Saturday, August 6, 2022

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters movie review

 

Steve loves all three of his daughters – but does he really know who they
are? Discover the heartfelt journey of a dad who is desperately trying to hold onto his little girls but learns he must give up control and trust God with their future.

Watch the movie inspired by Dr. Meg Meeker’s best-selling book, “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters." You can see this wonderful family-friendly film exclusively on Pure Flix.

When a wealthy businessman learns his daughter is engaged to a missionary, he embarks on a quest to keep her closer to home. But when his efforts go awry, he must learn to give up control and trust God with her future. Featuring real-life married couples Bart Johnson and Robin Lively AND Maria Canals-Barrera and David Barrera, this heart-warming film is directed by David de Vos. The movie also stars Carrie Wampler, Brandon Prado, Kayla DiVenere, and Everson White.



My Review: I really enjoyed this movie. It does address important issues like parenting, trusting God, and learning when it's time to let go. The father loves his family and truly wants what is best for them... and himself. It will touch the heart of every parent, especially those whose daughters are ready to fly the nest. Yet the comedic moments make this a big step beyond learning how to do better. Basically, it gives great insight, but the humor gives the movie a very special touch. If you are a parent, you already know how important it is to have a great sense of humor! πŸ˜‰ I highly recommend you check this out on PureFlix!


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“This movie isn't just a heart-warming story. It is a cry from every daughter's heart to her father, to give her the power only he can give to help her become an extraordinary woman.” – Dr. Meg Meeker

Watch this exclusive interview of Dr. Meg Meeker with Momentum Influencer Network's Jean Thomason.


Thursday, July 14, 2022

LIVE+LOCAL: Judge Knott

LIVE+LOCAL is a new AFFIRM Originals sitcom streaming exclusively on Pure Flix. Starring executive producer Dave Coulier (Tommy Murphy) and Emily Pendergast (Tina Knott), get an inside look at the Christian local radio station K-HUGG. The staff is experiencing some strange transitions and power shifts at work, but the way they handle it with grace and comedy will be sure to leave you laughing and inspired.

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EPISODE 2 "Judge Knott" SYNOPSIS: The TNT (Tommy and Tina) Team are feeling the tension of the transition to a new Program Director Jerry (Pat Cashman) and a new Producer... a recently promoted intern named Lucy (Kendra Ann Sherrill). Tina (Emily Pendergast) is tired of being not being treated as Tommy's (Dave Coulier) equal.

When Tina's new segment, "Judge Not" is an immediate success, Tommy is jealous. Combined with Jerry's obvious preference of Tina, Tommy is struggling with the new changes from how 'things have always been' and having to accept, and even welcome adjustments and new people.

The
difference in styles are evident during their interview with Skillet's John Cooper interview: Tommy wants to ask the culture questions while Tina dives deep into faith.

 

Bible Verses for Episode 2

  • Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NIV)

  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)  

 

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Going Home: The Request

 

Everyone has a calling from God and Charley’s purpose is to help people transition from this world to their forever home. This heartfelt series that will inspire you to think deeper about your relationships and how you can live well with the time we’re all blessed with. God gives everyone a calling – and for Charley, it’s to help families during one of the most difficult times of their lives.

 “Going Home” is a new series that follows an inspiring team of nurses who help guide patients and loved ones on the ultimate journey – one of transition from this world to their forever home. It’s a race against time as the team must help their clients find peace and wrap up loose ends with compassion and dignity. The series, created and written by Dan Merchant, stars Cynthia Geary, Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Charisma Carpenter. Well-known guest stars include Vernon Davis, Tom Skerritt and Concetta Tomei, among others. Exclusively on PureFlix.com! Subscribe here!

 

EPISODE 6 'The Request' REVIEW: The final episode of Season 1 finds Charley (Cynthia Geary) making a "bucket list" field trip for Katherine (Charisma Carpenter) and Alec (Christopher Weihl), while Janey (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) continues to grow into her new job.

While "Going Home" episodes can be watched as stand-alones, this story line is spread out over the series when college best friends are reunited after many years of estrangement. Tensions, fear and anger intensify as it becomes apparent that Katherine's time on Earth is coming to an end. Charley is an award-winning Hospice nurse, but her personal connection with her dying friend causes her professional mask to slip from time-to-time. Tying up the loose ends of their friendship as well as final preparations for helping her family cope with her approaching death and living without her are realistically portrayed as Katherine's emotions include regrets, concern for her children, frustration... and even some gallows humor.

Of course, the emotions are also felt by the viewer as we react to both this fictional story, and personal experiences are also brought to mind. But this episode, and the series itself, is a comforting reminder of the Hope we have. I definitely would recommend "Going Home" as an engaging story that can be cathartic for some, but also has moments of humor, inspiration, comfort, and reminders of what is truly most important. 

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

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BONUS: Momentum Influencer's Jean Thomason interviews Cynthia Geary and Dan Merchant.

 


Monday, July 4, 2022

Fireworks and Fun Memories

 

Many memories are created on July 4th as we celebrate America's Independence Day. The fireworks, parades, food, and gathering with family and friends always have meant a lot to me.

Among my earliest memories are trying to get the neighborhood kids to join me in a parade. Of course, it was just me decorating my tricycle with whatever pinwheels, streamers, & small flags I could find, along with whoever else I could get to join. Our parade route was to circle around the block. But, I do love a parade!

But the funniest July 4th-related memory happened while my cousin Debbie and I, along with our children, spent several days at Smith Lake. We had enjoyed several days of water fun, food, going to see the fireworks, fishing, etc.  

My aunt Sula (Debbie's mom) came up to join us for the weekend following the 4th. On Saturday night we rented, "My Stepmother is an Alien" to watch with the kids. We expected a kid-friendly comedy.

At one point, Dan Akroyd and Kim Basinger go to the bedroom and the scene goes straight to a fireworks display. Rob, Debbie's 7 y/o son, looks at the adults and asks, "Why are there fireworks?" My aunt's face turned a bright red as someone replied, "Its because they're having sex, Rob."

Rob thought for a few seconds, then turned to his grandmother and announced, "Nan, there was A LOT of people having sex at Big Bridge Marina when we went there!" πŸ€£πŸŽ†πŸ€£πŸŽ‡πŸ€£

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Supreme Court Decision of 6/24/2022

The lies being told about the legality of abortion and the attacks on pregnancy centers that provide supplies needed for women and their babies are solid proof that some really do not care about the rights of all women. They care about people who agree with them.

Why else would someone destroy both physical products and emotional support that is being offered? Why are lives being threatened along with pregnancy centers and churches? I expected anger but the reality of the reactions & retaliations are proof that this goes beyond a difference of opinion about when Life begins.


I have been Pro-life since 1970. I was 15 when I first learned about abortion. I was opposed to abortion then and in 2022, I am even stronger in my conviction that abortion is wrong. Yet I have never felt the urge to cause harm to others who disagree with me.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that God is real and in angels, including fallen ones like Satan and his demons. This outrage and hatred is a demonic attack. Now, more than ever, we need to be in prayer for the wisdom and guidance God will grant us in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. This is a battle for human souls and not a time to attack others. PRAY for deceived people, our country, and our world.

Links to 2 other posts I did about abortion:

 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Homeschool Awakening

 

Homeschooling has often been a controversial topic, mostly due to preconceived ideas that may be untrue. However, due to several issues including the pandemic, safety, and even politics in recent years, more people are now considering whether homeschooling may be right for their family.

Join award-winning actor, Kirk Cameron, as he dives into the adventures of dynamic American families on a mission to put fun and faith back into learning. In this documentary
Kirk talks to families across the nation who are experiencing the homeschool awakening, taking advantage of the freedom and opportunities for self-discovery -- with the world as their classroom. "The Homeschool Awakening" explores the ins, outs, and honest answers to homeschooling’s most frequently asked questions.

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My Thoughts: All-in-all, "The Homeschool Awakening" gives encouragement, ideas on what may work best for your family, and a few out-of-the-box plans that worked for some of these families. I loved the interview with Kathy Koch, PhD about the various ways kids may learn and how the homeschooling experience allows each child to have a more personalized plan. I was also happy to see a homeschool co-op included; that has been the method my homeschooling friends have found works best for them. One of the important things to remember is that there are options to explore.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Memorial Day

 [πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ️MEMORIAL DAY] In honor & memory of those who gave their lives during military service to our country. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

[FIRE UP THE GRILL!] Planning a barbecue for this Memorial Day? Go with the basics of hamburgers and hot dogs or search for the latest cookout-friendly recipes for grilled starters, patriotic drinks and desserts to kick off the unofficial start of Summer! 🌞

 

Memorial Day can be a dichotomy. A day of mourning and remembrance of those who lost their lives in the service of our country is starkly different from a 3-day weekend filled with fun, parties, pools, shopping, and the frivolous. that brings on the unofficial start to Summer. Mourning vs Merriment.

To me, though, it's not difficult to combine all that make this holiday special. We should always give honor those who gave their lives to protect and defend our freedom and rights. In the past, many families spent Memorial Day bringing flowers and cleaning the graves of loved ones. It took several hours of work and quite often meant sharing a meal while there. The sense of community with family and friends paying respect to the dead, sharing memories and meals was also a means of support in grief.

Each Memorial Day be sure to remember those who sacrificed their lives, but including a picnic with family and friends to celebrate life and freedom is not meant to dishonor the memory and sacrifice of those men and women. We Americans live in the land of the free because of the brave who sacrificed their own lives. Take time to remember those who died and celebrate the gift they offered their fellow citizens with family, friends, neighbors. Their lives made a tremendous impact. #MemorialDay