L, M, N, are probably not going to get me noticed in search engines. O Well.

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When my computer crashed, I missed the weeks of L, M, N in our A to Z blog hop. Horrors! And now it’s already time for the letter O!

So here goes.

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L is for lazy. I had a very lazy Christmas holiday. I slept tons. I mean, I never knew it was humanly possible to sleep as much as I did and still be alive and breathing. If there’s such a thing as Christmas Coma, I invented it. I was utterly and completely exhausted. For this reason, I’m sure God had a plan for my computer crashing and burning. And I’m grateful. My life is a steamroller of expectations and responsibilities. It’s something I’m working on changing.

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M is for movies. I was going to watch a bunch of them over the holiday, but L for Lazy interfered with that.

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N is for noshing:

noshI did far too much of that this holiday and while I don’t really know how much weight I gained, I know that I did gain a few pounds simply because of the way my clothes feel. (The scale is broken. And I hear you laughing. No, I didn’t break it. “Not me” broke it. “Not me” also starts with the letter N.) Now my stomach feels all rumbly and icky and while I promised to detox from sugar after the holidays were over, I’ve yet to make the complete and final leap. (See letter L.)

Finally we come to this week, which is brought to you by the letter O.

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O is for “O Well.”

I’ve been using this phrase a lot lately. Living three weeks without a computer taught me a few things about submitting my day to the Lord and going with the flow.

Admittedly, I have had more opportunities to learn how to go with the flow as the mother of twins with autism and the caregiver of a mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s. (Did I forget to mention the son with bipolar and the husband with ADD?)  Going with the flow should have been something I mastered long, long ago.

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But there’s still that rebel inside of me that wants what I want when I want, how I want. There’s that ornery little imp that kicks and screams and throws a fit if things don’t go her way.

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What, me? Rebellious? Nah.

Instead of throwing up her arms and saying, “O well, that must mean God wants me to _________.” She stomps her foot and says, “Fine. Then I’m going to play 55,000+ games of Words with Friends and pin 783,278+ pins on Pinterest via my phone.”

O Well would lead me down the path the Lord has lit for me to walk. As in, “O well, my soul is O so very well, and God has a better plan.”

But that would be too easy, wouldn’t it?

Why is it so difficult for me to submit to the O Wells in my life?

I believe that anything that is a strength, is also a weakness when it’s used incorrectly. God has given me a stubborn streak that serves me well when writing books, finishing college courses as a full-time online student pursuing a degree. I have the tenacity of a bull dog when it comes to the goals I believe I’m to pursue.

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But that same ability to hang on to a dream raises its head as rebellion when I’m asked to diverge from my plans.

God can’t bless disobedience. Why can’t I get that through my “N is for noggin?”

God has my best interest in mind. If I keep that at the forefront, I’ll be able to say, “O well, this is the way God wants me to go today, and it is good.”

Psalm 37 (KJV) has a lot to say about God’s best interest for us:

Psalm 37:3-7; 23-25

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass…

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread…”

O WELL O WOW!

If I obey, my steps are ordered of the Lord. How much more relaxing it would be if I’d simply walk peacefully in those steps instead of stomping through them.

What frustrates you the most when things don’t go your way? Am I alone in this submission thing? Weigh in!

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My response to the Noah movie :::eyeroll:::

I love the story of Noah in Genesis. I love it so much that I named a son for Mr. Noah.

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My beloved son, Noah, age 6 (he is now in his 20s)

I also wrote a chapter about Noah in a compilation entitled, What Really Happened in Ancient Times. I know a little about the guy.

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So, when the movie, Noah, came out, I thought it would be great to go see it. I didn’t expect it to be accurate. Hollywood rarely gets it right (if ever). I did, however expect to be entertained.

I wasn’t.

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In fact, not only did the film get the story completely wrong (no exaggeration) it was also boring and ridiculous. I expected it to be at least a little bit believable. But instead of a Biblical epic, I thought I’d dropped into some sort of Transformers movie. I wanted to walk out, but I also wanted to write this review, so I stayed.

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I couldn’t believe how bad the script was. The writers’ determination to avoid Biblical accuracy resulted in a script so ludicrous it bordered on comedy. My husband and I have never rolled our eyes as much as we did while viewing this movie, and we’ve been married over 32 years.

Whenever the characters on the screen spewed some absurd philosophical line, my husband invented fictional scripture references and whispered them into my ear. “That’s from the first book of Gopher Wood chapter one verse 13.”

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Here are just a few of my issues with this movie.

  • It misleads people and confuses their theology. Seriously, I’ve been in Christian Education for more than 30 years. I’ve heard it all. I’ve met people who thought they would become angels when they get to heaven and children who don’t have any idea who Jesus is. They’ve never heard the Christmas story.  Believe it or not, there are children growing up in rural America who know nothing about Him. If they watch this movie they will be terribly confused for reasons I’ll discuss below.
  • The filmmakers went beyond artistic license by contradicting the Bible and depicting the fallen angels as “good” and Noah as an evil, murdering madman intent on slaughtering his grandchildren.
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  • The Bible tells us in Genesis that Noah walked with God. In Ezekiel he’s described as righteous. Peter wrote that he was a preacher of righteousness. Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith”
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Source: Wikipedia

  • God is depicted as vicious and cruel. If a child or non-Christian sees this film, why would they ever want to know more about such a God? The film sends the message that God is Someone who wants to kill babies. My heart breaks to think a child could ever believe that of God. God is love, merciful, gracious. He is nothing like He’s portrayed in the movie. And if you don’t think a movie can influence someone’s doctrine, consider Bill Maher’s reaction (warning, strong language):

It’s about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it, and his name is God. Genesis says God was so angry with himself for screwing up when he made mankind so flawed — rrrrr — that he sent the flood to kill everyone! Everyone! Men, women, children, babies. What kind of tyrant punishes everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at? I mean, besides Chris Christie. 

Hey God, you know you’re kind of a dick when you’re in a movie with Russell Crowe, and you’re the one with anger issues. [Source: Bill Maher Disses Noah]

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  • The fallen angels in the film are the good guys and they help build the ark. (!!!) Instead of eternal judgment, these damned creatures go “back to the Creator.” The audience assumes they’re forgiven. Uhm, no. that ain’t in the Bible.
  • Instead of hearing God’s voice, Noah drinks a potion to have a vision. Say what?
  • Environmentalism is the main them along with vegetarianism and paganism. Humans bad. Animals and the earth good.
  • Basic facts of the story were skewed. Note these details:
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There are so many things wrong with this movie I could literally write thousands of words discussing it. However, I want you to keep reading my blog, so I won’t belabor the point. Instead, I’ll point you to three of my favorite reviews:

I’m a Christian and I think ‘Noah’ Deserves a Four Star Review

A No Holds Barred Review of Noah the Movie

Sympathy for the Devil

What’s your review of the film?

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God’s Unexpected Blessings

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A week ago today I was feeling rather low. I even blogged about it I was feeling so bad.

Then, one blessing after another flowed into my life in unexpected ways.

I got good news.

A check came in the mail.

And by sheer Providence, I got to meet Temple Grandin and interview her face to face for a full 45 minutes!

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Temple talking to me!

45 minutes, people! 45 minutes! ME!

Why? Because the other media failed to show up. So there I was, at the media meet and greet and it was just Temple and me, shootin’ the breeze about everything from autism to chickens to Australia.

I will be writing a series of articles on Temple and will share them with you as I get them published. There is a preliminary article here: Exclusive: Temple Grandin named Manchester University Innovator of the Year.

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I forgot to tell her to smile!

If you read last week’s post, you know that I had a talk with the Lord and He assured me I could trust Him with my life and I agreed to put it in His hands. (Why I keep taking it back as if I have a better idea than God remains a mystery. I’m fallible. And badly in need of a merciful God.)

I guess more than I agreed to trust Him was that I agreed to stop fretting. I had to make myself rest in His assurance that He was in control and everything was going to be fine.

And then this happened.

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I’m so glad I can trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense.

This trust thing isn’t just for me. It’s for anyone who’s willing to rest in Him. Give it a try. You’ll be amazed at the things God has in store for you.

Just. Rest.

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Erica’s Edition: Vikings!

Today’s blog post is brought to you by my hard-working intern, Erica Graphman! Take it away, Erica!

Erica GraphmanI’ve always been a huge fan of history—I actually considered majoring in it until my dad pointed out that I wouldn’t be able to make a good career out of it unless I became a teacher (not really my cup of tea). I love reading about history and especially love learning about different myths that famous cultures believed in. So, in my excitement for the return of The History Channel’s Vikings, I did a little research on the beliefs of the famous group. (I have a feeling that this season is going to involve a lot of mythology!)

The Norse and other Germanic tribes who followed the same beliefs in multiple gods called their practicing a tradition. They believed Odin, Thor, Freya, and Loki were the high gods, known as Aesir. Odin, Thor, and Frigg each have a day of the week named after them (I learned about this in my Structure of the English Language class) Woden’s day, Thor’s day, and Freya’s day (scholars debate whether Frigg and Freya are the same goddess, most think it’s likely because they share the same characteristics). These names eventually evolved to become Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Odin is the king of Asgard and he sacrificed his eye to gain knowledge. Thor is his son and the god of the sky. He can control wind, lightning, and thunder. As noted before, Frigg is Odin’s wife, and she is the goddess of love and the heavens. Women often prayed to her during childbirth. Another common Norse god is Loki, the god of mischief, who is so handsomely represented by Tom Hiddleston in Marvel’s Thor.

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The Vikings believed in four different realms. The gods dwell in the realm of Asgard while humans remain in Midgard. There are two places Viking warriors can go when they die. If it is a worthy death, aka bravely in battle, they pass on to Valhalla where they feast while waiting for the end of time. If they do not die a heroic death, they must remain in Hel, which the Vikings considered the ninth world. After reading all this crazy information about the Viking gods, I must say, I’m super excited to see this season of Vikings, especially to see which warriors take their places in Valhalla and which fall to Hel. (I’m rooting for strong, female warrior Lagertha to kick butt!)

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