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In many sports it’s clear that a team or player deliberately target what they feel are their opponent’s vulnerabilities or weaknesses. It’s clear why they do that, as in sport it all about the win isn’t it?

Vulnerabilities don’t just exist when a sport is being played, they exist in our every aspect of our lives. None of us are perfect, we all have weakness, and that is why in our lives we often find ourselves being targeted by the devil. The devil sees when we are weak and puts doubts and obstacles in our way so that we question God’s plans for us. He’s great at targeting our weaknesses, but we can overcome the devil’s attack on us by putting our faith firmly in God, and letting Him take away all our burdens and strengthen our weaknesses. God will help us become better and stronger people by helping us learn from our weaknesses and become stronger in our faith.

Have you ever had a time at work where week after week, something happens that means you get diverted from the tasks that you planned to do, to do something else? Over the last month or so, that seems to be happening to me every week. Not only that, but the task I get diverted onto, are never quite as straightforward as they first seem, and so end up taking up much more of my time than anyone imagined.

What’s not helped for me, is that between annual leave and sickness absence in my team, there’s only ever been me and one of my team members working each day, for the last month. This has just meant that no matter how hard we try, we’ve not really managed to get through the work that I’d planned for us to do in June or July.

Even on Friday something which on the face of it looked like a task that would take an afternoon to do at the most, ended up uncovering another issue, which will need further analysis before deciding the best way to fix it.

There is good news though, as this week my team are back to three, as one of my team will be back from their summer holiday. So here’s hoping there’s no more unexpected issues, and we can finally get on with the work that I’d planned for us to do!

There are things we all fear, but there are also things specific to each of us, that we fear. For example:

  • fear of failure;
  • fear of growing old;
  • fear of making a fool of yourself;
  • fear of being alone.

Whatever your specific fears, don’t let them overwhelm you! Instead focus on your dreams, and believe you can achieve them. Positive thoughts, make positive results, so be led by the dreams in your heart.

Chaos – The word normally makes us think of unwanted disorganisation or confusion.

Are you the kind of person who likes or enjoys chaos, or do you prefer everything to be planned and scheduled so you always know what and when things will happen?

While I admit to being someone who like to be organised, and have a plan or list of tasks, I also must admit I like a little bit of chaos sometimes…but just a little bit! There’s something kind of invigorating and refreshing about not knowing what’s going to happen next, or even when it’s going to happen. However for me, it’s got to still be a ‘controlled’ chaos, particularly if it’s chaos in an area or subject matter I am involved in.

Why? Because I’m a perfectionist, and so I like order, planning and someone to be in control.

I will admit that a little bit of chaos is probably good for me sometimes, as it takes me out of my comfort zone, and make me deal with or cope with a situation or circumstances I’m not comfortable with. Getting outside our comfort zone, can be good for us all sometimes. I just hope I don’t have to cope with too many chaotic situations though!

How many times when you were younger did your parents shout to you, “Are you ready to go?”

Throughout our lives we have to get ourselves ready for time for specific events or meetings. Are you the kind of person who likes to be ready on time, or are you someone who rushes around at the last minutes, or are you the person who always turns up a few minutes late?

When I was younger I used to always be running at the last-minute to get to events or meetings, but these days I’m the complete opposite as I always try to be early for everything I’m expected to attend.

However, just because I like to be ready in time for events, doesn’t always mean I’m fully prepared! I might have got myself to the events or meeting place on time, but it doesn’t mean I’ve done all the preparatory work I should have done. When this happens, I never quite get out the event or meeting what I hoped, and that is the lesson I’ve learned…that I need to make sure I’m fully prepared.

Are you trying to achieve big things?

No matter how big or small the changes you’re trying to make, there’s no point in trying to change lots of things at the same time. If you did that it would just cause chaos, and you wouldn’t know what worked and what didn’t.

So instead start by changing one small thing at a time, then another and another. Before you know it you’ll have made a huge different by making significant changes, one small step at a time.

The future 

Posted: December 4, 2017 in life, music, planning, religion
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Ever wondered what lies ahead for you?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d like to know what lies ahead, especially if it was something negative. I know there are people who say they can see into, or predict the future, but do we really want to know what the future holds for us?

God has already planned our future, so I for one am happy to leave the future in His hands.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Lunch
  2. Notebook
  3. Agenda
  4. Pouch
  5. Stand
  6. Frame
  7. Thermometer
  8. Rice
  9. Duck
  10. Castlewords

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Ladies
  2. Design
  3. Plan
  4. Music
  5. Sore feet
  6. Photo
  7. Heating
  8. Chinese
  9. Swim
  10. Capital

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

When you face choices in your life, do you:

  1. Think things through on your own before making a decision
  2. Talk the choices though with your family and make a joint decision
  3. Take the situation to God, and wait for Him to direct you

We probably all try to do a bit of all these options if we’re honest, but as Christians we must always go for option 3. Remember God will never ask you to do something you’re not capable of – You may just not realise you are capable of it before you start!

So leave your life choices to God, and He will do the best for you.

That moment when you wake up, jump out of bed and quickly get ready for work because you’ve slept in…but then realise it’s actually Saturday, so you don’t need to go to work!

Yes, I’ve done that a few times. Sometimes I realised it was the weekend before I actually got out of bed. Other times I’ve got as far as starting to get dressed before I’ve realised what day it is.

How about you, how far did you get? I hope you didn’t actually get as far as leaving the house before you realised what day it was.

Regardless of how far you got getting ready for work on the wrong day, I bet you felt like a fool when you realised you’d got the day wrong!