Exodus: Gods and Kings

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The chase scene/image: apnatimepass.com

The last few movies I’ve seen, like Birdman, and Horrible Bosses 2, seemed like such a chore to review, because of the silliness of the movies, so I didn’t. Unlike this movie which was a chore because it was so bad. With its huge budget, spectacular costumes, and special effects, and my too high of expectations, the movie gave very little for the $5 I spent to see it and thankfully this is all I spent.

The Premise…

Since most know the story of Moses, Christian Bale, and his humble beginning, this film picks up at the pinnacle of the story, where we see Moses as a very successful second to the newly reigning king of Egypt, Ramesses 2, Joel Edgerton. Since Ramesses is a hardened prideful Egyptian man, he’s easily influenced by and trusts Moses’ loyalty completely, as Moses on the other hand, is fast becoming a man of God and is finding he loves the people of God more and is disdainfully aware that his allegiance lies with those enslaved by Pharaoh. So as he becomes more of an ally to the Jews, he escapes Pharaoh and is the catalyst to freeing the Jews and leading them out of Egypt.

The base story was all there and should have been strong enough to make for a good movie but unfortunately nothing could help this movie. Not the actors, with the lackluster hodge podge of a cast, some British, some Australian and some American, but all wrong. It made a big hot mess, even the messenger of God a young boy, Isaac Andrews, who was a good actor, just seemed mean and angry.

The Sum Up…

An uninspired 2½ hour messy mess. There however were some moments of brilliance, the breathtaking cinematography and beautiful horses. The horses acting was exceptional and more interesting to watch. As were all the scenes with Ramesses, riding in his chariot. I will say the most interesting actor to watch was Edgarton, but the writing was really bad, and I’m getting a bit bored with Bale, he’s starting to play the same guy in every role. So my film score is, D ~ DON’T EVEN BOTHER, not worth the time and effort to even put the DVD in the player; or click to stream on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone!! This movie is rated PG13

Practicing The Past, To Get To The Future

Sky/Image: en.wikipedia.org
Sky/Image: en.wikipedia.org

One Way Street ~ Congrats! You’re the owner of a new time machine. The catch? It comes in two models, each traveling one way only: the past OR the future. Which do you choose, and why?

I definitely would have to pick the future, because I was pretty stupid in my youth. And the prompt didn’t say you will be able to keep what you’ve learned up til now. So for me, the future is my choice. The Bible states that,Read More »

Precious Moments Redeemed

In the bible it teaches us to redeem the time for the days are evil, Ephesians 5:16, and the bible is right. Since we waste so much of it, when you do really get to redeem it, it feels precious.

My daughter and her husband spent the weekend with me, and since I hadn’t spent much time with them in the last few weeks it was very sweet. Because although it was very early in the morning, I got to spend real quality time with my daughter since she married her husband. Just she and I, kind of like old times when she was young and would slip into my bed when she got frightened about something.

Even though she wasn’t scared she slipped into my bed at 3 in the morning and we talked for a while about how things are going for she and her hubby. The precious part was that it was 3 am, we both couldn’t sleep and she came in on her own. She said, “Hey mama, I can’t sleep can I get in bed with you?” and I thought, these are the moments that you wait for as a parent. The moments, when you don’t have to compete for affection from your married children. They just come to you and want to be kids again. At least for a few moments. I was so moved by this it made all the time we spend apart so worth it, because it’s true even though clichéd, absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

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Wow, Really Robin Williams???

Understandably, he was really hurting, to commit suicide. However, let’s not skim over the fact that he committed suicide. I mean my goodness, this is a serious thing to take you’re own life, for any reason. It just seems like he could have done something very good with his life even though he might have struggled with Parkinson’s Disease. This was ABSOLUTELY the wrong solution to the problem. I guess people can chalk his life up to being a cautionary tale of what fame can do and how empty it can leave you.Read More »

Hmm, Not Sure About Bestie’s?

On Bees and Efs: Do you — or did you ever — have a Best Friend? Do you believe in the idea of one person whose friendship matters the most? Tell us a story about your BFF (or lack thereof).

If I did have a Bestie she would be it!!! I've known her since we were kids her 6 and me 7, so 43 years!!! (not the kitty).
If I did have a Bestie she would be it, Marie!!! I’ve known her since we were kids she 6 and I 7, so about 43 years!!! (not the kitty). 🙂

Now this is a good prompt question, this has a lot of bite to it. There’s no such thing as a Best Friend, maybe a friend for years, but not sure I can consider that necessarily a best friend. It’s kind of like having an Arch Enemy, does that really exist?  I know as children we think we have best friends but that changes because a lot of these people can become disloyal, or untrustworthy overtime. People don’t stand the test of time because I think it’s almost impossible. I know of only a few exceptions to this but generally in my opinion this doesn’t happen.Read More »

Pride Is Proud

My daughter Lani
My daughter Lani

Daily Prompt: Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud. 

Instead of ringing my bell, or tooting my horn, I will take the opposite place and say, I will not boast in myself but only in what the Lord has done! So what has he done? Only everything, he’s made me understand that bragging about things I’ve done in my life is like tare, and, ash. Also, that to do anything worth bragging about it starts and ends with Him. So instead I will humble myself and tell a story that my daughter and I learned an important lesson from rather than the other option.

Two years ago, I was teaching my daughter to drive and was very impatient and annoyed with her slow learning skills. Unfairly I grumbled at her and made her nervous and insecure. And when I got back behind the wheel, I started to show off. And as a result of the rainy day,  and me driving too fast, I had an accident. I began to hydroplane over a curb while exiting the freeway on a curve. Fortunately we didn’t get injured nor did I damage the car or anybody else’s car. My daughter looked at me after we skidded to a stop with her big brown eyes and was very gracious to me. She said, “Wow, I can’t believe that just happened.” And at that moment I understood what a gracious, humble spirit was and that she had one, and that I didn’t. I said, “I’m so sorry, I treated you like that.” I hugged her and thanked God no one was hurt and didn’t grumble again during her driver’s training.

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. ~ Proverbs 16:18-19 NAS

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Mother’s Day, Learning To Keep My Behavior Excellent

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East Sacramento, CA. McKinley Park.

Mother’s day started out quite different from most, usually you spend them with your biological family. Well my daughter and son-in-law changed things up. Instead of my daughter taking me out with her husband Matt in toe, Matt took me out on his own. It was nice to just hangout with Matt and get to know him better, and see his heart for God shine so brightly. I’m very pleased with how much he’s grown since meeting him a little over a year ago. He is becoming the man of God that I prayed for 21 years ago for Lani and I’m grateful.Read More »

The Ladybug Chronicles (part 7), Young People, Iron Sharpening Iron

Hello all…

I have done this series, on my blog called The Ladybug Chronicles, since my daughter is my inspiration to write and to become the woman of God that he’s called me to.  This is where I’m inspired to write about the things God is showing and teaching me.  Read More »

Ladybug Chronicals (Part 6), This Is My Father’s World…

Look at what the Father has done, he really is Father to the fatherless!!!!  What a glorious God we serve that he would allow me to see his harvest grow before my very eyes. I was overcome today with how amazing his grace really is.  I just cried today like a baby, I was almost uncomfortable by his goodness.Read More »

The Ladybug Chronicals Part 5: Sharing the Gospel

Thinking about when I started writing this blog, and to know that so much has happened specifically to my daughter, my only child, has been fascinating.

Since leaving the nest last year and enrolling at Job Corps., she met a nice guy and married him, all by the end of 2013, November to be exact.  And the Lord allowed me the privilege to see this all unfold, not only that, but to see my daughter’s love for God bloom and become her own, and then to share it with her future husband, and see him recommit his life to Christ,  was amazing.Read More »