Friday, June 29, 2018

We Are The Reason | Avalon

  Welcome Back Readers~

I'm not sure how many of you have been following my ongoing series on Candace Cameron Bure's Kind Is the New Classy on YouTube, but it's definitely been a world wind for me-learning how to record and trim clips appropriately. That being said, it takes me about three days to create and trim a six-minute reflections video. That leaves me with the question for you readers, would you like to see more writing on this blog or video clips on my YouTube. It has come to my attention that it's difficult to to
do both at the same time. It's all about balance for me-balance between working on my computer all the time and living in the moment with my family and friends. So, I would like to ask everyone reading this for a little feedback. What do you think?

Anyway, feel free to view my YouTube channel here:

On a side note, since it's a Friday, I thought I would include one of my favorite encouraging songs in the post. Originally, this song was sung by Joni Eareckson Tada in the early 80s. I remember singing along to this song on cassette tape when I was in front of my family and friends. I have no idea where the tape is now but I heard this new rendition of the song in a LifeWay store while I was shopping. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

I'll Push You - The Story of One Friendship Able to Conquer The Mountains of El Camino

Welcome back readers~

This week I had the pleasure of finishing I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair. While this book centers around Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck's friendship and journey on the El Camino Trail, it is so much more than that. But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. At an early age, Justin began noticing a weakness in his feet and legs; after a string of misdiagnoses, he is finally given a name for his condition- a neuromuscular disorder- called MAMA. Like ALS, this disorder causes one to progressively lose the use of his body. Despite the devastating news, the two are determined not to put limitations on what is possible- what they do, where they go or how they travel. Case in point- their most recent quest of walking 500 miles of the El Camino together. Not only did that require a lot of physical training on Patrick's part, but they had to find and invest in the appropriate equipment for Justin (a three-wheeled lightweight chair that would be able to handle all surfaces); this investment cost over $8000. Thanks to the sponsorship of a business, they are able to buy the equipment... Under one condition though, that they record their journey

On this 500 mile journey, the two friends encounter there share of challenges- including a broke wheel and what seems like the impassable. These difficulties challenge them to think outside the box and accept help from strangers along the El Camino; in doing so, this causes them to redefine their meaning of community. In the same way, I felt challenged in reading this book. It caused me to look at how I defined community and church in a sense. A church is more than just a building; it's a group of believers that you can trust and be yourself around. It's letting go and letting God provide for you by the people and things God gives you. It's letting go of control, staying in the moment and being thankful for everything you have.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Faith- based movies on Netflix-THE STAR

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This June, Sony Pictures Animation's The Star premiered on Netflix; this animated story of Jesus Christ's birth is told from a very unique perspective- an animal's point of view. While many animals join in on the adventure, the story is told primarily from the perspective of a donkey named Bo. Bo is looking for his purpose on this earth; he has dreams of becoming part of the King's caravan. In order to achieve his goal, he escapes from his owner's shed; unfortunately for him, the owner is close behind. Somehow, though, Bo finds solace in Mary's house. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Mary has been told by the angel Gabriel that she is to give birth to Jesus. This part of the story is biblically accurate, with Mary questioning "Why her?:; In the end, she accepts it saying "Let it be as you have said." Joseph is surprised by Mary's news but takes it in stride after going to God in prayer. As they decide to travel to Bethlehem, the two debate bringing Bo. Long story short, they decide not too. Finally, Bo is free to escape and join the caravan.

Or so he thinks..

When Herod's dogs arrive to find Mary, Bo must warn them. And so the journey begins..

On the surface, this storyline is very entertaining with stars like Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey lending their voices; although the major plot gets somewhat lost. For example, Herod did not send his dogs to search for the child; instead, he enlisted the help of the three wise men. Going a little bit farther; it did not show them being warned in a dream not to go back and report to Herod

On a brighter note, I liked how mainstream and Christian singers joined forces in the making of this soundtrack. My favorite songs were On a brighter note, I liked how mainstream and Christian singers joined forces in the making of this soundtrack. My favorite songs were "Mary, Did You Know?" By Zara Larson, "His Eye is On The Sparrow" by Casting Crowns, and "Carol of the Bells" by Pentatonix.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Encouragement Wednesday:Samuel J. Comroe: Comedian With Tourette Syndrome Impresses Crowd - Amer...

Hey Folks~

It occurred to me while ago that I designated Wednesday's for encouragement blogs. This segment appeared on America's Got Talent last night and features Samuel J Cornroe - a comedian with Tourette's Syndrome. Instead of minimizing his disability, he features it in his act. Samuel has a family who has a 50% chance of being diagnosed with the condition; he wants to show her that anything is possible despite one's condition. Personal note: I have also added this man's routine to my YouTube channel. I will continue to update you on his progress throughout the show.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Michael Ketterer: Father Of 6 Scores Golden Buzzer From Simon Cowell - A...

Welcome Back Readers~

Every year America's Got Talent seems to have its share of inspirational stories; 2018 is no different. Last night AGT featured father of six Michael Ketterer. Ketterer works as a pediatric mental health nurse from Orange County California. Originally, he hadn't planned on having such a big family until fate stepped in. After a difficult first pregnancy,the couple gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sofia; the doctors warned that if they wanted to have more children they would most likely encounter the same experience. So Michael and Ivy decided it would be just the three of them.. That is until Sofia began having dreams which had three little boys and them; it was then that they looked into the idea of adoption. After three years of getting certified, they were called about three brothers from a difficult upbringing. That's how there family began growing. After a year and a half, the couple receives another call, another little boy was available. By this time, they thought they were done for sure. Wrong again. God had other plans.

Because of Michael's background as a pediatric nurse, the next call was a special one. This one involved a little boy with cerebral palsy. But Michael still wasn't sure about it. So he asked God to give him a sign. On his way home one night, Michael saw a literal featuring a father pushing his son with CP through a marathon.

And that was it. He knew.

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