No, No, Negative

Today, I begin my 40 Day Negativity fast.  I’ve been feeling the need for an attitude adjustment for a little while now.  Beginning with the custody/child support issues of 2009-2010, to financial stress and strain and ultimate bankruptcy, to continued financial stress and strain, to the loss of a much wanted pregnancy and subsequent surgery, to life in general…I have been fighting depression hard for a long time.

And it’s been hard because I believe in my head and heart that I have a good and blessed life.  I have a happy marriage, five children I adore, friends and family who are wonderful and supportive.  Yes, I’ve come through some hard things, but over all, I’ve got it pretty good.  I think it bottom lines to this: the struggle of my life has been the deeply planted root belief that God will save me from my sin and take me to heaven, but because of my unworthiness and the way of the world, He does not promise me good things on earth.  Sometimes they happen, but more often they do not.  This bitter root is the thing, I think, that allows depression a foothold in my life.

It is true that we are promised nothing and we are owed nothing.  But that is not the kind of father that God is.  He doesn’t give bread when His children ask for stones.  I think I lean so far away from the idea that God is a magic genie who will take away every obstacle, hard thing and worry in life and replace them with puppies and rainbows that I miss out on the good gifts He chooses to give in the day to day.  Make sense?

So…I need an attitude adjustment.  I need balance in my belief system.  I need to be accepting of the hard things that come in life but also accepting of the good and the easy.  I’m being pretty honest here, because I believe in the power of transparency.  Bringing things into the light means forcing things to release their grip.  No negativity for me for 40 Days (and hopefully longer!)  I’m amazed at how many thoughts I’ve already had to “fix” this morning!

40 Day Negativity Fast Igniting Faith in 40 Days

What a Negativity Fast is Not:

  1. It is not denying that problems exist

  2. It is not “stuffing things” that are wrong

  3. It is not critical of others who may be struggling

  4. It is not irresponsible concerning things that need to be done

What a Negativity Fast Is:

  1. It is determining to focus more on God’s promises than on problems

  2. It is learning to speak with hope about even the toughest of issues

  3. It is becoming “solution focused” rather than “problem focused”

  4. It is refraining from react giving voice to pessimism, criticism of others,

    self-criticism and other forms of unbelief.

  5. It is speaking about problems to the right people in the right way

  6. It is replacing negative words & thoughts with positive words & thoughts

    based on the promises of God 

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