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As a mom, I’m very particular about what movies my children can and cannot see. When I heard about Unstoppable coming to theaters awhile back, I hoped and prayed the movie would find it’s way into our little town. Unfortunately, the closest showing was several hours away from us, so we didn’t make it. That’s why I am so excited to have the opportunity to review the movie on DVD.

In the Christian life, there’s one question that can make – or break – your faith. That question? “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”

In Unstoppable, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on a visual journey to better understand that question, and he does so in a hope-filled, heart warming way.

The movie is inspired and centered around the death of Cameron’s close friend who passed away from cancer at the age of 15. Kirk takes us back to the beginning, literally back to Adam and Eve, to investigate the first acts of good and evil and how they affect our lives.

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I sat down to watch Unstoppable, but I was surprised by what I saw. Instead of just sitting down to watch a movie and switching my brain off, I got an hour of topics that opened the doors to long, Christ centered conversations with my children. There are no words to express how much I loved being able to talk openly, and at length, with my kids about what Christ did for us.

There was one scene in the movie that really, really got to me. Kirk had gone to some Hollywood big-wigs to discuss making a movie about Noah. As Kirk explained the history of Noah and the Ark to these execs, they laughed and came up with ways to change the “story.” It was so sad, and so heartbreaking. I couldn’t imagine not knowing the truth of Noah, or wanting to change the outcome of what happened. My heart immediately became heavy for those in the world that just don’t understand the truth our Bible holds.

Overall, I was very impressed with the movie. I loved that it opened the doors of conversation with my children. I loved that it made me think about what Christ did for us and deepened my faith a little more. I only wish there had been more use of Scripture in the movie. While the truths were in there, to me, I like to have Scriptural references so that I can dig a little more into my Bible. I did thoroughly enjoy the movie, though, and I think every family should have this DVD available in the home library.

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Why I Can’t Go See Spiderman (And I Really, Really Want To)

As the mom of 4 boys, and most likely a 5th little boy on the way, it should come as no surprise that I love Superheroes. The craze started when my boys were 1 and 2. For Halloween that year, we dressed as a Superhero family. Hubby bought an authentic Batman costume from a costume rental place, Ashley was Supergirl, Zander was Superman, Jace was Batman, and I made my own SuperMom costume – complete with tiara and magic wand. 🙂 Here… I have a picture I can share:

Halloween 2005
So funny, right? It’s obvious the obsession runs deep.

Spiderman is my absolute favorite of the superheroes. Our 3rd son Parker got his name from Peter Parker. Yep, I’m a little off kilter, I know, but I really like Superheroes. 🙂

And that’s why I’m so bummed that I can’t go see Spiderman right now.

Why can’t I?

Because of another movie that is playing in the theaters right now called Magic Mike.

What does Magic Mike have to do with Spiderman?

A LOT.

Let’s say my best friend decided to take me to see Spiderman for my birthday. No big deal, right?

Well, what would you think if you saw two women standing in line for popcorn and Twizzlers? What movie would you guess those two women would be there to see? I’m thinking that Spiderman would be the last movie that would cross your mind.

Even if you knew me and you knew how I felt about the movie Magic Mike, you might still question what I was doing at the theater. Then, you might start to doubt that my convictions are a strong as I say they are.

The same would be true if I went to see Spiderman with my husband. What if I got up during the movie and used the restroom? Someone might see me walking into the restroom, not knowing that I was there with my husband, and just assume that I was seeing a movie that I shouldn’t see. Again – there goes everything I’ve said right out the window.

The Bible clearly says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (I Thess. 5:22)

With Magic Mike playing in the theater, I cannot abstain from any appearance of evil if I walk into the theater. It would take one person I know seeing me there and jumping to the conclusion that I was there to see something I shouldn’t.

In 30 seconds, my entire testimony could be ruined, and I wouldn’t even know it. I cannot risk it. I will not go see Spiderman until Magic Mike has left the theater.

So, why am I so against Magic Mike?

For oh so many reasons.

  • It is pornography. Ps 101:3 says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.” There really needs to be no more explanation. I think the Bible clearly says it all. But, I will add this: What if the media put out a movie about female strippers, and all the husbands wanted to go see it? We women would be up in flames! Why on earth is it ok for US to go see a movie about male strippers? 2 words: IT’S NOT.
  • It is of the world. 1 John 2:15 – 17 says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”  And what else does the Bible say about being in this world? Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Just because the world says something is ok does not make it ok. We are to stand out. To be different. To go against the flow.
  • It is adultery. Matthew 5:28 says, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Now, I understand that verse is written to a man, but ladies, that does not exclude us. If we enter a theater to lust after a man, we are committing adultery.
  • It is sin. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” The things that Magic Mike would cause us to think about are in no way described in that verse. We must take care to put things into our minds that are healthy and pleasing to the Lord. Why? Because of 1 Peter 5:8 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Satan wants to devour you. He wants to destroy your marriage, your relationship with Christ, and your entire life. Do not allow him to have that power!

I know this post will not gain me any popularity points. And I may lose some friends and readers because of this. But, that’s all right. A true friend would not see this post as judgement, but instead as instruction. (Need verses on instruction? The book of Proverbs is full of them!) And if you want to read another post about the dangers and pitfalls of Magic Mike and 50 Shades of Grey, I highly recommend this post by Melissa Jenna.

By putting up this post, I am not declaring that I am perfect. I will be the first to tell you that I fail my Jesus daily and that I am in a constant state of repentance. And God is faithful to forgive us – no matter what we have done. My life before Christ was anything but “good.” But now that I have found Him, and I know Him as my Savior, I want to do what pleases Him. And I want to encourage other women to please Him as well.

If you have failed Him, it’s ok. He still loves you. Repent, turn from your sin, and let Him have control of your life.

Romans 5:20b says, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

We will all make mistakes, but grace abounds, and God loves His children.

Edited to add: As I was preparing this post, my husband called me on his way to work to tell me that a local little theater is no longer showing Magic Mike and is showing Spiderman. Looks like a date night may just well be in our future. 🙂

Why Can’t I Just Trust Him to Take Care of It?

Last week, the day before Gage’s party – and also the day before I was scheduled to take family pictures for my best friend AND pictures of my Grandparents and the kids, I blew up my photography studio light. And I mean I truly blew it up. I plug it into the outlet, and sparks came flying out of the light. Craziest, scariest thing I have ever seen. I tried to turn it back on, and nothing. No flash. No light. No sign of power.

Immediately, I burst into tears. How was I going to take pictures for everyone? How was I ever going to replace this $350 light? We don’t have that kind of money. Not right now, anyway.

I immediately started praying. “Lord, I can’t fix this light. I can’t afford to replace it. I can’t do anything to make this situation any better. You have to take care of this for me. I was so certain it was your will that I finally open my photography studio back up, and this happens. If this isn’t meant to be, I’m ok with that. I just need a clear answer.”

The next day, I used my flash to take portraits for my best friend as well as for the grandparents. The pictures turned out quite well, and my best friend says she absolutely loved her family portrait. God worked that all out.

The next day, I found out about a local photographer that was shutting down her business. She decided to sell everything. I happened to ask her if she had a light for sale, and she did – for $150. That’s $200 less than it would have cost me just to replace the light I blew up.

I didn’t have $100, so I started praying again. “Lord, this is an amazing opportunity. She has the exact light I need at a much more reasonable price. I know I don’t have the money right now, so I’m just going to trust that you will provide, and when the time is right, I’ll be able to purchase the light.”

The very next morning, I woke up to find $150 had been sent to my paypal address during the night for design jobs I had done for people over the last 2 weeks. Talk about an answer to prayer. He provided every single penny I needed to purchase the light. Plus, I already had some money in Paypal, so not only was I able to get the light, I was also able to get several new backdrops and props – and I was still $150 less than if I had purchased a brand new light.

I don’t know why I can’t just trust God to take control. I’m always so surprised when he works every detail out and makes His plan clear. I know that I am supposed to open the studio back up. He has made that abundantly clear. But after 5 years of having to resort to only shooting weddings or on-location shoots, it was so hard to believe that everything could just work out and I’d be able to open my doors again.

I am so good at putting everything in God’s hands, but then I think I either need to figure out how to ‘fix” it on my own, or I fret and worry about how He’s going to work it all out. I can never seem to just let go and let Him work it out according to His plan. And when He DOES answer my prayers, I’m actually surprised. Why can’t I just have faith that He will take care of it all?

Do you find yourself surprised when God answers your prayers? Or is it easy for you to just Let Go and Let God?

A Little Reminder as We Welcome 2012

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I am a worrier by nature. When placed in a stressful situation, I worry, fret, and try to fix it myself. This year, I am committing to leaving everything at the feet of my Savior. He has promised to take care of me, to meet my needs, and to never leave me. If I have Him, I have everything.

I pray that 2012 holds nothing but blessings for each one of you, but I know there will be hard times, sadness, and loss. During those times, I hope you will cling to Jesus.

Happy New Year, my friends.

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