A lot of people are taken with the idea of minimalism. Our society is one that over-consumes, so it’s natural to respond to this imbalance by cutting things out of our lives. For a while, I was a fan of minimalism. I liked the idea of being able to pick up and go on a moment’s notice, or having a clean space that doesn’t need to be up-kept.
Lately I’ve been encountering a very subtle thing that I like to call “soft manipulation.” Soft manipulation is a form of manipulation in which the perpetrator is so gentle and acts so loving that it becomes extremely difficult to spot what they are doing. They frame all their actions under the guide of “loving you” or “caring about you”, so if you do start to notice it, you might feel bad and recant your conclusion immediately.
Seasoned liars can be very deceptive. They have learned to convince themselves that they are telling the truth, so their body language may not have the same tells as someone who tells the occasional white lie (ie, not habitual or pathological). Usually you find out someone is a liar once you get to know them – you start to see that their stories don’t add up. You realize that they get a kick out of deceiving people. Once you figure out one of their lies, all of the other ones usually come unraveled.
We all have that friend who seems to have an eye for decorating. It’s not just that her decor is pretty – there’s a certain je ne sais quoi to the way her home is arranged. You find yourself drawn in to the story of her life, entranced by the assortment of mementos, found items, and unique pieces.
As members of the Church, we’ve all been exposed to various levels of teachings on prosperity and blessings. Honestly, all of the talk gets kind of confusing after a while. There are extremes on both sides—from those who believe that God wants to make us materially wealthy and that suffering means you aren’t right with God, to those who believe that material wealth is evil and we are only guaranteed trials this side of eternity.
This lace rosebud is so beautiful and easy-to-make! It’s a perfect way to use up scraps of fabric or lace that you have leftover from other projects. Since these can be made quickly once you get the hang of it, you can easily make an entire batch of them for a garland or floral headpiece.
Jeff Goins is a writer who blogs at goinswriter.com and the author of Wrecked: When A Broken World Slams Into Your Comfortable Life. In this book, Jeff shares stories from his own life and the lives of others to explain what it means to be “wrecked”—an experience that occurs when God transforms your view of the world.
The Church is full of people who are anxious to hear from God—but hearing God and following through on what He says are two different things. We often pray for God to speak and lead us into the life He has designed for us before we are willing to take those steps forward when He gives the word.