Gary Thomas was at work this morning, sharing some thoughts about toxic people:
Do you have toxic people in your life?
You don't have to expend energy on them. We are not to get burnt out spending time on toxic people. We are to share the good news with 'reliable' people (2 Tim 2:2) so that God's good news is spread and people come to know Him. We are not called to be distracted by selfish, spiteful, jealous, negative people. Our first, best efforts are to be in relationships where there is respect and friendship and encouragement.
He went further to say that toxic people are tools of evil, entwined in our lives, with the purpose of trying to keep us distracted from the important stuff in life. So don't get caught up in their snare of pointless conversations, crazy-making arguments, anger-fuelled activities...
We are free to say 'no - I won't participate this again'. In fact, we need to set up boundaries to protect ourselves from these folks and their toxic behavior.
Don't you wish you worked with me?
Have you been doing any spring cleaning?
Here's an inspiring list of 100 Things You Should Get Rid Of As Soon As Possible:
My kids are magnets for finding expired food in cupboards/fridges/freezers - so numbers 80 and 87 are dealt with regularly. And I disagree with 55. Boxes always come in handy. And you can never have too many USB cables, so I also disagree with number 81.
But other than that - this is a solid list.
- Leftover wrapping paper
- Business cards from people you don’t need for anything
- Old tickets
- Socks with holes in them
- Receipts you don’t need
- Old t-shirts
- Dried flowers
- Old CDs you’re never going to listen to
- Overstretched hair ties and hair bands
- Old magazines
- Shoes that don’t fit or you don’t wear
- Small knickknacks and trinkets which have no purpose whatsoever
- Cooking utensils — old and new — which you don’t use
- Worn-out underwear
- Beauty accessories you don’t need
- Earrings where you’ve lost one out the pair
- Scarves which you never wear
- Items of clothing that are too small for you
- Gift’s you don’t like
- Old towels
- Old make-up
- Old clothes hangers
- Expired cooking sauces
- Toys for your pets which they don’t play with
- Out-of-date medicine
- Dried-up nail polish
- Expired coupons
- Old paperwork
- DVDs you don’t watch
- Pet food your pets don’t eat
- Old toiletries
- Damaged clothing that cannot be mended
- Stained clothing you cannot clean
- Your old prom dress
- Scratched non-stick cookware
- Old underwear or swimwear
- Outdated or broken electronics products
- Rusty costume jewellery.
- Stockings or tights with ladders
- Pens that don’t work
- Necklaces and bracelets with broken clasps
- Cables and wires you don’t use
- Worn-out bed linen
- Empty bottles of cleaning products
- Spare rivets and buttons for clothing you don’t have any more
- Worn-out bath mats
- Purses you don’t use
- Tableware, plates and glasses left over from full sets you don’t have anymore
- Old pillows
- Worn-out shoes
- Old wedding invitations
- That old tea or coffee set.
- Spare furniture parts you don’t need
- Furniture manuals
- Boxes — you don’t them, really!
- Vases you never use
- Old letters with no sentimental value
- Tourist brochures
- Bobby pins you don’t like
- Old crayons or markers that have ran out of ink
- Containers missing their lids
- Unused stationary, stickers and sticky notes
- Ripped jeans
- Old or broken phone cases
- Old, unused phone or other electronic chargers
- Old spices
- Worn-out bath sponges
- Ribbons and bows for gift wrap
- Postcards or gifts from ex-partners or colleagues
- Frequent shopper cards from shops you never go to
- Empty matchboxes — they have no use whatsoever!
- Old bags
- Old calenders
- Old files
- Silly magnets
- Outdated clothes
- Broken Christmas decorations
- Fairy lights that don’t work
- Frayed towels
- Expired food
- USB cables and other computer accessories you never use
- Old and outdated software
- Floppy disks
- Old cell phones
- Old shoes you haven’t worn in two years
- Promotional T-shirts you never wear
- Old cereals
- Old bank statements
- Old utilities bills
- (Also:) Delete email subscriptions from websites you don’t need
- Delete emails you don’t need
- Delete unwanted music from your mobile phone and computer
- Spare buttons that come with newly purchased clothes
- Games with missing pieces or cards
- Old textbooks you will never use again
- Delete reserve copies of the documents you no longer need
- Books you have read and don’t want to read again
- That old house telephone you never use
- Old manuals for electric appliances you no longer have
- Mobile phone accessories you don’t use anymore
Explain to me Tumblr.
I signed up a few years ago, (mostly just to ensure I could have 'pixnprose' before someone else grabbed that user name) and today I received an email from the good people at Tumblr headquarters wondering if I still wanted to keep my account.
I said yes.
They were very welcoming:
They had a little party for me, throwing confetti all over my screen.
They made me feel comfortable.
And then asked all sorts of personal questions:
But now what?
What am I supposed to DO with it?
Any readers have suggestions?
It's not like I'm already taking up my fair share of internet space with this blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Snapchat, DayZeroListProject and LinkedIn. But I'm curious... what is the benefit of Tumblr? Or am I totally too old for it?
(Speaking of LinkedIn, they too were wondering about my intentions):
Carolyn posted a link to an interview in her blog, Rhythms of Grace that I've listened to three times now.
So good. (Obviously.)
Hers is the type of story that I need to hear. Often.
An intelligent woman who came to faith in adulthood because of a friendship with a pastor and diligent research. It's an hour long, but seriously worth the effort.
"I'm reading the Bible, and what if it's true?"
"Do I want to be changed? No, I don't. I like my life."
"Conversion put me into a complicated, comprehensive chaos."
"The church has been praying for me, faithfully. They were genuinely praying for me, on their knees. It was would have been easier for them to be disgusted by me and my friends."
"You never know the journey some people take to get to church."
"OK, Look. I have to give up my girlfriend, what did you have to give up?"
"If you're reading the Bible, keep an eye on the verbs. Verbs are important. Circle them. Pay special notice of the order of the verbs. It's humbling..."
"I trusted with the integrity of an eye lash hair."
"I can only do the first phrase of this verse today thank you very much God."
"Count the cost, it's going to be bloody and it will hurt."
"Christian, are you good company for the suffering?"
"We need to be in a reciprocal relationship with people who scare us."
"We are so cleaned up we only want to share our resources, not our needs."
It was International Women's Day on Monday, so I posted this TED talk about encouraging young girls to be brave not perfect on my Facebook page.
And that's been on my mind for the past two days, this business of being OK with making mistakes. While bravery isn't exactly the theme of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, (which was based on a true story), I was inspired by the way she bravely made a change in her life. And when she realized she was making a mistake, she made a change again.
But some women were using International Women's Day to advance their own agendas.
Sadly, Kim Kardashian made a big deal about showing off her naked body on Twitter which empowered Sharon Osborne to do the same thing.
How is nudity advancing the cause of Internation Women's Day? I do not understand.
Pink tweeted the following:
Who are the heroes our girls can look to these days?
And one last link. 50 Things To Do
Lastly, as always, Three Things I'm Thankful For;
1. Quiet evenings in the basement.
2. Stories that inspire and challenge.
4. The internet.
5. Memories; this is what my life looked like one year ago today; Scattered