I think the biggest thing that God has been showing me this year is to find my validation in Him alone. To meet His expectations alone. To live for His smile alone. I will never be able to do what every one thinks I should be able to do or live in such a way that meets the expectations of everyone and that is ok... I am here to live the life God wants me to live - no matter how countercultural it is :)
Ok, so onto the monthly "My Two Cents"...
I'm just going to come right out and admit that I have been addicted to the "When Calls the Heart" series that came out last spring on the Hallmark Channel... I know, I know but sometimes I can become a hopeless romantic. I have those moments of wanting to curl up on the couch and watch a movie that has nothing wrong with it, still has a good story line and has decent actors. The series is not based off of Janette Oke's books (When Comes the Heart series) like the "Love Comes Softly" series was (which is probably why I can watch it without any pre-judgments). I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the Love Comes Softly series past the first and second movie... I just loved the books too much and didn't really enjoy the actors and story lines... So I admit to being a bit apprehensive when "When Calls the Heart" came out, however I was captivated by the pilot and have been impatiently waiting for all the episodes to come out on DVD for the past few months! Definitely check it out!
A couple months ago I was visiting a beautiful and charming New England coastal town and came across one of those old, cherished bookstores... You know the ones I am talking about. The upstairs is filled with hundreds of old classics on sale for just a couple dollars!!!
Well I had heard from lots of people how much they enjoyed Agatha Christie but had never picked up one of her books for myself. Kind of surprising, because of how much I enjoy mystery novels... I grew up reading Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, The Box Car Children and many other books of a similar nature.
As I was perusing the bookshelves at the bookshop I came across a hard bound copy of a "Four-In-One-Volume" set of Agatha Christie... I couldn't resist!
And the same goes for reading her books! They are irresistible! The volume has two stories focusing on Miss Marple and two stories focusing on the Private Detective, M. Poirot. So far I have read three out of the four and have loved all of them! Can I vouch for all of Agatha Christie's books? No, I haven't read them all...yet :) but I've enjoyed three of them so far.
The two books I have pictured are two of the four in my volume. The one on the right is a Miss Marple mystery and the one on the left is a Hercule Poirot Mystery. Enjoy :)
Oh dear, what to choose?! I think this month we'll go with a soundtrack...now to narrow it down to which one!! Aren't we blessed to have so much music to choose from nowadays?
I think I'll go with "They Young Victoria." The music from this movie is so beautiful and I enjoy so many of the tracks! I think my favorites are "Go To England, Make Her Smile", "The First Waltz" and "Letters From Albert."
Uh-oh, I just got on Amazon to link the picture, so you could go listen to the music and realized that you can no longer buy the cd from Amazon except through another party and the cheapest cd is 99.99!! I guess it was popular!
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Let's go with the 1995 Sense and Sensibility Soundtrack. Yep, it's beautiful as well!! Don't you love listening to soundtracks and being able to place exactly what is going on in the movie. Sometimes I don't even realize I how influential the music is in the movies until I go and listen to a soundtrack and I'm like "OH WOW, that is beautiful...it captures the emotions so perfectly!!" :)
What is left to say?... One smile, one word, one look, one individual can change someone's life forever. We are making an impact on other people's live whether we "mean" to or not. Are we being purposeful with our impact or letting life float by without a thought? Jesus changed the world with His smiles, His looks, HIS WORDS and He as an individual made an impact on the world like no one has or ever will! Are we reflecting His character?
I know in my life, every relationship I've experienced, that has had any real meaning, has had its up's and it's downs. I don't think that is news to anyone. Satan wants to break relationships - no matter who they are with, friends or family. The relationships we have, have been allowed into our life for a reason and we need to be in prayer for all of them! It can be so easy to forget the good in someone when the bad is right in front of you, but we need to remember the example Christ set for us... We need to remember the forgiveness and love our Heavenly Father shows us every day, every time we sin or do something wrong. Pray for the unity of your church & family. Pray that the love of Christ in you, would spring forth in all your relationships.
"In God Alone..." Those words remind me of the song "In Christ Alone"
As you read the words below, listen to the accompaniment found in the video...
- In Christ alone my hope is foundHe is my light, my strength, my songThis Cornerstone, this solid groundFirm through the fiercest drought and stormWhat heights of love, what depths of peaceWhen fears are stilled, when strivings ceaseMy Comforter, my All in AllHere in the love of Christ I stand
- In Christ alone, who took on fleshFullness of God in helpless babeThis gift of love and righteousnessScorned by the ones He came to save'Til on that cross as Jesus diedThe wrath of God was satisfiedFor every sin on Him was laidHere in the death of Christ I live
- There in the ground His body layLight of the world by darkness slainThen bursting forth in glorious DayUp from the grave He rose againAnd as He stands in victorySin's curse has lost its grip on meFor I am His and He is mineBought with the precious blood of Christ
- No guilt in life, no fear in deathThis is the power of Christ in meFrom life's first cry to final breathJesus commands my destinyNo power of hell, no scheme of manCan ever pluck me from His handTill He returns or calls me homeHere in the power of Christ I'll stand
- In Christ alone my hope is foundHe is my light, my strength, my songThis Cornerstone, this solid groundFirm through the fiercest drought and storm
Songwriters: KOCH, DONALD A. / CRAIG, ANDREW SHAWN
Hope you enjoyed this months "My Two Cents" :)