This page is a variety of my favorites. Movies I’ve seen or hope to see , current interests, and favorite books I’ve read recently or plan to read. I will also share links to some of my favorite websites I find useful or helpful. Whatever I feel like at the moment!
Movies I am have seen or hope to see recently:
Risen– This movie totally blew me away as I saw it around Easter time. The story has lots of surprising twists turns and definitely the unexpected! it was well acted. There was a moment during the movie that I got chills and my mother began to tear up. I am so excited to have added this DVD to my collection. you will truly be blessed by this movie! (5 stars)
Avengers-Age of Ultron–I am a fan of the comics of my youth now becoming blockbuster movies. Saw this with my best friend! It was superb! We both really enjoyed it. Such an adrenaline rush and a surprising,sweet romance too.(5 stars)
Jungle Book– I absolutely loved seeing this with two of my young nephews! It gets a bit intense with the animals towards the end but the story of triumph is encouraging for both young and old. (4.5 stars)
Jurassic Park-One word…DINOSAURS! I was excited to see this with family for sure! The size and scale of the movie was AMAZING with an fantastic ending!(4 Stars)
Pete’s Dragon– I do not recall watching Pete’s Dragon growing up as a child but I absolutely loved this movie! I saw it with my nephew and his mom. I was totally surprised by the heart of this movie. I would recommend this for all ages. (4.5 stars)
Ben Hur– Next to Risen this is the best movie I’ve seen all year! It was riveting from beginning to end. Set in Biblical times it is filled with betrayal, lies, love, and the chariot race…wow!!! I’m sure i will see this again. (5 stars!)
Star Wars– I did not see the original Star Wars growing up so getting opportunity to see these prequels and sequels has been fun. What a creative mind that Mr. Lucas has! Looking forward the the next coming out December 2016
Jungle Book– I absolutely loved seeing this with two of my young nephews! We were talking about it all the way home! It gets a bit intense with the animals towards the end but the story of triumph is encouraging for both young and old. (4.5 stars)
Captain America Civil War– I went with an old friend of mine and we enjoyed this movie. I can only give it 3.5 stars since I dozed off for 20 minutes or so during the movie. (I blame it on the comfy recliners at the theater.) I am a HUGE comic book fan with Batman/Dark Knight my all-time favorites! (my mother made me an awesome batman costume when I was 2 years old!)
Me and one of my buddies are hoping to see the Magnificent 7 with my man, Denzel Washington as the lead in September! Also, I still need to watch God’s not Dead2.
Any movies you are hoping to see or recommend that I see? Send me an email at Horace@pleasingtothepotter.com I am HUGE movie fan!
Awesome websites I love:
Biblediscoverytv.com. They go through the bible in its entirety in one year! In 2014 year they did it chronologically which was so helpful and enlightening. They also share history and archaeology from bible times that increases your knowledge about the Bible history. Their TV show is called Quick Study on NRB(National Religious Broadcasting) network. Check it out!!
BeckyandPaula.com. Becky Mansfield from Your Modern Family and Paula Rollo from Beauty through Imperfection were the first bloggers I reached out to when I started blogging! They gave me some honest feedback and suggestions to improve what I was doing They now have a combined website in addition to their individual blogs. The focus of their website is to help you take your blog to the next level.
These are two very busy and successful bloggers so the time they made for me has special meaning in my blogging journey! They also manage a Facebook group you can join as well. You will get help, answers to blogging questions, and advice you need to develop your blog into what you want it to be. Invaluable resource for any blogger!
CreateifWriting.com. This website is run by Kirsten Oliphant. Her specialties are podcasts and building your email list. The reason I am a fan of Kirsten is her willingness to help you in your writing endeavors based on her past mistakes and successes. She has become someone whose word I value. Her podcasts are funny, informative, and extremely useful. My email list has not only grown but is now more of my monthly newsletters are opened and my click-thrus have increased dramatically!
Luminosity.com. Fabulous website with all types of exercises to sharpen your brain skills. Fun online games that help with developing, enhancing your attention, speed processing information, improving problem solving skills, flexibility and multi-tasking. Great for all ages!
Foodnetwork.com. Love this site! you can find your favorite cook/chef and get some of their recipe ideas. It is also just a good place to go if you wake up one Saturday and want to make blueberry pancakes. When you do a recipe search there will be several different recipes from different chefs, preparation ideas, etc. I use it a lot to just get the basic ingredients and then “make it my own”!
BibleGateway.com You can look up any passage in the bible. If you’re not sure of the verse, you can type in a few words or a topic and it will give you a list of verses to choose from. There are devotionals. Also they have a all the different translations available so you can see God’s word in different bible translations. A terrific website!
Answers to Questions About Adversity by David Jeremiah. 233 pages of Questions and Answers on topics like:God’s Answers, Personal Battles, Depression & Anxiety,Immorality, and Self-Control. I am enjoyed this book immensely! (Loving this book! Got slowed down with the move but was able to finish.) His website is DavidJeremiah.org
‘At the Throne of Grace’ by John MacArthur. This book is awesome! It is a book of prayers from bible. I get chills every time I read it. This is definitely a must have! Here is a link to his ministry website, Grace to you
‘Lord change my Attitude’ by James McDonald. I am reading this book currently and I love it. It is definitely helping me as I go through this sanctification transformation. Today I read about contentment and how Godliness and contentment leads to great gain in your life. There’s a recap and questions at end of each chapter along with a prayer. Here is link to his ministry website, James MacDonald
‘God has a Plan for Your Life’ by Dr. Charles F. Stanley. Love this book..it is based from the passage in Jeremiah 29:11 where God promises a…” future and a hope.” Here is link to his ministry website, In Touch ministries
“I WANT MORE” by Dr. Robert Jeffress. Excellent book that gives instruction on a deeper relationship with God. Focus on allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to be released in our lives.
‘The MacArthur Daily Bible”. In my desire to know God better after recommitting my life to Christ, I wanted to read through the entire bible. This bible has everything laid out for you by date. Each day is organized so you read a chapter or so from the Old Testament, then there are a few verses in the middle from Psalms and Proverbs, and then finish the day with a chapter or so in the New Testament.
There are details throughout the readings of some passages to explain a verse. At the end of each daily read there is a more detailed explanation of a particular segment you read that day. It may explain who the person was who wrote the particular passage or go into more detail about what they said. I have read this through in 2013-2015 and I am using again in 2016…just to make sure I did not miss anything! Also keeps me consistent in God’s word
‘Understanding Financial Stewardship’ by Charles Stanley. I just finished this workbook in March 2015 and I highly recommend it! The advisement and direction from Dr. Stanley is based on God’s principles from the Bible. Here are some of the titles of chapters in this book. Money and your Faith, The Role of Work, Deliverance from Debt, The Source of your Prosperity…Just to name a few. He teaches the difference between God’s prosperity and wealth. It has totally transformed how I read and understand the Bible. I definitely am refocusing my priorities in life. Please read this book!
2016-17 NFL season is here!
Last season, my Patriots were 3 points away from playing in another Super Bowl. It was a devastating loss to the hated Denver Broncos that kept them playing for a 5th championship. I ended up not watching much of the Super Bowl last season. However, it’s a new year! Football season has started. My favorite college football team, the Texas Longhorns won a huge game on Labor Day weekend against Notre Dame and my Patriots kick off the NFL season this Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals.(I will be sharing here throughout the season how some of my teams are doing…ie Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in basketball, Texas and Clemson in college football, or anything sports related that I want to share)
I have been watching and following the NFL(National Football League) ever since I was 11 years old. My mother signed me up for pee-wee football at the age of nine. I played in junior high(flag was all a small private school could afford in junior high) and played some tackle football in high school.
Knee injuries and my love of basketball kept me from pursuing it any further. However, I love the competition! I learned so much about teamwork, hard work, and discipline playing team sports growing up.
I enjoy watching football it is definitely an escape for me. I do not watch as much as I used to growing up because it is easy to get highlights and scores anywhere and my writing has become my primary focus. However, I enjoy watching a good game and seeing which team or players respond best to pressure and how their decisions are effected by certain pressure situations. You get to see which teams have prepared the best and are able execute what they have been studying in their playbook and practicing for months now in spite of different circumstances.
In the Christian life, a much more important battle is waged every day as we strive to fight off the attacks of Satan. Like football, we cannot have success if we try to do everything on our own and without the guidance of our life coach, Jesus Christ.
We need to read and study our playbook (The Bible), and practice what we read in our every day actions and thoughts.
When we practice these things consistently it helps us to live the life God has planned for us and equips us to deal with the daily pressures and challenges. That is more important than winning any Championship trophy!
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