One thing I pride myself on this blog is that I put EVERYTHING out there. I haven’t hidden my drinking problem. I haven’t hidden our financial struggles. I also share all the good things too. At the end of the day, I want this blog to be an honest record of our marriage and what we’ve gone through. I’m not here to tell you what to do. Your mind is your mind, not mine. All I want to do is share MY journey through this topic. It is all out of love.
I briefly shared that we stopped watching nudity back in October of 2014. We were both convicted after reading 12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ by John Piper. And this post popped up in my search for a sermon this morning – Seven Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Deadpool’.
So this post is a “how is it going?” and a plea for other Christians to consider this. We continue to not watch movies with nudity. This has had profound impact on our lives, particularly, our thoughts. Before, I found myself replaying scenes with nudity in my mind. It’s crazy how stuck they can get there! Now, if I accidentally see nudity, it almost makes me sick to my stomach. I think of it like removing/decreasing sugar from your diet. If you rarely have sugar, you feel sick when you have it. I can also see how much it was filling my mind and how much it doesn’t now.
A few months back, when the Deadpool red band trailer was released, I excitedly started to watch it. Not even thinking….hmmmm, this is a red band trailer, why is it red? Before I knew it, there was the nudity. I still have those images in my head and I wish I didn’t.
How is this practically and emotionally? Well, I have to say, sometimes it really really stinks. I was excited to see Deadpool. I’m a HUGE fan of comic book movies. This one looked fantastic. There is a part of me that’s sad when I see the posts and media pop up about Deadpool. I get bummed out when I hear about a great show or movie someone saw, but after looking it up online, see that it has nudity. There is a part of me that is sad at these things. But on the flip side, there is so much more room in my mind now.
In my testimony, I said this – “Now that alcohol is not in my life, there’s room for God to be the most important thing. I now love to be near God, I have such a desire for him and his word. Because I’m not hungover, I can listen to sermons nearly every day and have clarity as I listen. Do you remember how I missed out on evening devotions with Bret? Well, now he’s listening to most of those sermons with me. Our faith is the number one thing we talk about now.”
I feel the same way about cutting out nudity.
Again, I’m not here to tell you what to do. Your mind is your mind, not mine. All I want to do is share MY journey through this topic. It is all out of love.
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Tonight, I had the honor of attending an early screening of Saving Mr. Banks. It’s so much fun to see movies before they come out!
I had seen a preview for this movie about 4 months ago and was super excited! I love movies that a) are about making other movies b) are about the writing process (I LOVED Stranger Than Fiction!) c) are anything Disney.
This movie did NOT disappoint! It was really two stories, the story of how Mary Poppins came to be and how the movie came to be. It skillfully wove the two stories together. Tom Hanks was, as always, incredibly believable as Walt Disney. I love that he has the ability to make you forget that he is the actor in the roles he plays. This fact makes him one of my favorites. I knew virtually nothing about P. L. Travers before the movie, but in equal fashion, Emma Thompson made me forget I was watching Emma. I learned more about the character of Mrs. Travers (stay through the credits at the end…at least part way through) and after seeing that, Emma Thompson’s performance was remarkable.
It was a truly bittersweet tale. One minute I’m laughing and the next the tears were pouring down my face (I have NO shame in this by the way). One of the friends commented after that she didn’t expect to laugh so much. It was a delightful blend of imagination, childhood dreams and the realities of life.
A caution to parents. This is a PG-13 film. While there was no sex and if there was language, I don’t remember it….some of the subject matter is definitely older. I won’t go into what exactly it is, because I’m all about not giving away things about movies. But if you have a child under the age of 13, look into what that subject matter is.
The movie comes out on December 20th, make sure you check it out!