Battles of Negativity

We all get caught up in the cloud of life. Everyone goes through obstacles and experience unfortunate situations. But have you ever experienced that one person who is negative all the time? I like to call them “fun suckers”. Nothing is ever good enough, fun enough, or big enough for them. No matter how good life is or that everything is going their way, they are negative. Facing things in life is God’s way of testing your reaction. I have always said God gives His biggest battles to His toughest angels.”

When Nick and I got engaged we decided December 13, 2014 would be our wedding date. I was ecstatic to start planning and have a “winter wonderland” wedding. I was going to have the wedding of my dreams, the guest list was well over 400 people, I had the perfect man, and everything was going my way. In February the distance from Nick really started to get to me. I was planning a wedding, working, and going to school thirteen and half hours away from Nick. The stress really started to weigh on me and I became very negative. I couldn’t find the right dress. I didn’t like my hair. I didn’t like any cakes that went with my theme. Nothing, I didn’t like anything. That’s when Nick decided we should consider moving the wedding up. After extensive discussion we decided to move it to June 28, 2014. I was in a panic. How in the world would I plan the dream wedding I wanted in four months? In my mind it was impossible.

One day I was in conversation with a lady (I won’t mention her name) and was discussing my stress and telling her there was no way I could do it. I would have to settle for less than what I wanted on my wedding day. She turned to me and said “Lacie, a wedding is not about the show. It’s not about the guest list. It’s not about how much money you spend. It is about realizing at the end of the day you will be Nick’s wife.” Wow those words hit me like a ton of bricks. How could I be so negative about something God had blessed me with? God put Nick in my life for a reason. God knew our wedding would be in June and it would turn out better than I ever dreamed or prayed for.

Being negative can consume you. It can turn you into someone you never thought you would be. After realizing how negative I was being, I really stopped and evaluated everything in my life that I was thankful for and blessed to have. Nothing in life is ever worth being negative over.

Does your behavior and attitude reflect Christ? Being negative is not a direct reflection of Christ and the way He wants us to walk and live. Negativity chains us down and we have to learn to break free. To be thankful for all God has done for us and remember it is just a battle and God is our protector.

Published by Lacie

Lacie Ross is the director for the Miss Hahira Honeybee Pageant held annually in Hahira, Georgia. Among many titles, Lacie was Miss Georgia United States 2013 and Miss Georgia South 2013 where she went on to place in the top 15 at Miss Georgia USA. She has judged, directed, and competed in multiple pageants. Lacie even appeared on TLC’s “Here comes Honey Boo Boo” as a celebrity judge. Mrs. Ross is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Minor in Human Resources. She also holds an Associates in Science from Georgia Military College. Lacie is very active in the community where she has held positions as a L.A.M.P homeless shelter mentor, Second Harvest of South Georgia spokesperson, team member with the Georgia Special Olympics, ambassador for People Water, committee member for the Hahira Honeybee festival, among many others. She is currently on the board of directors and choreographer for the Miss Georgia South Pageant. Lacie is happily married to her husband, Nick, who she met on an airplane coming home from Miss United States. The Rosses have three beautiful children, Atticus, Ander, and Addleigh Elaine and reside in Highland, Michigan. A quote by Audrey Hepburn is one Mrs. Ross lives by “As you grow older, you will learn you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

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