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




{Advent} The Beginning: A Perfect Home

“God loved them with all of his heart. And they were lovely because God loved them.”

– Humans have a different way of looking at beauty and loveliness than God does. To God, we are ALL lovely, just because He created us. I hope that I can remember that more and more as I work to change my perceptions of people and see them through God’s loving eyes.

– The world started out as nothing. No sound, no light, no anything. Even if a person is blind, mute and can not speak, they cannot come close to feeling what the nothingness before Creation was like.

– Anyone who knows me knows I read A LOT of Madeleine L’Engle. She writes about how the stars sing and dance and how the earth sings an ancient song from the beginning of time that we have slowly forgotten the language of. I love knowing that even if we humans forget to praise God for His wonderful and mighty deeds that He is still being praised by all Creation!

“And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the one who made them. … God looked at everything he had made. “Perfect!” he said. And it was. But all the stars and the mountains and galaxies and everything were noting compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him. he would always love them. And so it was that the wonderful love story began…”

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them…
God looked over everything he had made;
it was so good, so very good!

_MG_4304Genesis 1-2

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.