Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Promise continued, from last week:

Proverbs 3:24

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Links

I've enjoyed DaySpring for years. I've sent cards and receive their email letters. Last Sunday, they included the link to a devotional I needed right that moment:

40-minute interview on You Tube: Jim Caviezel's Testimony from working on Passion of the Christ.

God bless you.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien is this week's choice. I love that Tolkien encouraged C.S. Lewis in discovering his faith in God, and Lewis encouraged Tolkien in finishing LOTR.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Musical Thursday

Today, LOTR fans the world over celebrate the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

Fifteen years ago, the movie "Fellowship of the Ring" was released in December. It changed my life forever. Peter Jackson did an admirable job of translating the book to the movie screen. I'll tell you a secret, I hadn't planned to see the movie at all. I feared they'd jack up the title and put a new story under it. I didn't want a new story. I read The Lord of the Rings books twice in middle school.

My sister wanted to see the movie and bribed me to go with her. She'd pay for the tickets and popcorn. How could I refuse such a generous offer? I did, at first. I saw a special on the making of the movie and found myself curious. I finally agreed and decided to go in without any expectations at all. It had been a long time since I'd read the books, so figured I could go to the movie without the book interfering with whatever story Jackson told.

The moment I saw the Shire I recognized it. Jackson portrayed it perfectly. As the movie played, I remember bits of the books. Familiar references to the book littered the movie, and I was drawn in, bit by bit.

Particular scenes startled me, and for the first time in my life I understood what people meant by a "good" scared. It's knowing you can be scared by something because you're ultimate safe. Safe is a new concept for me.

As the movie progressed, I slipped deeper and deeper into the story, afraid to trust my beloved story to Jackson and slowly wanting desperately to be able to do exactly that. There were a few things I didn't care for, but I understood he'd chosen to do them for continuity in the movie. There was a scene coming, and I wondered how he'd handle it. I feared he'd mess it up and make it comical or stupid or simply unbelievable. I promised myself if he could carry it off, I'd give myself permission to lose myself in the movie. The scene arrived, and I cried. It was exactly as I'd envisioned it for decades. Oh... it still makes me cry as I think about it.

As much as I love the movie, I love music more. If the music is wrong, I don't care how good the movie is, it's forgettable.

Howard Shore composed all the music for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I wasn't as enamored with the latter movies, but I loved the music.

A few days before the release of The Two Towers, Howard Shore gave a lecture and presented a pre-screening of the movie. One of my California LOTR friends asked if I'd be interested in attending. I took a leap of faith and said, "Yes!" I flew to Cali and met a friend I'd only known online. I was introduced to others I'd met online and others, all of whom were LOTR fans like me.

Howard Shore was inspirational and funny. It was amazing.

We watched the movie in awe and wonder. When Shadowfax, the horse who agreed to carry Gandalf, galloped over the rise the first time I cried. One of my LOTR friends put an arm around me and whispered, "He looks like your horse." I'd had to put my horse down a few months earlier. My LOTR friends on the Fan Club boards had shared in my grief. This friend I'd never met before knew immediately what had touched my heart.

The musical score to LOTR is one of my favorite choices for background music when I'm writing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

The most recent sentence written in Knight in Disguise:

He thanked God for inspiration beyond his own.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Quote

Not all tears are an evil. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Speaking of the Lord's wisdom and understanding:

Proverbs 3:21-23

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday Links

The Writer's Refuge shared the post Writing for Legacy and offers a bit of advice for those who want to share short stories for books like Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Want to build a web site? Kris Cruz starts with Part I: Drafting a Proposal.

Want a completely different perspective on how to escape a lifestyle rut? Impossible's recent post offers a suggestion:

God bless.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

The non-fiction book Miracles by Eric Metaxas was an inspiring read. It's a keeper for me. I enjoy Eric Metaxas' books. He does his homework. I loved his book Bonhoeffer. What a remarkable man. Metaxas' book Amazing Grace is on my Wish List.