Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fireproof and such

The week after Brian and I got married, we went to a fall party where we met a couple who strongly urged us to see a movie that they had just gone to in the theater. That following week at our Bible study, another couple raved about the same movie and said that we all absolutely needed to see it. They even offered to be babysitters so that those of us in Bible study could go. Well, it has taken Brian and I until now to rent a movie--just for us and not for kids. So I chose that movie. It is called Fireproof.
HOLY COW!! It is a fantastic movie! The acting is really awful not perfect, in fact, I compare it to the old ABC after school specials...anyway, while no one in this movie has been nominated for an Oscar, the storyline is very clear! It is about a couple on the brink of divorce, and how they come back from it. Through the Word. The husband (Caleb) outwardly shuns God in the beginning, but eventually fully gives himself to God, and sure enough, the Lord worked through Caleb and turned his life-and attutide toward his wife- around. There is a particular point in the movie where Caleb is ranting to his father about how his wife is selfish, and turns away his efforts, and doesn't respect him, and won't love him, etc. All the while his father is walking and listening and by the time the rant is over dad is standing in front of a very large wooden cross. Of course, here comes the slap you in the face gentle suggestion that Caleb is doing the same thing with God. And you can't love if you don't know love. And you can't know love if you don't accept God's love. WOW!!
I have always been a believer, and I would like to say that all of my actions are prayerful, but they are not. After watching this movie though, it put some things in perspective for me. If I truly want my marriage--and any other relationship--to thrive, I need to give it to God. I adore my husband, I love him as much as I know how to, but sometimes my motives are not pure. Sometimes I want things from him that he cannot give, and after watching this I know now that if I give my marriage to God, and listen for His wisdom, then my marriage will be able to withstand anything. I HIGHLY recommend this movie to ANY couple!!

Tuesday night was the first phase of the study I am doing at Mayo. I couldn't list all of the things that they did to me (or why) but the 2 that stand out were the 7 hours of blood draws every half hour (or 20 minutes in some cases) and the 2 leg muscle biopsies! Ouch ooch ouchie! I am a weeping crying screaming baby can tolerate small amounts of pain-- not that this surprises many of you-- and believe it or not, the blood draws were worse than the biopsies...until now. UGH! My legs hurt, I am waddling like a duck, and don't even get me started on the stairs. Christian compares it to waiting in traffic. The next part of the study is 8 weeks of weight resistance with a trainer...um down side to this? Not so much!
Right now I am watching the snow fall with the thunder and lightening! Ahhh winter!

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