August 18, 2014

God's Not Dead

Over the weekend I watched a couple movies about faith, belief, and God ~ God's Not Dead & Heaven is for Real.  These two movies hit me harder than I thought they would.
God's Not Dead has a few story lines, but the main story line is about a young college student named Josh. Josh is a freshman in college and is taking a Philosophy class to complete a credit.  Josh's teacher, Professor Radisson, wants all of the students to write on a piece of paper God Is Dead and then sign and turn in.  Josh refuses.  He can't possibly write this down when he believes it to be untrue.  Radisson takes this as a challenge.  See, Radisson is an Atheist. Josh has to win over his class and get them to believe that God's not dead or Radisson will fail him.  There are a couple of other story lines about people struggling with their faith or being put down for it.  Josh's journey into himself and into his own faith was really touching to see.  The film brought me to tears a couple times.

Heaven is for Real is based on a true story about a little boy who visited Heaven while being operated on. He saw amazing things; he met Jesus, his great-grandfather, and saw a choir of angels singing. The biggest thing for me in this movie was the power of prayer.  While the little boy, Colton, was in the hospital a phone tree got started and before you knew it the whole town was praying for him and his family.  These people stopped everything they were doing to pray for them.

What would I have done in these moments? Would I have written down what the Professor had asked me to?  Would I have stopped everything I was doing in that moment to pray for someone who really needed it? I'd like to think that I would have been as strong as Josh to say 'no' to the professor. I want to say that, 'yes,' I will absolutely pray for you right now. I absolutely do believe in God and I always have. I grew up in the Catholic church with my family. I'm not the most consistent person when it comes to attending mass on a regular basis, though. I'm a work in progress!

Back in June I did an entry about letting go {here} and letting my Higher Power take the reins on my life. He's the one with the plan, right?  My Higher Power is God.  How do I know he's real? Well, I don't know. There's no proof. I believe him to be real in my heart. I believe that he is working in my life. I'm alive and there have been some times and some situations where it could have gone the other way.  In some ways I feel like a cat with nine lives.  Late last year I decided to really listen to what my Higher Power was telling me and start a new way of life. Boy did my life change and for the better!  

Since then I find that I pray a lot more. I pray every night before I go to bed. My prayers and long and detailed. I have also started to attempt meditating. I'm not a pro at it, but I'm trying.  A friend of mine suggested that I set a timer for five minutes and just count my breathes. When I find my mind wandering, then I should start over with counting. It's only five minutes, right? That's not too long at all.  Let me tell you, sometimes it feels like forever! I feel like Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love when she's trying to meditate and a minute feels like an hour.  I'm looking forward to getting really good at it.

Have a fabulous week :)