Friday Favorites – Flashback!

This Friday Favorite is a bit like time travel.

We’re going back in time to 2010, when the oldest of our seven grand children was just nine or so.

At that time his class room read a book called ⇾Flat Stanley⇽.

Our grandson Wyatt brought home his flat namesake – Flat Wyatt.

Flat Wyatt proceeded with us on our trip to San Jose’, California.

This Friday Favorite is made up of just a few of the places we visited.

Fifteen days on the road with my Hubby, and yes, still best friend.
We took along a little guy named Flat Wyatt.  The whole trip, he never complained once.  He certainly saw more than he thought he would!  I’ll introduce you to him here,

Friday morning we left on our adventure to the west coast.

We arrived in Littleton, Colorado at the home of our dear friends John and Sue around 6:00 pm.

We had a wonderful visit, and Wyatt enjoyed helping John and Sue to make breakfast before we left for more of our journey.

The Quaking Aspens were at their peak of color, and the views on the way to Telluride were unbelievably beautiful.

On the road to

Settled by Grampa’s ancestors.

Said to be once the richest man west of the Mississippi.

We toured Arches State Park in Utah. Grampa thought it looked like God just took some red clay and said “I’ll just throw this here.”

Here’s Flat Wyatt posing in front of “Balancing Rock” and showing you just how tall some of these rock formations were.

Some of the rocks looked like giants telling each other secrets, some looked like big cookies, and one even looked like an elephants behind!

God sure has a great sense of beauty, and a sense of humor too!

On Tuesday Night we stayed in the Hayward/Castro Valley, CA area.

We visited the place where Grampa spent a lot of time while he was in the Navy. It was called the Port O’ Call/ Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley.

It is in fact where Grampa met Jesus as his Savior.

We got to go inside and see the changes that have been made over the years.

Grampa got to catch up on some history that has happened since he left the area.

Painted Ladies – San Francisco

Everyone knows these ladies!

But do they know that truck?

Well, we saw much more, but sadly, as often happens with digital, some files were corrupted, and therefore are no more.

But I hope you enjoyed this mini tour across America with Flat Wyatt!

Until next time …

Hindsight 20/20 – #5 – The Orphan Heart

How do we make these steps of recognition, and quality choices that work for us?

We cannot blame others for, or refuse to look at, the darker parts of our hearts.

They are our responsibility.

But how you ask?

We read in post #4 that God’s word judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

So let me make a suggestion beginning there, where the thoughts and intents begin.

We are so unaware of our heart condition, that we can’t even know that the words, and deeds done to us, and around us in our past, have clogged up our arteries.

Not with physical crud (although this may be true) but with spiritual crud.

Sludge that pulls at us, and weighs us down with anger, and depression, and anxiety galore.

We can have problems with our bodies, and have them fixed.

After that we keep going, but if our heart stops, we’re done.

Let’s look at what the Word of God says about how our hearts SHOULD be;

Galatians 5:22-23 says this – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.

If these things are evident in our life, we begin to clear our our spiritual arteries.

Never mind clearing them all out at once.

No one can do that!

But how about picking out the one you see lacking the most in your life.

Here’s my example.

It’s where I started.

I started with love.

It was THE most glaring lack that I could see.

I was “Looking for love in all the wrong places”.

If I did not recognize love from someone, I could not learn how to do it myself, much less, get it right.

I must say that the wrong ways I learned, took a very long time to un-learn.

It was a vicious circle filled with all kinds of wrongness.

None of which fulfilled my need.

I then met Jesus.

I learned about how He loved me, even if if others did not, and even if I could not.

I learned how He loved me, in a way that was different than any other way that I had tried.

I began to study His word, to learn about the ways He loved me.

The change in my heart was not overnight, but with continued seeking, reading, and learning, I began to feel some of the darkness melt away.

Ezekiel 36:26 says – And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 

That old mindset tried every once in a while to creep back in and tell me how unlovable I was, and at that point I had to remember what I had learned.

The old attitudes in my heart certainly kept it as hard as it could be.

My heart needed to be hard to “protect” me, or so I believed.

That protection was a racket – and kept me imprisoned until I began to let that light shine in to the dark corners.

I had to repent in and of that darkness, and begin to practice new behaviors in accordance with my new found beliefs.

My thoughts, my words, and my deeds began ever so slowly to change.

I had to, and still do sometimes, have to actively remember that He knows me, and He loves me.

I placed the helpful verses He showed me at the end of this post.

Next I moved on to self control, and then to joy, which are both stories for a different time.

Taking on one thing at a time from this positive list, caused me to be able to see a great lessening in the list from the “flesh” mentioned in post #4.

Psalms 139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

My prayer is that you can let the love of God begin to flow into your heart as well.

A little at a time, or a lot at once.

The speed isn’t the issue, it’s the quality of the decision to do so.

Until next time …

The Number One Thing

Happy Monday to you all!

Today I’m sharing a post with you from a very prolific blogger.

He has graciously given me permission to do so.

His topic is one that gets discussed round our house quite often; but never quite as articulately!

The Number One Trait of the Unsuccessful

Posted on  by Cristian Mihai

Photo by Siavash Ghanbari on Unsplash

We’re all self-made, but only the successful ever admit it.

After all, why ever admit that you don’t like what you see in the mirror if you do not plan on changing?

But what if I were to tell you that the root cause of unhappiness and failure are not external factors, but our inner reactions to those factors.

After all, what is required of one in order to be successful?

Is it being a billionaire? Changing the world? Find one’s soulmate?

Aren’t those things intricately tied to a lot of external factors? And isn’t our perception of those factors the result of a combination of behaviors, beliefs, thoughts, and adaptations?

After all, some people are happy while having little reason to be so, and others are unhappy even though wildly successful.

It seems to me that we are only as happy and successful as we make up our minds to be. Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure, and ultimately it’s our inner reality that that dictates our own happiness.

The Number One Trait of the Unsuccessful

All unsuccessful people share this trait: they are blamers.

They are not willing to take responsibility for their own happiness and success, and thus they blame everyone and everything.

You fail by doing so, because there’s no reason for you to do anything to fix your predicament.

Don’t like what you see in the mirror? It’s genetics, it’s your parents, it’s some health issue, it’s the fast food industry.

Don’t like how much you earn? It’s the economy, the government, your neighbors.

When we blame external factors for what is ultimately our internal reality, we are choosing to sit in a rocking chair. It feels like we’re going somewhere, but we’re not going anywhere.

Blaming someone else means you never assume responsibility for your life.

I know this because I’ve wasted most of my twenties by looking for someone to put the blame on for everything that needed fixing in my life.

Do you want to know the harsh truth?

It doesn’t matter who’s to blame, it’s still your responsibility.

Your significant other left you? It’s your responsibility to fix your heart.

You lost everything you had during a recession? It’s your responsibility to challenge this disaster with more enthusiasm than ever before.

When you expect someone else to fix your life for you, you become helpless, and that’s a pathway to soon becoming hopeless.

We often like to tap-dance around the truth, being afraid that the truth is going to bruise our little egos.

If you don’t like something about your life, it’s your responsibility to change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

Whatever you do, whether you have to beg or crawl or fight, just don’t put the blame on other people. They are not responsible for your success and happiness, you are.

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Do you consider yourself successful?

How do you feel about the blame game?

Are you able to take responsibility for your own stuff?

We see it all around us today;

and we must be willing to take action not only for ourselves, but for teaching this responsibility to those who will be following along behind us.

It gets easier as we go.

Please share any other ideas or insights you may have in the comments.

Until next time …