org/2011/08/arise-from-the-wreckage.html?utm_source=encftdevo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=encftdevo

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A. August 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

Cora, thank you for that link! I just read there and it really spoke to me in loud, good voices. Rejection from people hurts a lot, and I have some of that going on now-have, for some time-coupled with other things. I had not seen it the way that link presented it quite, and am glad for that better perspective. The days when we feel alone or in a prison of sorts, etc. are not fun. I am learning or trying to learn to set my thoughts and gaze elsewhere…better places.

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Craig August 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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Craig August 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

You made a “did” and “did not” work out list – full of awesome Cora!!!! And of course the voices lie – they’re stupid negative voices – they always lie – and always with a little truth – and when they predict – they have just as good a shot as you or me at getting it right.

and Cora, we are both at about that age where – and this is incredibly astute what you wrote – Romans 8:28 becoming more of a testimony that promise – that’s brilliant Cora! And remember, you can’t name all of your horses “all for my good” otherwise if you call one over there all come running – and a stampede of horses – whether nice or not – isn’t fun. ツ

I smiled a lot as I read your comment – and as I wrote this response. The secret horse that you know ride. That brings all sorts of joy to me Cora. God bless and keep you.

ps – since you’re nosey ツ the horses new name is Emelett – you’ll still have to wait till tomorrow to find out what it means though ツ

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Melissa August 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

I find it interesting how so many of us are wrestling. I have been writing on wrestling myself, not ready to share. The battle really is in our minds, isn’t it? The “overcoming” that Jesus talks about is in finding our Way back to who we really are. And then, look out! If one God-Man had the power to save the world, what would 100’s and 1000’s of little God-Men-set-free look like? I think we’re on the verge of seeing Heaven’s reality take over the earth in a huge way.

It’s always so good to spend time at your place. Your love and honesty shine bright. Thank you for being you, and sharing. Blessings to you always, Craig.

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Craig August 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Melissa, I used to find it interesting how so many of us are wrestling with the same things – but I read a gazillion blogs now in our community – and I’m finding one thing to be true – we all struggle with the same things – just different times. We really are never alone in any struggle – at one specific moment, in one specific place we might be – but every experience is shared by someone somewhere. Being so active on the internets now – I’m finding that to be true. and I’m not sure that this world will ever get to see all those perfect little reflections of God running around on it – it’ll have to wait until the new heaven and new earth – then look out! ツand I heart having you here Melissa – it’s been too long since I’ve seen your name in my comment section – and smiled. God bless you my friend.

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Ruthiey August 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

We can’t ignore lies. We have to replace them. Good words, Craig. God’s blessing.

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Craig August 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Ruthiey – I think that’s a really important aspect of this love war – to replace the negative voices with positive ones – and keep them handy – and know the positive voice – so every single time we hear the negative – we immediately skip to the positive – that’s my theory – I’m sticking to it ツ God bless you Ruthiey

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Layla Payton August 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I really wanted to say something all awesomesauce, but everyone else said it so well. 😉 Craig, I am so thankful for your transparency. I am also thankful to not be the only one who feels the types of things that you are writing about, in such a down-to-earth way. Sorry I am behind in your posts. Our home is on the market, and things have been insane. I miss your thoughts, when I get behind.

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Craig August 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Layla – trust me you are no more glad that you’re not alone in feeling these thoughts – if I had written them and found I was the only one feeling them – eeeeeeeek – but now I know that I’m not alone – that makes me feel a little more normal – a little ツ Godspeed with the sale of your house – I know things must be crazy – and I appreciate whenever you can get here – I heart having :”met” you – I heart reading you – and I heart when I see your face in my comment section. God bless you Layla.

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Debbie August 24, 2011 at 1:26 am

Waiting and anticipating good things for tomorrow! And loving Cora’s renamed horse. You are giving us such a Jesus hope in all of this, Craig! Thank you! God bless you and this love war!

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