Friday, 29 May 2015

my favorite movies!

Hi guys! So today, I decided to blog about my favorite movies. These movies reveal and remind me of what’s important and what’s true; faith, hope and love. 
Some are quite popular, some may be new to you. I hope you discover meaningful stories from these movies that resonate with your own story or a story close to home. In no particular order:

·         Amazing love (based on the book of hosea.)
·         Facing the giants
·         Fireproof
·         Letters to God
·         One night with the King (based on the book of esther.)
·         Pilgrim’s progress (old one, I know. Haven’t read the book yet so the movie does it for now ;)
·         This is our time (ethan’s story in this film is so close to mine at the moment)
·         Taken by grace
·         What would Jesus do
·         Akeelah and the bee (love it cos of my love for words ;)
·         Anne of green gables series (oh, how this story expresses my desire for a stable, warm family. Sigh)
·         Beware of ‘christians’ (this is such a good one, I promise. It’s actually a film by a few college guys. You have to watch this!)
·         Brother white
·         Christmas with a capital C
·         Christmas angel
·         Courageous
·         Cutback
·         End of the spear (this is a must watch, guys! It’s a film based on a true story.)
·         Hachi, a dog tale
·         I am Gabriel
·         Jonny (I got to memorize some lovely scriptures through this movie.)
·         Left behind I and II
·         Marriage retreat
·         Me again
·         Love comes softly
·         Loves everlasting courage
·         Love begins
·         October baby (lovely one!)
·         Preacher’s kid
·         Pride and prejudice
·         A mile in his shoes
·         A shine of rainbows
·         Revenge of the bridesmaids
·         Safe harbor
·         Sarah’s choice
·         Soul surfer (very inspiring!)
·         Suing the devil
·         The blindside
·         The encounter
·         The nanny express
·         The ultimate gift (it’s filled with so much wisdom about life… who true friends are)
·         To save a life (if you’re battling depression or know someone who does, please carve out time to watch this. Really important.)
·         The grace card
·         Snowmen

This is quite a list, huh. hahah I’m a story kind of person, so movies, films, they speak to me, especially faith based ones. Lemme know if there’s any on my list you’ve watched. i hope you get to watch any of them this weekend. and please share titles of any great movie/film you’ve seen which isn’t on my list. enjoy!

Monday, 25 May 2015

music monday// the words i would say

Hi guys!! So, most of my posts lately have been scheduled due to connection probs. ;) looks like I’ll be scheduling for a while. So yeah, this is scheduled too, including most of the subsequent ones.

Oh well, guess who turned twenty something today!! Yurp, this lass here is in her mid-twenties already! Woahhh! Feels like it crept up on me. I don’t know how mid-twenties is supposed to feel like but I don’t feel or even look it. haha. Sometimes I feel like I’m still only 20, you know. Time sure does fly by, and for some reason I would want time to wait a while for me to figure some things out before it goes ahead and tick on. but we all know that’s just not gonna happen. 

i'm thankful to my buddy, Jesus for walking with me all these years. it's been quite a journey. And though I’m not where I thought I’d be by this time in my life, I trust that all things are working together for my good. I’ll probably share details later, but certainly not today. today deserves an extra topping of joy. :)

Welp! happy birthday to me!!! I’m sharing this song by sidewalk prophets today cause the words mean so much to me, especially more so this day. i'm imagining my 40-something self speaking to the me of today. I need to remind myself to be strong in the Lord. Enjoy!

the words i would say~ sidewalk prophets
It’s three in the morning, and I’m still awake
So I picked up a pen and a page
And I started writing
just what I’d say if we were face to face

I’d say just what you mean to me
Tell you, these simple truths

Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope
You’re gonna do great things
This I, already know.
God’s got His hand on you
So don’t live life in fear
Forgive and forget
But don’t forget why you’re here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say

Last time we spoke
You said you were hurting
And I felt your pain in my heart
And I wanna tell you, I’ll keep on praying
Love will find you where you are
I know cause I’ve already been there
So please hear these simple truths

From one simple life to another
I would say, come find peace in the Father

“have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

“the Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

Let the truth of this song wash over you and be encouraged to let love and hope keep you going through this life.

xoxo, gen delali.

Monday, 18 May 2015

music monday// shadowfeet

give me anything brooke fraser and I’ll love you forever! The truth flowing from this song resonates so much with me. a few years back, Heaven was not necessarily on my mind that much. I knew it exists but my actions didn’t reflect that I yearned to be a citizen of Heaven. All the chaos down here could easily sway my focus. Glad my focus is where it’s meant to be now, and I’m yearning to do all I do in light of eternity.

There are many, many things that could easily draw our hearts into fear, desperation, despair. Just take a look at the news and fear is ready to work its way into your heart. But when you are planted in Christ, even when fear shows up you have a sure hope of a better place awaiting you- Heaven! 

Sometimes I ask God to hurry with His plan of when the saints will be taken Home to the new Jerusalem. As much as I’m eager to be there already, I remember that there’s a mission here still to be done before that happens. And I know there’ll always be people who’ll think I’m crazy for believing in all this ‘Jesus stuff’ but that’s ok.

 shadowfeet~ brooke fraser
Walking stumbling on these shadowfeet
Towards Home, a land that I’ve never seen
I am changing, less and less asleep
Made of different stuff than when I began
And I have sensed it all along
Fast approaching is the Day.

When the world is falling out from under me
I’ll be found in You, still standing
When the sky rolls up
and the mountains fall on their knees
when time and space are through
I’ll be found in You

There’s distraction buzzing in my head
Saying in the shadows it’s easier to stay
But I’ve heard rumors of true reality,
Whispers of a well-lit Way

You make all things new
You make all things new
You make all things new
You make all things new
You make all things

When the world is falling out from under me
I’ll be found in You, still standing
When the sky rolls up
and the mountains fall on their knees
when time and space are through
I’ll be found in You

When the world is falling out from under me
I’ll be found in You, still standing
Every fear and accusation under my feet
When time and space are through
I’ll be found in You,
When time and space are through
I’ll be found in You
When time and space are through
I’ll be found in You.

“the fool says in his heart, “there is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1-3

“and let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meetings together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

“it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. but everything exposed by the light becomes visible- and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: ‘wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’”  Ephesians 5:14

“enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. but small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

“whoever does not take up their cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:38-39

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’…” Revelations 21:5

I hope you have your hope placed in Christ. Whether the earth quakes, whether an avalanche, flood, plane crashes, tsunami, hurricane occurs, though your heart may fret, the Beloved washes you with His peace when you trust in Him. these things happen to fulfill the prophecies about the end times.

xoxo, gen delali.

Monday, 11 May 2015

music monday// the reason i sing

There are so many things we do in relation to the various spiritual gifts and talents the Lord has given us to use to point people to Him. and there scores of motives underlying why we do what we do. The Lord out of His grace has blessed me with the gift of writing. It’s one of the clearest ways I express my thoughts and what He places on my heart.

This song convicts me of the why I write. I must write to ultimately bring God glory, not to draw attention to myself. It’s all about Him. maybe you draw fantastically, design, sing, dance, engage in public speaking, act, write, play an instrument, have a special love for kiddos…whatever creative art the Creator has blessed you with, I urge you to use it to serve Him. personally, I know that even if it’s a small platform the Lord has given me now to point my writing to Him, as long as I keep being faithful with it, He is faithful to open wider doors.

 the reason i sing~ jimmy needham
If it’s just to top a song chart
To feed the kids and get a bigger car
The skies already have a lot of stars
And they all sing Your name
And if I’m here to write a number 1
To get a gold or maybe platinum
Make me a singer who is unsung
Cause You won’t share Your fame

Cause even accolades someday
Will fade away, oh just like me
Yes everything but You, yeah
And many years from now
It won’t matter how
I write the rhymes I do yeah
Help me get back to the reason I sing for You.

I’m always looking for the limelight
To dim my house and make the stages bright
Compared to You I’m just a night light
Against the blazing sun
I enter rooms and hope they notice me
To fill my social insecurities
I’m asking if there’s any hope for me
Cause there’s only room for one

Why are we so convinced
a bigger audience is simply common sense to have?
Maybe success is measured best
by nothing less than our obedience.
So if i’m destined for a small stage
The small crowds and the small pay
Then maybe even in a small way,
I can bring You fame.

“ “well done, my good servant!” his master replied. “because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.” Luke 19:17

“he who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but He who speaks of the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.” john 7:18

“to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” 1 samuel 15:22

“I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not yield My glory to another or My praise to idols.” Isaiah 42:8

“heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35

“for we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

“there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” 1 corinthians 12:4-5

                                   what are the special gifting the Lord has blessed you with?

Are you doing what you do just for the money or to draw attention to yourself? Ponder on this a little more and resolve to use your talents and spiritual gifts for God’s glory. :)

xoxo, gen delali.

Monday, 4 May 2015

music monday// find rest

welcome to may, my favorite month! :)

I love how the verse of this song is straight from the sixty-second psalm! It’s a lovely song to me, reminding me that God alone is my source. Not a friend, job, husband, material possessions, approval of humans. All of these can easily slip away, but God is steady and never-changing. He’s constant! And that’s why my soul must continually find hope in Him alone!

 find rest~ annie lawrence
I find rest for my soul in God alone
My hope comes from Him,  from God alone
He alone is my Rock and my Salvation
He’s my fortress, I will not be shaken

Through the fire and storm,
Lord my heart is Yours
I will trust with hands held high
When the waters rise
Lord Your love is life
I will trust with hands held high

You are my God and Savior
You’re my Deliverer

 you can find annie's song here.

“yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my fortress, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6

“when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

“may my prayer be set before You like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:2

“I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:4

‘but I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16

“You are my hiding-place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7

“the Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” zephaniah 3:17

Is your soul finding hope in God alone? If you lost all you have like Job can you sincerely still praise God and say your salvation in Christ is the most important treasure you have? Allow your soul to find rest in God alone.
xoxo, gen delali.

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