Making Something Out of Something Else

Hello. If you clicked on this post just because of the funny title, then awesome! It could mean lots of things. Maybe you’re a crafter and was looking for some new ideas to use, or maybe you were just curious at what a nutty blogger like me is up to. Either way, I am glad you clicked because I am still going to talk about making something out of something else but it might not be what you think.

I am going to be talking about parodies. I have one out right now on Youtube SEE IT HERE and it’s a remix on Let It Go From Frozen.

I have this thing with songs and making them into something else, and especially right now with Disney songs being turned into praise songs.

Where did I get this idea? I originally got the idea when I was listening to Michael W. Smith’s song Freedom and wrote my first parody then. But with a song like Freedom I need the music and I sing acapella so that wouldn’t work to put it on Youtube right now. But I do have a few more coming out in the next few weeks for Mulan’s “Reflection” and Lion King Simba’s Pride’s “He Lives in You”.

Why even bother though right? The songs are already written so there isn’t anything else to do with them. Well, how I see it is that there is always something new to be found in anything old. Many songs can be changed into a praise song if only a few lines are twisted and changed, but they can still used to praise Jesus. I wanted to be apart of something I thought to be cool. I can write words, but never get me in front of a piano. I will drive everyone out. So parodies are my way to be able to make music without having to touch an instrument. Though it is kind of funny to say that since I don’t sing with any music.

But I want to be clear that I don’t own any of the tunes. If Disney came to me tomorrow telling me to take them down I would, but the words are mine. They are what I am feeling God would want me to say instead of what the original creators were saying for that particular movie. And it’s fun. You get to challenge yourself to be creative and explore new options that might have first presented itself. I know I rewrote my parody “I Am Yours” probably three or four times before I felt God told me I had it right.

You can use this idea all through life. It might appear that life has only offered you one path, but, if you look behind a bush or under a rock, you might find a treasure that you have never found unless you decided to go your own way (with the guidance of God of course). I just mean that just because something has been a way doesn’t mean it’s the only way, and I get to experience that with my parodies. So if you have a song that you know you could make into an awesome parody (preferably a Christian one) then go for it. Sites like Youtube make it possible now to showcase your talents in a whole new way. Be bold and put yourself out there. Who knows? You just might be the new big internet sensation.

Have a great day!

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A Honest Review Sirena Vacuum vs. Rainbow Vacuum

Are you in the market for a new vacuum? Does the vacuum you choose really mater? For some people, if it just sucks up dirt then any vacuum works, but if you are the type who is actually looking to help with the deep cleanliness of your home and the purity of your air then you know that the right vacuum is everything. My family suffers from horrible allergies and I have asthma so trying to keep our home as a safe zone is very important.

That is when I remembered the water filtration idea in a vacuum over a dust canister. The idea is that the dust and dirt get stuck in the water basin and doesn’t get filtered back into the air. So the dirt is actually gone and the air that is pushed back out is cleaned and actually purified.

*Disclaimer – I have not been paid by either of these companies for this review. It is 100% my honest opinion.*

So I decided that was the type of vacuum I wanted, and the only brand I knew of was the Rainbow since I grew up with one. It was my first choice, but there was one thing that made us look at other options. After doing some more shopping we found the Sirena. I have used both vacuums and will break this review down in four categories: Price, Assembly, Operation, and Cleaning Ability.

PRICE

Rainbow – To say it in short, this vacuum is NOT affordable. It runs with a $3,000 price tag and was the ultimate reason we went shopping else where.

Sirena – Not too bad. It runs for just under $1,000 from where we bought it. Still isn’t “cheap” but compared to the Rainbow it’s much more affordable to people.

Sirena wins hands down.

ASSEMBLY

Rainbow – Super easy. It has this really awesome thing where the tub and hose are grounded so there is only one of each to deal with. You pull the unit out of the box, click the tube together, fill the water basin, plug in the hose, and you are ready to vacuum. You can pick both wet and dry things with the same setup.

Sirena – Not easy. It took me and a friend an hour to figure it out. All you have to go off of is the picture of the box because the instructions are not clear. The Sirena also has an electric hose and a water hose and a tube for each which means more parts. It also means that you can’t go over any water with the electric setup because you will short it out. So that is a bummer when it comes to the Sirena.

Rainbow wins this round.

OPERATION

Rainbow – The design of the unit is a little easier to use since it flat. I’ll explain. So when you take the unit off the water basin it is upright in the same position that it is in when it is on the water basin. So it’s easy to take on and off the basin. The power button is easy to see and clicks so you know for sure it is on or off.

Sirena – The design is something I am not a fan of when it comes the Sirena. It is designed at a diagonal so you might be able to see more of the water basin when it is in use, unlike the Rainbow, but it makes it hard because the unit has to be practically laid down when you take it off the basin. Also mine was really tricky to get it to release off the water basin.

So I have to give this one to Rainbow.

CLEANING ABILITY

This is where it doesn’t matter and is a tie. The Rainbow has a vibrating head and so does the Sirena so both use vibration and suction to get the dirt out. They both go down to the pad and get the deep down dirt that other vacuums don’t, the more you use both the better your carpet looks. The cleaning attachments look identical and work identical. And they are both air purifiers.

The one thing is that the Sirena came in our pack with a couple extra attachments that don’t come with the Rainbow and cost a lot more. So, if we bought the Rainbow, the extras would have run us about $500 more.

So with cleaning ability it is a tie, but, the fact I can clean more right off the bat with what came with my Sirena, I have to give an extra bonus point to Sirena.

Total Score: Rainbow – 3   Sirena – 3

Ha! It’s a tie! So it just depends on what you want to spend. If you have a great paying job, then go ahead and go for the Rainbow since there is a little bit more ease with operating it, but, if you are like me and my family, the price is what saved it for the Sirena. I still have a great vacuum that will just have a little bit more personality. All in all, my house is getting clean and that is what my number one priority is.

 

 

God is Good

“God is good”. Do you believe that? I have a hard time with it sometimes I will admit. It’s a topic that many will never say is true simply because they have never felt it. I can say it’s true because in the past I have felt Him. I have felt His arms around when I was hurting and crying out for acceptance and love. Then why is it so hard for me to feel at times now?

Maybe it’s because I am more grown up and more calloused with the world? Maybe I am too scared to trust anyone but myself? I don’t know but I do know that my trust relationship with God is one that always takes work on my side.

I know people say that if you trust someone that you will always trust them. I guess that I sort of true since I trust my husband 100% and my closest friends 100%, but why can’t I always trust God 100% if the time? Because I can really trust what I see. I trust my husband to come home and love me every night because he does and I can see him. I can see his face and hear his voice to know if there is something off about him, but with God I can’t see Him. I know He is there, but I so often forget to look for Him.

And when things go bad it’s even harder to trust Him. You want to believe that He is doing everything for my good, but I can see that at the moment. It might be years until I see the purpose behind the suffering I go through today. So I sit there and ask God why, when He isn’t ready to show to me what He is planning to do with me. I just have to sit and wait to maybe understand it someday.

But I just have to remember that God is always good even if it doesn’t feel like life is. He loves me even when I am crying my soul out or angry because life has thrown me another curve ball. He is good always.

 

There’s No Pleasing Christians Sometimes

Hello! I hope your day is going well for you. My day is going pretty good. Just getting a chance to sit down and do some writing about what’s going on with two movies right now and to point out that Christians are the HARDEST people to please. I mean think about it. There are two movies out (or almost out) right now: The Shack and Beauty and the Beast. Both of which have Christians up in arms.

Why? Well, for one, there is this gay scene in Beauty and the Beast I guess and The Shack is being call not well sounded theologically . Both I have to say I am shaking my head and rolling my eyes at.

I have read the book for The Shack and seen the movie. I have been hoping they would make the book into a movie for years. It’s a story that could help so many unbelievers see God in a whole new way, but they might not read a book. So when it was announced that movie was coming out, I was over joyed. Then the poop hit the fan about it.

Suddenly, Christians are boycotting their own genre in a movie because it might not 100% match what their pastor says. Let’s clear something up. All those people saying tend to have a Baptist or Southern Baptist background where God is kept in this little box and He is only able to be one way and that’s it. I went to Baptist churches for years and was so stifled by the legalism there it took me years of going to a healthy and thriving church to heal.

Now, I know I just pissed off a lot of people but I have to speak the truth. When I was in the Baptist church sect, my walk with Christ stopped. I might know a lot of things about the Bible now but there was a void missing when it comes to my relationship with God. I saw Him as something to fear and not loved by. Jesus loved me but God didn’t. I was actually very similar to the main character in The Shack.

I thought God was only out to get me and the Jesus was the only thing keeping Him back from destroying us all. And the Holy Spirit? What Holy Spirit. The time I heard about Him was when someone was getting baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. So with this movie, yes people who are in that kind of background will find nothing but issues with the movie.

But, if you believe in having an Abba relationship with God and your know that the Trinity is one person and Jesus isn’t separate from the Father the Holy Spirit isn’t just out there wandering around, then you will see the gold that is in this movie. You will see that God is almighty and He loves you just as much as Jesus because they are one in the same. You can’t have one without the other.

Ok… so why is God and woman? I want to debunk this question now and forever. The reason God is a woman is because the movie is all about relationship and God says clearly it the book and the movie the reason He appears as woman is, due to Mac’s abuse history from his father, Mac would not have receptive to God if He appeared as a fatherly figure. That’s it. Period.

Now, if you have God in this little box then that seems like blasphemy and I very much would agree with you. But in this case it makes sense. God has appeared to me in different forms throughout my life, and they have been different every time. He is the almighty God and, if He knows that a motherly figure is what you need right now, then that is how He will present Himself as. I love how no one mentions the fact that He changes into a fatherly character later – just a side note.

But, what about the He came to save everyone part? God made and loves ALL of us. Yes, Romans talks about the elect but Jesus didn’t just come to save good people. Read the Gospels, there are tons of examples of people that who wouldn’t have been judged as the right people to be saved, but Jesus welcomes them in like He does with all of His children.

God gave us free will, like in the garden with Adam and Eve, we, even after we have been saved, can walk away from Him. I did not say lose our salvation. I said walk away, and with a legalistic background, why wouldn’t you walk away? It’s hard living under legalism and you will never add up enough under that mindset. But there is freedom with Jesus, and this movie really points out that, even though we don’t think someone should be able to be saved, God still has a plan for them and He wants they redeemed.

I am glad that there is freedom in Christ because we all deserve hell. There is no denying that. So if you don’t think that there is freewill, why were you so much better at the time of your creation? And don’t you say ‘because hells needs to be filled somehow so that is why there is the elect’. Worst defense ever! For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. the whosoever believes in Him will have everlasting life. That’s John 3:16!  Case closed. So for people getting upset because God loves everyone, seems like a poor excuse not to go see the movie.

Now another movie that is about to come out also has Christians upset and that is Beauty and the Beast. I want to first say that I NEVER saw this movie appropriate for anyone under thirteen. It would be WAY too scary for my daughter. Second, it’s a secular movie! If you don’t like it, don’t see, but don’t say that I am a horrible Christian if I do. Honestly, I think Christians are are showing horrible face concerning it because of the gay scene. Why? Let me explain.

IT’S NOT THE FIRST GAY CHARACTER IN A DISNEY MOVIE!!!! That felt good to finally get off my chest. No, it’s not, but for some reason now people are getting all upset about it. Do you have any of these movies in your house?

  • Cinderella
  • Pocahontas
  • Tangled
  • Anything from Sophia the First
  • The original Beauty and the Beast
  • The Lion King
  • Bambi
  • Lilo and Stich
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Frozen

These are just a few and every single one of these movies have a gay character in them, and many have multiple. But what makes this movie so different? Because there is a “moment” in it and it’s people.

First, it’s PG so the farthest they can go is a kiss. Second, it’s not a movie for kids anyway. Have you seen the preview and how dark it is? If you take four year old Lacy to see it, it wouldn’t be the gay scene that would be making me raise an eyebrow. This movie has a deeper story, scarier effects and, fine, a gay scene. Not for kids! I see it as Beauty and the Beast for adults.

Second, how are you ever going to show the love of Christ to someone if you never go to their level? Now, once again, coming from a legalistic background, you are taught to never go down to someone’s level because they will drag you down too. Not all bad, but there is a reason why there aren’t very many thriving legalistic churches and that is because they don’t out and harvest. Church is for “sick people” people who lost and need Jesus. IT is not just for preppy Christians to meet, say they made quota and go home.

You don’t have to see the movie, but somehow telling the LGBTQ community that God loves them and wants to have a relationship with them is vital. They are just lost people trying to figure life out on their own. That is it. So if we boycott and throw a fit, then where is the love?

Now, I don’t agree with the lifestyle, but I will say that I love the people. I don’t think that the movie needed these things add in particular because it had too much gayness in it back in 1991. The character is question, Lefou played by Josh Gad, was gay in the first place. But back then they were just called effeminate. I challenge you to watch the animated one. It’s beyond obvious that Lefou is in love with Gaston. So to say that this is the “first Disney gay character” is bull poop. There have been many and it’s just because the blinders are being taken off that people are noticing.

If you are going to take this kind of stand against gays then you need to throw out EVERY movie that has a gay character in it. I think you will find that there aren’t many left after you do. But you need to stick to the stand you make because that is important too.

So, now we have looked at the two hot buttons for Christians and I have to ask, where do you stand?  I hope that you will give The Shack a chance. I get why you might not see Beauty and the Beast, but don’t forget that the community is full of living breathing people who need the love of Jesus brought to them. Hey! Take them to see The Shack and have it soften the soil to talk about Jesus and how much He loves them.

For many that crosses too many lines and it makes me sad. I wish that Christians would stop nit picking at things and just get the love of Jesus out there. You can either bring Jesus to people with a movie that you believe is only sort of right or you can waste your salvation by sitting at home being “right” and doing nothing. I would rather bring people to Christ.

And with the Disney movie, it’s your choice, but don’t forget the love. The best way to shut someone’s heart up is if they don’t feel like they are loved, belong, or believed in. Show the LGBTQ community that Jesus loves them and reach out. It just might be the thing someone needs the most.

Love you and God bless.

How to Serve Others While You Hurt

If anyone is like me, then you have had some hurt in your life. I have had quite a bit in the last year especially with losing all my possessions and four babies. Talk about a hit to the heart, but there is always a choice when it comes to grief. You can turn into yourself and become nothing but a shell or you can use your grief as a gift to help others. It took me a long time but I decided that it’s worth it more in the end to help others than to only concentrate on myself. One of ways I do that is through my Etsy Shop.

Why do I love it? It gives me a chance to create and produce something productive when I feel like nothing is good in my life. You can’t help but smile at something you have made yourself. The extra money is nice but you will notice that I have one item in my shop that is more than the rest. I happen to love to make baby blankets which seems odd right from someone who just lost four babies right? Why would I make something that someone else will buy for their baby when I have just lost mine?It doesn’t make much sense does it I know, but I see it as a way to look outside myself and bless someone else even if I don’t feel blessed right now.

The other thing that I would suggest is to engage with people who are going through the same thing that you would like to be doing. I know, this sounds even crazier than the first thing, but it is true. One of my best friends and I were pregnant at the same time. Our babies were actually due two days a part. When we found out, we were so excited because there is nothing more fun than being pregnant with a best friend (I have many by the way). When I lost my baby, it could have really ruined things with my friend and I because she was nervous about what she could tell me  or not about her pregnancy. I didn’t want her to cut me off so I made the decision to be there for her and engage with her pregnancy even though I had lost mine.

Can you see where I am going with this? I was able to be a blessing for my friend and experience her pregnancy with her because I was able to come out of myself and see those around me. And it has been fun going on this journey with her. If I hadn’t taken that step, I would have missed out on something really great. Now, I will not sit here and tell you it has been easy reading her texts about her baby moving and doctors appointments. I am not perfect in any way. I have to fight jealousy everyday and that isn’t something that is probably going to go away soon, but there is a way to be jealous and happy for someone else at the same time. you just really have to keep your heart in check.

My next big test in this area is coming up soon since her baby shower and I am going to it. I have no idea how I am going to react. I could be all tears or I could be all smiles. Her shower is actually a week before my husband’s vasectomy which is going to add a whole other layer to the day. It’s the last week that my husband and I can decide whether or not we are really going to go through with making him sterile. Hard right?

So I have to keep myself busy and I have decided to go full bore into her gift to be a blessing to her instead of pining and dreading the day. No one likes a person like that for sure. I don’t want to be angry my whole life. I want to have the joy of the Lord shine through me and to show that my hurt doesn’t define who I am or what I can do. Also, the projects are really fun and turning out super cute. I can’t wait to due a post about it. This one item is so cute, I just might make on for me.

The point being, don’t let your hurt keep you from serving others. I might sound like I have it all figured out, but there are still many days where I have to just sit there and and say over and over again “God is good” because at that moment it doesn’t feel like it. I have a whole other post planned for that topic so I won’t go into it now. But just keep your chin up. Things will get better.