You are What you are

Saw the movie “Wreck it Ralph” today with my husband and two sons and enojoyed every single frame, comment and action that the movie had to offer. Especially appreciated the determination of the main characters, Ralph and Vanellope since Ralph is the “bad guy” in the arcarde game, “Fix it Felix” and Vanellope is the supposed “glitch” in the arcade game “Sugar Rush”.

You see, they both want to show the rest of the game characters that they are more than just a surface appearance. They are really nice  and they just want to fit in with everyone else. Ralph doesn’t want to be alone in the dump anymore so he sets out to prove that he’s a hero by trying to earn a medal in another game.

Ralph ends up messing up the game and lands in souped up version of Candyland and there he and Vanellope meet. They have to work together, which a is great lesson for the younger set in getting along with others. Just because they are different in age and size doesn’t  mean they can’t get along.

What the movie really demonstrates to me anyway is that you can be who you are without going to great lengths to prove that you are something you are not. Ralph doesn’t need a medal to prove that he’s a good guy. He just is. He demonstrates that by building a car for his small fry of a friend, freeing his pal Felix, and saving Sugar Rush in its final moments of destruction. In fact, Vanellope and Ralph save each other.

The people in the “Fix it Felix” game come to accept Ralph and appreciate him and even allow some former game icons join the fun in wrecking the building that Ralph goes back to destroying. I secretly think Ralph is just making things better each time he tears down the bricks and breaks the windows, the barrier between strangers is broken and the judgment is no longer passed, just acceptance. Now if only the rest of the world could just tear down the  prejudice, the ignorance, the hate, and all the negative feelings and opinions, hmmm…in the words of Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World” it would be.

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Trusting God – A Review

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Need a fresh way to regain your faith in God? Well this book can help you do just that. Trust is the big word and the best way to do just that. Hard to trust when one is suspicious of the outcome or reliability of the other person. Can’t we all just believe that God will take care of us? That’s the message of this book, written by three wonderful authors, Sharon Jayne’s, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland.
Life experiences that we can all relate to are included in the book to demonstrate how trust is important in any relationship. I love the comment by Sharon Jayne’s’ son, Steven, who says something to effect, that God may just want her to have only one child. How awesome is that? You see, Sharon and her husband had been trying to have more children.
Other examples such as getting up the nerve to do something you are uncomfortable with but have to do. Speaking in public anyone? ( pg 155) And knowing that someone will be there for us without any hint of hesitation. (see page 102) Stories from the Bible are also inserted such as Moses being called upon to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt! Of course he gives all sorts of excuses as to why he can’t. Sound familiar?
The authors leave space for you to add your own thoughts and verses to read and prayer to say each week that you read the book. It’s a twelve week Bible Study that is definitely worth reading. Great job, Girlfriends in God! Now about that chocolate!
I received this free copy from Waterbrook Press in exchange for reviewing it.

For more information:
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An excerpt from the book:
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601423931
For more about the authors:
http://www.girlfriendsingod.com/