Day 31-Not Finished

"Oh, my what happened to you?
I'm not finished."
....from the movie Edward Scissorhands
One last quote. And I've chosen a little bit of a strange movie, since it is October 31st and all.
And yes, it is a Johnny Depp movie.
This is Frankensteinlike story of a person named Edward played by Johnny Depp created by an inventor, played by the one and only Vincent Price. The inventor dies before finishing his creation, leaving Edward with scissors for hands. He continues to live alone until one day a door to door Avon representative (Peg) finds him and decides to bring him home with her to live.
Just like the story of Frankenstein, things don't go well with Edward living among people.
The quote is said in the beginning of the movie when Peg first finds him. She asks what happened to him and Edward answers "I'm not finished."
For Edward not being finished turned out to be a bad thing. Without normal hands, he is unable to do the simplest of things, like dress himself. He also is unable to get close to anyone physically without running the risk of injuring them.
For us, we can rely on what scripture says about our completion.

Philippians 1:6(NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

God has promised that the work he started with us, will be completed.
Even if it takes until the day Jesus returns to do it.
In the meantime, He is constantly at work in our lives. Teaching and guiding, giving knowledge and wisdom always to fulfill his calling and plan for our lives.
As long as we continue to abide in Him, we don't have to worry about being abandoned in an incomplete state.
When we utter the words, "I'm not finished" it isn't negative.
For us, it is a hopeful statement.
Because if he isn't finished with us, then we can take joy in the fact that no matter what state we are in, or how much we mess up, eventually we will be all we are meant to be.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and read these posts. I hope you were inspired in a way that is new for you.
I hope that we have gained some new insight into seeing God at work around you.
There is still time to enter the drawing. Just leave a comment on this post, and on everyone post for the whole month.
You can access the beginning of the series here.


Day 30-RUN!

This is not about going back.
This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it!
Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.
--from the movie Secretariat
This is a wonderfully inspiration movie. Some of the opening lines are actually quoted right from the Bible. This video clip is the trailer for the movie. Towards the end she says part of the quote from above. I couldn't find a clip of just that quote. But the trailer is inspirational even without hearing the exact quote.
“Have you given the horse its strength
    or clothed its neck with a flowing mane?
 Did you give it the ability to leap like a locust?
    Its majestic snorting is terrifying!
 It paws the earth and rejoices in its strength
    when it charges out to battle.
 It laughs at fear and is unafraid.
    It does not run from the sword.
 The arrows rattle against it,
    and the spear and javelin flash.
 It paws the ground fiercely
    and rushes forward into battle when the ram’s horn blows.
 It snorts at the sound of the horn.
    It senses the battle in the distance.
    It quivers at the captain’s commands and the noise of battle."
Job 39:19-25
Penny Chenery wasn't afraid to take a chance on a horse everyone said couldn't win.
She didn't care that people thought she was incapable because she was "just a housewife".
We can't live life afraid. Moving forward is impossible when we are weighed down by fear.
We don't "live" at all, when we allow ourselves to stay stagnant out of fear.
If we never venture out, and run how will we ever know what we are capable of, where we can go, what we can do?
When I first thought about writing the thought of putting my words out there for people to see was terrifying...it still is. But if I never tried I would never know if I could. The worst thing anyone can do , is to not do something in life. The things left undone are what we will regret most when we see our savior.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
As usual, if you haven't seen this movie, I would say you should. 


Day 29-Don't Cry Alone

Today's quote comes the ultimate in women's friendship movies

Steel Magnolias.

The line is spoken by Truvy, Dolly Parton's character and it epitomizes what friendship is all about. Especially women friendships.

If you don't have a bunch of Steel Magnolia friends I urge you to get some. I myself have the best Steel Magnolia friends anyone could ask for. They know who they are and I dedicate this quote and this post to them.

"I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence"...........

Galatians 6:2 (NLT) Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.


Day 28-First Knight

Today's quote comes from the movie First Knight. It's the story of King Arthur and Camelot and it stars Sean Connery, Julia Ormond, and Richard Gere.

"There are laws that enslave men, and laws that set them free."

The idea that we can be a slave to one law and be set free by another law, immediately brought me to Paul and the book of Romans.

Romans 6:14 (NLT) Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

The "law" Paul is referring to here are the requirements God put onto the Jews in the Old Testament. These "laws" brought to light man's true sinful nature and the abundance of sinfulness in their life.
Christ's sacrifice set us free from the try hard life of obeying the "law". Belief in Jesus, gives us the power to turn away from sin, therefore we are free, no longer slaves to our sinful nature as we were before Christ.

It can be a little complicated, I know.

That's why the quote is so powerful. It states it very simply.

Just an FYI - It's been a long time since I've seen this movie, but it is still, in my opinion, one of the best versions of this story ever made into a film.


Day 27-Along for the ride

Here it is. There's only four days left to enter for a chance to win this movie give pack. Also included with this gift pack is my one of a kind Movie Quote Scripture Cards. 31 business card size cards with a movie quote and coordinating scripture, laminated, hole punched and on a key ring for easy access.

There will be a picture of those later.

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and start adding your comments. You don't have to write a book, just a few words about the post, if you liked it or what it meant to you.

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Here is today's quote. It comes from the movie Cast Away starring Tom Hanks. Next to Leo and Johnny Depp, my next favorite actor is Tom Hanks. I found a clip with the quote in it for you to watch. Again, I think the video clips make a bigger impact.
 The line is said right in the beginning of the clip, so if you don't want to watch the whole thing you don't have to.
"Here we go Wilson, you don't have to worry about anything, I'll do all the paddling....you just hang on."

Job 23:14 (NLT) So he will do to me whatever he has planned.
    He controls my destiny.


No matter what we think, God is in complete control. Everything we do is within his realm.
We are only along for the ride.


Day 26-Not Rejected

                                                                                                                                                                               “Oh Rhett, if you leave where shall I go, what shall I do?”

“Frankly my dear I don't give a damn."

Jeremiah 31:36 (NLT)“I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature!”

In the final scene of the movie Gone With the Wind, Scarlet O’Hara realizes she loves Rhett Butler. But it’s too late. He has waited for her to come to her senses for a long time and now instead of accepting her love, he rejects and abandons her; not really the “happy ending” you would expect.

Can you imagine the sadness Scarlet felt, professing her love, only to be rejected? Unfortunately, in this world there are no guarantees. We may love, but there is always a chance our Rhett Butler will not love us in return.

Thankfully, God is not Rhett Butler.

In fact he is just the opposite. God will never tire of waiting for us to turn to him. We may drag our feet, or reason that we don’t need Him. We may even take the attitude of “someday I’ll get around to God.” None of that matters.  His love for us is capable of withstanding our indecision, reasoning, and procrastination.  He will never reject us.

The day we finally realize that He is all we need, will be one of rejoicing, not sadness. When we profess our love for Him, He will welcome us into His loving embrace with open arms.  

Unlike what happened to Scarlet, our story will have a happy ending.


Day 25-The Bear Inside

We are in the home stretch with our 31 Days of Blockbuster Inspiration.

If you have been stopping by everyday thank you. I hope you have been blessed and inspired by what you have read here.

Today's quote comes from a movie called Legends of the Fall. It features Brad Pitt, Aiden Quinn, Anthony Hopkins and Julia Ormond.

It is a difficult to give you a description of this movie. What I can say is it is about family relationships and it centers around two brothers, their father, and a woman.

I went through a big Anthony Hopkins phase in the 90's, not that it was hard to see a lot of his movies then, he seemed to be everywhere in the 90's.


Here is the line:

"I think it was the bear, growling inside him. Making him do bad things. Nothing that Tristan did was truly his own fault. It was the bear..."

Romans 7:20 (NASB)

"But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me."


Day 24-It's Hard

I'm recycling another quote that I've used in the past. This time I'm giving you the video clip to go with it, like I did yesterday with Alice in Wonderland.
I think it makes a bigger impact with the video.
Here's the quote:
"It just got too hard"
"It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy everyone would do it. The "hard" is what makes it great."
James 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (ESV) 


Day 23-Impossible?

Today I'm using a quote that I've posted before.

It's from the movie Alice in Wonderland. The most recent version by Tim Burton, with Johnny Depp.

Ok, yes Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp have high jacked this blog. Sorry, I can't help it if they have both been in some pretty good movies.

Here is the quote:

"This is impossible" -Alice

"Only if you believe it is"-Mad Hatter 

Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God." (NASB)

I have found a video clip and the quote is actually spoken right at the beginning. This is a video that has various clips from the movie put together. It is worth watching to the end.

I think it goes along with the quote and the scripture quite nicely.

I hope you agree.


Day 22-Planting Seeds

The quote I have for you today is from the sci-fi action thriller movie Inception.

As always, if you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it. It's a little difficult to follow but it is well worth it. And of course it doesn't hurt that Leonardo DiCaprio is the star.

Some of you may be sensing a theme. This is the third movie I've featured with Leo.

Strictly coincidence. I promise.

  Here is the quote:

"The seed that we planted in this man's mind may change everything"

In the parable of the seeds and soil, Jesus spoke of how seeds fall in many different types of soil.  For some, the seed is not received.  For others, the seed is received but as it grows it is choked out by the worries and problems of the world around them.  And still for others it grows very quickly, but the roots are in shallow soil and as soon as there is too much heat, it withers and dies.  But Matthew 13:23 says

And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. (NASB) 

Every day, all day, everything we do is an opportunity to plant seeds. Our part is really easy. We are not responsible for whether or not they accept what we tell them.  It is not our job to force them to change, or brow beat them into acceptance. We are only to be who we are in Jesus; plant the seed; give them the information.  .

Maybe you’ve asked them to church a million times, or forgiven someone over and over.  You may have been laughed at for your choices, or not invited because of your beliefs.

It doesn’t matter. 

They are all seeds.

God can take that tiny idea and allow it to grow into something more.

And when it grows it can be life changing.



Day 21-Buckle Up with Jesus

We are in the home stretch with our Blockbuster Inspiration journey.  If you have been stopping by everyday, a "big thank you" to you from me.

Don't forget to post a comment on each post everyday to be entered to win a movie gift basket. I'll be posting a picture later this week to entice you a little more.  You can get an additional entry into the drawing by leaving a comment on the Blockbuster Inspiration Facebook page also.

For today's quote I'm going waaay back to the black and white era.  This line comes from the movie All About Eve starring Bette Davis.

"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night"
Now I'll admit that I've never seen this movie.
But the line is iconic. I don't think you need to see the movie to get the connection for this one.
Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
A seatbelt is something that is strapped across a person’s body to keep that person safe and secured.  Its purpose is to save our life in the event of a car crash, or at the least keep the injuries to a minimum.
Yes, our ride in this life is definitely bumpy.
Things happen every day that can hurt us, or knock us around.
Just as it would be foolish to ride in a car without our seatbelt fastened, it would also be foolish to try to make our way without Jesus.


Day 20-Shimmer,Glow,Let Your Light Shine

Today's clip is from the movie "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"
It's a pretty old movie starring a very young Johnny Depp and an even younger newcomer at the time, Leonardo DiCaprio.

It's the story of a young man who is struggling to do the right thing caring for is overweight mother and disabled brother, along with two sisters while trying to live his life.

If you get a chance to see this movie I would recommend it, but it is not for children.
Leonardo gives a performance that is so convincing that I believed he was a disabled young man when I first saw it.

And of course, I've always been a fan of Johnny Depp.

Here's the quote:

Momma: You're my knight in shimmering armor. Did you know that?
Gilbert: I think you mean shining.
Momma: No shimmering. You shimmer, and you glow.
Although Gilbert feels as though he is failing in each of his roles as son, brother, and breadwinner for the family, his mother puts his mind at ease with just this one line.
The goodness that Gilbert felt he was lacking shows in all he does for his family. His mother can see, it and so can others he comes in contact with.

Matthew 5:16 (NASB) Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven



Day 19-We Can't Handle the Truth

This speech is iconic, one of the most widely know movie speeches of all times. The line "you can't handle the truth" is quote millions of times a day by people. Usually jokingly.
Now, before you watch this video, I must warn you that at the very end, Colonial Jessup (Jack Nickolson) uses a phrase that is offensive to Christians. You don't have to listen that far, or watch even.
But I think what he says just proves the point I'm about to make.
"You can't handle the truth."
1 John 1:8 (NASB) If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Colonial Jessup makes a very valid point in this speech. Most people... most of us... can't handle the truth, or even want to know the truth about ourselves or about others.
We would sometimes just rather go along blindly believing that everything is ok.
Sure there are problems in the world, we are all well aware of that, but with ourselves specifically?
Not so much.  We do ok. We don't murder, we don't steal, we give to charity, we go to church, we raise our kids to believe.
Truth is, the Bible says there isn't one of us that is truly good. Not one.
Jesus was the only one who walked this earth who was absolutely good and perfect in every way for his entire 33 years he lived.
We cannot measure up to that. Not ever.
So while we like to believe like Col. Jessup says, that we don't agree with what he does, or how he does it, truth is most of us would feel a little safer with someone like him guarding the walls in Cuba.
Tom Cruise's character says he wants the truth, but does he really?
Truth is, the truth is painful, uncomfortable and a little too revealing for people.
I have sinned in ways that would cause my friends to turn their backs on me if they knew.
I have known people guilty of appalling sins.
It's not something I talk openly about when I get together with friends over a cup of coffee.
Shocking. I know.
But as good Jack reminds us, sin is there...in all of our lives....it exists on a daily basis and most of us are unwilling to admit we know of it, or have committed it. We would rather turn a blind eye and enjoy our blissful ignorance and sometimes even enjoy the result of that sinful behavior regardless of how it happened.
So yes, Jack Nickolson takes the Lord's name in vain at the end of this speech, but really are we surprised? His character ordered the torture of a fellow marine under the guise of it being better for the unit as a whole. He defends his choice as being the right thing to do, even if it turned tragic.
If you look at Tom's face at the end of the speech, you can see it, just for a brief moment. He knows Jack is right. While his job was to get Col. Jessup to admit the truth, once it's out there is has made him uncomfortable. Why?
Because he knows deep down in those places we don't talk about at parties.....
He knows he's right.


Day 18-What Goes Around

Welcome to Day 18

This quote comes from the movie Young Guns, starring Emilo Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

It's the somewhat story of Billy the Kid. I say somewhat because I'm not sure how much of the movie is based on fact and how much is made up and right now with this cold I'm fighting, I'm in no mood to find out.

Here's the line.

"Reap the whirlwind Brady, Reap it."

A good portion of this movie is spent on revenge.

And while it may seem like a good idea, and it plays out really well on screen, and it's really fun to watch this group of guys playing cowboys while they are acting out their revenge...

It isn't how we should live.

Romans 12:19 (NASB) Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord

It is not our job to take care of people who do wrong, that is for God to decide and for God to handle.


The Bible also says this.

Galatians 6:7 (NASB) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap

You see?
We don't have to worry about it.

God says, not only will He take care of it, but people reap what they sow and eventually their bad deeds will return to them.

So next time someone hurts you or breaks the rules, keep the gun in it's holster and let God handle it.



Day 17-Is Seeing Believing?

Welcome to Day 17 of

If you've been reading every day, thank you. I appreciate it more than you know.

This post is late because my sinuses and throat are under attack.

It will also be quick because I've only got a short time till this latest dose of cold medicine wears off and I start sneezing and coughing again.

Here goes.

Now, I'll admit I have never seen this movie. I came across this quote when I was doing a search for movie quotes about two years ago. Up till now I've done nothing with it. It seems perfect for tonight because it is straightforward.

"You're a fool to believe in something you've never seen"

  This quote is from the movie Waterworld. I'm not sure if anyone has even heard of this movie. It was released during a time when Kevin Costner was still riding high after winning his Oscar for Dances With Wolves. 

The movie was a complete flop.

But it makes for a good quote.

2 Corinthians 4:18  “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”(NASB)

So what do you think?

Do you need to see something to believe in it?


Day 16-You're Not Crawling Alone

Welcome to Day 16 of 31 Days of Blockbuster Inspiration.

In honor of "hump day" I've got a very inspirational quote for you today.
This one is a little longer than most of the videos I put up, but it is completely worth the 5 minutes it will take to watch.

It is the absolute best visual picture of God always being with you when you are struggling.

Brings me to tears every time.

I don't know about any of you out there, but I feel like I'm death crawling this week.

Allergies kicking in, kids going in different directions, full time work, yada, yada, yada.

Yup. It's a busy time.

Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed I think of this scene. Sometimes I will even watch the video.

Coach Taylor challenges his player to "death crawl" to the fifty yard line. Brock doesn't have much confidence in his team's abilities or his own. Coach Taylor wants to prove a point.

Something I've always noticed about this scene is the picture it makes of us and God in tough times. Coach Taylor could have stood back and let Brock go on and death crawl while shouting at him from the end of the field. Instead the coach followed right along with him, talking to him all the way. When Brock says "I'm out of strength". Coach is right there, saying "don't you quit on me". When Brock says "it hurts". Coach is right there and says "I know it hurts, but you gotta keep going." (my favorite line, by the way).
And at the very end, when the coach is screaming at him so his voice is the only one that Brock hears he says "Brock Kelly, you don't quit"

I love that he uses his name.

God has promised never to leave you or forsake you.
Isaiah 41:10 (NASB) ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

He gives us what we need.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NASB) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

He is our strength when we are weak.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NASB) And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

He knows us by name.
John 10:3 (NLT) The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

He speaks to us. Job 37:2 (NLT) Listen carefully to the thunder of God’s voice as it rolls from his mouth.

He encourages us through his Spirit. John 14:26 (NLT) But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

No matter what hump you are crawling over today, remember you are not alone. God, your coach is right there with you and He will stay with you until the end, whether that is at the 50 yard line or the end zone.

He doesn't ever give up on us, so we shouldn't give up either.


Day 15-The World is Aching


Today is Day 15 in our 31 day blogging challenge. Thank you for sticking it out. We've reached the halfway point and no one is as surprised as I am that I'm stilling blogging.

Today I've got a quote that I think many of us can relate to, especially with all that is happening in the world today.

"the whole world has an aching heart"-

This line comes from the movie Because of Winn Dixie, which was based on the book by Kate DiCamillo.
When the line is spoken the character Gloria is trying to explain to Opal that people all have some kind of pain in the life.

It's not just people that have pain, the line is true....our whole world is in pain.

Government shut downs.
School shootings
Missing children
Bad economy

The list could go on and on.

Let's face it our world is a mess. Most people would agree with that. What they don't agree on, is the reason for the mess. Everyone seems to be pointing the finger at everyone else. No one wants to see the real reason for the aching of this world.


Romans 8:22 "For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (NASB)

When Adam and Eve sinned, it not only changed their lives, it changed the whole world.

God never meant for us to live in a world like the one we are living.

It wasn't his plan for people to suffer daily the way they do.

One bad decision changed it all.

And so the world, and all of us in it, continue to ache.