If you want the short review, consider my kids’ responses. Lexi: Awesome! Emma: I want to see it again!
As a mom, I will tell you that I had a few reservations about the movie. In fact, I nearly walked out halfway due to some serious disrespect from one of the children towards authority figures…BUT. By the end of the movie, the storyline had fixed itself and in fact, given a strong statement to kids about how important obedience to their parents is. They were clear about why it’s important and really, the whole movie is about bad consequences when you fall to peer pressure and don’t obey.
I also appreciated so much the attention to history instead of being all fluff. Rarely can you say you learn something from an animated movie at the theater.
And I didn’t know it until I recognized his voice in the theater, but Mr. Peabody is played by Ty Burrell who plays Phil Dunphy in Modern Family. As you might know, he is HILARIOUS. His dry humor was perfection to play the genius dog. I adored the puns.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman offered many other things to love like time travel, letting kids grow up, the best things about dogs, adoption, anti-bullying and even a great Clinton joke for the grown-ups.
Check out the PluggedIn review for a more in-depth look. The Bennetts are giving this one 5 paws out of 5 for parents and kids alike.
We were given 4 tickets to the screening. All opinions are my own.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Movie Review is a post from: Amy J. Bennett
Have you seen those Cosmo-like BuzzFeed quizzes making rounds on the Internet like Which Downton Abbey character are you? If you’re not on Facebook I’m not sure you have, but if you answer a handful of questions, they tell you which character (city, dog, cereal, etc) you most closely resemble.
I’m Carson from Downton Abbey, Tyra from Friday Night Lights, Slater from Saved by the Bell. I should live in Paris, work as a Professor and am actually a Shiba Inu. Because let’s face it, Carson and Slater remind me so much of each other. But seriously, wouldn’t you just DIE if Carson ever called Mrs. Hughes “hot momma?”
Maybe all of these were on my brain when I read a chapter from Psalms the other night. It was near bedtime, the kids were actually playing nicely with one another and I was bored. I’m not in the midst of reading a book, so I felt the nudge to pick up my Bible that was still sitting on my desk from church on Sunday.
It was like a BuzzFeed quiz popped out at me as I read.
The anonymous author calls for those Redeemed of the Lord to give thanks and then proceeds to describe 4 pictures of people before they were redeemed. I know that phrase “Redeemed of the Lord” is pretty churchy, but I love it. I love that my Redeemer redeems and I am redeemed! Here are the four types of people that need redemption of some type from Psalm 107.
The first profile of a Redeemed of the Lord is a person that wanders aimlessly in the desert, not on any path, and completely hopeless. They don’t know where they are supposed to be going and have no purpose in life. In other words, these people are lost. They don’t know God, but they also know their life isn’t working either.
The second profile of someone Redeemed of the Lord describes someone depressed, rebellious and addicted. They are held in chains to labor and there is no one to help them in their distress.
Don’t let the traditional drug and alcohol addictions be the only thing you think of here. Our culture has so many addictions today—TV, celebrity, food, sports, shopping, etc.
The third profile is that of the reckless. They are fools in their rebellion and are suffering the consequences. These are people that know what they’re supposed to do, but they just aren’t doing it. They’re wild and free and careless, but are now watching their lives fall in ruin around them from their unwise choices.
The fourth surprised me. These are people that are on a path with a destination, are seeing God do mighty things around them, but when a storm comes, they lose their trust in the Lord. They start worrying and flailing about and I love how it says they become at their wit’s end.
Which would a quiz say you are? Has there been other times in your life when you identify with one of these? Do you know people that fall into these types?
Much like the BuzzFeed quizzes, I thought I would be one person going in and then like the quiz revealed to me a different character, the Holy Spirit showed me something different. Even though I thought I was past some issues, he’s revealed to me several areas where I am still “suffering in iron chains.”
I’ve struggled with one type of addiction or another for much of my life. God has been faithful to chip away at those addictions so that my faith and attention are solely on him. But we still have work to do.
Others of you might struggle with being rebellious. You know what to do, but you just can’t seem to resist temptation. Maybe others are clear on your call from God, but struggle to trust him when things don’t go as planned.
Now, the purpose of this chapter is to take a look at these people who are now considered redeemed. These are descriptions of their past, not their present. So what makes the difference? What actions did they have to take to go from being lost, addicted, rebellious and worried? I don’t know about you, but I sure would like some redemption! The answer is the exact same for all of them:
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress. (v 6, 13, 19, 28)
There is action required to be redeemed. When we find ourselves in trouble, we cannot do enough to make ourselves ok. We simply ask him for help.
And then, God does something really cool. For each one, he does something very unique in response.
For the lost, it says he led them by the straight way to a city where they could settle.
For the addicted, it says he brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.
For the rebellious, it says he sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
For the worker, it says he stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the seas were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
I can just not even stand how very carefully, how uniquely, how lovingly he attends to each person. And he does it when they are at the worst times of their lives. Whether they aren’t trusting him or they’re rebelling against him or ignoring him or don’t even know him, he is so ready to answer when we call.
If you find yourselves relating, take time right now to call on him. You don’t have to figure out how to stop your addiction or worrying, you just simply have to call on God and let him know you need help.
For those that have loved ones in these spots, be encouraged that God is the one that does the work. We must pray that they come to him for help. God can do the rest.
For those of you who see yourself like one of these in your past, it says in verse 43 to consider the great love of the Lord. Verse 1 says to give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Yes! He loves us much and is so good to redeem and rescue us!
Which Redeemed of the Lord Are You? is a post from: Amy J. Bennett
Well, good morning, folks! It is a happy Monday morning indeed. At least, I hope it is. In full disclosure, I’m writing this on Sunday night. I imagine it will be a happy Monday except that I will be driving first thing to work for an all-day training class and let’s be honest, that’s very Monday morning-ish, yes? Let’s just hope your Monday is happy.
I am happy to be writing again. Please excuse my 6-day absence, but I do believe I am back in the land of the living. I came down with a fever on Tuesday morning. I managed to work through the day, shivering and achy, but by Wednesday morning I was done for. In fact, I took a real, live sick day, even though I can work remote, and slept until noon. I haven’t done that in years and years. Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep it off, whatever it was. As the day wore on, I was becoming more convinced it was strep throat.
By the time I woke up Thursday morning, I was sure it was strep throat and shuffled my way over to urgent care where I cried when the nurse wasn’t very nice to me and swabbed my throat THREE times because my tongue kept getting in the way or something.
The antibiotics worked it’s magic, though, and by Saturday I was nearly back to normal with a little Ibuprofen and cough drops—enough to go engagement ring and wedding dress shopping with my mom and sister, WHO IS GETTING MARRIED THIS OCTOBER.
After a 40 day fast from Facebook, she announced they are engaged this weekend.
The happy couple
She’s been dating a guy that Scott and I have known forever from Scott’s home church for a few months now. I wish I would have written it down like I thought, but I guessed they’d be getting married within weeks of them meeting. In fact, I gave them 6 months to be engaged. They’re seriously great together.
The only picture from dress shopping I can share without getting in trouble. Wedding planning with social media in the mix is all new to me and I’m trying to learn the rules.
I wish I could write her story all down so you might know what a momentous occasion this will be. In fact, it’d probably make a great novel. My sister has been through a lot. Death, deception, disappointments, disease, diets, dating, debt. God has spent the past 3 years restoring so much of her first 3 decades. Seeing God give her a companion (that adores her) to travel this new road with is just beyond exhilarating.
Brakefield, the venue of the wedding
The view at Brakefield from the ceremony location. It should much more green in October.
For my blogging friends, I should tell you I will not be at Allume this year. The only date the venue had open is the same weekend. The good news is the money and time we had budgeted for that weekend will just be moved and believe me, I am very happy for it.
Scott and his future brother-in-law chatting in the Bride’s room at Brakefield. This picture makes me all sorts of happy. They’re so much fun together.
So, once again, I look back at my post from the first of the year where I looked expectantly to the new year, unsure of what would come. February brought more sickness, snow, and sad news but also such happy moments and the best of best news.
I look forward to bidding last week, February and indeed, the entire winter both a hearty thank you and a good riddance.
A Return And Some Good News is a post from: Amy J. Bennett
I was reminded of a strange phenomenon this weekend and I wondered if you’ve seen it too.
My sister is in the midst of selling her house here in town. She’s lived in her townhouse for, I don’t know, 10 years or something. She’s had a lot of work done to the house over those years—new carpet and new kitchen cabinets and what not. She’s been given a few punch list items from the realtor before she puts it on the market. She’s been working on them this past week to get them done—caulk the stairwell, pressure wash the porch, move a table from the hall to the living room.
One task she had to do is put some pictures in a collage frame she had in her bedroom. She’d hung the frame long ago but had never taken the time to put pictures in it. She filled it full of pictures of her dogs. She remarked to my mom, “Why didn’t I do that a long time ago, I could have enjoyed it all this time?”
She’s not the only punch-list bearing mover I’ve heard say something like that. Our friends were moving last fall and put a frame around their mirror in their bathroom. They remarked the same thing to us, “Why did we finally take the time to do that when we’re moving when we could have been enjoying it all this time?”
It’s a strange phenomenon, isn’t it? We are willing to live with the small stuff undone—for years—only to finally fix them for someone else.
I realize many times there are budget limitations. Sure, our hardwoods could probably be replaced at this point, but I don’t care to spend a few thousand dollars on it right now.
Sometimes there are time restrictions. I know mostly I’m just trying to keep up with the laundry and the blasted dust and dog hair lying on everything. Who has time for the non-urgent stuff?
Most of the time money and time stop us, but I’d bet there are things around our house we could stop and do if we’d only first think of it and second, actually do.
After thinking on this this weekend, my mom suggested I finally add some artwork to some frames in Emma’s room. They’ve been hanging in her room empty since we remodeled after the water leak last year. My plan was to create beautiful customized artwork, each frame spelling out a letter in her name. But I could never get around to it.
I batted around paying someone to paint four pieces of artwork, but I could never bring myself to pay for it. When Mom finally suggested I should put her artwork in it, I was all in.
It wasn’t exactly what I envisioned, but we sure could enjoy it in the meantime. It was so much better than IKEA’s standard insert hung neatly 4 times over. And really, I just love walking by and seeing her artwork in her room instead of mine.
Turns out it cost me zero dollars and 15 minutes.
While we’re in here, I don’t think I’ve shown you how her office space on the opposite wall evolved since finishing her crate bookcase.
She just loves her school clock (IKEA). And as you can see, I still have one more thing on my list in there—add a 4th frame. I actually bought it and primed the frame and then it rained on it outside while it was drying and I had to trash it.
You could consider acting as your own realtor even if you’re not moving. Go through each room and write down a punch list of things that need done. Here are a few of mine that I can think of off the top of my head:
- Put shoe molding down in the kitchen
- Finish the crown molding in the kitchen
- Touch up the paint in the office
- Glue down the threshold molding to the bathroom
- Fix the weather stripping thingie in the shower
- Put Emma’s toilet paper holder back up
- Hang the picture in Emma’s bathroom
- Pressure wash the front of the house
- Pressure wash the picnic tables
As you can see, even these things will take very little money and very little time. I don’t know about you, but I just don’t think of these things when we have a few minutes of downtime. A written punch list would certainly help.
I guess my point in all this is we should do some of these little things for ourselves as we can instead of waiting until we move. Really, what sense does it make not to if budget and time allow? <- asking myself
Have you found this phenomenon to be true? Tell me—what are a few things off the top of your head you could do?
Create Your Own Punch List and Make Yourself Happy is a post from: Amy J. Bennett
There’s a song we sing that goes something like “How Great is Your Love”. The more I ask God to show me how much he loves me, the more I believe I should have been singing “How Small is Your Love.” Not because it’s true, but because it’s what I believed: his love was small.
I look back and see all the fear and distrust and the walls and I wonder if I really believed he loved me at all. Because if I did, I would have leapt, I would have cried yes! If I truly believed his love was great, I’d be able to pray anything and truly want anything he’d give me. I’d know that no matter how he answered, he would prepare me, equip me, give me only what was good for me and even if it seemed bad or painful, he would work it all together for his good.
So I’m still praying, “God, show me how much you love me.” I don’t want to sing with my lips it’s great and believe in my heart it’s small. I want to sing with confidence, with conviction, “How Great is Your Love.” I want to know it because I’ve lived it.
This post is linked to Five Minute Friday: Small
How Great is Your Love is a post from: Amy J. Bennett