November Picks

This month’s MEDIA PICKS are all about Jeremy Camp, who I knew little about before now. And what a shame that was! He is incredible.

I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of his movie I Still Believe, from the same producers who made the story of Bart Millard’s life in I Can Only Imagine. It is every bit as powerful.

The movie trailer…

(Bonus: I’m a HUGE Britt Robertson fan from her short-lived series Life Unexpected.)

based on the 2013 book…

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named for the hit song…

 

about still believing in God after the death of a loved one.

I’ve been there, I know. You can run toward Him or away from Him.

Always choose toward Him.

I’ve always told people that the death of my daughter is the single hardest thing I’ve been through in my entire life. And trust me, I’ve been through A LOT. But there is something so unnatural about the death of a child that it just cuts through your heart.

Tomorrow I will attend the funeral of a dear friend’s grandson. The baby was my Kacey’s age, had barely begun to live when the Lord called him home.

I know all the wrong things not to say but what about the right things TO say? How do you come up with words that will comfort at a time when someone’s world has been torn in two?

My daughter has been gone for over 25 years and there’s still a seismic shift in my life, a chasm in which all events fall before or after her death. It is the emboldened marker in the timeline of my life.

Grief is no respector of persons; it affects us all at some point in our lives. Some find comfort in their faith while others question it. Some even fall from their faith, not understanding a God who would allow such things to happen.

I can’t tell them why this happened. I WON’T tell them the baby is in a better place (yes, it’s true but that statement infuriated me more than any other when well-meaning people tried to comfort me) or that God needed him more than they do (#2 on my list of things you don’t tell a grieving mother).

I will tell them that I understand. And I’m here.

And like Jeremy Camp said, I still believe….

September Media Picks

Wanna know what media moved me this month?

Head here to find out!

Step If You Blessed is THE song that got me motivated to start exercising and taking charge of my health once again. Unlike my favorite country songs, which reminded me of a time (and BODY) looooong gone, this song made me see a future in which I was once again comfortable in my own skin.

Never a big fan of hip-hop before, for some reason I love Christian hip-hop!

For my movie this month, I chose an older one that we got when PureFlix still sent dvds in the mail. I know you’re thinking, THAT OLD?!! But it’s only from 2014. Because even though everyone else was streaming by then, PureFlix still catered to those of us living in the middle of nowhere with wi-fi. At least until 2015!

This movie is about a girl named Cara who reluctantly transfers to a new high school. Her attitude changes when she meets a boy (Ben Davies). She also unexpectedly befriends a Christian girl with down syndrome whose name is Grace. Lastly, she begins to hang out with two of the most popular girls in school, who just happen to look down on Grace. These three situations all clash at Homecoming and the dramatic results for all involved is that their lives will be forever touched by…Grace.

For my book choice I selected a kids’ devotional this month. It is written by Sarah Young of the Jesus Calling devotionals.  Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids is written in language kids understand as if Jesus was talking directly to them. Each devotion ends with further Bible reading that relates to that day’s topic.

We must instill in our children and grandchildren NOW the importance of reading God’s Word so that it will become an ingrained habit as they grow older.

I hope you enjoy these!

As always, if you missed a month, the media choices can always be found in the Archives on the Media page.

My August Picks

Each month I search for one uplifting Christian song, book, and movie. Some are older; some aren’t even released yet. ALL glorify God.

I’ve found that what I put IN makes a difference in what goes OUT of me.

That’s not to say that all secular music and movies are bad. I enjoy them from time to time myself. But I have noticed that the more I listen to godly things, the more I react to situations in godly ways.

This month’s picks are all a little older.

The song is Sanctuary, a very loud, heart-pumping song in my workout playlist. You likely won’t hear it in church!

The movie is Grace Unplugged. It stars AJ Michalka (remember the little sister from Aly & AJ?!) and is a country music/finding fame/worship roots type tale with a compelling, although familiar, plot and great acting.

I went back to an author I’ve already featured twice, that’s how much I believe in the anointing of her writing. Denise Hildreth Jones. In The First Gardener, you’ll find your heartstrings tugged and be so immersed in the story that you won’t realize God is also doing a work in you.

Enjoy these August picks here!