Great Family Movie

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Last night my daughter, Maddie, and I rented the movie “Grace Unplugged” from the 7-11 Red box by our house.  I didn’t know what it was about, only that it was a family friendly movie that had some Christian themes.  Honestly, I wasn’t terribly excited to watch it, but was willing to give it a try to have some movie time with Maddie.  By the end of the movie I was crying and clapping (inside–real clapping would ensure eye rolling from my companion).

“Grace Unplugged” is about an 18-year-old girl, Grace, and her desire to pursue music in her life, but not without cost.  Themes of rebellion, the temptation of the world, and redemption flow through the story.  It is has wonderful music and impressive acting.  I would recommend this for families with children 4th grade and up–and for adults who just want a good tear-jerker!

In fact the movie was so good, all the kids and I watched it a second time this morning for our “Church at Home” time that we occasionally do on Sunday mornings when Jon is out of town.  After the movie, the kids filled in a couple of pages of questions I had created to dig into the story and how it related to their lives, and we discussed their answers together.  My expectations for these teaching times with my kids tend to be too high (why do they want to sit in weird positions and eat loud food during this time?–well, to be fair it’s only one of them, but I won’t mention any names).  However, I think the movie did a great job of speaking to my kids’ hearts.

If you are interested in doing the discussion part with your family after watching the movie, here are the questions we used:

Grace Unplugged (note, you will need to click on this one more time from the link this takes you to)

I hope you get a chance to see this movie–enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

That’s Redemption

Written By Amy

The other night I sat down to watch a movie with my oldest daughter.  We had weathered a teenage girl vs. mom day and needed some time to reconnect and just hanging out while my husband was traveling and her siblings were in bed.  The movie started and we settled in with popcorn and blankets.  As the minutes passed I realized that I didn’t really like the direction the film was taking (how it was displaying relationships and some inappropriate humor) and wrestled as to whether to continue watching, hoping the movie would get better.  It didn’t…I made one last-ditch effort to figure out the decision and texted my friend who had just seen the movie…”Does it redeem itself?” I texted.  “Nope, actually my husband and I turned it off half way through,” she texted back.  Click, I shut it off.  My daughter was bummed, knowing in her heart that we should not watch it, but still wanting too. (It was laugh-out-loud-funny in some parts!) I was disappointed because I wanted us to reconnect and have a good night together.  Now what?

“Mom, how do I know when to make those decisions?  I liked that movie, so how come I didn’t decide to turn it off and you did?” my daughter asked.  The next two hours were spent, the two of us on the couch wrapped in blankets, talking about discernment and how the closer we draw to God the more clear those type of decisions become.  We talked about the Holy Spirit, and his gentle convictions that probe our hearts, and the strength he gives us to resist temptation. I shared times where I did not always make good decisions (and still don’t).  We talked about life.  There were some tears and hugs and ultimately we had reconnected on a deeper level than a movie night could have ever delivered.

That’s redemption.

Here’s another story of redemption.

“I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.  I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgement.”  Exodus 6:6

 

The story of the Israelites living as slaves under the Egyptians desperately needed redemption.  How much longer could they survive?  God swept in and delivered them from the mighty oppressive hand they were under.  And it was not just the lives of the Israelites that experienced redemption, but Joseph’s and Job’s and David’s and Esther’s life, and of course Jesus, just to name a few.  Of course, these are much greater stories of redemption than watching-a-bad-movie-turned-good night with my daughter.  But they are reminders to us that we are also God’s people, and we will personally experience redemption in our lives, now, in the midst of our circumstances, and ultimately when we meet him on the other side of death.

Our redeemer lives.

 

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