Moana

I think a strong message of Moana is knowing who you are brings life to you and everyone around you. Your family defines you, but doesn’t MAKE you. But at some point you must leave them behind or you will be stifled and not ‘yourself.’

There will be danger, you will be scared, but you must do some things by yourself. Even if you leave your family for a time, they are an important part of who you are, and you will return to them in way way or other.

Don’t settle for what others say you are. You define yourself. Don’t play along with what your society role is, follow the song inside (which we know is sent by Jesus).
And one day they’ll know, and you’ll know how far you can go.

The music is catchy, fun, and beautiful – which never hurts!

So…there is my review of Moana.

As Larry says, “I laughed; I cried. I was moved, Bob.” It’s funny and entertaining, but I’m crying by the end each time. Maybe because it’s speaking to me so deeply right now.

But I have a better guide than Moana. She had a demigod. I have the God of gods. And HE doesn’t refuse to help us or leave us or abandon us or try to eat our friends.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6

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He is Near

A few Sunday’s past, guest speaker Kyle Asmus spoke on Luke 24:13-35 and how God’s greatness is nothing without His nearness; and His nearness is nothing without His greatness. If you want to hear the message, click here.

Jesus Came NearThat same day two of Jesus’ disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them. But they did not know who he was. Luke 24:13-16

Trust

I have been working on a 2014 summary post. As I started sifting through my memories of the year, the good memories piled up so high I became overwhelmed with what I thought the post would look like. As I decide what all and how I will share from last year, I thought it would be a good idea to record my Word of the Year, and why I chose it.

Trust GodTrust. I want to work on trusting God, myself, and others. I have this picture on my desktop to remind me that I do not need to worry or stress out about life things or figure out everything on my own. God is patiently waiting for me to call on Him and trust Him with the details.

GOD
God has made many promises in the Bible, promises that apply to each person who will claim them. While I believe those promises for others, sometimes I have a hard time trusting those same promises for me. This year I will be intentional about trusting God in the big and the small.

MYSELF
I don’t always trust my decisions. I second guess and worry that I made the wrong choice. It is time to start trusting myself to make the best decision I can with the information I have. This would also come under trusting God, because I believe He will guide me if I listen.

OTHERS
I always dissect what people say to me about myself. I will be working this year to trust that my friends are speaking truth to me and accept their compliments.


Today, I read two quotes that blessed me today. The first one help remind me to trust God that He loves me and will keep His promises to me.

“May we learn to accept that there isn’t always a why, a how, or a lesson. But there is always Jesus. And there is always love.” – Emily P. Freeman

“You have not been abandoned or forgotten. God is working, and when you least expect it, in a way that you may hardly even recognize at first, He’s going to fulfill all He promised.” – Holley Gerth on (in)courage

 

{Advent} 10 Ways to be Perfect

One of the (many) blogs I follow is One Hundred Words. Jan writes new stories that are all exactly 100 words. I like reading her blog because all the posts are short’n’sweet and make me think. A story from last week goes with this post, I think. Go read it, then come back to finish reading.

Sometimes Christianity seems like a different country and it seems we are known for what we dislike, rather than what we like. I imagine that the second citizen Christine met also rolled his eyes…

When we forget that loving God first and then others so the Commandments just follow naturally we can hand out lists of ‘Things We Love. Things We Welcome. Things that Make us Dance’ instead of making life all Burdensome Legalities, Rules of Don’t and No Fun.

“And still God’s children didn’t trust him or so what he said. They thought they could do a better job of looking after themselves and making themselves happy. But God knew there was no such thing as happiness without him. So God led them to a tall mountain. God wanted to talk to his people and show them what he was like. He wanted to help them know him better and tell them about the special land he was going to give them.”

God spoke all these words:
I am God, your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of a life of slavery.
No other gods, only me.

_MG_4638Exodus 16-17, 19-40

I am following my friend Amanda’s Advent Stitch-A-Long. You can find instructions for today’s ornament here. Prep instructions by Amanda are here.

The book used for the Advent reading is The Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find more information the book here or buy it on Amazon here.

{Advent} The Forgiving Prince

Joseph had some pretty rotten stuff happen to him, not only from strangers but from his own family! But yet he trusted God to have good things planned. I sometimes wonder if he was ever impatient or if he ever complained to God about what was going on? In The Message, it says he was 17 when his brothers sold him into slavery, and things didn’t start getting better until he was 30! Even with all the hurt and trouble Joseph had, he was able to forgive those who wronged him. Unconditionally. The way God forgives us. Unconditionally.

That’s the end of the dreamer! the brothers thought. But they were wrong. God had a magnificent dream for Joseph’s life and even when it looked like everything had gone wrong, God would use it all to help make the dream come true. God would use everything that was happening to Joseph to do something good.”

Joseph couldn’t hold himself in any longer, keeping up a front before all his attendants. He cried out, “Leave! Clear out—everyone leave!” So there was no one with Joseph when he identified himself to his brothers. But his sobbing was so violent that the Egyptians couldn’t help but hear him. The news was soon reported to Pharaoh’s palace.

_MG_4329Genesis 37-46

I am following my friend Amanda’s Advent Stitch-A-Long. You can find instructions for today’s ornament here. Prep instructions by Amanda are here.

The book used for the Advent reading is The Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find more information the book here or buy it on Amazon here.

{Advent} The Present

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells how Abraham trusted God as his father, so did what he asked: went to offer his one and only son because he loved God that much. And how Isaac didn’t run away because he trusted his father. It hit me how much like God and Jesus this is: God was willing to sacrifice His Only Son because of how much He loves you and me, and Jesus trusted his father and did not struggle, but allowed himself to be sacrificed to save us.

“Many years later, another Son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he would trust his Father and do what his Father asked. He wouldn’t struggle or run away.”

The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: “I swear—God’s sure word!—because you have gone through with this, and have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, I’ll bless you—oh, how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.”

_MG_4646Genesis 22

I am following my friend Amanda’s Advent Stitch-A-Long. You can find instructions for today’s ornament here. Prep instructions by Amanda are here.

The book used for the Advent reading is The Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find more information the book here or buy it on Amazon here.

 

Fishing to be had

Jordan is growing up so fast. Too fast. He just turned 5 and has started kindergarten. He loved fishing off the dock just outside the cabin at Craguns, and even caught a few fish! One fish didn’t make it, though, and even thought Rob labored to release the fish from the hook, it was just too deep in there.

And Jordan’s response to his dead fish? “God solved his death because He wants the fish in heaven with Him.”

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