A Movie for Thought

My husband and I, and my sister watched the movie, “The Shack,” the other night. We ordered it from Netflix.

 

I wrote my thoughts before I read the review from “Plugged In” from Focus on the Family website. Here’s the link I copied: http://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/the-shack-2017/

I got the photo from that link.

I read the book years ago and if I saw the movie, I didn’t remember it. The idea of an African-American woman being God didn’t set well with my pre-conceived belief of God, the Father.

 

As I heard her explain that since the main character’s upbringing might cause him to reject an image of his cruel daddy, the three in the godhead agreed that “I Am,” aka God, should show up as a female.

 

That same person comforted him as a young child after a trauma and I wondered why he didn’t remember her in his adult years.

 

As the movie progressed, it got into some deeper issues. Why does God allow evil? Also, Romans 8:28. Additionally, where is God when we suffer?

 

Wisdom, a female as represented in Proverbs, had the main character put evil ones on trial. He was the judge. As an adult, he got to see his father traumatized as a child.

 

We noticed a contradiction to Scripture when they said God is not a god of wrath. He does get mad and metes out punishment-just read the Old Testament. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

 

It seemed as if all of mankind gets into heaven, if I understood the movie correctly. That is definitely unbiblical. Yet, by the end of the show I felt as if I knew God more. I experienced an infusion of hope.

“Plugged In” gives sidebars:

CAST

Sam Worthington as Mack Phillips; Octavia Spencer as Papa; Radha Mitchell as Nan Phillips; Megan Charpentier as Kate Phillips; Gage Munroe as Josh Phillips; Amélie Eve as Missy Phillips; Tim McGraw as Willie; Avraham Aviv Alush as Jesus; Sumire Matsubara as Sarayu; Alice Braga as Sophia; Graham Greene as Male Papa

 

DIRECTOR

Stuart Hazeldine

 

DISTRIBUTOR

Lionsgate

 

RATING

PG-13

 

GENRE

Drama

I believe the producer is Summit Entertainment because that’s at the movie’s website http://www.theshack.movie

 

God bless you all! Any thoughts you’d like to share?

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Creating for Fun

 

I looked through a booklet I received when my children were born, entitled NAMES FOR BOYS & GIRLS with an advertisement from Enfamil baby formula in the center.

 

I wanted to name some characters with their heritage and personality in mind. To me, that’s fun. I got online for names that didn’t make the book.

 

When I see people, animals, plants, rock formations, clouds, forest, bodies of water, the stars and moon, etc., I get amazed all over again by the creativity of God.

 

Gen 1:1, (KJV):  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

Gen 1:26  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Gen 1:27  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

 

God told us to take care of the earth and the animals in Genesis 1:26.

 

Well anyway, we’re all so different. I got thinking of a guy I went to high school with; he was a pretty good student.

 

He was in my English class and afterwards he’d tell me how much he hated that subject.

 

Math tripped me up and he excelled in that. I’ve found over the years that the more I use math, the better I get at it. In high school, math was like a foreign language to me that I’d never encountered before. I learned it all through elementary school, but it didn’t register in my brain. I did just well enough to be average.

 

In New York State back in the day, if you were on a certain track in school, you didn’t get to take art or photography unless you worked diligently with your counselor to put it in your schedule. Those classes filled up quick, too. One of my best friends was an exceptional artist, so she took the same courses I did but majored, so to speak, in art.

 

I learned to crochet during my lunch hour with a teacher and two other girls. I signed up to work on the school newspaper and took gymnastics after school as well, but the writing grabbed my attention and the sport lost out.

 

Another guy I knew from high school absolutely hated conjugating verbs for French class. I took German and that’s got a lot in common with English, some of the time. I don’t remember struggling with the verbs, although their word placement is different than ours. One fellow in class went to Germany over the summer with his family and he came back with a strong accent. I never sounded like anything but an American trying to pick up another language.

 

A family friend went to school near Geneseo State University and she learned Spanish, I think, at a very young age because they learned that children pick up language easily the younger they are. She might have started in pre-school or kindergarten.

 

I had intended to write about some creative writing books I’ve been working through tonight. So, I hope to do that tomorrow.

 

What things did you try in school that you’ve incorporated into your life as an adult or young person?

 

I hope you are well! May God bless you!

 

 

Open to God?

I moved around the house today in my usual way – straightening up the kitchen, putting in a load of laundry, taking down the dry clothes from the drying rack, etc.

 

Around noon I realized, once again, all the puttering kept me from sitting down with an open Bible and an open heart.

 

So, even though books and a tablet and a bowl and a cup nestled by the front door reminding me I was on my way to write at the library and buy tea and return a borrowed bowl, I resisted their beckoning.

 

I sat on a wing chair in the living room and read Matthew, chapters 20-21. I wanted to keep reading! After that I felt as though God whispered, “Feed My sheep.”

 

I feel as though I hear that periodically, but it’s been a while. I’m trying to finish the library book, One great Way to Write Short Stories: A Step-By-Step Approach by Ben Nyberg, copyrighted in 1988, published by Writers’ Digest Books, Cincinnati, OH.

 

The author had us think of an incident in our lives we’d like to fictionalize, so I started with that. We’ve continued with more padding, essential padding as if we’re heading for a cold winter and our words are clothing layers. We did this by adding four renditions at this point. I’m getting to the dénouement or wrapping things up at the end of the short story, but there’s more to learn from Mr. Nyberg.

 

I am being instructed to go back to my piece and look for things written organically, hopefully. If they’re not there, seamless interweaving is the next step.

 

There’s not a mention of God in my story at this point but there is a moral crisis.

 

So, I will pray that the readers sense God in their lives as they follow the characters.

 

I’m anticipating starting a bigger work today. God bless!

 

 

To Clean or Not to Clean

 

I went to the library today because I had three magazines to return. I always take out three and study them in case I want to write for them. It helps to read at least three issues if not more. When I wrote down the name of the editor and checked out the masthead for query information, in the tiniest print it said that particular periodical keeps all rights to the written word so the author can’t sell the same information a few years down the line to another magazine without any chance of an overlap of readers. So I chose another magazine to study instead.

The same corporation published both periodicals, but the second one didn’t say anything about keeping all rights to the material. I checked out some articles about organizing and decorating and cleaning the house. I intended to clean when I got done anyway, so I figured those were good articles to stimulate my thoughts towards order and a pretty home. As soon as I got home, my husband called to say he was on his way to our house and could I please fix him dinner since we both had a class to attend. By the time the meal was ready, we needed to eat quickly and scoot out the door.

We had company last weekend, so I’ve been finding toys under the couch and a plastic alligator with an open mouth by the back door. I also noticed I’d tucked some clutter into an empty laundry basket that I’d intended to get to right away so it didn’t find a permanent home there. Tonight I got working on sorting through the items in the basket and recycled some papers and threw some things away and was just about to put things in their proper place, when my husband looked at the clock. “Are you going to blog tonight?”

My husband reminded me to blog and didn’t suggest I finish my de-cluttering! Wow! Genesis chapter two tells of God creating woman from the rib of Adam so he could have an help meet for him. That’s King James for a suitable companion and one that helps him face life. That’s my thinking from reading lots of stuff and hearing sermons on the Scriptures. He’s strong in his ways, she’s strong in her ways and they complement each other. My husband and I celebrated our forty-first anniversary this summer and in Genesis 2:24 it says in the (KJV) of the Bible, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

My husband encouraging me to write, me enjoying de-cluttering so much that I forgot to write, I’d say it’s happened. 🙂

 

God bless you big time.

Internet Down

I started to blog earlier today but our Internet was down. I went to blog tonight and after my husband used Internet most of the day, it was down again.

He wonders if it’s because many people are using the Internet to watch the Olympic Games.

So I’m using my phone to blog and it will be short because I have the worst time on this device.

Occasionally I wonder what would happen if the Internet tanked. We’re so thrilled to use this wonderful device, many young people pay all their bills on it and do online banking.

I submit writing on my e-mail instead of using the post office many times.

I hope the Internet stays available, I really do,  but I wonder how will we manage if it shuts down for more than a day or so. It’s something to ponder.

No worries. God is on the throne and He tells us to be anxious for nothing in Philippians 4:6 by Paul’s  pen.

May God bless!

 

Fifth

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you: Exodus 20: 12 (NKJV)

 

The fifth commandment, as you see, has a promise attached to it. Honor your father and your mother. Treat them with respect. Care for them. God will reward you with a long life.

 

We had missionaries from Japan at our church last night and he said that the Japanese so honor their parents and the elderly that it’s unlike anything he’s seen, even here in the States.

 

He is an adjunct professor at a local university and we really enjoyed hearing about the culture of Japan. Their home town is filled with scientists, so it’s good that he’s an intelligent man.

 

God bless!

 

Third

In writing blogs about The Ten Commandments I’m up to the third commandment from Exodus 20:7:

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

I don’t think I comprehend the name of Jesus, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit as God does. There’s power in the name of Jesus.

Jesus said to His disciples in John 14: 13,14: “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (NKJV)

I helped in Children’s Church a few weeks back and we spoke of this commandment. I said, “What if every time someone got mad they screamed your name out in anger? How would that make you feel?”

To take it even further, if you could possibly imagine that you are the God of everything and everybody and you hear it when thoughts and utterances of your name comes up as derogatory cuss words, over and over again. How would you feel?

A perfect God, a righteous God deserves honor and respect.

On Christian radio yesterday I heard a fleeting comment by Pastor James McDonald referencing a past teaching. He said if we bear Jesus’ name inaccurately that’s taking His name in vain.

I’m writing a Young Adult novel and I had it critiqued last summer. My character said, “Oh, Lord!”

The editor posed the question, “Is this a prayer or is she taking the Lord’s name in vain?”

I was startled. Do I take the Lord’s name in vain – casually tossing it around?

In Proverbs, verse 18:10 (NKJV), it says, “The name of the Lord is a strongtower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”

“Help me to understand Your name and know You better, I ask Lord, in the name of Jesus, Amen.”

 

May God bless you!

 

 

Wisdom for All Things

I love reading Proverbs, even when some of the pearls of wisdom hit me hard. My daughter-in-law, husband, son and I went to a Christian bookstore today and she bought a book entitled Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul, by Sarah Mae, copyrighted 2016, published by Tyndale Momentum, Carol Stream, IL. I told her I could write a book on housekeeping and organizing from all the books and articles I’ve read on the subject, but because I still struggle with the actual doing of it all, I couldn’t help but scan the WHOLE thing. I really liked it. She had so many good ideas and fresh insights, and she quotes others with their individual points of view.

 

She mentioned some of what Proverbs said, although many of her verses were not from Proverbs. The Bible often confirms itself in other books with the same insights. One thing Proverbs says is in Prov_6:9 (KJV): “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?”

 

Sarah Mae suggests experimenting with your sleep schedule to see how much sleep actually refreshes you and how much makes you feel logey. I’ve recently discovered that seven hours seems better for me.

 

Proverbs tells us how to raise our children, Prov_22:6, (KJV): Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

 

Proverbs encourages married folks to be content with each other even into their old age in Proverbs 5:19. It also warns people about the dangers of adultery and alcoholism. Proverbs tells how to handle money:  Prov_22:7, (KJV) says, “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

 

So if you can possibly do it, don’t borrow money. If you’ve had to, try and pay it back as soon as possible. It will relieve stress in your life.

 

Well, I guess that’s all the pearls of wisdom I’m going to speak of tonight. My grandson wants me to blog about the Ten Commandments, so I’ll begin that tomorrow. I’ll ask him to remind me.

 

May God bless you!

 

A Merry Heart

Proverbs_17:22, (KJV)  A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

 

I’ve had a chance to see my grandchildren lately and I thought I’d tell you some of the funny things they told me or their parents mentioned.

 

One of my children took a trip South, about a fourteen hour journey by car not counting rest stops. In the very beginning of the trip, the youngest girl, age five told her older brother, age seven that he should ride his bike to the Southern state.

 

The oldest son told his mom that they should arrive at their destination within an hour. When the other adult in the car said, “You’d better get comfortable in your seat. We’ll be in the car for two days.”

He shook his head in the negative. “No, we’re almost there.”

“How can you say that?”

“Oh, I’m always right.”

His mom said, “Oh, you are, are you? I don’t think so.”

“Mom, I’m always right, you know that.”

His mom cracked up laughing because he’s so innocent and so sure.

 

My son says a prayer before eating: “Lord, thank you for this food, bless the hands that prepared it and protect us from anything harmful that might be in it. In Jesus’ name I pray.”

The kids couldn’t understand “bless the hands that prepared it.”

So they started saying “hands for the parrot.”

They do it now at almost every meal, and now they say it at bedtime, too.

 

 

Well, that’s all I can remember at the moment.

 

God bless!

 

Hidden Gems

 

I took a book out of the library a few weeks ago, by Lynda Resnick with Francis Wilkinson, entitled Rubies in the Orchard: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in Your Business. It’s published by Doubleday, New York, NY and four other notable cities around the world, and copyrighted in 2009.

 

I grabbed it because the top of the cover says: The POM Queen’s Secrets to Marketing Just About Anything. The O is shaped like a heart, but it didn’t copy that way for me here.

 

The picture on the cover shows a petite lady in a man’s suit with a matching derby hat on her head. On the middle of her face sits a pomegranate, reminiscent of a clown’s nose.

 

She got dozens of short, inspiring endorsements from famous people. One said something about learn and be entertained at the same time. How could I resist?

 

As I mentioned in a recent blog, marketing writing should occupy 50% of an author’s time; unless the words are meant for family, friends and self. This book gives wonderful insights.

 

I just want to add here that the best book I’ve ever read is “the B-I-B-L-E, that’s the book for me…” to quote a children’s song.

 

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

 

God bless.