Its about time

Since it has been around a year since I have been on here, I thought it was well past time to get back in the game. ¬†ūüôā

What a way to start than with this:

The word you are looking for is…”ahhh…maaaaa…zing!”

This awesome creation by McCormick and Schmick’s graced my plate yesterday in all its splendor. ¬†It is huge! ¬†At least to me. ¬†The size of the picture doesn’t do it justice. ¬†It is truly a delicious piece of art filled with mousse and the raspberry sauce on the bottom is delicious! ¬†I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

We then made our way to see Allegiant…which sadly I would not recommend to anyone and everyone. ¬†My husband enjoyed it, but has not read the book. ¬†Very futuristic…almost to the sci-fy realm. ¬†I, being a HARD CORE Divergent fan, am not enjoying all the artistic liberties being put into the films. ¬†This last one is completely different than the book, changed, not just missing parts. ¬†However, it is entertaining.

That’s it for now! ¬†Figured I would start with a nice light, yummy post before delving into politics and such on my first blog back in action.

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Unbroken

I read Unbroken awhile back…I am sure if you look in my Books section you can find the precise date when I completed and blogged about it. ¬†It was a tough read, a good read, an amazing TRUE story about an amazing man who was given an immense amount of grace and strength from God through the worst of circumstances.

I went to see the movie…a week ago…and it would be unfair of me to say it was a poor movie, because in fact it was not. ¬†Almost every book is better than the movie…I know that…I go into movies knowing that. ¬†This movie was made well, the actors did a great job! ¬†And they put themselves through a lot to look the part of the 65 pound survivors. ¬†If I had not read the book I would probably have thought¬†the movie was a complete and accurate telling of Louis’ life.

However…when the movie ended I was stunned. ¬†I felt as if it ended 2/3 of the way through the book. ¬†I do wish they had included the last third of the book. ¬†A lot of details were left out. ¬†I promptly got on the computer after coming home and found several documentaries on Louis Zamperini that included these details and then some. ¬†I would encourage everyone to read the book and then watch the movie and documentaries as a set.

Louis Zamperini was an amazing man who left an amazing legacy.

Forgiveness

I am not an expert on things of the Bible. ¬†I don’t think I pretend to be. ¬†I am not afraid to admit that there are some things that are tough to swallow when following the ways of Christ. ¬†However, despite all of that, I am eager to learn more about Him and I trust Him to know better than me. ¬†His ways are higher than mine. ¬†My lack of understanding is because of my imperfections, not because of His.

One of the things many Christians struggle with is forgiveness. ¬†It is pretty easy to forgive someone for an accident, but I am talking true ‘lay down the sword’ forgiveness. ¬†My biggest struggle isn’t forgiving people who hurt me, but rather people who hurt those I love, or people who hurt children. ¬†But we must forgive. ¬†And we must pray that they change. ¬†We are called to minister to them just as much as we are called to minister to the little old lady next door who always bakes us apple pies.

Whenever I think about murderers, abusers, etc, I think of a few things. ¬†First of all, it is not my place to judge where they will spend eternity. ¬†While we are not called to condone, accept, or agree with their choices…in fact we are called to speak truth against their choices and hold them accountable…we are not the judges of their forever fate. ¬†Second of all, I am far from perfect, and the deepest sins that Jesus knows about me are no better than the ones that we all know about public sinners. ¬†Third, while some people are completely aware of the evil they do, others are not completely…some were raised from birth to think it okay to hurt those who don’t agree with them. ¬†Some have not found Jesus yet and do not realize how wrong they are. ¬†This doesn’t make them innocent. ¬†No…none of us our innocent, but prayers and forgiveness are for everyone. ¬†I also thank God that by His grace alone, I am not under the mindset that murder and abuse is the right path to take. ¬†Finally I think about the length of eternity. ¬†We cannot even comprehend the length of time eternity is. ¬†And for someone to suffer for that long helps me pray for everyone.

Again, please know I am not condoning these people or their actions. ¬†I have not been in the position to have to forgive someone who hurt my family in a severe way. ¬†I have had to forgive people who have hurt my family in a less severe way though. ¬†I don’t know how I would respond in the situation, but I pray that I would be able to forgive and love as Jesus would call me to do. ¬†I am not at all claiming it would be easy.

When I think about people around the world hurting others, especially children, the only way I can make it make sense is if I relate it to “Divergent.” ¬†Yes, my favorite movie! ¬†There is a part of the movie where people are put under a trance and in this trance are programmed to do things that they normally would be against. ¬†When they come out of the trance they are appalled at what they have done. ¬†I think of the unsaved as being in the trance and if we can reach them, maybe they can come out of the trance, stop hurting people, and help save others.

In a world of Sauls, let’s pray for some conversions to Pauls.

Why Tris Would Have Victory Over Katniss

For all the viewers/readers of Hunger Games and Divergent…here is why Tris would crush Katniss. ¬†Now if you only watched the movies, I would have to say that Katniss may come across as tougher than Tris, but here is why that is not the case.

Point 1: Katniss was willing to die for her sister, Tris was willing to die for her boyfriend.  Tie.

Point 2: Tris was trained for quite some time for combat, while Katniss was minorly prepped.  +1 Tris

Point 3: Katniss needed Peeta to survive her nightmares.  Tris can handle sleeping through the night.  +1 Tris

Point 4: Katniss strings along 2 guys.  Tris is able to set her sights on who she loves and keep him.  +1 Tris

Point 5: Tris ran into dangerous situations many times to save others and even took on her own boyfriend.  +1 Tris

Point 6: Katniss was put into dangerous situatons, but was mostly concerned with saving her own skin than the rest of the world.  Actually as I type this, I am guessing Tris probably would have stayed with Gale rather than Peeta, which is another plus for Tris, so I give this +2 for Tris.

I hope my ultra serious synopsis brought a smile to your face. ¬†ūüôā

Tidbits from daily life

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind since school has started, but here are a few things that have been happening:

* My husband and I are in a bible study with some of our friends, Sacred Marriage, and it is so refreshing to be in a room filled with people who are married and want to be married. ¬†ūüôā

* Without babysitting 2 little ones, and now being in a routine with school, I have a lot more time to just be with the kids uninterrupted.

* In the craziness of work, higher education, school and kid schedules, date nights are wonderful! ūüôā

* I began reading “Undaunted, The Josh McDowell Story” and while it is a difficult read so far, I have high hopes of it being a great book!

* I am looking forward to going to see “Unbroken” after Christmas. ¬†If you have not read it yet…read it!!!!

* Minnie Driver may be the best actress ever…I am watching “Return to Zero” as I type and it is incredibly well made. ¬†For those of you who don’t know about the movie, it is about a couple whose baby was stillborn. ¬†It is based on a true story. ¬†I haven’t seen this issue portrayed since ER did an episode on it. ¬†They depicted it very well, also. ¬†Amazingly, in the ER episode “Midnight” the situation was almost identical to mine…even down to the baby’s name.

* My kids ran their first mud race and it was awesome!!!!

That’s all the updates for now!

Enjoy the weekend!

The Book Thief and Divergent

I would recommend anyone seeing the movie The Book Thief. ¬†However, I would recommend the book more, which I am sure I did when I wrote about this amazing piece of literature. ¬†The movie, while very good, may be difficult to follow if you hadn’t read the book. ¬†The characters did a great job, though, and I feel the story still came to life. ¬†The little¬†boy in the movie completely reminded my husband and me of our little toe-head…not just in his appearance, but in his behaviors. ¬†It was sweet to be reminded of him, except for his fate, of course. ¬†Bottom line, go see the movie it is good, but read the book, it is better!

I have been waiting for over a year to see my movie Divergent! ¬†Divergent and its sequel are a couple of my favorite fiction books and the movie did not disappoint! ¬†I would recommend the book and the movie to anyone! ¬†SO GOOD! ¬†I would easily pay to see it again. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Yes I am the same person who criticized the Son of God movie, and no, this movie does not give a message of salvation, BUT it does not claim to either. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Good movie, good book, highly recommended!

Son of God

I went to see the Son of God movie yesterday. ¬† It was a decent film. ¬†Movies like this one and the Passion of the Christ have to take some liberties and I sometimes struggle with them. ¬†The liberties in this movie made it seem more relational then others, which is probably how it was…not just the Word, but the downtimes, too. ¬†I could nitpick both movies…but the fact is that I am glad that they are in the movie theaters for the public to see. ¬†I am so excited that we live in a country where we are allowed to have Jesus be the star in a film. ¬†I love that both movies get The Message out there and I pray for the souls that see the movie that they may take a step closer to Him.

The previews we saw included Heaven is for Real and Noah.  Heaven is for Real looks like it is matches the book pretty well.  Noah has some big names in it and it will be interesting to see.

As excited as I am that these movies are in the theaters, I get nervous that since they are in the movie theaters, people will think of them as fiction or fantasy.  So, I pray.  It has to be better that they are in the theater than if they were not.  So, I pray.  I pray that a piece of the message, the Word, something will bring salvation to those who are not yet saved.

UPDATED:   Everyone is asking me about the movie and this is my response to one of my most recent inquirers:

I left the moving feeling a bit let down and I couldn’t really figure out why. ¬†I knew there were lots of changes from the Bible, subtle as they might have been. ¬†Changes that people who don’t know the Bible wouldn’t know. ¬†The more I thought about it and the more questions I was asked about it the more I realized I was more diappointed than I first thought. ¬†
 
I was on guard right from the start when they showed the wise men visiting Jesus right after His birth. ¬†And then they changed the last supper with the bread and Jesus forcing it into Judas’ mouth…and didn’t emphasize why He was dying…which should have been the whole point of the movie. ¬†Plus they put in scriptures that were accurate but in the wrong places. ¬†I could continue. ¬†I know it is a movie, but it is a movie about Jesus and if it is going to be seen as fiction than it probably shouldn’t be in the theaters. ¬†I would probably take it better if the new Noah movie has inaccuracies b/c that story isn’t likely to affect someone’s salvation. ¬†But to change Jesus’ life…
I know a movie cannot be responsible for bringing someone to Christ, but I don’t understand the point in changing it. ¬†I know there are different interpretations, but things were actually changed, and so yes, it would be considered false teaching. ¬†I think of them in the same way as the big tv Christian personalities (televangelists) who say everything right…almost…but why twist it at all? ¬†Will they be the ones outside the gates telling Jesus they did all these things for Him and He saying He doesn’t know them. ¬†I pray that the movie has positive impacts and not negative. ¬†And I know I am not better than anyone, I just try to discern what is acceptable and not. ¬†I have a lot of my own garbage I pray about too. ¬†So I am not claiming I know all or anything like that. ¬†
 
Sooo…I probably could continue, but that is a good summary of my thoughts. ¬†And they are just my thoughts from my understanding of the Bible.

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.

unconditional

When I run on the elliptical in the morning I like to watch something to keep my mind off running. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†It is hard to find new things all the time, but I recently chose the movie Unconditional. ¬†I really like it! ¬†I love that one of the main characters is based on the life of a real life person. ¬†This man changed the lives of so many kids. ¬†I love kids! ¬†So when a person puts his/her comforts on the line to change the lives of our future…well, it is a winning story for me and I highly recommend that you watch it!

Speaking of the elliptical…kind of…I was so good eating healthy since the summer and even through Christmas and New Years, but I got burned out of eating healthy and took a brief hiatus. ¬†Amazing how all that progress can go away so quickly. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†Therefore… I am back to healthy starting today. ¬†I had a healthy breakfast and a great run on the elliptical this morning. ¬†I feel good and am actually ready to get back into the healthy routine. ¬†As yummy as being unhealthy can be, my body really doesn’t feel good when I am unhealthy. ¬†So I am ready to feel good again. ¬†ūüôā

Step Mom

I recently watched the movie, Step Mom, ¬†as I was running on the elliptical and it got to me. ¬†As a mom, I guess I take it personally. ¬†I do not like how through the whole movie Julia Roberts (the step-mom to be) is portrayed as the underdog. ¬†I fully believe that a mom who loves her children and is an active part of their lives should not have to compete with another for the title of mom. ¬†I am not a supporter of divorce at all, but if the situation happens and another comes into the picture, of course you don’t want a battle between your children and the new person…that wouldn’t be fair for anyone. ¬†I just pray that people begin to take marriage more seriously and these situations do not “need” to happen. ¬†I guess for me, the worst part of the movie is when the mom knew she was dying and was talking about her kids’ futures. ¬†The step mom tells this dying woman that she fears her step daughter will be thinking of her (the mom) on her wedding day. ¬†How selfish. ¬†If anything should happen to me that I couldn’t be there on any of my children’s wedding day, I would take it as a personal failure if they didn’t think of me. ¬†Of course, the mom’s fear is that she will be replaced and her daughter won’t think of her or wish her to be there. ¬†So sad. ¬†Before I was a mom, I liked this movie a lot more. ¬†Now that I am a mama ¬†bear…hmmm…maybe it just strikes a little too close to the heart.