Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard!

Amazingly, Bruce Willis returns yet again for an unprecedented 5th sequel in the Die Hard series, entitled A Good Day to Die Hard.

When the 4th movie came out in 2008, I did a post on how much I love Bruce Willis and the Die Hard series.  Willis is a conservative, so not only is he a great actor, but he also has brains too ;-).

I am looking forward to seeing A Good Day to Die Hard when it comes out on February 14th.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rush and Justified!!

I mentioned in a previous post that Justified is my favorite show right now. 

So, I was pretty excited to find out that Rush is a big fan of the show as well.  Two weeks ago Rush interviewed Nick Searcy, who is one of the main characters.  It turns out that Searcy is an outspoken conservative.

The Justified Tv series is based on the book, Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard.  I am in the middle of reading it right now, along with several other books.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pastor Saeed is an Inspiring Example While in an Iranian Prison!

Pastor Saeed Abedini is an American citizen, but is being held in an Iranian prison where he has been since last September.  Before that he was under house arrest.  Pastor Abedini is in Evin Prison in Tehran, it is considered to be one of Iran's most brutal.

The above video is a reading of a letter that Pastor Abedini sent to his wife.  I am amazed at how strong his faith is during this horrific time.  Today on Air1 radio they were talking about Abedini's situation and shared a radio interview they had with his wife.  She said that Abedini is showing love to all those that torment him.  A guard actually had tears in his eyes after how Abedini responded to a beating he had given him.

This so inspired me and it was the ultimate application of my Pastor's sermon this past Sunday.  He talked about finding our spiritual gifts, but that every Christian should be loving God and loving people.  He said that we needed to go out and be loving on people.  Pastor Abedini is doing this under the most extreme of circumstances. 

The ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) has a petition you can sign to encourage his release.  Please pray for this godly man's release, but that while he is still in prison he would continue to be a witness.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sing to the King!

Sing to the King!
sung by Candi Pearson

Come, let us sing a song
A song declaring that we belong to Jesus
He is all we need
Lift up a heart of praise
Sing now with voices raised to Jesus
Sing to the King

For the rest of the lyrics, go here! 
When I went to look this song up, I became a big fan of Candi Pearson.  I love all of her songs, so expect to see more of hers.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 Book List--Part 1

I'm hoping to write reviews of 3 of the books below.  Condi's book was especially good.  Right now I am reading Rove's book and it is fascinating.  My respect for him is even greater now.

2013 Book List
1) Eleven On Top--Janet Evanovich
2) Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt--Christi Paul
3) The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression--Amity Shlaes
4) A Journey Through the Life of William Wilberforce: The Abolitionist Who Changed the Face of a Nation--Kevin Belmonte
5) Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family--Condoleezza Rice
6) Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member--Emily Keller

2012 Book List
2011 Book List
2010 Book List
2008 Book List

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Review of "Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member"!

"In her senior year she was elected class president.  Perkins was a nonconformist who sometimes broke rules--such as 'lights out'--when she wanted to talk.  This may have annoyed the school administration, but she was good-natured and popular with the girls, who called her 'Perk' or 'Perky'.  A few students agreed with her father that she talked too much and labeled her the 'loquacious linguist.'"--A description of Perkins during her college years

I loved the above quote because it reminds me of me, "loquacious linguist" ;-)!

I don't think I've ever read a biography about a liberal Democrat. But, after reading The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression I wanted to learn more about the 1st woman to hold a cabinet position.

While I don't agree with Frances Perkins' "progressive" and socialistic ideals, I do have great admiration for her. First, she was the 1st woman to achieve a cabinet position. Second, she believed in social justice and helping the poor. Third, she juggled a career while having to deal with a bi-polar, alcoholic husband.

Perkins paved the way for other women to excel in politics, that alone is worthy of admiration.

Previous Reviews:
The Help
A Place of Yes!
John Adams
My Grandfather's Son
Stephen Mansfield's Books
Stori Telling


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

10 Quotes from my 2012 Journal!

A friend of mine did a post entitled, 10 Things I Heard at Church This Year about quotes that she had in her journal on the sermons.  I thought that was a great idea and I thought I would expand it to 10 quotes from my journal. 

Last year was one of the toughest years of my life, so I did a lot of writing in my journal.

1)  "I believe that God totally, absolutely, intentionally gives us more than we can handle.  Because this is when we surrender to Him and He takes over,  proving Himself by doing the impossible in our lives!"--Katie Davis

2) "I was thirsty, You gave me water.  I was an orphan, now You are my Father.  I was desperate, hungry and seeking.  You are love."--Laura Story

3)  Verses about the Lord fighting for me:
--Exodus 14:13-14--...Do not fear!  Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today...The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.

--Deuteronomy 20:3-4--Do not be fainthearted.  Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you!

--Deuteronomy 1:30-31--The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son...

--2 Chronicles 20:12, 15--O our God, wilt Thou not judge them?  For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on Thee.  ...thus says the Lord to you, 'Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's.

4) "God whispers to us in our pleasures and shouts to us in our pain."--C.S. Lewis

5) "God not only fights for you but also provides you with a safe refuge.  He actually fights in your place while you rest in the safety He gives.  He shields you, saves you, and gains victory for you."

"Lord, You are great and there is no other God but You.  You are my safe refuge from the storm.  Help me to find my rest in You as You go to battle against all that opposes me.  No matter whether my battles are with finances, relationships, health, or obedience, I know that because of Your presence in my life, I will never face those challenges alone.  I depend on Your strength and not mine."--Stormie Omartian

6) Habakkuk 3:17-19--Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls.

Yet, I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds' feet, and makes me walk on my high places.

7) "We are called to exclamation mark living."--Beth Moore

8) 2 Timothy 4:17--But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me...and I was delivered out of the lion's mouth.

9) "It is God who made you into a beautiful woman.  He has been taking care of you, even when you didn't notice His provision."

10) "If you are a follower of Christ, then you are called to fight for the heart of your king.  It is a life fueled by passion--a passion for God and a passion for people."--Erwin Raphael McManus

Monday, January 14, 2013

George P. Bush Looking at Statewide Office in Texas!

It looks like George P. Bush may run for office in Texas next year.  I have loved this guy ever since I first saw him. 

He is Jeb Bush's son, and my parents and I have discussed how cool it would be if he ever was elected President.  It would be the 1st time 3 generations of a family have been President, and of course he would be the first Hispanic President also.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


It is Sunday, so time for a new worship video.  I'm hoping to go back to what I've done in the past and post a great worship video each Sunday.
by Jeremy Camp

I wanna be reckless
Cause You are endless
I wanna be shameless
And shout Your greatness
I will not be afraid
To surrender my way
And follow who You are
I wanna be reckless, reckless

For the rest of the lyrics, go here! 
 Jeremy Camp is my favorite male, Christian singer.  He is coming out with a new cd on February 13, 2013 and he has revised and expanded his book, I Still Believe which is also coming out in February. 

--Previous Jeremy Camp Videos

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Review of The Help!

I am a big fan of movies/books when they are about people taking a stand for what they believe in, righting wrongs, fighting for a cause and bringing about some type of justice.  The movie, The Help is based on the book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and both are exactly what I just described.

I saw the movie first and was both horrified and inspired.  It was hard to comprehend that racism/prejudice was still so rampant in the 60's.  It helped me understand that certain areas of the south definitely took much longer than other areas of the U.S. in realizing how wrong racism was and seeing it for what it was.

In college, I took classes on combating racism/prejudice and I remember at that time being shocked at how there was still a strong stigma against interracial dating in the 70's.  While racism/prejudice still exist, we definitely have come a long way.  Yet, it saddens me that it took so long.

I watched the movie numerous times and decided it was time to read the book.  I was happy with how closely the movie followed the book, but as always, the book added a lot more rich, detail.  I especially liked learning more in depth about Abilene's faith in God.  It was amazing to see when you looked at what she had to endure in her life.

Obviously, I highly recommend both the movie and the book.

Previous Reviews:
A Place of Yes!
John Adams
My Grandfather's Son
Stephen Mansfield's Books
Stori Telling

Friday, January 11, 2013

How do we Prevent the next Sandy Hook Shooting?

On December 14th, twenty-six people died during the Sandy Hook shooting.  We can all agree that we want to make sure something like this never happens again.  The disagreement is over what to do to try and accomplish that.

As many liberals scream for more gun-control, there is a lot of evidence that when the right people have access to guns, less people die.  Here are some examples, as listed by Tom Thurlow:
There are already many examples of this plan working to save lives. Just a few days before the Sandy Hook shooting, in Clackamas Town Center, outside of Portland, Oregon, a gunman entered a crowded shopping mall and started shooting people. A shopper there with a concealed-carry permit drew his gun and pointed it at the gunman. When the gunman saw that someone there might shoot back, he ducked into a stairway and killed himself. Although two people were killed in that episode, the presence of a good guy with a gun greatly limited the body count.
Almost the same thing happened at a movie theater in San Antonio a few days later, except the good gal with a gun, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, actually fired a shot that ended what could have been a massshooting. The San Antonio movie theater incident was almost an exact repeat of what happened in 2007 in Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah. In that case, a gunman started shooting people in a crowded shopping center, and he killed five people before an armed off-duty police officer shot the gunman dead. That officer is credited with saving many lives.
Simply put, in these shootings, and in many others, lives were saved because a good person with a gun was there to fire back.
Another example just hit yesterday when a 15 year old protected him and his sister from 2 intruders.  He used an AR-15, which many are wanting to ban.

The problem is you don't stop gun violence by making it harder for law-abiding citizens to have guns.  Those are the people that can help stop the violence by the criminals.  Yet, as the White House and other liberal groups attempt to take people's 2nd Amendment rights away, gun-ownership has gone way up, as has NRA memberships.

How do we protect politicians, celebrities and others?  We give them armed guards.  Why doesn't that same common sense apply to schools?  Sean Hannity and others have suggested hiring retired military or retired law enforcement to be armed guards at the school.  I can't think of a better way to stop the next Sandy Hook shooting.  More gun-control wouldn't have stopped the Sandy Hook shooting or any other shooting, but armed guards might have.  More gun-control is not the answer.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kisses from Katie!

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption is the true story of a 19 year old woman who left her comfortable life in America to care for God's children in Uganda.  Hugh Hewitt says it well: 
At the age of nineteen, Katie Davis left the upper-middle-class life to move to Uganda, start a nonprofit organization, and begin the adoption process for thirteen daughters who needed a mother. She is an inspiration and a testament to what God will do when one is willing to be used.

In the past couple of years God has given me a passion for Africa and its orphans.  So, when I came across Katie's book, I was so inspired.  Her blog is always a source of encouragement.

Take the time to read her book and support Amazima Ministries, it will not only make a difference in your life, but in the lives of others.

Katie's Blog
Amazima Ministries
Buy Katie's Book

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The New Chairman of the Missouri GOP--Ed Martin!

I was very excited to learn last night that Ed Martin is now the new chairman of the Missouri GOP.  I met Ed Martin last year and was so impressed with him on multiple levels.  He is also the Chairman of the American Renewal Project.  I attended one of their events last year here in Kansas City and it was wonderful.

Here is an excerpt of what Martin had to say about becoming the new chairman:

Saturday, I was honored to be elected to be Chairman of Missouri’s Republican Party. This has less to do with my own merit and more to the fact that the grassroots are charting a course to reignite the beacon of hope and liberty that America is. I cannot tell you how encouraged I am by the direction in which our friends and colleagues are steering our state party. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to be part of that effort.

I want all of you to be encouraged too. Most of you know me, you know what I am all about. I mean to do all in my power to be a zealous advocate for freedom as the Chairman of the Missouri GOP.
We have a lifetime of work ahead of us, and only a few years in which to succeed. The need is urgent, our opponents hold all the high ground in politics, culture, the academy and the media. Our only ally is that history and the Almighty acknowledge and bless those who love freedom and work to secure it for their fellow man.
I am looking forward to the future of the Missouri GOP with Ed Martin at the helm.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

My Top 6 TV Shows!

1) Justified--My favorite show right now. The fourth season starts this week.  Timothy Olyphant does an incredible job as Marshal Raylan Givens.

2) The Middle--This is a show that the kids and I watch together.  It is hilarious.  In my opinion, it is the funniest family comedy show, maybe ever.  Brick is my favorite, although I love everyone else too.

3) The Good Wife--Julianna Margulies does a wonderful job and the whole show is great.

4) Grey's Anatomy--This has been a favorite of mine for a long time.  This is the last season and every year I describe it as "free therapy".

5) Southland--This is a great cop show.

6) The Office--One of the best comedies ever.  I have re-watched old episodes many times.

Monday, January 07, 2013

2012 Book List!

Since I'd like to start blogging again, I thought I'd start off with my 2012 list.  I re-read quite a few books from my favorite Stephanie Plum series, but overall, still read quite a few books this past year.

2012 Book List!
1) Heart Cries (Prayers of Biblical Women)--Marylou Carney
2) Words Kids Need to Hear--David Staal
3) The Devil Came on Horseback (Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur)--Brian Steidle
4) One for the Money--Janet Evanovich
5) Kisses from Katie--Katie Davis
6) Respectful Kids--Dr. Todd Cartmell
7) Reagan in His Own Voice--Skinner & Anderson
8) Between 2 Worlds: My Life & Captivity in Iran--Roxana Saberi
9) Power, Money & Sex (How success almost ruined my life)--Deion Sanders
10) No Place Safe--Kim Reid
11) Not Lost Forever--Carmina Salcido & Jackson
12) James--Beth Moore
13) Woman, Thou Art Loosed--T.D. Jakes
14) Encourage Me--Charles Swindoll
15) Decision Points--President George W. Bush
16) Calm My Anxious Heart--Linda Dillow
17) Still Growing--Kirk Cameron
18) Mother Theresa--Sam Wellman
19) Bitter Harvest--Ann Rule
20) Two for the Dough--Janet Evanovich
21) Three to get Deadly--Janet Evanovich
22) Four to Score--Janet Evanovich
23) Running for my Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games--Lopez Lomong
24) Jane Austen's Little Advice Book--Michon & Norris
25) A Different Kind of Christmas--Alex Haley
26) Liberty & Tyranny--Mark Levin
27) Terror by Night--Terry Caffey
28) High Five--Janet Evanovich
29) Hot Six--Janet Evanovich
30) Seven Up--Janet Evanovich
31) Hard Eight--Janet Evanovich
32) The Attributes of God--A.W. Tozer
33) The Help--Kathryn Stockett
34) To The Nines--Janet Evanovich
35) Ten Big Ones--Janet Evanovich

If I had to pick a favorite from the year, I would say it would be Kisses from Katie.  She is a young, amazing woman of God who is making a huge difference in Uganda.  I will probably do a post on her, her book, her blog and her ministry.

My other favorites were The Devil Came on Horseback, Between 2 Worlds, Running for My Life and The Help.  I am definitely going to do a post on the book and the movie, The Help.

I am looking forward to reading in 2013.

2011 Book List
2010 Book List
2008 Book List

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Need You Now!

by Plumb

Well, everybody's got a story to tell
And everybody's got a wound to be healed
I want to believe there's beauty here
So, I guess you're tired of holding on
I can't let go, I can't move on
I want to believe there's meaning here

For the rest of the lyrics, go here!

This song has been very meaningful at this time in my life.  Since, finding it I have become a big fan of Plumb.