Negative + Positive ALWAYS equals Positive.

It’s been 3 months since I’ve last visited or wrote anything on my blog. Part of me believes it’s because I haven’t had time but the other part of me, the real me, knows it’s because I’d have to revisit those painful moments again. They are finally written down and there is no escaping the reality.

The truth is that it hurts to look back on the past. Sometimes we see shame, hurt, regret, and guilt when we do. Those feelings are not easy to feel. If you’re also one of those people who view the world through a negative lens then combining those feelings and perspective is a recipe for turmoil in your mind.

One piece of advice that I have put to use is that for every negative situation, look for something positive within it. Simple enough right? Let’s see some examples.

Situation: I have a son. Negative aspect (or seemingly): I had him out of wedlock. Positive aspect: Without Mason, I would have kept running away from my Savior but I always told myself if I ever have children, they would be raised to know Him. I am keeping that promise.

Situation: I am raising my son by myself. Negative aspect (or seemingly): His dad is not providing for him financially or emotionally. Positive aspect: This is one of the hardest lessons that I am still learning. I am not dependent on man but my strength and provision lies in God. He didn’t call man to be my provider. He is my Rock and my shelter in the midst of my storms and I know he is providing all of our needs day in and day out.

When you have a moment to get by yourself, make a list similar to the one above. It will be something to look back on when you become overwhelmed and Satan wants you to believe that you have it so much worse than everyone else in the world. Trust me, you don’t.

Scriptures that came to mind as I blogged today:

Psalm 118:8 – It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. (NLT)

Matthew 11:28 – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (NLT)

Isaiah 44:22 I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free. (NLT)

Do you have some situations you’d like to share? Post them in a comment!