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Desiring God – Review

This review is a long time coming. I received this series of dvds just before we moved a couple of years ago and, in the process, it was packed, overlooked, etc. It was kept in a box with other things I knew I’d want right away when we finally settled in enough to unpack and we finally watched this dvd series the first winter after we moved to our new house. (Wow, two winters here already?!) Of course, things were still topsy-turvy as I tried to find our basic homeschool supplies and manage that and all things domestic in a place much MUCH smaller than we had before. Also, we didn’t have Internet connection that first winter and whenever we’d visit the library, this review was the last thing on my mind. Many times I had forgotten to bring my laptop with me so I didn’t have my rough drafts/notes anyway. This series served us well in another way in that it provided us a Sunday sermon for a few Sundays in a row. Our move brought us more than a hundred miles away from our home church and there were (are) no churches to fit our beliefs out here…so “home church” needed some variation and good resources.

I don’t remember specific quotes or anecdotes directly from the film series since it’s been a while. I do remember it is about “Christian Hedonism.” Basically, doing as God says…loving Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Seek to enjoy Him to the fullest in all areas of your life. And, unlike sinful humanistic ways of hedonism in various areas of life, there isn’t ever any way that you can love God, enjoy God or get too much of God. The older children and I probably received more edification and teaching from it than the younger members of the family but there were some good explanations and anecdotes that did catch their attention and kept them interested for the most part. It is definitely a series that I’ll keep around and have everyone view again.

If you are interested in knowing more about this dvd series or purchasing it, you can read more about it or buy it through the link below:

Desiring God DVD Series

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You can also listen to the sermons here if you cannot or do not want to purchase the series:

Desiring God

Please let me know your thoughts should you watch the series or listen to the sermons! I would love to know how you were encouraged to become a “Christian Hedonist!”

‘Til next time,
Tamara

PS – I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for a review. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and always will be – positive or negative. 🙂

Mr. Blakeslee on Faith

“Well’m, faith ain’t no magic wand or money-back gar’ntee, either one. Hit’s jest a way alivin’. Hit means you don’t worry th’ew the days. Hit means you go’n be holdin’ on to God in good or bad times, and you accept whatever happens. Hit means you respect life like it is – like God made it – even when it ain’t what you’d order from the wholesale house. Faith don’t mean the Lord is go’n make lions lay down with lambs jest cause you ast him to, or make fire not burn. Some folks, when they pray to git well and don’t even git better, they say God let’m down. But I say thet warn’t even what Jesus was a-talkin’ bout. When Jesus said ast and you’ll git it, He was givin’ a gar’ntee a-spiritual healin’, not body healin’. He was sayin’ thet if’n you git beat down – scairt to death you cain’t do what you got to, or scairt you go’n die, or scairt folks won’t like you – why, all you got to do is put yore hand in God’s and He’ll lift you up. I know it for a fact, Love. I can pray, ‘Lord, hep me not be scairt,’ and I don’t know how, but it’s like a eraser wipes the fears away. And I found out long time ago, when I look on what I got to stand as a dang hardship or a burden, it seems too heavy to carry. But when I look on the same dang thang as a challenge, why, standin’ it or acceptin’ it is like you done entered a contest. Hit even gits excitin’, waitin’ to see how everthang’s go’n turn out.

~ Cold Sassy Tree, pg. 363, emphasis added.

Amen to that bolded section! I have learned that first hand! Once you have that mind-set and practice it routinely, it is exciting to see how God is going to work everything out no matter how hard it is going through it! It’s taken a long time to learn and I lament that sometimes…it took something pretty devastating for it to finally sink in…but God put me on this journey and brings lessons in His own time and His own way. I am truly able to thank Him in and through hardship now and I love Him for it!

‘Til next time,
Tamara

Weekly Contemplation

“Many of the principles and practices now taken for granted in America can be traced to this declaration of fundamental rights [Virginia Bill of Rights]. For instance, the first article declares the equal right of all men, by nature, to freedom and independence. This truth is at the foundation of republican government. Its source, as has been properly noted, we find in Christianity, which ‘alone teaches the absolute, exclusive, sovereignty of God and the common origin and brotherhood of man.’ Christianity teaches that God is not a respector of persons, but views all men as equal before His moral law. The first article also declares that men have an inalienable right to enjoy life, liberty, property, and happiness; concepts that were soon written in the federal Declaration of Independence.”

~ Give Me Liberty: The Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry (Leaders in Action), pg. 103

I thought this an appropriate quote from the book I’m reading considering this past week’s holiday. 🙂

‘Til next time,
Tamara

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