Frozen

I was listening to the radio last week when the dj mentioned that Frozen was the only Oscar nominated film he had seen this year.  It made me smile, because I may just be in the same boat.  I am a fan of the movie Frozen, but moreover I am a fan of the soundtrack.  I enjoy playing the songs for my kids, because I like them myself.

I think music touches us all a bit differently.  The one song from the soundtrack, “Let it Go” is probably my favorite.  And…the more I listen to it, the more I relate it to my relationship with God.  Elsa (one of the princesses in the movie) is born with a special gift or curse, depending on how it is used.  Her parents told her to keep it hidden, so she was isolated and afraid of letting others see who she really was.  She gains a bit of freedom in the movie and sings about how she can finally let her whole self show, she can be herself and she doesn’t have to be perfect anymore.  I see this as an excellent teaching moment for kids.  We all have been given gifts and we all have faults.  We can try to be perfect, work very hard at it, but we cannot do it on our own.  Only with God can we truly let ourselves go, be who He wants us to be, figure out how to rely on Him instead of trying to be perfect.  No, we should not go on sinning simply to get more grace, but we can show Him our scars, our faults and our attempts at being perfect.  We can rely on Him for everything, stop hiding who we are and let it go.  A long time ago a friend told me to “Let Go and Let God.”  I think that applies well here and in life.

5.27.13

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13 NLT

 

Many thanks and true appreciation to the men and women who fight for our country, our freedoms and our protection.  Blessings to each one of them and the families who stand so strong and fight the fight at home.  Our heroes are amazing!

Leaders

Just a few questions…if you can offer some logical answers I would love to hear!  🙂

*  Why should my children be raised to not be proud of their country?  Isn’t that what are leaders are portraying if they are making excuses for those killing our people and burning our flag?  Shouldn’t we be raising our children to stand up for their beliefs?

*  When Hillary Clinton spoke of our country’s tolerance with all religions from its start, did she remember that our country was built on Christian values?  Did she think that she just may be more tolerant of the attackers on our soil than many were to the owner of Chick Fil A?

* If these attackers truly attacked because of this film (which no one really knows) isn’t that proving the film’s point?

 

Leaders of this country…I want my children to grow up in a country that has enough defense funds to protect them.  I want my children to grow up in a country where they do not need to apologize for being American or for flying a flag on American soil.  I want my children to grow up in a country where they can continue to praise God and not be thought of as evil for being a Christian.  Leaders of this country…how do you plan to protect our freedoms?

Our unchanging God

Let me first say that I love our country.  I may not like what it is turning into, but I am a fan of freedom, and hope that remains for a long time to come.  In a world where tolerance is preached for everything except Christianity, where believing the Bible makes you intolerant, where you are told to embrace what makes you feel good and look out for number one, I have to say I am more a fan of the values the country used to hold dear…values and beliefs that are slipping away.  If there was running water available, I think I would fit perfectly in Little House on the Prairie times; where people didn’t own too much stuff, where people worked an honest day’s work and slept well because of the efforts of the day, where you helped your fellow neighbor even if it was inconvenient, where prayer was a natural thing not just said at mealtimes and church, but throughout the day and without shame.

I am glad that God is unchanging.  I am thankful that he is constant and consistent and His will and views don’t change based on what may feel right at the time.  I praise Him that He loves each person despite their choices.  Not saying that He likes their choices, in fact He hates all sin, mine and yours, but has great love for His people…such love that He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins and suffer while living on earth.

Some interesting tidbits of our country’s history:

* In God We Trust is the official motto of the United States of America

http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/odddayp.html

* teachers at many public schools are not allowed to have a Bible in their desk or pray silently at their desk or wear a chain with a cross on it

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

– George Washington

“Congress passed this resolution: “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”

– United States Congress 1782

“In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.”

– Abraham Lincoln

* Dwight Eisenhower recieved intercessory prayer that saved his leg from being amputated.

http://books.google.com/books?id=hRBoNJIRhxoC&pg=PA137&lpg=PA137&dq=dwight+eisenhower+prayer+saved+leg&source=bl&ots=G38Qkjbou8&sig=BpzI8evtY5sWe-tBGYs_ZqAr780&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dbcnUK6yH-fo0QHL7ICQDg&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=dwight%20eisenhower%20prayer%20saved%20leg&f=false

http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/exhibits/eise/President/Presidency/EISE8530_prayer2.html

Just a little Sunday morning reading of what is, was and is to come.  🙂