Saturday, March 26, 2016
This was true for Joseph: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
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
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
These are only a couple of the many differences, yet the movie remains true to the spirit of the book. And I like the movie ending better because of the immediacy with which the family realizes the tragedy that has occurred.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
For many of us, Haiti is a place we visited in the process of adopting children. A place where we found that electricity isn't guaranteed, air conditioning is saved for a few hours late in the day, sodas are warm and laundry is often done by hand and hung out to dry. Traffic rules are subjective. We also found that Haiti is a country rich in tradition and culture.
|Isaac is on the right in the green shirt.|
Another unusual thing about living here is that we see lots of friends come and go. After so much time together, it’s hard seeing friend leave. Most teenagers our age have friends they have known for years and have gone to school with. Living in Haiti we have had the opportunity to meet a wide range of different friends. To me this a special thing about living in a different country.
Do you have questions or comment for Isaac about his life in Haiti? Leave them in the comment section and we might be able to get him to answer them. :)
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Sophie realizes her life has been on hold because she has taken on the responsibility of keeping her mother safe and on her medication. The story follows her emotional growth as she struggles to rebuild relationships and is finally able to say that she can no longer be responsible for her mother.Prior to the mother’s attempted suicide, Sophie had to arrange her whole life around her mother’s needs. She had no social life or friends. When two students did reach out to her, she misunderstood their intents and isolated herself.
Monday, March 7, 2016
- Don’t judge. People shouldn’t be judged by their size or um, species. There had never been a bunny cop before, and everyone laughed at the idea, but Judy turned out to be a pretty slick bunny. You can pretty easily figure out how this applies to your school and the cliques there.
- Hard work and perseverance pay off. Judy Hopps pushed herself to her own limits and achieved her goal. The question is—Is your dream worth sacrificing other things to pursue it with all you’ve got? What's more important--texting and hanging out or make progress toward your goal?
- Stereotypes are flawed. At the beginning of the story, Judy Hopps appears nothing more than an uptight overachiever and Nick a laid back smooth talker. But as the story unfolds and the characters are developed, we find that they are both much more than that. A person’s past and experiences need taken into account. So, how does that work in your world? Are people judged by stereotype or by who they really are?
- Individuality is important. One reviewer calls the movie a “pro diversity” pep rally. Zootopia is made up of a large number of different animals, and while many are the same species, they are individuals. The idea of individuality didn’t start with Disney though, it began with God, who made each person in a unique way and gave him/her the talents and abilities needed to fulfill his/her calling. (Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 2:10) Like Zootopia, God’s family is made up of many different people making up one family. (1 Corinthians 12). You are a one of a kind creation of God. Claim it and live it.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
- The book tackles the tough topics of depression and suicide
- The characters are well developed
- Cody and Ben go to church and the book includes the sermon
- A megagob of swearing including the f-word
- Sex between two teens and references to other times
- No hope of an afterlife is given other than someone saying that if there was an afterlife and you didn’t like it, you could just kill yourself again