Saturday, October 31, 2015

Favorite Biblical Lessons From "The Lion King"

It took almost two years, but last night
my children and I finally saw

"The Lion King" Musical! 

So imagine my surprise when I read today's verse of the day... 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about,
seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same
afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

1 Peter 5:8-9

and I had to smile that this would be today's selected verse
and have decided to also share my favorite Biblical takeaways from "The Lion King"...

5. Turn your back on the world (1 John 2:15-17)

I grew up hearing...

"We are in the world, but not of the world
because this world is not our home"

we are only

strangers
pilgrims
sojourners

traveling through here

marching toward a greater

destiny
destination 

and turning signifies

a repentance
a refocus
a change of heart

as we turn from the world... and turn towards "home"

4. He Lives In You (Romans 8:16)

Simba ran from a problem
and had been away from home so long

that he had forgotten who he was

because being son of the king
makes you

an heir
a descendent
royalty

Then one day his very own reflection
reminded him

that his father still lived in him

teaching that

when you run
if you run
after you've run

you will eventually have to face your mistakes

learn
grow
mature

remember who you are

drop pride and
return to the rock

(did you get all that?)

3. Everything the light touches is our kingdom (Ephesians 5:8)

Jesus is the light
and everything He touches belongs to us

Real.
Simple.

Peace?
(He gives that)

Joy? 
(He brings that)

Love?
(He is that)

So everything we need is found in Jesus

and we must walk in the Light
and avoid the darkness

knowing the destructive

forces
follows
finds

when we venture out into that "shadowy place"
which is why He had to

give us His life
to give us ours

2. We Each Matter (1 Corinthians 12:14)

because on the drive home I couldn't stop thinking about

all of the work that went into the production 
all of the people behind the scenes who we did not see

the stagers and choreographers
the costume and set designers
the orchestra and lighting crew

and I realize that we will not each have the opportunity

to play the lead role
and sing our song
on stage

but with Jesus
we are

each important
each matter 
each play a part

in the final production

1. Hakuna Matata (Matthew 6:25-26)

Surprised, right? 

My favorite and number one takeaway from "The Lion King"
is the Swahili phrase "Hakuna Matata"

it means "no worries"
from literally translated...

Hakuna (there is not here)
Matata (problem)

and so since

we know
we've learned
we've found

"The Lion King of Judah"
(praise)

we just can't stop singing...

"It means no worries for the rest of your days. 
It's our problem-free, philosophy... Hakuna Matata!"


Click to read... Student Driver

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Revisiting Our Gratitude For His Grace... 31 Days

I am celebrating 3 years of writing here in this space...
(a journey I could have never imagined would be so sweet)

Five-Minute Friday

I've learned...
and grown...
and would like to invite you

to join me as

we spend 5 minutes for the next

#31days

recalling
remembering
revisiting

our Gratitude
for His Grace



Day 1: Calling- The Invitation... God is Calling You To Rest
Day 2: Family- A Child's Lesson... Family Encouragement and Graffiti
Day 3: Capture- A Mary... or a Martha
Day 4: Embrace- The Gift of Tears
Day 5: Home- Remember The Way Home
Day 6: Possible- This Kid's Got Heart
Day 7: Love- So In Love
Day 8: Purple- Receiving... The Other Side of Giving
Day 9: Trust- Trick or Treat? Teaching My Children About Choices
Day 10: Ready- Will You Be Ready?
Day 11: Rest- Resting on the Back of Something Bigger
Day 12: Storm- Panic or Praise... A Lesson For When Jesus Sleeps
Day 13: Patience- Life Under Construction
Day 14: Fly- You Can Catch More Flies...
Day 15: Laugh- "A Wizard of Oz" Inspired Halloween
Day 16: Green- Children's Art Studio... March Madness
Day 17: Offer- From Whiner To Winner
Day 18: Worth- The Brown Boots Live On (Part 1)
Day 19: Honor- Freedom Ain't Free
Day 20: Temporary- Moment in Your Life
Day 21: Wave- Don't Miss The Bus
Day 22: Value- A Bag of Opportunities
Day 23: Joy- Children's Art Studio... Flavors of Fall
Day 24: Silence- Hide Me
Day 25: Crash- Student Driver
Day 26: Whisper- On Stage With The Father
Day 27: Perhaps- Get Naked (A Mature Thought)
Day 28: Hope- I Still Believe
Day 29: Sea- Discovering Destiny in the Dead Sea
Day 30: Bacon- The Enemy You Feed
Day 31: Almost- Leave Your Mark