I have the absolute BLESSING of getting to work as a Youth Ministry Intern at EPIC Youth Orlando, and one of the events that we have every summer is movie nights. But they come with a bit of a twist. After every movie that we watch, the students get into groups of about 5-10 people and go over what they got out of it; we challenge them to look for the deeper meaning and see God.Read More
I recently took a trip that my husband and I had been planning for a while. As usual, no matter how much I plan, I am always running around at the last minute stressing out. I end up doing a thousand errands and staying up all night packing. This time, one of the thousand things I was supposed to get done was write a blog about experiencing God at the movies. It wasn't due until after I got back, so I thought....plenty of time, I can write it on my trip, it's a long vacation. Then I got busy "vacationing" so I moved to Plan B and thought I could write it on the eight hour flight home. I wasn't stressed because I already had a movie in mind and an outline of the blog. No worries! I got on the plane and snuggled in my seat and decided that, technically, "vacation" wasn't over until the wheels hit the ground. So I decided no work yet; I still had time to relax and watch a movie. I decided on a movie called Before I Fall and what a journey that took me on. It was so good that I decided to write about IT instead of my original movie.Read More
Watching In A New Way
There is something I absolutely love almost as much as books (ok, not quite as much, but a very close second). MOVIES!! A good story in movie form can really change things for me. I can be in the worst mood ever, sit down and watch a good movie, and come out of that experience changed. Anyone with me? But lately, movies have taken on an altogether new meaning for me as my relationship with God has grown and I began to realize that His Love is quite literally CHASING me. I began to sit through movies with the expectation and openness that perhaps God had a message for me in it. Now it just so happens that oftentimes, the movies I am watching are children's movies (seriously...Rough Night is just not appropriate for my little people) and I cannot help but find Him in them.
One of my absolute favorite children's movies is The Croods. I remember the first time I saw it (yes, I have watched it many times) I had no idea what it was about and was just looking for something to do with my kids. When we left the theater, my heart was overflowing and I was in tears!!!! I absolutely LOVED it because of the dad in it. He is strong, protective, seriously loves his family and is really funny (we all know how much I love to laugh!). He reminds me so much of my own dad who I absolutely ADORE and has been one of the greatest influences in my life! But I love this movie even more because of what God shared with me as I watched.Read More
For so many years, I was one of those people who got up and hit the ground running. I couldn’t brush my teeth and get out the door fast enough. I would take the kids to school then fill my days with work, exercise and volunteering. Back then, my relationship goals centered around trying to fulfill the needs of my family and friends (and my own!). Life was going by crazy fast and I just remember trying to hang on. There were many days where I just didn’t feel “prepared.” I THOUGHT I was doing awesome because I was checking so many things off my lists, running from one thing to the next. However, my life was high in the quantity of things being done but low in the quality of how they were done. Then I met someone who changed that.
Do you ever get that desire to just hear God speak to you directly? You ask yourself, "Why can't it be like the old days when God wrote on the wall or appeared in a burning bush?" As human beings, we have a strong desire to hear God speak. We realize it doesn't always happen in a supernatural and audible way, but it does always happen through the Bible.
e may not always feel God is speaking, but He is! The Bible is full of His inspired words. Although these words are the most important ones we will read, they are not always easy to understand. This is where the devotional, Jesus Calling, has helped so much. Jesus Calling was written by a lady named Sarah Young. Sarah "endeavors to keep her writing consistent with the unchanging standard of the Bible, which is the only infallible, inerrant Word of God." This can bring confidence to a reader, knowing that the words written aren't just "feel good," but are intended to reflect Scripture.Read More