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What's grabbing You?

Who are you quoting?

What thoughts are you having?

What life are you living?

“We go where we look” Tim McGraw

“If you build it, he will come.” Kevin Costner

“Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins I answer, the one I feed the most.” Sitting Bull

“If you feed them they will come” Bruce Martin – About church functions.

We’ve all heard these kinds of sayings.

Do we take them seriously?

Probably, but only for a moment.

Then our usual habits sneak back in, and we find ourselves doing the same things over and over again.

It takes some real tenacity to continue on the road to success; whatever you deem that success to be.

What I’m about to share with you is basically the same thing.

Whatever you give you time to, helps to create who you are.

So with the next two quotes, I’ll give you my personal recommendation.

These two ideas were placed in my head several years ago, (2008?) they grabbed me, and have had me ever since.

This is not to say that I get them right all of the time, but it is to say that I have found them tremendously helpful.

The person speaking was Graham Cooke.

First; “If you don’t like the thought you’re having, then have another thought.”

Second; “Opposition attaches itself to what you do not remove.”

So how does this removal work?

How can I do that?

By reinventing your walk in the Fruit of the Spirit.

People spend copious amounts of time trying to reinvent themselves, only to find themselves the same, or worse than they were before.

Only by REMOVING the old thoughts, can the new ones take over.

I refer you to the Holy Bible,  Galatians 5.

The whole chapter is enlightening, but I point you to verse 22-23 which says; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Against such things there is no law; simply means you can’t go wrong!

This means to me that there is great power in these fruits.

So here’s the thing;

If in your life you are seeing the opposite; hatred, bitterness, anger, strife, jealousy,

(The list is long I suppose, and different for each of us.)

then I would encourage you to choose the “Fruit” that is opposite of your issue, and

“Have another thought”.

Look where you’re going.

Feed the right thing.

Build a place inside you where the “Fruit” can be attracted to and grow.

Feed the right things – and more will begin to appear in your mind and in your heart.

One last quote;

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet, and the books you read.” Charlie Tremendous Jones

I encourage you to choose your reading, your friends, and your thinking wisely.

It makes all the difference.

Until next time.

**http://Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life; by Tim McGraw

** Kevin Costner as Ray – Field of Dreams – 1989.

Random Facts About …

This year I am participating in a Facebook group called Bridge to the New Year.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bridgetothenewyear/about/

This group is hosted by the fabulous Julie Jordan Scott, and the new to me Paula Puffer.

In this group, we are given prompts to think about and write to.

Some of it is strictly “Get to know you stuff”.

But most of the prompts help you to consider how 2019 was for you; what you accomplished, as well as what you didn’t.

Not always pleasant, but really, if you don’t review, how can you grow?

Difficulty aside, you can consider how 2020 can be different, or better through these prompts.

I am grateful to have these ideas to “Un-stick” myself.

Now that the explanation is finished, I’ll share a prompt with you that I enjoyed.

Here it is from Day #10;

What are 10 – 30 Random Facts about you? Be playful. Have fun.

1. I have to psyche myself up for travel – I do enjoy it – but I’d rather stay home.
2. I am introverted, however I am not shy.
3. I can be an extrovert if it is called for.
4. I love public speaking.
5. I love reading; but wish I was a faster reader.
6. Our family SPECIFICALLY drives Fords.
7. I love my very large church – I can participate, or I can hide. My choice.
8. I love snow! Even though the only snow activity I do is with a shovel or a snow blower. It’s prettier from the inside – like living in a snow globe.
9. I wear flip flops all year round. Shoes make my feet sore. Disclaimer; I live in Iowa, so I carry socks in my purse, and shoes in my car.
10. My three most UNfavorite things are heat, bugs, and dirt.
11. I like my coffee, strong and black. No foo foo.
12. I love me some carbs – but too many of them make me sick.
13. I love to eat – but not cook.
14. I love to enjoy flowers – as long as they are yours.
15. Given a deadline, I can do just about anything.
16. Without that deadline – you can pretty much forget about it – procrastination at its finest
17. I work with two non-profits – Aglow International and Rebuilding Together.
18. I love taking pictures
19. I’m an avid sky watcher.
20. My heartfelt goal is to help others to get past the trauma and drama of their childhood, so that they can live free lives!

I hope you enjoyed this little list.

Next – I’d really like it if you’d play along in the comments.

I like to get to know you better!

See you next time!

Friday Favorites – Writers

There are so many writers to choose from.

And just as many topics.

As with most readers, my interests vary from season to season.

That being said, we all have our favorites.

They vary from genre to genre, but some writers always stay with us.

John P. Weiss is one of those for me.

Each week I await the email that carries his well written and masterfully hand illustrated missive.

Any season. Any time.

I hope to leave with you the longing to “Read him” as well.

Find out about John here;

https://johnpweiss.com/about

You can read John’s latest offering here;

https://johnpweiss.com/blog/150469

“The Super Simple Strategy for Greater Focus”

John P. Weiss

I sure hope you enjoyed this.

Please feel free to share some of your favorite authors in the comments as well.

I hope to see you again next time.

Our Thanksgiving Vacation

What do you get when you take the two youngest grand children, G-ma, G-pa, the dog, and put them together with the older cousins and their granddaughter, and add to them to a GMC Denali, for a weekend?

Fun – That’s what you get!

Memories – That’s the coolest thing you get!

On our way to southern Missouri.
Happy travelers.
Beautiful skies.
Add some color.
White Birch in Peek Ranch.
At Peek Ranch.
Greer Springs Mill.
Greer Springs Mill.
Enormous wasp nest on site at Greer Mill.
The sign on the road used to say Greer on one side, and Greer on the other. Sadly I couldn’t find the sign.
One of hubby’s old home places.
Hubby’s childhood haunts.
Not forgotten.
There were new flowers near the back.
Saturday’s Tour.
The day gave us clouds, but we made the best of it!
Waiting in line to get to the top.
Always, always, the line.
Our scruffy bunch!
Ooops! They got me!
I think they like each other.
A beautiful but bumpy ride to the
church.
Calms. My. Heart.
Always the same – Ever changing
Last Missouri meal together.

I hope you enjoyed your pocket trip “Down home.”

See you next time.

Friday Favorites #4 – Blogs

Greetings!

It’s Friday, and a holiday week, but don’t let that stop you from visiting some amazing bloggers.

These bloggers are making a difference sharing what’s on their minds.

They are contributing to waking us up to thoughts we might not have thunk!

If you can’t read them now – Save then for later!

It will be well worth your time!

Stuart M. Perkins – Storyshucker

BE KITSCHIG

REASONS@STAY

THE ALCHEMIST’S STUDIO

Until next time …..

Marking the Ages

I am writing this post today in response to a post I read yesterday.

It was a post written by Stuart Perkins, and you can read it here; 1. magic marker

Anyway, it reminded me of a few things.

Like when I grew up, the best gift I could have received, was something to write or color with.

I don’t remember markers; maybe they were too expensive, or maybe they were too PERMANENT!

It could be ink pens, new pencils, or crayons; but in my mind, nothing but nothing could beat the smell of a new box of crayons.

Mom had her own box, and it was forbidden for us to use HER crayons or her ONE coloring book.

It had a bride and a groom on the front.

She had a way of rolling her crayons as she colored that kept them sharp; not flat or broken like ours.

It also made them far more appealing to use than my own.

The second best thing I could receive was that yellow, smooth, wide ruled paper from the school, or what we called back then “manila paper”.

It was art paper and was very coarse, but a delight to draw on.

Thanks to Stuart, these memories came flooding back, with a few more in tow.

My love for writing utensils and paper was passed along to my daughters and as it turns out, my granddaughters as well.

They are always drawing, writing, or coloring, somewhere.

This brings me to my story.

When daughter number one was moving to a new home, it came time to move the kitchen table.

She turned it over to remove the legs, and to her surprise; there were crayon, pencil, pen and yes, marker letters and art covering the bottom of the table!

Instead of anger, she felt endeared that her offspring had felt that was a safe place to leave their art work.

Cleaning it off was never even an idea, because it was like finding buried treasure.

Then a few years later, when daughter number two was moving, to a new home, it came time to move the kitchen table.

To her great surprise, she found the same thing!

There were crayon, pencil, and pen and yes, marker letters and art covering the bottom of her kitchen table also!

Being a lover of writing and art and markers, she thought of it like a time capsule, documenting their innocence and imagination.

What stressed her out was the fact that the SAME GREEN MARKER used on the bottom of her table, was found all the way around the kitchen and down the hall!

Well that was long ago.

The children were very young then; two, three, four, five.

That has turned into thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen.

Neither mom has any intent of trading in their tables for new ones.

A bit like archaeology; once uncovered, never forgotten.

“Sacred History” I’d call it.

It warms my heart that neither daughter has any thought of getting rid of those tables; those archives.

Like many things, they will be passed on to the children, as documentation of moments gone by.

I never did check the bottom of my table for treasure – but then I haven’t moved in ages!

Perhaps you should consider checking yours?

Just like in Stuart’s story, it could become a very important part of your very own “Sacred History”.

Do you have any stories like this to share?

Please take a moment to do so in the comments.

——- * Ages may be off – math is hard ——-

See you next time!