Miracles from Heaven Review

“When I was growin’ up, people didn’t really talk about miracles. I’m not sure I understood what they were or if I believed in them. A miracle is defined as something not explicable by natural or scientific laws. But then how do you explain it? How does it happen? Who or what is behind it?”

Miracles from Heaven was a movie that I didn’t really want to watch, but my parents were going to watch it so I did too. It was more than I expected and it hit me in a way I never thought it would.

The movie is about a ten year old girl who is sick and they didn’t know how badly until her mom pushed and pushed the doctors to look for the answer. She is in constant pain and has to be away from her dad and sisters in order to get help. Her mom struggles through the journey with her because she wants her to get better, but she doesn’t know how to help other than showing up at a doctor’s office with her big purse.

The movie is all about miracles and how we need to celebrate miracles.

Christy, the mom, loses her faith along the way. She was able to speak out about this near the end of the movie.

“I lost my faith. Because of that, I didn’t see what was all around me. Albert Einstein said there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle and the other is as though everything is a miracle. I’m the first to tell you I wasn’t living my life as though everything is a miracle. I missed a lot. Miracles are everywhere. Miracles are God. And God is forgiveness.”

“…after everything I’ve been through, I’ve realized I’m not alone. And whatever you may be going through, I am here to tell you, you are not alone. Miracles are God’s way of letting us know he’s here.”

We may think that we are alone in this world of billions, but we are never alone. God is always by our side and He will never leave us. I recommend this movie for anyone. It is funny and heartfelt. I believe everyone can learn from this movie in some way.

Fairy Tale Love

Growing up, I always thought I would be the princess in the love story. I always thought a knight in shining armor would sweep me off my feet and we would ride off into the sunset.

Hollywood has made more romantic movies than I can name. We all know those movies that I’m talking about. Ryan Gosling kissing Rachel McAdams in the rain. Health Ledger singing to Julia Stiles. Channing Tatum taking dance lessons for Jenna Dewan. Tom Hanks bringing Meg Ryan daisies because she is sick. Sam Claflin giving Emilia Clarke a ride on his wheelchair. Justin Long being a friend to Ginnifer Goodwin until she realized that he was perfect for it. Alex Pettyfer writing a long sappy, soppy longhand love letter to Vanessa Hughens.

I always thought that love was perfect and that it was easy. I’m here to tell you it is not perfect. The love we see in movies and on TV shows is not real love, it is fairy tale love. The only real and perfect love is God’s love for His bride, the church. We can only have perfect love when we are a follower of Him. We have been basing our marriages, relationships, and family relationships on this earthly love. We are cheapen the love that God has shown us.

1 Corinthians 13 is the love chapter. It talks all about the love God has for us. Verses 4 and 5 say this, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;” We have to take those words and put them into action in our life.

God is the definition of love. 1 John 4:16 states, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” He came and died for us so that we would know what perfect love is. He scarified His life so that we wouldn’t have to. He loves us unconditionally and we cheapen that love on a daily basis. We need to be fighting for His love and not this earthly fairy tale love that we think is perfect. Nothing is perfect besides God.

I don’t want a fairy tale. I want a love that is Christ filled and God driven. I want a love that God has been planning for me before I was even born. I want people to see my relationship and know that God is in charge of it. I want people to come to know the Lord because they saw it in my relationship with my husband.  I pray that God fills each person with His perfect love and that they take it and love others with His undying love. I pray that you have His love in you and that you are not just letting it sit there inside of you. You are God’s light here in on this earth and you shouldn’t take that for granted by keeping His perfect love bottled up.

Don’t wait. Start now.

I went to a church with my friends when I was out of town and the pastor said something that stuck with me.

“We are living our eternal life now. It doesn’t start when we die. It is here and now.”

This hit me because I have heard it said many ways. “You never know what is going to happen.” “You only live once.” “Make the most of everyday.” “Live the life you want now.” It doesn’t matter what the saying is, they all mean the same thing. We are here on this earth for an unknown amount of time, and we need to be living like it.

In Sunday school before church, we had talked about getting others into the church. One guy has been working with a basketball program in the church for about a year and a half. He was asking why the kids weren’t coming to church on Sundays and how he can get them there. We was very passionate about this and kept bringing it up. I was a little confused, but in my head, I kept thinking that we can’t expect results right away.

At the end of class, the man told us that he got a call last night saying one of his best friends had passed away in a plane crash. He also told us that he doesn’t know if his friend is in heaven or hell. We all realized and understood his urgency about the basketball program. We live in a world where we expect results right away in everything we do. That is why the internet has a refresh button, that is why we call it fast food, and that is why we honk during traffic jams.

It is hard to be a light to the world and not see results until days, weeks, months, or even years later, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be the light now. We need to focus on God’s work and plans and see who is in our life now in order to witness to them. I know it is difficult to witness to strangers, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a coworker or friend who you don’t believe is a Christian, become their friend. We all have to do some heavy lifting before we can see progress. We have to do something consistently in order to become better at it. Start with one friend and be His light to them. It only takes a conversation in order to become friends. Start that conversation now rather than later or you may regret it.

Everyone needs a little push

Encouragement

  • the act of making something more appealing or more likely to happen

  • something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident

  • something that makes someone more likely to do something

Encouragement is something that you can do whenever and wherever you are. Whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually where you are. This is hopefully going to encouraging and give a little hope to people who are in different stages of life.

College students.  This is it. You are on your way to getting a piece of paper that says you know what you are doing. You are living in a small world that is preparing you for a larger one. Seize every moment you can. Don’t say no to going out with friends all the time because you have homework. The homework will be there when you get back. Don’t waste your time watching Netflix for five hours straight and ignoring the outside world. Find what makes your heart smile and find people who bring that smile to the outside. Make friends that will last forever because you will eventually need bridesmaids or groomsmen. Make sure you are taking care of yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Call home once in a while. Your parents miss you too. Live your life in a state of happiness. If you are struggling to find that, talk with someone about it.

Recent college graduates.  You made it. You are finally an adult. Now for the real test. You are not right down the hall from your best friend. You might not know anyone in this new place you are living. You want adventure, but student loans are nipping at your heels. It is okay to feel like a boring person. When you feel like that, call a friend, watch your favorite movie or TV show, treat yourself to ice cream, play your music too loud, just live a little. We all are trying to find our place in this world. The place that is unique to us. Find it. Don’t change because you think you need to. Change if it will make you a better person. Keep applying for those jobs. God is in control, but you have to fill out the information.

Recently married couples.  You are in the honeymoon stage. I’m telling you this stage will come to an end sooner than later. Bills, loans, house payments, jobs, relatives, and possibly kids are coming and you can’t ignore them. You will get through this together. You have to trust, rely, and support each other through everything. You probably don’t have a ton of money to spend, but date each other. Go out for dessert, go for a walk, have a picnic in the backyard, have a movie night, or do something you did when you were dating. You are in this together which means you need to rely on each other. Don’t keep secrets or keep things bottled up, talk it out. Fight the devil together. He doesn’t have a space in your marriage, only God does.

Parents.  We love you, but sometimes you are smothering. We appreciate all that you do for us. Don’t think our lack of communication or lack of listening is a sign of hate. We will love you no matter what. You have been there for us since birth and we wouldn’t change you out for anything. Love us even when we don’t say that we need it. We sometimes don’t get why you do some of the stuff you think is cool, but we do think you are pretty awesome. We want to learn from you even if we don’t say it. Teach us little by little about life and adulthood. We know that you are still learning, but show us what you have learned so far.

We all need encouragement no matter what we are doing. It only takes five minutes to change someone’s life. Take the time to make a difference in someone’s life. You will never know the impact you have on someone until you put the effort into showing them you care. Do it now because you don’t know what the future holds. Seize every opportunity to pour into others. Remember to also pour into yourself too. You can’t pour into others when you are on empty. Encourage others to do there best. Stand with them through the storms. Step up to help with the clean up. Don’t turn away from someone because they have lost something or gained something that you wanted. We all need encouragement. So pass it on!

Not a Generational Thing

I work at an event center and we had a big expo the other day. There were two older women sitting outside my office. I could see them talking a little bit, but five minutes later they weren’t talking at all. I was confused and looked closer. They were both looking at their phones. I thought to myself that’s odd. Normally, teenagers are the ones scaring at a screen. I didn’t think anything else about it until that evening.

My parents and I go to the YMCA on Thursday nights. My mom and I do Zumba and my dad walks on the treadmill. I was driving them because my vehicle is the only one with air conditioning. We talked about our day on the way there. On the way home, I was driving I looked over at my mom and then in the backseat at my dad. They were both on their phones. I didn’t think anything of it until I realized they were on their phones the whole time. I almost made the joke, “Wow, this is how older people feel when we are on our phones.”

I am realizing that Millennials are kind of getting a bad rep with cell phones. I don’t know how many times I have been with friends and all they do is stare at their phone for have the time. I am not making excuses because I  do this too. I don’t like doing it unless it is important or I’m looking something up to show my friends. Millennials may have a problem with this, but everyone has a problem with this. People like to blame our generation because we grew up with technology in our lives. We rely on it for everything. We need to stop putting the blame on someone instead blame technology.

I know there are tons of opinions out there about this, but this is mine. We need to be intentional about putting technology down and focus on the here and now. You have probably heard this a million times, but I am realizing it’s true! We need to make the family and friends in our lives a priority. We aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow so we need to make the most of today. It is a choice to look at your phone instead of being engaged in conversation with those around you. If your friend has a huge problem with constantly looking at their phone, make a bet/agreement where you put your phones in the middle of the table and the first one to touch their phone has to pay for dinner or give the other one a certain amount of money. I know it is sad you have to bribe your friends to put down their phone, but they will learn with lesson if they have to pay you a lot of money.

This summer make it a priority to start putting your phone down. Don’t spend so much time on the internet. Enjoy those around you because they won’t be there forever.

 

Until next time my sassy peaches,

EM

This Pinterest World

We live in a world where we see people and say goals about their style, life, relationship status, or career. We live in a world where we look at Pinterest and tag the perfect house, with a white picket fence, a dog sitting on a white couch, a pool in the backyard, a walkin closet, and a gigantic bathroom. We watch movies where the characters don’t work for 8 hours a day, but have a penthouse apartment, and vacation in the Hamptons. We look at our Instagram feed and see people’s picture, perfect lives. We are jealous about what kind of heels our coworker wears, what type of car our friends drive, where our cousins live, and even what restaurants our college friends are going to.

We live in this Pinterest filled world where we think everyone has their crap together. We look at people in our lives and envy how well they are put together and how well behaved their kids are. We live in a world where everyone puts on a mask at some point. It could be just at work, it could be for special occasions, it could be in front of certain people, or it could be on so much that it takes over the real person who was once underneath.

We all think that we have to have our lives together and make others believe that we are put together. To be honest, we all hurt in someway or another.  We all have struggles, past or present, we are dealing with.

The next time you see someone and say goals, or see their perfect brunch, perfect family, perfect wardrobe, or their perfect house or apartment realize that they are human and have dealt with pain and suffering. Remember that they had to fight to be where they are. They had to push themselves to reach their goals. They have worked hard and are still working hard to reach their goals. We are all unique. We all have unique situations we deal with.

Some people deal with depression. Some people have lost a loved one. Some people are seeing war right outside their front door. Some people are fighting for other people’s freedom. Some people can’t have the family they dreamed of. Some people can’t seem to find a job. Some people are living with more money than they know what to do with. Some people are eating out of the garbage. Some people are dying. Some people are healing.

The next time you see someone and think how perfect they are I challenge you to pray for them. Pray they love the Lord. Pray they aren’t struggling with anything. Pray that they know they are loved. Pray that if they are struggling, that they know they have someone by their side. Pray that the Lord will show them His great love.

We all want people to see us as perfect. I encourage you to show people who you really are. Show them that you are not this put together person who looks on fleek all the time. Show them that you would rather be wearing your glasses and lounging in sweatpants. Show them that you are human. Show them you.

Single Girl in a Relationship filled World

Single

  • not having or including another : only one
  • not married or not having a serious romantic relationship with someone

Thank you Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Single is not a curse word, the plague or a disease, but it is a term to show that someone is not in a relationship.

I have been single for all of my 22 years of life. I don’t know any different. I am starting to realize that it is okay to be single. I am not broken in any way. I am just letting God prepare me for a relationship with a guy who may become my husband.

I think about being in a relationship probably more than I should, but what can you do. I have read countless books about dating, relationships, marriage, and singleness. Those have helped me come to the conclusion that this is a season. I am drawing closer to God and letting Him teach me how to live for Him before adding another man into my life. Here is some advice to all of you who know one of us single people.

Let us be single. We are single for a reason. Let it go.

If we are happy, be happy for us. Don’t constantly remind us we are single.

If we are recently single, don’t say there are more fish in the sea. We singles do watch rom-coms and we don’t need hear that 24 hours a day. Let us grieve, eat too much ice cream, and cry for a while.

If your single friend turns down your offers of setting them up, it is okay. Some of us like being single. There are enough dating services out there, we don’t need you to be one too.

If we ask you about your friends who are single, don’t get too eager. We might want to test the waters, but don’t push us off the cliff without a life jacket before we are ready.

We may have questions about relationships. We can also give you some advice on relationships even though we are single. Talk with us. We are good listeners and we like learning about how the other half lives.

We like being around people who are in relationships. We like seeing what could be in our future, but don’t flaunt it like this season’s Louis Vuitton pumps.

Just because we are single, doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy being with people. We love hanging out with friends and taking our time to get to know others.

It is okay to be jealous of us. We can eat whatever we want, we don’t have to ask another person for their opinions, and we can just stay in, watch movies, and drink wine whenever we want.

Singleness is not something to be ashamed of. We are in the stage of learning and growing as a person. If you have been single your whole life, a couple years, a couple months, days, or hours, know that you aren’t alone. You don’t have to step into a relationship you aren’t ready for. Take the singleness head on and live your life. It is a blessing to be single. 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 say, “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion”. This is saying that we need to enjoy the singleness while we can because we won’t be single forever. It is also a time to draw closer to God. Take the time to learn and grow in God’s presence. Once you add a significant other into your life, they draw half of your attention away from God. 

If you are single, know that this is a season. You are not broken, you are loved, and now is the time to draw closer to God.