Tuesday, 19 September 2017

My Top 6 Faith Based/Inspirational Films

I confess...I do enjoy a good, wholesome movie every now and again...  My preferred genre is drama...especially time period dramas...but you probably already know that if you have been a reader of The Diary of a Country Girl for awhile...{{winks}}

However, I do enjoy a good inspirational/Christian film too...I love a deep, well thought out story with good acting, and would love to share a few of my more recent favourites with you...

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Do You Believe? {See Dove Review}
5/5 Stars

A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ, even if they don’t yet believe it. When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. 

This is definitely the best faith-based film I have ever seen and would highly recommend it!

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The Ultimate Gift {See Dove Review}
5/5 Stars
Jason thought his inheritance was going to be a gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book “The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: “What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?” Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy grandfather, Howard “Red” Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole “reading of the will” thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his grandfather’s money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls “gifts,” each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the accumulation of which would change him forever.

This is one of my absolute favourite films and it comes highly recommended!
You will laugh and cry...a beautiful, inspirational story...

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The Ultimate Life {See Dove Review}
5/5 Stars 
Between the pressure of running a foundation started by his late grandfather, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens’ world is unraveling. But when Jason discovers the lifelong journal his grandfather began as a Depression-era lad, Red Stevens’ writings transport Jason to a front-row seat on an incredible rags-to-riches ride. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover THE ULTIMATE LIFE.

This is the sequel to The Ultimate Gift and just as good...  Again, there are many humorous moments throughout this film and yet there is also an element of sadness...this is a film that everyone should see...

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October Baby {See Dove Review}
4/5 Stars 
Not long after Hannah, a college student, experienced increasing anxiety and a sudden collapse, all signs point to the surprising circumstances of her birth. Hannah soon learns from her parents that she was adopted and is the survivor of a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angry, and confused, she turns to her oldest friend, Jason, for support. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his friends on a road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for the unknown future.
Along the way, Hannah finds that every life is beautiful, and that life itself can be so much more than what we might have planned.
October Baby brings to life powerful themes of hope, love, forgiveness, and redemption.

This beautiful movie is one every Believer should see... For a more mature audience.

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Woodlawn {See Dove Review}
4/5 Stars
 A gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in WOODLAWN, a moving and inspirational new film based on the true story of how love and unity overcame hate and division in early 1970s Birmingham, Ala.

This is another fantastic film by the Erwin brothers and one we greatly enjoyed...

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4/5 Stars
 Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

This faith-based film is one I would highly recommend for a more mature audience...

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*Synopsis taken from The Dove Foundation.  I refer to The Dove Foundation for all the movies we choose to watch...  I have found them to be extremely helpful in finding wholesome films for us to watch!

Have you seen any of these faith-based films?  Your thoughts?
Do you have any recommendations you'd like to share?

Blessings and joy to you, dear readers...
Kelly-Anne

Sunday, 17 September 2017

For the Beauty...

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.
 ~  Folliott S. Pierpoint

 One Saturday morning, not too long ago, we decided upon a simple picnic at the Botanical Gardens… 

What a delightful time in the Lord’s marvelous creation it was!   
In the chaos of the last while, we had quite forgotten that Spring had in fact arrived in all her splendour…

What a sweet blessing it was to bask in the glory of the new life surrounding us…

...Cheerful yellow Weavers weaving their precarious looking nests…

 
 


Beautiful buds…





 
And of course, happy children delighting in the beauty of their Master’s handiwork!

 
^Mr Caleb....

 ^Miss Sofia...

 
^Caleb loved walking and exploring...

 
 
^Miss Beth 

 ^Miss Gabrielle...

 
^Mr Caleb getting started on his picnic lunch...{{Smiles}}

Of course I took my ever faithful camera along and enjoyed a slow-paced walk around the gardens, capturing bits of beauty and splendour through my lens…{{smiles}}

How good it was to be reminded that we serve a majestic and powerful God who takes delight in beauty and loves to see His precious children glorying in the beautiful earth He lovingly created for them…
 Blessings and joy in Christ,
Kelly-Anne

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Thursday Pearls

 
"Do small things with
great love."
 
~ Mother Teresa
 
"For who hath despised the day of small things?"  ~ Zechariah: , KJV
 
A very blessed and wonderful Thursday to you, dear readers...
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 ...And here is something truly delightful to brighten your day...{{smiles}}

https://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com/2017/09/11th-tea-cup-and-mug-exchange-sign-up.html



 
 
With joy,
Kelly-Anne

Saturday, 12 August 2017

On The Beach...

I sit here this evening feeling incredibly humbled and blessed.
In just one week our house looks and feels like a home...our home.
It is a grey evening and there is a light rain falling...  We are warm and cosy, surrounded by our loved ones and very thankful indeed for the kindness and generosity of so many wonderful people who have blessed us with gifts of furniture, appliances, bedding and more.  The Lord has been so good to us...we are completely overwhelmed how He took a situation that in our eyes appeared to be a terrible disaster, and worked everything out for our good. 
This is an exciting new chapter in our lives...so much in our lives has changed, but the steadfast love of the Lord has remained unchanging. 
 
I am so thankful to finally be connected to the internet - I could thankfully access my email from my phone and I was beyond blessed and encouraged to read your beautiful, uplifting comments, dear friends.  Your kind words of love, comfort and hope have brought such joy to my heart in a very trying time...  May the Lord bless you all for sharing His love with our hurting family!
 
And now I would love to share these photographs of a few of the little ones with you...
I took them a few weeks ago whilst we were staying in Glentana.  The house we were blessed to be able to use was very close to the beach, but sadly we were all so sick during our month in Glentana that we didn't make much use of the beach.  We did, however, have the privilege of seeing dolphins and whales close to shore from the balcony - this was very special...
 
I took these pictures one day when Mom and Dad took the little ones to play on the beach for an hour or so...  I decided to go along and simply sit on the beach and enjoy watching them play as I was feeling so ill that day.  I was delighted to be able to capture some special moments on my camera - good thing I took it along!  These were the only photographs I took in the month that we were in Glentana...

Just look at how this precious little boy has grown!  Caleb is going on 16 months now and an absolute delight!  He is a very busy little boy and extremely advanced for his tender age, so he keeps us on our toes...

He is so handsome...  I simply adore my little brother and look forward to being able spend more time playing and doing toddler activities with him.  We live about an hour away from the farm now which means I sadly had to quit the lovely little job I had as a shopkeeper...  But, the Lord knows and has given me the wonderful opportunity of investing in the lives of my younger siblings in this new season of life and I must say, I am quite excited!  Besides, who could resist spending time with such a charming little gentleman...  {{smiles}}
 

 These are special photographs I want to have framed!  It took some doing to get Gabrielle and Rebekah to cooperate...  I love photographs that aren't posed...so I had the girls walk away from me and then called them back when they least expected it...  It ended up being quite amusing and I got the results I was hoping for!  


Ah...I just love sharing photographs of this little guy... 

 Rebekah took great delight in thrilling her younger sister, Sofia, with a dead fish she found washed up on the beach.  I thought the whole process of dissection disgusting, but the girls had a wonderful time examing the dead fish and other interesting things they found on the beach...  

The Sofia smile... 

I just couldn't resist sharing this gorgeous capture...look at that little face!  {{Smiles}} 

Gabrielle...love those precious freckles and her sweet smile...
 
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Dear friends, thank you so much for stopping by...  It has so delightful to once again be sharing on my little corner of the web...how I have missed it!  I will be popping in again very soon...I have more photographs to share of our outing to Mossel Bay...  I will also be responding to your sweet comments within the next few days - how I have missed writing to you all!
 
With love and joy in Christ,
Kelly-Anne