God's Wings

September 25, 2009

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings.

The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies.

Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast....because she had been willing to die, so those under the cover of her wings would live. Being loved this much should make a difference in your life. Remember the One who loves you, and then be different because of it.

Right Where I Belong

September 23, 2009

As I look around me...Nothing is familiar... I am in a strange place... I do not recognize any face... I search for someone I know... I am alone and scared... Winter air surrounds me... As I weave through the crowded street... Snowflakes fall around me... Gently a hand touches my shoulder... When I turn I see a woman... I didn’t recognize her...I can’t even picture her face... But in a gentle voice... With an expression of love and care she says to me, “I think you should find your husband.”... I look around as my heart beats fast... The question rings in my head, I’m married?... I don’t know what he looks like... I don’t know who he is... But now I care about nothing but finding him... I step forward, searching everywhere... I see my good friend Jen... But for the first time, that doesn’t matter... I want to find my husband... Whoever he was... Wherever he was... I want him... I need him... I sense someone behind me... Arms are wrapped around me... I do not need to look back to see his face... I am captured and content in his arms... I lean my head back against his chest... I know who he was... He was my husband I close my eyes, I do not know why I am so tired, but I am And for once, I know I am where... I need to be... This is where I belong... This is who I belong to... He lifts my feet off the ground... Gently lifting me into his strong arms... I lay my head against his chest Curling in his arms as he carries me home... I have never felt so content... I have never felt so loved... Even though, I don’t even know what his face looks like, I know him.

~Author Unknown~

Never Forget this date...

September 11, 2009

Almost everyone was on the edge of their seats, eyes wide as they stared blankly at the T.V. screen with panic stricken faces. It was Tuesday morning September the 11th, a day we would never forget. The day the World Trade Centers fell. Right now, as I watch the flash backs of what happened that fearful day, I can only imagine the fear and uncertainty that those people faced. It still seems as if it were yesterday. For the people in the World Trade centers, the Pentagon and Flight 93, they never expected their lives to end so suddenly. Neither did we.... 
All of a sudden there were people screaming. I saw people jumping out of the building. Their arms were flailing. I stopped taking pictures and started crying." ~Michael Walters

 At 8:45 a.m. on a clear brisk morning, American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing thousand of people and leaving thousands more hurting and morning for the loss of their loved ones. September 11 was a day of unprecedented shock and horror, a day when American-- a land of freedom--was attacked by terrorists.
 "The city is going to survive, we are going to get through it, It's going to be very, very difficult time. I don't think we yet know the pain that we're going to feel when we find out who we lost, but the thing we have to focus on now is getting this city through this, and surviving and being stronger for it." ~Rudolph Giuliani
We shouldn't forget the brave men and women who heroically sacrificed their lives to save many lives in the Twin Towers, Pentagon and the President of the United States. Even though many died eight years ago today...I can't help but be proud of all the firemen, soldiers, police men and ordinary individuals who risked so much to make sure the safety of others was evident.

My heart goes out to the families who are grieving still to this day as they remember the images and thoughts still so vivid in their mind. I pray for the wives and husbands, mother and fathers, sisters and brothers, and sons and daughters that their heartache will be eased by the awesome power of God. There is so much power in prayer! 
 "You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy." ~Colin Powell
I pray Lord, that you will watch over our nation today. Comfort those who need to be comforted...let them know you are near. I pray for the families of the 9/11 soldiers, firemen, police men and ordinary individuals, that you will be there for the weary, heart broken families of the ones who were tragically lost. Let them know you are there....you won't leave them nor forsake them. Show they you are God! Amen.

9/11 Slide Show 'Have You Forgotten?'

September 9, 2009

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. ~Christopher Reeve~
I still pray for the families who have lost their loved ones on that tragic morning. And I still remember that day as if it were only yesterday: clear skies, cool weather and a beautiful cloudless day. I was doing school--5th grade to be exact when our family was called by one of our close friends about what had happened to the 1st tower. We were all in disbelief that something like this could ever happen. We abandoned our school work to watch the TV. It was confusing for me to watch as a little kid, because I didn't understand or come to realize that this TV show was "real". My mom explained to me that the U.S was under attack. And I though,"who would do such a thing to the greatest, strongest and coolest country on earth?" But at that time I didn't fully understand that there were people who wanted to destroy America as much as they wanted to destroy Israel. Glued to the TV, we watched history in the making, a tragic, horrible ending to the countless, innocent lives that were both in the planes and in the towers.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell~

When that second plane hit...and I saw that up close image of that plane--right then and there I understood, and it sent shivers up my spine. None of us ever thought that what would happen next would have been possible, but the steel in those towers gave way under the pressure --and they fell.

[P]atriotism... is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~Adlai Stevenson~

But even before they fell, brave women and men: soldiers, police men, fire men and women, and ordinary men and women risked their lives to save others. Those men and women died so that the ones they saved may live. Their bravery and heroism are inspiring and touching. I pray for everyone who lost a loved one in the 9/11 tragedy, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93. They will always be remembered, and I pray that what they went through will never be forgotten.

Movie Review--Disturbia

September 8, 2009

This past weekend a lot of movies that I have never seen have been on TV. And being a lover of movies, I couldn't resist watching one movie in particular: DISTURBIA.

Moral Rating: I would definitely advise those who are against viewing anything, whether it is kissing or hugging of the opposite gender to be advised that there are some scenes that are questionable--you might have to fast forward. I don't remember hearing a considerable amount of bad language, but there were a few times that I heard some foul language and saw some hand gestures. So, I would rate the movie as BELOW AVERAGE.

Movie Quality: I thought the quality of the movie was very well put together. I would give the quality of the movie a full **** (four stars!).

Primary Audience: Due to the violence and questionably immoral scenes, I would say that this movie is directed towards an older audience--ADULTS AND OLDER TEENS.

Genre: Thriller

“Every killer lives next door to someone.”

The movie was an intense... about a boy "Kale" (Shia LaBeouf) who is sentences to 3 months of house arrest. over the coarse of the 3 months he starts to spy on his neighbors. When watching one particular neighbor, Kale begins to notice that his daily routine seems to be a bit erratic, as his neighbor sneaks in late at night and oftentimes mysteriously disappears in the day. When similarities begin to surface between the neighbor and the attributes of the killer on the nightly news, Kale knows that he has to prove his neighbor’s guilt or risk other innocent lives being taken.
Note: this movie was originally rate R "for violence and terror".
I have heard from my friends, that they were surprised to see multiple shots of a porn film, showing a topless woman. But while watching the movie on TV, I didn't see anything like that because they took that out. I definitely wouldn't recommend you watching this movie, unless you are a die-hard, thriller-seeker and the porn and other eccentric senses doesn't bother you, like it did me and my family...

ChristianAnswers.net puts it this way: "From a Christian point of view, this film offered some moments of positive moral content. Kale’s willingness to risk his life for others was very admirable, as “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (TNIV). Themes of friendship and courage are present pervasively throughout the movie. However, the final act takes a disappointing turn, which is all I will say so as not to give anything away to those planning on viewing the movie.
In closing, “Disturbia” was an enjoyable film. The pacing was relaxed, a nice change from many recent movies that feel overly rushed in an attempt to keep the audience’s attention. It’s nice to see a movie that still remembers how to tell a story. The script was also well-written for the most part, avoiding too many boring cliches. No qualms could be made with either the directing or cinematography of the film either, as both were extremely well done for a teen-oriented film. Also impressive was Shia LeBeouf’s portrayal of Kale. For those that remember him as that annoying little kid in “Even Stevens,” they’ll be shocked to his engaging part in this film. After all, in a movie such as “Disturbia”, taking place in mainly one location with few characters, the film succeeds or fails based on its leading character, and thankfully this film succeeds. In the end, “Disturbia” was a pretty good piece of escapist entertainment, nevertheless I’ll still be at home imagining my re-write of the ending."
Violence: Heavy ::: Profanity: Moderate ::: Sex/Nudity: Moderate

To read the rest of what ChristianAnswers.com had to say about Disturbia visit them at this address: http://www.christiananswers.net/spotlight/movies/2007/disturbia2007.html

The Wedding Gift

September 7, 2009

Among the bright display of wedding gifts sat one misshaped box. The box sported smudged finger prints, and it’s once wholesome white paper was now wrinkled and torn from the numerous times is had been wrapped and rewrapped. The box even looked like someone had stepped on it once or twice. The names on the tag had been crossed out several times, and finally the grooms name was placed over the others. The present in the box was once beautiful and pure, now it lay soiled, tattered and broken.

It Never Used To Be Like This

Once the present had been pure and perfect, too beautiful and precious to be purchased with money, it had 
been intended to not only attract the husband, but to also strengthen the marriage— making the two into one. The Father had given the gift to the bride to hand off to her beloved on their wedding day. Her Father warned her to guard the gift with her heart and soul, “Do not open this gift until I have introduced you to your beloved. Wait until I have given you my blessing on your wedding day.” The Father had said to the bride. However, the bride’s need to be loved, the pressure to fit in, and the fear of missing out, caused the bride to open the gift and offer it to the first boy who gave her with the slightest attention. “It’ll be just fine,” she reasoned with herself, “I’ll marry this guy someday.” But it didn’t work out between them. He moved on. And the bride grew sad, the gift was torn, and when the chance for happiness came again, she opened her gift and offered it.

What A Gift!

Over a period of time, the once pure gift had become a broken, disheveled promise of hope, happiness and love. Thinking back on what her Father had told her— the bide knew what she had done was wrong. She decided to put it aside and wait. One day the bride met her beloved, and he was everything she had ever hoped for. “I have a beautiful gift for you,” he told her. “My Father gave it to me to save for our wedding night. I long to open it for you now, but it will be worth the wait.” The bride hid her tears as he spoke. She went weeping before her Father with her strained and battered gift. “Forgive me. I am so sorry that have given away my gift before you have chosen my groom. Can you give me a new one? I wouldn’t dare give my groom this broken gift.”The Father looked at the bride and smiled sadly and took the gift in his hands.
“There was a reason for my warning, but I want to you know I will always love you. My child, I can make you whole again, but I cannot make your gift whole again.”So the bide put her tattered gift on the wedding table, trusting the Father would help her husband find her gift as perfect as the one she would receive.

Our Crumbled Up World

Today’s culture pushes sexuality at every turn. The clothes we wear, commercials, movies, songs, and the internet glorify sex as a normal part of dating. God didn’t intend for sex to be used in a belittling, shameful way. In 2 Corinthians 6:18 He tells us to flee immortality for a good reason. God gave us our sexuality to use as a wedding present to bless our marriage, not to give away or use as a play toy. Once our gift is unwrapped and tampered with, it can never be what it once was—it’s broken and soiled. When we live outside God’s plan for sex, we find ourselves reaping the consequences of our actions. 

Sometimes we are lucky to just walk away with a broken heart and a lowered self-worth; other times we become cynical or insensitive towards men. More than a dozen young women are raising children on their own, because they didn’t wait for the man God chose for them. However, you probably don’t know that dozens of young women are reaping the physical effects of their decisions such as STIs [sexually transmitted Infections], infertility, or worse STDs [sexually transmitted diseases: AIDS and Hepatitis C.

Listen, if you have a pledge of purity keep it! And if you have given away your wedding gift before your wedding night, know that God doesn’t take away the consequences of your sin, but He will make you whole again. God is the giver of everything good. We have to trust that He’ll make everything worth the wait.