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Expectations -- Cant Afford a Negative Thought

I recently went on a trip to Atlanta GA with my soon to be husband. We had planned a number of fun things and was full of great anticipation that FUN we would have. The reason for the trip was because I was going to purchase a car from one of his good friends. I had planned to get off from my job at 2:00pm so that I would have time to get to the bank, make a deposit and transfer monies over. Well, expectation one -- morning meeting ran late. Negative thought one began to formulate it self within the crevices of my mind as 'why could we not have started on time to get out on time'. But I quickly adjusted and allowed certain items that could wait till next week go so I could still get out early.

Expectation two -- Emergencies from other departments began to emerge which took me away from what I felt I needed to have done prior to leaving. Negative thought two developed 'Well this has been an issue for two months and now we have to bring it up as if we need it solved now.' I was now functioning with a low grade temp of anger about to burst. Needless to say I was frazzled by the time I could get out of my office and meet my fiancé at the door. I noticed that little things bugged me such as annoying noises (he was breathing) and questions I was not wanting to answer like "How was my day?' Now he was thrilled and ready for the trip. I on the other hand needed a bit of time to transition or adjust from work to play. But it was not going to be easy transition as I had allowed negative thinking to be my guide. After telling I was stressed and not having space to vent properly. My now low grade temp of anger was about to burst. As I realized this I stated I needed time to think and adjust. It was not a pretty moment but my point was taken and time was given. It was amazing how when I took time to focus in on what was truly bothering me, pray to God, I was able to see that because my day did not go my way or along my expectations I allowed negative thinking to begin to rule my actions. I was choosing to be frustrated and angry versus capturing the thought -- putting it in its place -- and choosing to allow love to come through -- God's presences.

In the book of 2 Corinthians 10:2-6 it tells us the importance of taking our thoughts captive.
2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Are there any expectations that you are holding on to that would allow you to begin a downward cycle of negative thinking to emerge into your being? If so take a minute, identify the source of the negative thinking, cut it off, let go and let God. Allow him to transform your thoughts and feelings to coincide with His--that being LOVE. We cant afford one negative thought and as my pastor states "if we do not have one negative thought we will not have two". God bless you as you examine if you are holding onto negative thoughts that have stemmed from your own expectations.

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