Friday, August 22, 2014

Slow to Change: Five Minute Friday

Welcome to Five Minute Friday!  I was just noticing the tagline for this linkup:  Come Write With Us.  I hope you will.  Click on the FMF banner for all the details.

Today the writing prompt is Change.

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When I saw the writing prompt, I thought of two ideas.  I'll tell you both stories.

Change is difficult and slow for my family.  When my husband and I were married, we attended the church in which he grew up.  His parents went there.  His grandparents went there.  After a few years we felt the Lord drawing us away from that church, but with no clear destination.  We started looking.  It took a couple of YEARS before we visited a church nearby.  It was good, but just not the right place for us.  It took at least another year to try another church, and that's where we stayed.  We felt welcomed from the start, and it has been--continues to be--a wonderful family with whom to serve God.

But also, lately I've been praying for change.  For God to change me into the woman, the wife, the mom He wants me to be.  I've also been praying for change in my family.  We don't always treat each other as we should, even though we WANT to honor the Lord in everything we do.  (Any idea how hard this is to write?)  So I'm praying that God will shape each of us in accordance with His will.  Not my will.  I know this shaping can be difficult, but I'm ready.

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This goes beyond my five minutes, but the second paragraph reminded me of this:


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Master Designer - The Song (DVD Review)

Did you know that 36 states are allowing an alternate teaching to evolution?  In some cases it's intelligent design, and in others, biblical creation.  I didn't know this!  But it makes the ongoing debate of creation vs. evolution very timely.

"The Master Designer - The Song" is hands-down the best DVD I've seen all year, and I was delighted to receive a copy, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

This is the description from the back of the case for "The Master Designer - The Song," produced and directed by Steve Greisen and distributed by Exploration Films:
We live in a world that is inspired.  Filled with majestic order, unbelievable beauty, and brilliant design.  With the advance of science we can now see life in intricate detail and mind-blowing wonder.

The raging question of our time is:  How did this all come to be?  Can it all be attributed to unintelligent random processes or is there another explanation?  Does the scientific evidence now demonstrate clear design and reveal a Master Designer, and if it does, what does that mean to us?

This is a glimpse into the blueprint of creation that reveals a dramatic story ... a story of purpose, meaning, significance, and ultimately love, all crafted by the Master Designer.

And discover the remarkable story of how some animals have even changed the course of history.
Wow.  I don't know where to begin.  "The Master Designer - The Song" is a beautiful film.  The photography is remarkable.  I especially liked the close-up shots.  (If you are creeped out by close-ups of live bees, you might want to skip that segment.)

Through segments on bees, wolves, bison, camels, elk, and crickets, this film imparts a tremendous amount of information.  I watched it closely and I still want to watch it again, because I'm sure I didn't absorb everything.  I am not a zoologist or an entomologist, but I thought I was pretty well-informed about animals.  Even so, this film contained innumerable details that were new to me.  Here are a few of them:
  • The digestive system of a ruminant, such as a bison, is even more complex than I ever knew.
  • A camel can drink as much as 27 gallons within ten minutes and 44 gallons in a day.  Even if it drinks 20 gallons of water, its stomach will be empty again within ten minutes of drinking.
  • To produce a pound of honey, it takes 556 bees flying a total of 55 thousand miles and collecting nectar from a total of two million flowers.
In my opinion, "The Master Designer - The Song" makes a strong case for intelligent design by God.  For example, if a bee wasn't designed by an intelligent Creator, how could it calculate the most productive route through a field of flowers, then communicate to others exactly where those flowers are?  How would bees know how to build the strongest, most efficient geometric design for honeycombs?

The film isn't "in your face" about God, which might make non-Christians more receptive to it.  Certainly He is credited, but the main idea is that the animals depicted were designed, not the result of random chance, rather than who the designer is.

Finally, I appreciate that "The Master Designer - The Song" does not address the age of the earth, an issue that divides Christians.  I have friends who believe that the earth is thousands of years old, and friends who believe that it's billions of years old.  By avoiding this contentious point and keeping the focus on the design of animals, this film opens its audience to many who would otherwise reject it out of hand.

I highly recommend "The Master Designer - The Song."  It's completely family-friendly, but the tone may not appeal to younger children.  For more information, visit Exploration Films or Amazon.com (not an affiliate link).

Friday, August 15, 2014

How Do You Tell? - Five Minute Friday

I actually forgot about Five Minute Friday this morning.  I thought of it when I woke up early, then I drifted back to sleep and didn't think of it again until just now!  But here I am--better late than never, right?

Today our writing prompt is "Tell."

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Yesterday my husband told me the news:  his cousin Sandy (not her real name) is in hospice.  Sandy is in her mid-forties and has terminal cancer.  She has children, some still young, but the oldest in her early twenties.

Her children do not yet know that their mother is dying.  My first thought was, "How can she not tell them?"  Especially the older children should know, right?

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But then I thought, "How could she tell them?"  How do you tell your beloved children that Mom is going to die?  Sooner rather than later?  I cannot imagine how hard that must be.

How will the children react?  Will they be angry at God?  Will they wonder what's going to happen to them?  Will they be angry at God?  Will they be angry at Sandy?

I don't have the answers.  We are not close, geographically or relationally, to Sandy and her family.  All I can do is pray ... for Sandy, for her children, for the rest of her immediate family.  Pray that they are able to find peace.  Pray that they don't pull away from the Lord in anger.  Pray that Sandy draws close to Him and draws strength from Him.  Just pray.

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