Overnight healing—a positive approach to prayer
Healing for me often comes when I change my internal dialog. What am I telling myself, and consequently, what is filling my thinking? I've seen that what I think has an impact on what I experience.
Yesterday I felt the symptoms of a cold start up. A little scratch here, a runny nose there, and some explosive sneezes at my writer's group (and lots of "bless you!"s). I was concerned that this was the third night this week I'd been out, and I have another planned with a girlfriend tonight. Also, this morning is my networking meeting, where I’m president, so I have to be there bright and early to run the show.
I went to bed with all this on my mind. Sure enough, around 1am, I woke up with all the uncomfortable symptoms in full swing. I tossed and turned for a long while, trying this and that, but not being able to sleep. Finally the idea came that I could, after all, pray about this. Funny how it takes so long to figure that out! I thought, Right! I can pray!
So I started in what I might call my usual way—I do not have a cold, I am not having a hard time sleeping, because God is with me, etc. Then I stopped myself. Why was I spending all this effort focused on the negatives? Because even if you're negativing the negatives, that's still a lot of negativity.
I changed my internal dialog. I am healthy, I am rested, all is well, God is with me. I embraced health rather than denying sickness. I acknowledged resting in God's love rather than ruminating over the lost sleep. I made my thinking 100% positive.
This had the effect of cheering me up instantly, and lessening my worry. I was smiling as I drifted back off to sleep. When the alarm went off at 5am, I luxuriated in the sensation of freedom from the cold—it had lapsed away to almost nothing, and one authoritative nose-blow took care of that.
A positive approach is a powerful tool, I recommend it.
So, it's off to the meeting! Have a great weekend, everybody.
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