Love studies the art of war

by Craig on June 24, 2011

Do you feel like giving up?

Do you feel like no matter what you do things aren’t going to change?

Do you feel you’re alone in your battles?

You shouldn’t!

Things will!

And You aren’t!

Even if your fight isn’t against “negative voices”…
I know you’re fighting something.

Anyway…

Here’s the new addition to the Love War wall today. I would have preferred red – but pink is all there was in the package – so “flaming pink” it is. :)

If this picture doesn’t make any sense to you it’s because you haven’t read this – please read it first – and all will be right with the world. :)

That’s the battle line …

in flaming pink…

and notice…

one side is filling up…

the other side is empty so far…

First we isolate the enemy – on posties.


Then we draw the battle line.

See, there is a plan unfolding.

And I’ve been thinking…

I know that not everyone has the luxury – or privacy – to set up a Love War Wall…

no worries…

a notebook is fine…

or a gameboard…

actually a gameboard makes a perfect little fold up Love War Wall…

although I might go with a less distracting one…

And…

So far I’ve only considered one side of the fight – ours.

We’re trying to stomp out the stupid negative voices.

And they may know a little more about war than we – or at least – I do.

I’ve never fought a war.
I’ve never even been in a fight.
So I’ve been reading…
to help us fight…
to help us win.

And so a little help…

From China…

from about 2500 years ago…

from a military strategist…

Sun Tzu…

It’s a little info on the enemy we are trying to squash in this Love War against the negative voices … and why they may be tough to get rid of…

Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When they fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.

oh

No wonder they’re sticking around so well.

And I thought this too…

What makes me think the enemy is any more secure in their ability to win then I am?

Because they aren’t!

They’re probably way less secure…

they are vulnerable to the same stuff we are…

source

and their boss isn’t as nice as ours…

that’s kind of sad…

for them.

What’s sad for us is that they know a little more about how to claw and fight and wage war than us nice, docile, peace loving, little Christians. Maybe they already know what Sun Tzu wrote:

All warfare is based on deception …
Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.

Maybe that’s why they so often gain the upper hand.

So as I take a little time and build up the Love War Wall …
and keep adding “negative voice” posty notes to the left side…
I think it’s a good time to study war…

Because, as Sun Tzu wrote 2500 years ago…

If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.

The war has just begun…

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Dawn June 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

Wow!

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Craig June 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

somehow, Dawn, this comment found its way into my spam folder – and I didn’t see it until just today. It’s the only one of your comments that ever landed there – I think the software picked it out because it was only one word – that’s my non-geeky guess :) anyway, thank you – and God bless you as always.

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Cora June 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

War! I’m just sighing here, Craig. Maybe I’ve waved that white flag way too many times in my life. That tells me one thing: I don’t know anything about war, either. I really like the game board idea. It’s very portable. The one I brought to the class was too big and bulky (a bulletin board type thingy) and it got taken apart before I could rescue it. I think I’ll go to the thrift shop and look for a game board, spray paint it, and set up my “battlefield.” White flags will NOT be a part of my equipment!

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Craig June 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

your way is so much more crafty than my way – my way is the wall – and some posties – and some little posties – no paint – no glue – no board. But I’m glad I have a whole wall – there are a lot of negative voices that need to be overcome. I’ll be praying for you along the way my friend. God bless you Cora.

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Debbie June 25, 2011 at 12:04 am

This is so perfect for me right now. There is something He’s helping me with and it’s like this, like war. And I’m really, really bad at it. Negative things are much more sneaky. I got snuck up on today. But that’s okay. I’m hunkering down to study and learn for the next time. :)
God bless you for helping us!!

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Craig June 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

this will probably make its way to a post sometime soon – but in this fight – the image of the second Superman movie – when a bad guy lifted up a bus, I think, full of people – and was going to throw it as a weapon – and Superman had to save the people first – which gave the enemy an advantage – because the enemy wasn’t concerned about the people. The voices do an advantage like this. Know what I mean?

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Alicia The Snowflake June 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

That is so right Craig…we really are in a war. And our enemy is really after our destruction. May we stay ever vigilant and armed with the word of God. Love your project!

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Craig June 26, 2011 at 5:14 am

first of all Snowflake, how impressed am I that you are in the middle of a conference – and yet have the time to comment on my blog. That is a truly sweet thing to do. Somebody’s heart is big :-) I started this war against the negative voices a little bit ago and I think it needs to carry on a while – the negative voices have to be defeated! Thank you Snowflake, thank you, and God bless and keep you and all of yours.

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Debra June 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

In this case ignorance would not be bliss.
“All warfare is based on deception …
Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.”
Reminds me of “Be as wise as a serpent.” But harmless as a dove? In this case maybe not.

Whenever I consider the enemy I think of the Screwtape Letters, and the subtle ways of the enemy – never blatant but increasingly subtle.

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Craig June 26, 2011 at 5:10 am

EXACTLY! EXACTLY! EXACTLY!

Our minds are 100% identical on this. I’m smiling. Your two points EXACTLY.

Clever as a serpent – gentle is a dove– and the Screwtape letters. (Smiling)

God bless you Debra

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Michelle June 26, 2011 at 5:42 am

“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.”

So true, sometimes we spend so much time getting to know the enemy, we forget what and who we are. So, like bank tellers, we need to study the real in order to recognise the counterfeit.

(And, my current battle?……third sinus infection in two months. I AM SO OVER THIS!!!!! It is not easy to work or think or hear or sleep or breathe when the head is feeling over-stuffed with cotton wool. Thanking you, in advance, for your prayers, oh righteous man of God. And don’t try to deny that!)

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Craig June 26, 2011 at 5:51 am

But I’m not… Oh, nevermind :-)

and I just finished praying for your sinuses – the sleep problem messes with my immune system and I’ve had pneumonia a bunch of times – when I get sick the germs seem to want to make a beeline to my lungs now. So I know – and I know YOU know, that I know, about illness – and about the fight against it. thank you for letting me pray for you, – I hearted the opportunity – and I’m smiling about it – big. God bless you Michelle.

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Michelle June 27, 2011 at 3:57 am

Thanking you for prayers. Am now on antibiotics for the next 10 days. I had them 5 weeks ago for 5 days and they worked well. But the doc says to give them 10 days and it should annihilate the infection (and everything else – praise God for pro-biotics). So I hope to be up and running in a couple of days – preferably without the side-effects.

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laura June 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I heart post-it notes too, craig ;). I think it’s so cool that you are doing this. I have found journaling along a similar line to be helpful in combatting those negative voices. but I think I like the post-its even better! Much more visible on the wall too. Cool.

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Craig June 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

boy, when we think about the miracle that posty notes are – it boggles the mind. I do struggle with the negative voices – but I know I can’t be the only one.

Of course living by myself – with nobody but the love kitty to read the wall – and then I guess the whole world online – it at least gives me the illusion of privacy (◠‿◠). thank you Laura, thank you, and God bless you!

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Mari June 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

You are crafty! A great visual of what goes on in most of our minds. Fight the enemy (the negative voices) with the Truth…. even if it doesn’t feel so much like the truth at the moment. Blessings to you Craig. I do pray that in this new week peace will permeate your mind.

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Craig June 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

and the left side of the board, Mari, that’s only one side of the battlefield – so much work is going to be on the other side and what gets done with these negative voices. I keep studying, and praying, and the battle will unfold – and if I remain faithful, if I continue to pray, if I allow God to be God – and yet do the work I need to do – the war will be won. And something tells me that I’m not the only one in the war. And Mari – thank you for prayer – prayer is critical. And one more thing. I need pictures of daisies – and I know you must have some pictures of daisies somewhere – can you point me – or link to then in a replay to this – or an email? I need them for Deep into Scripture – white, black, yellow, green, and purple – this would be a great chance for me to showcase some of your art like I’ve wanted to do for a long time. God bless you Mari.

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Alida June 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Your thought process and your way with words always makes me pause and ponder. For that I am grateful.

All warfare is based on deception… I need to remember this when I am in the thick of it. Maybe I need my own wall of post it notes!

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Craig June 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Amen, Alida, all warfare is based on deception – and there is a GREAT deceiver. And I think we all need our own entire wall of posty notes – just not all of us admit to it so readily. In this year of “connect” I’m becoming a little more reveal-y then I thought I would (◠‿◠). God bless you Alida.

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A. June 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

this is all so good! and the post it idea is great! war-I so tend to not think in terms of battle and war because I was raised a pacifist (not necessarily still one) and war is alien. I need this military training,

GI A. :)

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