Junk In, Junk Out

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We regularly hear (almost, constantly hear) that we need to put good things into our bodies – vegetables and fruits, good fats, the right combination of fiber, protein and carbohydrates, etc. We all know the drill.

How often, though, do we focus on the importance of putting good stuff into our minds, hearts, and souls? Rarely does that take center stage; rarely is feeding our psyches properly a priority.

Today, after not posting in a couple of months, I want to share several soul- and heart-healthy items with you.

First, let me tell you about the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. My daughter attends a Christian school, and each spring the 7th– and 8th-grade students take a trip. Shout out to First Baptist Christian Academy in Troy, MO: http://www.troyfirst.com/academy

Love it!

On odd years, they visit the Creation Museum. I went with the group this year, and it was my first visit to this truly educational and inspiring museum, which is much more that a museum. During the day, there were topical movies being shown in a lovely cinema, talks and lectures blog june15 1[1]  (Ken Hamm was there the day we visited), multi-media presentations, exhibits, grounds and gardens to tour, zip-lines and ropes courses, and more. They are currently working on building a replica of the ark on a property within an hour from the museum. The Creation Museum is at the Ohio/Kentucky border (a good drive from the St. Louis area), but I highly recommend it for a long family weekend.

The websiteblog june15 2[1] looks a bit juvenile in my opinion, but the destination is well worth a drive: http://creationmuseum.org/

Next, I have another movie to tell you about. I had the opportunity to preview “War Room” in May, and I urge you to see this movie when it releases on August 28th. The Kendrick brothers bring “War Room” to us; they are known for prior works including “Courageous” and “Fireproof.” I loved the characters, the acting, and the point. I have been working on a little project within my own home as a result of seeing “War Room,” but I don’t want to give too much away. You won’t find it cheesy or corny; I don’t liken it to any other unhealthy food. Check it out:  http://warroomthemovie.com/

There is a great online magazine for teen girls named “Girlz 4 Christ.” You can subscribe for free, and they will be doing a feature on “War Room” in their next edition. Here’s the link for them if you or your daughter would like to check it out: http://www.girlz4christmagazine.org/

Lastly, and here’s where it gets really exciting, I am giving away a book. I am a fan of Cynthia Ruchti’s fiction, and I want to share her uplifting work with you. Her latest, “As Waters Gone By” is a story of hope. I just received my copy, and I would love for you to read along with me.

Cynthia Ruchti's photo.Now, I totally get that many busy moms or those working full-time don’t have time to read, but sometimes summer affords us that opportunity/luxury. If it does, don’t waste time with junk, but put your mind to something that’s good for you (and tastes good). Here’s a link to learn more about Cynthia Ruchti and her fiction and non-fiction books:  http://www.cynthiaruchti.com/

 

Now, for a chance to win a copy of “As Waters Gone By,” comment here with the name of a  book, movie, or place that fed your soul and uplifted you and your family. The winner will be announced on Friday, June 19th! I look forward to getting lots of good ideas!

Happy Monday!

Hally

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9 responses

  1. Congratulations, Audra! You won the drawing for a copy of “As Waters Gone By.” I will contact you to make delivery. Thanks, everyone, for commenting!

  2. We recently saw the movie, McFarland USA, together as a family. We initially wanted to see it because of our love of sports; however, this movie deliver much more than your typical “win/lose” mentality of some sports flicks. In are true, realistic way, it broke down stereotypes, proved the importance of patience in adversity, and conveyed that some ideals we must hold more dear than the quest for the “almighty dollar.” I have found my son making references to the movie! This is when I realized how inspiring the movie actually is! Is it going to win any Oscars? Highly doubt it, but in our house it already has!

    • Wow! You stated that so well. We have seen that advertised but have not seen in yet. Thanks for the tip, Karen! You are entered!

  3. We read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson in my Bible study group. We all loved the book!
    I felt it inspired me to Pray more and pray with conviction. Would recommend it to everyone!

    • “Circle Maker” — Got it. I think I may have very briefly seen that reference on FB just now. The message sounds much like “War Room.” Thanks for commenting, Cindy! You are entered.

  4. I liked the “Do you believe?” Movie. Also I have been reading a young woman after God’s own heart, and the love dare for parents.

  5. I also enjoy Cynthia Ruchti’s writing and have one of her books “All My Belongings” on my bedside table to begin reading as soon as I finish a book I am now reading.