Fasting from Negativity

When I began the 21-day fast this year, I was overcome with the hatred and negativity I was seeing on the news, on social media and even from some of the people with whom I have been meeting.  Negativity can sweep though organizations, through workplaces, through neighborhoods and, yes, even through churches like a virus.  I know there are so many times I have participated in negativity and been caught up in it.   I am somewhat of a critical thinker.  I am always looking for a better way to do things.  If I am in a meeting, I am always a ready participant when  we are discussing “what went wrong”, but when we are discussing “wins”, not so much.   So just how was I going to fast from negativity?  Do I isolate myself from everyone and sing happy songs?  Not likely.

Our Bible reading for today is Psalms Chapters 3 & 4.  3:3 But you. Lord are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

I realized my goal in the fast was to be more cognizant about what I was saying to people. I needed to put a lid on my negative thoughts.  I had to make myself more aware of the negativity I may be thinking or saying and immediately ask God to help me, shield me and lift my head high.  It was and is difficult.  I know I failed miserably so many times.  But each time I caught myself thinking negative thoughts and went to God, guess what?  It brought me just a little closer to Him.  I began thinking of ways to encourage people and lift them up.  I approached 2 or 3 of the most negative, unhappy people in my neighborhood and tried to make them feel a little less sad.  Psalms 4:1:  Answer me when I call to You, my righteous God.  Give me relief from my distress…….

So far this whole process has brought me so much peace.  I was skeptical, but can tell you, depending on God when you are facing something new or difficult works.  I truly believe and know He wants us to depend on him, yes even though there are some of us who like to always be in control.   Psalms 4:8:  In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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jamieballou

Living in Florida with my wonderful husband, Paparay. Proud mother of two incredible sons, 8 wonderful grandchildren and one lil' great granddaughter. I am blessed beyond words and love my life.

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