Strong as new ROPE

Just starting to be successful, inspirational, a big deal, encouraging, missional, philanthropical, excited and/or evangelical?

Tie a strong knot and hang on. You’re going to have to be as strong as new rope.

Spiritual warfare is real. Any unraveling of the ties that bind give the Devil a way to sneak in.

He will not ring your doorbell and ask to come in politely, or text to see if it’s ok to come over, or set up a conference call.

He will slither in unannounced, posing as a comment that you are offended by, as an overblown betrayal, as a boiling over of stressful circumstances. He will be the negative thought in your mind that repeats itself without mercy.

He will poke and prod your insecurities, or sweetly feather a nest of temptation. He will take an innocent bystander and use them to gently lay that last straw when you are ready to snap.

He creates confusion as he coats the filter of love with jealously, rudeness, impatience.

He will use everything that you hold dear.

He will use smoke and mirrors and righteous indignation. He will bind your priorities upside down, shake your money tree, plant mistrust, and hand you the grout to firm up the walls that will keep you from a sweet life.

He. Unties. The. Ties. That. Bind.

You’re going to have to be as strong as new rope. Tied with a strong knot. Don’t let go and fall. Hang on. Shake him off. Be strong. Reach up. Pray it out. Try again.

http://theprayingwoman.com/2014/07/26/when-the-devil-tries-too-hard/

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Fall FEVER

Oh WoW!

The new issue of Vogue came yesterday. It has unleashed FaLL FeVeR!!

These great fall pics are from Vogue, except for the boots on the bottom left. Those are just the boots I’m wishing for!

Sweaters, jackets, dresses and tights, boots, hats and layers… Oh My!

Crisp air, football games, pumpkins, scarecrows, apples, leaves, bonfires, cider… and so much more!

So much more! C’mon Autumn!

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Go BANANAS

Banana-nana-fee-fi-fo-fana!

Go bananas with this handy tip of the day.

Instead of opening a banana from the top, or trying to as it splits without opening, open it from the bottom.

Yes, the bottom.

Just pinch the end, and it opens right up. Just like that. Boom.

It’s Friday… Go Bananas!!

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My cheeky READERS

Happy one year of blogging to me!

It’s been a fun year!

I was looking thru some blog stats, facebook insights, twitter feeds, etc. last night. One blog post still stands out as the “most read”.

Why? Not the subject matter, the content, and certainly not the author.

It’s the title. I don’t need a focus group to tell me that now, however, it wasn’t until weeks after it published for me to figure it out.

The title is “The Perfect Shade of Gray”.

You cheeky readers!

http://mysweetheartlife.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/the-perfect-shade-of-gray-grey/

You are not a PRIORITY

I’m sharing some links to articles that all say the same thing, in different ways, using the same exercise.

Here’s the gist of it: Substitute “I don’t have time” with “this/you is/are not a priority to me”.

It’s a great exercise. No excuses. No wordplay to use as camouflage. Clear message. Clarity.

The person you are saying “I don’t have time” to is receiving the message of “you are not a priority”, whether you recognize that’s what you are saying or not.

They already instinctively know that they are not a priority. They already have the pit in their stomach, big or small, of feeling less than whatever or whoever else you chose to spend time on. They know that gut feeling of knowing where they stand. Or where they don’t.

Everything else you are doing, everyone else you are talking to, every other thing you have taken on and said yes to shows your priorities. No matter what your words say.

The disappointment they feel is valid, and most likely reflects the depths of feeling they have toward you.

If they are in denial of where they are on your priority list, they will help you disguise it, accept your excuses and help excuse you as well. “He is so busy with extra work hours” “He volunteers a lot” “She had plans with someone else” “She was so tired from such a busy day” “He was already in for the night” “He wanted to watch his tv show”

As you exchange “you are not a priority” with “I don’t have time”, it also allows the other person to move on. They will hear more of a truth from you. The message will be clear. It may hurt, it may not, but at least it’s out in the open. They can adjust your place in their priorities… freely, cleanly, peacefully. There is freedom in that.

Clarity. It does a mind and body good.

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/07/26/priorities/

http://loudjet.com/a/dont-have-the-time/

http://www.productiveflourishing.com/time-management-problem/

http://passionatelyhis.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/i-dont-have-time-or-its-not-a-priority/

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