Snow White {12.2.16}

This has been kind of a long drawn out series of posts. snow-white-and-birdThank you for bearing with me. Even I got kind of tired looking at lessons God can give me through this movie. But, I believe He led me there so I went. Well, finally, here we are – the last installment.

I think the first thing we all notice about Snow White in the movie is that she is outwardly beautiful. That’s what caused all her trouble, didn’t it? The Queen was jealous of her beauty and thus the beginnings of evil thoughts entered her mind and grew until she acted upon those thoughts. snow-white-and-appleThat’s how Satan gets us. We allow him to put a foot in the door and pretty soon he owns our house (which if we are Christians, belongs to GOD!). The good news is that God always gives us a way of escape so we can withstand those attacks that come our way. Snow White was no exception. She was able to escape. Even though she was afraid, she took that step of faith and ran like her life depended on it and it appeared that it did – literally.

We quickly realize that Snow White’s beauty is NOT only skin deep but comes from her heart. She has joy in the midst of her terrible troubles. She doesn’t know what is going to happen to her and I’m sure she felt very alone. It reminds me of the verses in (Hebrews 11). Those always get me. Faithful followers of God stepping out even when they had no idea how it was going to turn out. Faith. Trust. Obedience.

Snow White shows us that we truly can be content in all circumstances. She also walks out the words of (Colossians 3:17). Life is full of ups and downs, hills and valleys, sunshine and rain. However, God is in all of those times and He has a plan for us – a good plan, a perfect plan. (Jeremiah 29:11) All things work out for the good of those who are called by His Name and walk in His Ways. snow-white-and-princeOur job is to remember that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD (Mark 10:27) and if we give him what we have, He can multiply it beyond our beliefs. All for Him. All for His Glory. All for Our Good.

Lessons I learned from Snow White:  Do right, even when it is hard. Count your blessings, even if your hardships are more visible at the moment. Be joyful. Be kind. Help others. Whistle or sing while you work. Trust that all will work out in the end just as it should.

Grumpy – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs {10.3.16}

I’m learning lessons from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I think we can all relate to Grumpy. After all, we know what Grumpy looks and sounds like. None of us enjoy being around grumpy people and guess what – they don’t want to be around us when we are grumpy either. Just out of curiosity I looked “grumpy” up in the dictionary. Here are some of the definitions:  bad tempered, short tempered, crotchety, testy, touchy, irritable, surly, disagreeable, snappish, cranky, ornery. grumpyWOW – I don’t want to be any of those things. They don’t sound like anyone I want to know and they certainly don’t sound like anyone I want to be. However, sometimes I just feel like I want to be grumpy. That doesn’t make sense I know but it’s true. Have you ever found yourself kind of feeling like you want to be grumpy? I can sometimes feel myself getting kind of grumpy inside and I don’t even know why. Have you been there? Are you there now? One of my temptations to grumpiness is when I look out the back of our house. We have lived here for about 5 years and had a beautiful field behind us. It was especially nice to look at when planted in winter wheat and the wind was blowing it. Oh, and one of the best things about this field is that we have enjoyed unobstructed sunset views. They are truly incredible. Well, recently the field was sold and now is in the hands of a developer. They have been moving dirt, hauling gravel, and beginning a new housing addition. Needless to say it has been a dirty, dusty mess! We can’t sit out on the back patio and now that the weather is cooler and we would love to open our windows, we can’t because that would only invite the dirt inside (and I don’t enjoy dusting)! In the scheme of things, that is a petty, small annoyance and not a big deal but I can make it a big deal easily if I allow myself.

Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

There can be many reasons behind why we are grumpy. We might be hurting emotionally, we might be angry, in pain, frustrated, fearful, feeling unloved, you name it. Sometimes I think grumpy may be a defense mechanism so that people don’t get too close. However, just like with Grumpy and Snow White, eventually people usually respond to kindness. Grumpy did not want anything to do with Snow White at first. He gave a lot of negative talk, didn’t he? He knew that things would change in ways he didn’t think he wanted. Snow White continued to be kind and loving toward him though and eventually his cold and stony (grumpy) attitude changed.grumpy-and-snow-white

Snow White had the attitude of Christ Jesus whose love for us does not depend upon what we do or say. He loves us so much He died for our sins, grumpy attitudes and all. Salvation is not by works (what we do or how we act), it is by grace. Then, after we receive His glorious grace, we do good works as a result of the love we have received from Him. It’s God in us that allows us to overcome those “grumpy” times and attitudes and instead live a life full of love and joy. In looking at Grumpy and Snow White, I’ve decided I want to be more like Snow White and err on the side of kindness. How about you?

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Lessons I learned from Grumpy: I control my own attitude. No one wants to be around me if/when I am grumpy and grumbling. Grumpy people need to be shown kindness. Our perspective is often blurred. I need to seek God and ask Him to help me see others through His eyes. People don’t always deserve grace – neither did I.  I need to give it anyway. Grumpy can turn to Happy with love and kindness.

So…is there a “Grumpy” in your life? How will you react to this person? Will you extend kindness or be grumpy yourself? I would love to hear your stories. Just leave a comment.

Hi Ho Hi Ho, It’s Off To Work We Go {9.21.16}

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. What a movie! What a song! I can’t sing or even think of that song without smiling from the inside out. It just makes me One of our grandsons used to love to watch that movie but he called it the “Hi Ho” movie. So, when he wanted to watch it, he asked for “Hi Ho”. There is just nothing like the old Disney movies. Even though they all had their share of evil and some scariness (is that a word?) in them, they always had a happy ending. Those are my kind of movies – happy endings. I also like all the loose ends tied up in pretty bows too so don’t take me to scary movies or those who leave you hanging. Anyway, back to Disney. Their movies are like our lives, aren’t they? Evil, bad times, temptations and goodness all together in one story. But like Disney movies, if we trust in God and follow closely after Him, we will have a very happy ending to our life here on earth. God is using this movie to teach me some lessons about work. Not just the work that people do when they go someplace and get paid for a job they do for a company, anything we do that is a work. Here’s what God says about it:

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

That’s the key to being able to happily sing the “Hi Ho” song. It’s all about attitude, isn’t it? This is not a suggestion, it is a command. This scripture does not say “if you work outside the home” or “if you are a stay-at-home parent” or “if you get paid a huge salary” or “if you like your job” or “if they treat you well” or “if you feel like it” or “if people praise you”. It says, WHATEVER YOU DO. Yikes. That means whether you are a movie star on a red carpet, owner of your own company, cleaning toilets, mopping floors, digging ditches, teaching rebellious kids or dishing out fries at McDonalds. I wish I could say that I live out this scripture but I can’t. I think I usually have a good attitude but…there are times! And I have to admit, when I’m dusting furniture, I definitely do not have the right attitude. How about you? Maybe if I sing the song when I tackle less than pleasant tasks, it would make a difference. I’m going to try that. I’ll make sure I’m alone though. Only God can appreciate my singing voice. Come to think of it, I think it’s time to get out the sweeper and get to work.

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

snow-white-and-dwarfsFunny how God speaks to us. This time He’s speaking to me through a Disney movie and the attitudes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. God works in mysterious ways and with the simple (like me), he uses the simple things to teach us. He is so gracious and loving!  I’ll share more lessons from these characters in future posts. Snow White, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey all have something to show us. Stay tuned for more from “Hi Ho”.