#WCTH #Hearties: Possible heresy, I know

via Daily Prompt: Torn

Yesterday I had time to get on to Netflix and saw that Season 4 of When Calls The Heart was available. Beginning with When Calls The Heart Christmas, I watched it and all of the season four episodes between last night and today. 

So let me get this out of the way. I am torn between truly enjoying the series and rolling my eyes at the endless stretching that goes on with some of the storylines. I think if I hear “you’ve done so much for this town” to stretch a scene one more time I will gag myself with a spoon!

Heresy, I know, but sometimes the women-power and the Elizabeth-Jack thing just gets to be too, too…. obnoxiously drawn out in a way that seems culturally progressive. Sometimes I wonder: What type of an agenda are the writers pushing?

Then there is the push-me-pull-you-socially-conscience agenda that rears it head with little about true, honest capitalism playing a part in the financial aid episodes. It would be wonderful to see equal emphasis given to stories about the people expected to handout aid and how they have to live on a budget and struggle. A storyline on a donor’s business failing would be a great storyline, not a rich person failing but an average, small business failure-starting over from nothing story. 

Of course I love Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing but puh-lease. Crank-up the speed a bit on this engagement-wedding thing already. 

I love Jack Wagner‘s character, Bill Avery. Bill is a type of an old school western character. It seems to suit Wagner really well, especially in S4 episodes. 

I love the romance and chivalry in WCTH. I love Mark Humphrey and Paul Greene in the cast. I like that Mark’s character is a manly-man and look forward to seeing Paul Greene’s character develop.

It would be great to see more fall-in-love-and-get-married-already-work-at-the-marriage storylines happening. Some traditional storylines of love and marriage without all of the drama to get there would be nice. Or even if a married couple with children were to move in, or bring back Julie Thatcher and Tom Thornton. And what about Jack’s mom? Brooke Shields needs a comeback story too. 

I loved seeing the storyline with Josie Bissett‘s character, AJ Foster. Was hoping she could stick around a bit longer. Maybe she will come back?  What adventurous possibilities there are for a fun, long-running storyline with AJ and Bill

I love Lori Loughlin in the show. She is adorable, charming, and her character is relatively grounded now the seasons have moved on. The kindly power struggle is nice to see. It is even nicer she is not some man-basher, a bit more mature character.

There is a lot more that I love, like the mature writing that takes place in developing the characters, their stories, the human interactions. I love the writing when it is clear regarding faith in God, Divine Providence, and not so much on fate or destiny. I love the faith, hope, and charity themes, of forgiveness when they have appropriate time to be developed. 

It will be interesting to see where Season 5 takes it. There is a lot of potential for WCTH to have a healthy run if the writing and storylines consistently improve. There are some great, mature actors and actresses that deserve more than soap opera storylines. The opportunity to write great, wholesome, traditional-family-working-together stories is there if the writers have the will to spiritually go there, just like Della Reese and Roma Downy did in Touched by an Angel

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Things that touch the heart

When I was in my late teens, perhaps barely twenty, I remember a gentleman giving a talk and mentioning how tears seem to fall a little easier when one grows older. He noted that it is not always about sadness, it is just that there are things in life that happen to touch the heart. 

Psalms 8:3-6

3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

What great love our Heavenly Father has for all of His children. How thankful I am for this day to have felt that love, to have seen that love extended in a variety of ways to several people, including myself.

Matthew 7:7-8

7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

May I always have a heart filled with gratitude so I can see and appreciate the wonders of this beautiful world Heavenly Father created for me. 

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