Saturday, December 8, 2012

Treasures of the Snow ~ Book and Movie Favorites!

Job 38:22

During this chilly, winter season, a good book and movie are always welcome! Thankfully, wholesome books are in abundance but movies are more of a challenge. I wanted to share with you the following  gem...

"High in the Swiss Alps, little Danny disappears. When he is found---alive, but seriously injured---his sister, Annette, vows revenge. Lucien, who caused the accident, escapes to the forest where he is taken in by a godly old woodcarver. Lucien wants to make amends, but will Annette learn to forgive him? Treasures of the Snow was filmed in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. The charm of genuine antique chalets will delight you. And you will experience real life drama, the tensions of ordinary people under pressures and the satisfaction of righteousness rewarded." ~ From the Publisher

There is also the excellent book (for 8-12 years) which inspired the movie. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John illustrates forgiveness to our young ladies in a very realistic way that is sure to turn hearts toward the Savior.

Wholesome entertainment is hard to find but these are truly some of the best out there! Though the movie isn't to today's standards of fancy filming, the excellent message outweighs it.

Scripture that Summarizes the Story:

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
~ Ephesians 4:32

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mentored by Wonder Woman?

A confession... I grew up worshiping Wonder Woman. She was amazing to me with her special weaponry that assisted her in fighting the "bad guys". The tiara she wore doubled as a boomerang, her fancy bracelets could dodge bullets and her magic lasso forced people to speak the truth. In her special boots, she could jump extremely high! She was so very "good" in my young eyes as she pranced around in her skimpy swimwear… but she was not real, nor was she modest, nor did she even resemble a keeper at home or a Proverbs 31 woman. Most importantly, she wasn't a follower of Christ.

How many hard lessons did I have to learn because of her "glamorous" influence. This is why I encourage you to mentor your daughters using the real "wonder women" in history. Their special weapons? The armor of God! (I am sure you can guess who the "bad guy" is too.)

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." 
~ Ephesians 6:10-13

Margaret Wilson, Scottish Covenanter

Teach your daughters about the Christian heroine, Margaret Wilson, who stood staked in the rising waters with her "loins girt about with truth" (Ephesians 6:14). She was able to stand strong unto death in the knowledge that Christ was the head of the church and not man. What a wonder!

Betsie, Corrie and Nollie ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom and her sisters wore the "helmet of salvation" (Ephesians 6:17) when they protected the persecuted Jews in their Holland homes. They knew they were "safe in Christ" with their armor on and feared not what man could do to the body. What strength and faith in God these women had!

Elizabeth Prentiss

Elizabeth Prentiss fought her battles with the pen. She wrote novels full of godly encouragement for women with the "sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). She gently exhorts us to conquer those earthly lusts and live for the Lord!

These "wonder women" (along with many others) are godly mentors for our girls (and ourselves). If we do not provide worthy examples, the world will do it for us. Their role models are always waiting to be worshiped on the pages of magazines, in the aisles of your grocery store, on the television screen with their lawless lifestyle (even if you censor the shows they watch, there is always the seductive commercials) and in homes of families and friends (sad to say). God willing, you are with your daughters most of the time which gives you the advantage. Study the heroines of the faith in the Scriptures. Provide her with examples which will aspire her to live up to a higher calling, one which would make her a "wonder woman" in her own right as she seeks the will of God in her life.

Dear readers, stand strong in your God-given armor…
hold fast to"the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." 
~Ephesians 6:16

This post may be shared with some or all of the following lovely link-ups: Modest Mom Monday'sTeach Me Tuesday, Artful HomemakingDomestically Divine TuesdayRaising HomemakersWise Woman Link Up, and Deep Roots at Home. Thank you, dear ladies, for hosting these!

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