God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness #GodsNotDead #ad

God’s Not Dead – A Light in Darkness

A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life’s darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope.

A deadly fire rips through St. James Church, devastating the congregation and Pastor Dave. Adjoining Hadleigh University uses the tragedy to kick the congregation off campus. The escalating controversy creates a dilemma for the small church—can Christians fight for their rights and be the light for Christ at the same time?

Facing a court case and his own struggle to see Christ’s light in heartbreak, Dave asks for help from Pearce, his estranged brother—a big-city lawyer and an atheist—to fight for the church’s right to exist. The family reunion opens old wounds, as the brothers wrestle with the questions that pulled them apart years ago: Is God really good all the time? Where is God when bad things happen? Can Christ really heal the brokenhearted?

Pure Flix presents GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS — featuring a star-studded cast, including David A.R. White, John Corbett, Ted McGinley, Shane Harper, Jennifer Taylor, Benjamin Onyango, with special appearances by Dr. Cissy Houston and Tatum O’Neal.

GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS is a powerful reminder that in all circumstances, we are called to be a light for Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Produced and distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness is the conclusion to the film trilogy. Written and directed by Michael Mason, this film is ultimately about hope and peace, although there is some violence (vandalism leading to a fire and a dramatic death, and a pastor being punched/and punching back).

While I haven’t seen God’s Not Dead 1 or 2 however 3 is slightly controversial and there are debates … it’s unclear as to why the Pastor’s sermons are so controversial. It would’ve been nice to have known that detail but it didn’t take away from the story which, in the end, I did enjoy.

There were moments throughout the movie that you are “jolted” with the swing from deep faith to the outright testing of it. This kept you on the fence, possibly questioning your own faith!

One of my favourite scenes is when Dave complains to an African-American Pastor about how he feels that he’s being persecuted. His fellow Pastor Clearly puts things into perspective with his reply, “Brother, who do you think you’re talking to? I am a black man in the Deep South; don’t talk to me about your persecution.”

It’s extremely difficult to speak about a movie without ruining it for others. I did my very best not to however, what little I did speak of has already been shared either in the synopsis or by others.

I thought this film did drag on a bit but then had many moments that it picked up as well. In my opinion it’s geared to an Evangelical audience but that doesn’t mean that others won’t enjoy it. I’m unsure if they will feel challenged.

My Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Note: DVD has been provided courtesy of Pure Flix and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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Get #BackToSchoolWithSportChek @SportChek and @Fitbit #Fitbit #ad

Everyone is in a frenzied state of mind these days because of the whole back-to-school phenomena.  There’s so much to do, so many things to prepare, and lists of things to purchase.  Are you ready?

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Are you ready for the new school year?  As a mom with a few years under my belt, I can say that in spite of the long lists you can keep everything somewhat under control.  Just stay calm and stick to your list(s).

On August 22, 2018 SportChek welcomed a group of selected bloggers to attend their Move, Fuel & Grow with SportChek and Fitbit Event in Toronto.  I was thrilled to be among the chosen few.  Their event was in collaboration with:  Fitbit, Gaiam, Parkland, Hurley, and BioSteel Sports and was geared to moms & kids as they’re gearing up for back to school.  The two and a half hour event was held at the Berkeley Fieldhouse, in Toronto, which has the perfect outdoor space for yoga!

Quite frankly, we were spoiled while there.  We each were gifted with a Fitbit Versa (the children each received a Fitbit Ace), and our bands were customized with our name!  It was amazing to see several bloggers that I have met over the years and now consider friends!  Once we settled in, we were introduced to the various brands and ensured that we were all set up with our Fitbits so that we could head over to the outdoors and enjoy our mom & kid yoga session … on Gaiam yoga mats of course.  Our condensed yoga session was followed by a healthy lunch, while we learned how to make nutritious energy balls with BioSteel.  The kids decorated their Parkland backpacks (made from recycled bottles), and we had time to ask questions.  Great Brands, great people, and a great event!  I’ll confess:  Whew!!  It was a whirlwind of information!

Crushed for time with all your back-to-school shopping?  SportChek carries a wide range of  all the must-have Brands that you and your kids will love!

I’m super excited, and I’m looking forward to what may come; so keep coming back to the blog and find out!

Thanks SportChek!

Get Post Secondary Back to School Ready #FiveStarStrong #ad

You know that you need to up your game when your child stops saying “my teacher” and starts saying “my Professor” ~ that’s when you know you have to get POST SECONDARY BACK TO SCHOOL READY!  Ahhhh!

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My friends if you think the back-to-school season is beginning much too soon, then you are sadly mistaken.  Classes begin in about two weeks; however, you must not forget that post secondary institutions are a serious thing.  Generally, during the summer months you would have picked your courses and paid your tuition fees.  Usually by mid-September you would need to have dropped out of any courses in order to get full refunds.  Time literally flies by!

The key to a successful school year is to be ready and organized.   There are many ways to do so, and overall I would say that the best way is whatever works for you.  Having said this, I would be remiss if I didn’t share a few of my favourite tips with you.

  1. The Five Star 2″ Zipper Binder ~ with a (380 sheet) 2″ capacity, 3-ring fixture you’ll discover that it’s an excellent size for your notes; whether you choose to carry one for each subject, or use dividers and carry one for a couple of subjects.  It has a durable handle so that it’s easier for you to carry, and it also has a zippered pocket to securely carry smaller school supplies.  The included three removable file folders are wonderful to store the work you are currently working on, or perhaps store the assignment that you have to hand in as soon as you get to class!  My Tip:  Ensure you label the removable file folders and any tabbed dividers so you’re ready for anything on Day One.  I suggest the Five Star Poly Tabbed Dividers because the poly construction makes it long lasting, and the multi-coloured assorted designs allow you to colour-code subjects or simply add a splash of colour to your binder-full of paper.
  2. The Five Star Heavyweight Refill Paper (125 sheets) ~ College ruled 24 lb, and three hole punched.  Not just any ‘ol paper!  It’s heavyweight, which means it’s premium-feel … it’s thick and won’t bleed through and that means you can write on both sides!  My Tip:  Go ahead and fill up those zippered binders, and make sure you store a backup pack in your locker (if you’re an off campus student), or store it in your desk (if you’re in residence)!  Either way, you are covered.
  3. The Five Star Pocket & Prong Portfolios ~ these offer secure paper storage, and have reinforced holes for strength.  You can opt for the Customizable Poly Pocket & Prong Portfolio or the Two Pocket Folder with Prong Fasteners [Stay Put Folder, Folder with Pockets] … I suggest these because they’re strong and will last all year long!  My Tip:  Select your colours so that you can colour-code subjects!
  4. The Five Star 4-Pocket Portfolio ~ you can select from an assortment of 9 colours, they’re durable, and water-resistant!  The 4-pocket portfolio helps you keep your papers organized, and there is even helpful information printed on the inside of the portfolio!  My Tip:  Select your colours so that you can colour-code subjects!
  5. The Five Star Pencil Pouch ~ tons to pick from but I really like both the Five Star Multi-Pocket Pencil Pouch and the Five Star Stand ‘N Store Pencil PouchMy Tip: it’s a matter of preference so I look for quality like no puncture micro-mesh for longer lasting cases, and zippered compartments for extra safe storage!
  6. The Five Star Academic Year Weekly & Monthly Planner Agenda ~ this planner is super essential in staying organized throughout the year! It has a spiral guard to prevent snags from the wire! The tabbed page help you quickly find today’s date!
  • Lasts all year, and has thick covers.  It spans months from August – July; one week per two page spread is ruled; weeks are displayed Monday – Sunday with checkboxes.
  • One month per two page spread features unruled daily blocks and notes; tabbed months; past/future month calendar blocks shown for reference; student reference pages included in front of the planner.
  • Additional student reference pages in back of the planner.

My Tip:  I like using a variety of coloured highlighters to colour-code subjects!

and lastly …

7.  Notebooks! Notebooks! Notebooks!  Can you really ever have enough?  Five Star has several styles to choose from.  Look for:

  • Five Star Wireless Notebook ~ organize subjects with tabbed dividers
  • Five Star College Ruled Notebook ~ 5 1/2″ great for jotting down quick reminders
  • Five Star 1 Subject 200 Page Notebook ~ durable poly covers and reinforced storage pockets will protect your work!

My Tip:  Design your own cover to add excitement and to distinguish the subject from others.  Colour-code subjects!

As a parent of a College student, I know it’s time for “Mommy to step back”.  It’s not easy to sit quietly and watch them bloom!  What is important is that you set them up for success.  You teach them right from wrong, you love and support them, and you give them the tools they need.  After that, it’s up to them.   I’ve summed it up short and sweet so it might sound simple.  Hey, no one said it would be easy!  You’ve heard that saying and so have I … and it’s the truth!

Kids ~ it’s time to embrace your future!

Parents ~ it’s time to let them.

Good Luck to all.