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Mandy’s Monday – Watch the Movie and Skip the Book
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If you have not figured it out by now I need to tell you I LOVE to READ!!  This year (2010) we made it a goal to each read 20 books.  I have been reading and enjoying it but I need to pick up the pace if I am going to get 20 in before 2011!  Right now I am trying to finish books number six and seven.

My first book of the year was Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia which I found while roaming around WalMart at Christmas time.  I had recently seen the movie based on the book and thought it would be a story I would like to read.  It is possible that it should have stayed on the shelf at WalMart, which I will explain soon.  I just loved the movie, you can see my earlier post about it if you like.  Almost from the first page I discovered maybe the movie is better than the book… “It had been happening for a couple of years now, ever since I’d sold some of my eggs (ovarian eggs) for $7,500 in order to pay off credit card debt.”  I was thinking “what did I just read?   I don’t know that I am comfortable with that!”  And that was only the beginning!

Julie is harsh in her language to say it nicely, OK she cusses throughout the book and I did not enjoy that!  Julie is very different than myself in not only life experiences but values and core convictions.  So after a chapter or two I questioned if I should just stop reading and choose another book.  The movie portrays Julie more in the light of a sweet young girl trying to make something of herself instead of the book which reveals a character who is brash, sarcastic, and able to see sexual innuendos in everything, especially cooking.  Two things compelled me to continue 1. I hate to not finish something and 2. Maybe this would be a good experience in seeing what women’s lives are like who are very different than me. So I continued on, although I will admit I learned to race my eyes over all the curse words and at one point I took a week or two break from reading.

There were a few things I liked about the book.  Reading it gave me a desire to try cooking new things.  I enjoy cooking and this just spurred me on.  I decided to give Julia Child’s Potage Parmentier a try and yes it was simple and delicious, as described.  I enjoyed reading about blogging, which I am  found of doing myself!  I loved the way Julie set a goal and then worked like crazy to accomplish it, never giving up till it was complete.  I loved reading about a young woman wanting more from her life and striving to get it.  I appreciated seeing a glimpse into lives that are lived by convictions very different than my own.  I found it very eye opening!

From time to time Julie starts to reveal her own spiritual views “I have never looked to religion for comfort-belief is just not in my genes.  But reading Mastering the Art of French Cooking-childishly simple and dauntingly complex, incantatory and comforting- I thought this was what prayer must feel like.  Sustenance bound up with anticipation and want.  Reading MtAoFC was like reading pornographic Bible verses.” (pg 15) Interesting!  I wonder if she has ever read Song of Solomon, it might be shocking to her!  Song of Solomon is not pornographic but it is not PG either.  Julie refers to a woman at work who wears a What Would Jesus Do bracelet as a “loon”, directly implied because she wears the bracelet.  I have never worn one of the bracelets, but I have read the book which this was inspired by and at times live by the principle; and I must say it is rather helpful and convicting at the same time.  I don’t think that makes me a loon.  Near the end of the book she compares Buffy the Vampire slayer to the Bible.  After a description of the Buffy story line (teen vampire slayer and only one who can save the world) she writes, “In all this is not so unlike the Bible, except with stunt doubles and better jokes.  Those of you who are offended by this can take some comfort in knowing that I am far from the first person to have made this observation.  Also like the Bible, Buffy got a little bloated and Revelations-y toward the end…you don’t skip out of Revelations, no matter how kind of weird and lame it is.  Or maybe you do.  But not the last episode of Buffy.” (pg 248-9)  I don’t find this offensive, the Bible is an amazing true narrative and many story-lines have mirrored it’s genius!  The Lord is the perfect story weaver and amazingly His is reality!

Overall, I am glad I read through Julie & Julia, but I would not go so far as to recommend it.  If you read it and I know that you know that I read it…well I just might blush and try to deny it all.

Hello 2010!
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moore familyA new year calls for new and renewed goals.  If you are not purposeful in life, you will get swept up in whatever is around you and before you know it years will have passed by, patterns will be set, and unwanted results will be occurring.  We find this can be true in our lives so we are challenged to be purposeful and want to challenge others to do the same.

As a family we have purposed to step up to the challenge of learning to love one another better in 2010.  Now, that would be a nice traditional resolution, but to make it effective, we have given it more specifics. (read fellow blogger, Michael Hyatt, about making resolutions “stick”)

So we have chosen 1 Peter 4.8-9 to guide us through this year.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

In a family of 6, love, hospitality, and not grumbling are great necessities for a well functioning team.  So our goals all carry this focus with them.

We will memorize 1 Peter 4.8-9 as a family, and use it as a springboard for prayer throughout the year.  Mandy will be dedicating time throughout the year studying the ways God loves.

    Brian will increase daddy-dates with each child to happen 1 time per month on the date of their birthday.  So Emma, who has a birthday on November 5th, rejoiced that she gets to be the first one under the new goal…she is already making plans for what we will do on Tuesday, January 5th. (Owen doesn’t start yet because we start them on their 3rd birthday)
    All the family will each read at least 20 books this year (Isabelle and Owen will have to be read to).  Our blog readers will for sure be kept up to date on what books we are reading and how this goal is progressing through the year
    Mandy and Brian will run a half-marathon this year (Kuddos to Greg & Allison for the marathon/half-marathon they will be running in a few weeks!)
    Brian will submit 3 articles this year to a magazine for publication consideration

As we listen to the direction of God and walk with him through this year of loving, there will be more goals that we commit to and ways that we will change what we have set out to do.  We look forward to how this year will unfold as we strive to live out this journey of faith, family, and ministry.  May the Lord bless you and your goals in the year 2010…share your goals in the comments!!

InsideOut People
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I have begun to be a contributor on a collaborative blog www.insideoutpeople.com seeking to encourage conversation and life change in being authentic followers of Christ who are making a difference in their immediate community and the global community. I want to encourage you to go there and check out what the other contributors have to say, it is challenging on all levels.

We were asked to each give a perspective on what it means to be an inside out person. I want to share my posts here as well as encourage you to go there to read others.

“Full of It”

What are you filled with? What am I filled with?

At first that seems like a difficult or weird question to answer. But if I ask someone else to describe you or me, they are probably going to use some words that begin or end in “full”! And honestly on different days I might be described in different words…one day I may be described as “joyful” but another, “spiteful”, or “full of love”, or “playful”, or acting in “hurtful” ways, etc.

We describe each other like this because we see the things coming out of a person as what describes the stuff that is on the INSIDE. What’s on the inside COMES OUT, one way or another. We can pretend for awhile (and we all have done it), but the stuff in there will spill out. So what’s in there??

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” -Colossians 1.27b-29

So the biggest concerns for me are…

first, is Christ in me and is he my hope?

second, is HIS energy working powerfully within me?

and third, HOW am I working and struggling with his energy spilling out of me to others?

If Christ is in me people should be able to call me “Christful”. Certainly it is less complex to say that someone is “joyful” rather than “Christful”. But the more you and I get to know the Christ of the story (the living Christ understood through the Scriptures), the more we become like his character, his thoughts, his heart, his everything! Are people seeing you and I spilling over with Jesus and describing us as full of Him? Are we living out the life of Jesus in other lives, with those who are hurting and those who are rejoicing?

This describes the basis for my understanding of being an Inside Out Person and describes my mission, my purpose, and my cause for my life and all the relationships in my life. I need others in my life to challenge me and encourage me to be living this way! So join us as we go through the ups and the downs of seeking to be Full of it!

Listen to Your Wife…GREAT Advice
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Recently Mandy and I were asked on two separate occasions about what makes a good marriage. I answered, “Marry your friend!” for indeed, I married my friend and there is no one else in the world that I would rather spend time with. Mandy answered, “Admit your mistakes, say your sorry, and forgive”, and this is excellent advice which I have had to use often over the years.

One of the biggest struggles in marriage is the temptation to take one another for granted. You know, familiarity breeds apathy. And apathy leads to a whole host of other things. There are certain built-in needs that we have that must be met and are designed to be met from our marriage partner (if we are married). When these things aren’t being fulfilled in the marriage relationship, a spouse will go elsewhere to find it… no respect at home? – find it in your workplace… no intimacy at home? – find it in someone else who seems more interested in you… he won’t listen to you? – make a website!

Yeah, you read that right, a website… I came across a website based on one couple’s story with the stereotypical “he won’t listen to me” wives’ complaint. Read their story from Jamie’s perspective:

The idea for this site started when I shared a NPR Radio story to my husband. My background is in Art, and I didn’t have much knowledge on the subject, so it thrilled me because it gave me an opportunity to share an insightful story about HIS industry (IT).

However, from the moment that I was sharing the story, I felt a sense of skepticism in Howard’s big eyes. He didn’t believe a thing that I was saying!!! Worse was that he had the nerve to hop on to the computer in front of me and start Googling for the story. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!! When has my story become a fairy tale? Just because he has been in the industry for such a long time, it wasn’t fair for him to automatically discredit it just because it came from me! Had the story come from his friends, co-workers, or even Sports Radio he would’ve believed it!!!

When he realized that the story was true, he turned to me and added, ‘I guess you were right…’. I commented in an annoyed and sarcastic tone, ‘Do you ever believe me?. Since you need the internet to validate my story, perhaps you should go to ListenToYourWife.com.” Again Howard went to the computer and typed in listentoyourwife.com. At that time such a site did not exist. But it certainly gave us ideas.

Now that is creativity! It seems to be catching on with many women…which leads me to the point of this post:

HUSBANDS, LISTEN TO YOUR WIFE!! (I am including myself in that admonition!) Let’s listen to them so they don’t have to go to some website to share their heart or try to find connections. I would hate to stumble upon some web-post from my wife that she truly wished that I would have just dropped the newspaper/book/magazine to listen to her.

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Blogging Life
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Well my friend Greg has gotten started blogging and has stirred up some thoughts and ideas about the blogging world and the great possibilities of it all. This has stirred Mandy and I to return to our vision for themooresonline and make it a place, not only about the happenings of our family, but thoughts on life, God, ourselves, others we meet, things we read, and more.
Last year I began keeping track of books I read and I made a short page on this site which was inspired by my friend Timmy J who is a well read guy…you should check out his books!
So now Mandy and I have added a section on our sidebar that lists what we are currently reading and will allow for us to write a brief book review when we’re done reading. The plugin we are using for this is an excellent addition to any wordpress website created by Rob Miller!
We have also begun a picture gallery and look to populate that with lots of pictures to keep grandma, grandad, grams, and grampy on their “fix” of seeing the grandkids; as well as some of our creative photography that we have stored up in our files and are continuously expanding. Some have commented that they can’t see the background pictures because of the words, so I’ll have an album just for those pictures 🙂
So, just a “heads up” as we look to expand the content and tweak the features and designs of our site to be suited for this type of stuff!

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