#thirstythursday / raise your hand if you don’t like pushy, arrogant people!

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Soapbox moment: I don’t like being around arrogant, pushy people.


I don’t even like to follow them online. I’ll block ’em faster than the state trooper clocked me in my glorious speeding ticket of 2016. For real.

These kind of people make me not so happy. They make my blood pressure rise. It’s just better for all people in my life if I stay away.

Do you ever feel like this?

Prime example – at the car dealership – have you been there, being all pressured and stuff?? Ugh. I just can’t. I sit outside.

I don’t do well with direct sales either. Book a party. Drink this shake. Get a facial. Buy this thing that is going to change your life!!

4e3f55e2d578531e1e3878724d16a0fcSure, they are all lovely things – I just don’t like being hounded over and over and over. And I think most people agree.

I’m considering that this welcome mat would be a GREAT addition to my front porch.


Honestly, this topic is tough for me to tackle because my husband and I run a business where direct sales are involved. How ironic, right? But, the two of us just aren’t those naturally pushy sales people.

I’d rather let our reputation and our genuine kindness lead the way in our business each and everyday. If we get those right, then people will WANT to work with us – instead of us standing by the side of the road begging people to buy a house.

Or read my blog.

Or buy my book (one day).

Or come to our barn (again, one day).

Or shop at my adorable little store (coming soon).

This leads me to today’s #thirstythursday verse – and the fact that I’m thirsty to live in such a way that reflects how I want to be treated in life.

Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. – Philippians 1:27

If you keep reading, these verses contain SUCH good stuff, y’all.

Philippians 1:27-30 The Message (MSG)

27-30 Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you—and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter.

I want to reflect and credit the Message of Christ in EVERYTHING – our business, my blog, my social media. ALL. OF. IT.

Maybe you don’t agree. I’ve heard of people in our very industry that don’t like when people bring God into their real estate work. Really? ‘Cause you better believe I’m gonna be praying when we go to do something like SELL A HOUSE!!

Lately I’ve been watching people – in person and online. I’m watching and taking notes. I’m making mental bookmarks. I’m collecting clues.

Clues about who I want to be and who I don’t want to be.

I want to be more like those that inspire and speak truth and point to Jesus.
I want everything I do to be a seamless testament of my faith – even in business, writing and work.

I want to be more like this:


And less like this:


Anybody else with me?

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Being grounded in Christ is the first place we can start in living a life that reflects Him. Do we have a real relationship with Jesus? Do we take everything – all our problems – all of it – to Him first? Do we really spend time in asking Him to work in the smallest details of what we do and what we say? That is where it begins. Once we get this right, His reflection will shine so brightly in what others see in us.  Lord, let us learn what it means to live in You – in trusting, in the suffering, in the victories.

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