Sunday, January 27, 2013

Facing the Giants

Mom asked me at lunch.. Is there any movies you would like to watch with me this afternoon?
Of course! There's always one or two.

Sherwood Pictures. Because the Kendricks rock! :)

It's a great movie indeed... You don't have to be a big football fan (the fact is, I don't really like sports at all), to be a fan of this movie!
1. It's a movie about how God can change lives.
2. The movie speaks to people on many levels: kids, coaches and parents and how they should work together for a higher good.
3. It's about faith, hope and love.
4. A story of faith overcoming fear.
5. A great family movie. Again you can laugh and cry. So have a box of Kleenex within reach! =)


In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure.

However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field and off.


FACE YOUR GIANTS!


With God, all things are possible! - Matthew 19:26

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Courageous

So my Mom came into my room:
- Hey, don't you want to watch a movie? It was such a long time ago when we were watching a movie together...
- Ok, Mom, yeah there's actually a movie I really would like to watch.
- Perfect. What are we watching?
- Uhm. Mom. Do you remember Fireproof?
- Of course. I love that movie. Why? Do you want to watch it again?
- No, actually. There's a new movie I planned to watch with Geoff back in the spring but we never could find the right time and place.
- Ok. What is this about?
- Uhm.. Policemen.
- Not firefighters.
- No, not this time...
Ok, Mom, so it's called Courageous.

Google is a good friend. In a couple of minutes we could find the movie in Hungarian (for Mom).

Well... watching this movie was like riding a roller coaster of feelings. Sometimes we were laughing so hard I had to pause the movie and often it made us cry.


It's a wonderful movie, everyone - every men should watch!



But the best part was after the movie ended.
I often was accused at home why I didn't get married... When I answer I haven't found Mr. Right or I'm waiting on God, I'm ridiculed and told that my standards are too high.
So I asked my Mom how she liked the movie and the way it says men should be. She was surprised how God designed men and amazed how the Bible tells what a man / husband / father should be like.
I only had to ask the question if she still thinks my standards were too high or it's wrong to wait on God? (She liked the scene Nathan Hayes (played by Ken Bevel) takes his girl (daughter Jade, played by Taylor Hutcherson) out to dinner.) After I don't know how many years, I know she understands me.



So talking about this scene...
I have to tell you that I'm doing a Bible study on purity. I'm also wearing a purity ring (it looks more like a wedding ring - I got it from Mom who got it from her sister... - but it's function is symbolizing purity) and I'd like to have a Bible reference engrave in it. Do you have an idea which passage I should choose?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Dear friends out there in the big world!

How did you celebrate New Year's Eve?
How did you start the new year?
Did you make any resolutions?

I promised my friend a year ago (December 31, 2011) to spend this night with her.
So she came to "visit" in the afternoon or better said to play my stylist. She brought me some of her clothes (I  dislike to try on clothes.. probably this is the reason for hating shopping.) and after trying them on we chose one of her knit tunic and she began to curl my perfectly straight hair. After her "masterpiece" was done we left to a town about 1.5 hours away (with public transportation) from my apartment.
We picked up a friend and headed with her straight into her church.

The church service was about to start.
My friend didn't feel well during the service so we left the meeting room. She almost passed out so for a while I played the nurse.

After the service the party began.
Young people from this and 3-4 other churches came to praise the Lord with singing for the last time that year. After a short message was given, we were praying together, giving thanks for His blessings in the old year and asking Him for guidance in the new year.
At midnight we clinked with champagne wishing everyone a blessed new year. After ca. an hour which we spent with eating and getting to know each other, teams were formed and we played together against each other. Time flew fast!!
And the funny thing is, that I enjoyed myself better than last year.

At 10 am the church service started.
It was nice to see the familiar faces again. But how tired everyone looked! :) (I slept for about 45 minutes.)
The motto was to live for Christ in the new year!
So trust God just like you did before!
He wants to be your best friend and your savior! He gives you grace and strength.
He wants to form you into the likeness of Christ.
Look at Christ, in Him there's life and future!

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. 
(Hebrews 12:1b-2a)

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When I came home, my parents were watching the New Year's Concert live from Vienna, Austria. Surprisingly I arrived just a little later than I used to come home from church. It was so nice that they patiently were waiting for me, though we agreed to not wait for me with lunch. But they were.

So as the clock ticks I become more tired and tired... but I have to be strong and wait until bedtime. Tomorrow I start at 7! Please pray for me that I won't fall asleep at my desk tomorrow!