Where to Add Negatives?

In my time of reading and prayer this morning, I debated whether to list the things that are overwhelming me.  I know I should add the positives in prayer – count the gifts.  But should I grumble?  I actually wondered this for a split second.  Then the truth came like fresh rain.

There is one great forum for the counting of negatives:


This is where we find rest.

Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.  – Psalm 55:22

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  –   Matthew 11:29-30

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. – Psalm 62:1

It’s the elemental things that I forget so easily!

Grumbling to myself only reinforces the weight. 

Laying it before him lightens my load.

I had much rest in this today.  I pray you do too!

3 thoughts on “Where to Add Negatives?

  1. Miriam, you are precisely on-point. You share with David an understanding of God that is of inestimable value. Take away the negatives, and you eviscerate many of the most beloved Psalms. Keep adding; God will keep sustaining.

  2. There is a difference between grumbling and lamenting. Lamenting acknowledges the hurt, heartache, the suffering AND acknowledges God as all powerful, source of strength, etc etc all at the same time. Lamenting is a very powerful way to walk through the negatives and ultimately what David did. As well as the entire book of Lamentations. Grumbling doesn’t acknowledge our Great God and his sovereign power in our circumstances.
    You are right, list them before the Lord, be real and then find rest as you acknowledge His love in it all.

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