Friday, March 30, 2012

You're worth more than GOLD...
   One of the best Christian singers these days is Miss Britt Nicole! March 27, she released her newest album, Gold. After hearing this album, all I can say! It is the best album of Britt's so far, and probably in Christian music! I definitely recommend it. Here's a little word from Britt Nicole about her song Gold. If you want to know a little bit more about Miss Britt, then check out her fan site, Britt Nicole Fans. Now go buy the album!!! :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Hunger Games Movie...
   Yesterday, I got to see the Hunger Games! I was a little worried it wasn't going to be good. But it actually turned out to be a nice film! Lots of people were worried about the violence, because of the PG-13 rating.  But the movie was actually less violent than people have talked about. On the way home from the movie, my mom talked to my sister, my friend Rachel, and I about what was good and bad about the movie. In other words, we talked about what seemed like good ideas or what was not so good. The good idea is justice being accomplished. Now, if you saw the movie but you haven't read the books, then this movie probably seemed a little un-beneficial. It appeared justice wasn't actually being followed even though that's what people say is the main point of the story. There's a reason for that. The Hunger Games introduces the setting of the story line. It's not meant to show the full justice being unveiled at this point. At this point, however, Katniss realizes that the Capital has to stop being like this. This is introducing the reader and/or viewer to the issue and showing the reader/viewer when and where Katniss decides the Capital (or more specifically President Snow) has to be stopped. President Snow wants to show his power. Panem becomes almost a dictatorship. But things such as publicity and fandom get in the way from the President Snow. The people of the Capital want a good TV show to watch. They want drama, and the Hunger Games is (what seems) like the best answer to not only show the power of President Snow but to satisfy the hunger for drama of the people of the Capital. In the movie, President Snow said something along the lines of this, "Why not simply get 24 people from each district and execute them?" After all, that is what they are doing. Now, the not so good ideas in the movie are things such as the killing. However, I think the killing shows the more concern for someone like Katniss to stand up for what is justice. Now, am I totally for watching people get killed. No...that would be weird. In fact I think the killing in the movie is wrong. But that is the point I think people who only know a little about the Hunger Games don't seem to understand. It is wrong. That's why in the next two books Catching Fire and Mockingjay they put a stop to what is wrong. They want to put a stop games themselves and President Snow. If you just saw the movie and did not read the books, the main points and the beneficial parts are not going to be fully grasped just from the information you received from the movie. If you want to get something out of the Hunger Games Series, I would read all the books. But that's just my advice :) 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It could be worse...
        Philippians 2:14 says "Do everything without complaining or arguing". Now you may have read that verse and laughed. It almost seems impossible not to complain or argue. I do it all the time. At dinner today I said, "I'm tired of having Mexican for dinner every night." This afternoon, I stated "School stinks! I have so much homework it's not even funny!" And this morning when I received my first 84 on a math test, I was complaining about everything I could think of. So you may be saying, "Yah okay, I see that you have a problem with that too. So what?" Well, did you know complaining and arguing brings you down? It makes you feel angry and depressed. It makes you say things you wish you wouldn't have said. There's a story in the Bible I heard at church this weekend. If you're not a Chrisitan, don't avoid reading this story, you might actually enjoy it. In Exodus, after Moses' people were let go from Pharaoh, Moses led his people to the Promised Land (If you don't know what that is, this short video should sort of give you an idea of what it was especially to the Hebrews) Anyway, before Moses died (if you watched the video) he led the people to the Promised Land. God provided His people with food (aka: Manna) the Israelites were getting really tired of eating manna, like I was tired of eating Mexican. And they complained and complained and complained. This didn't make the journey any easier. God wants us to be grateful for what He's given us, because no matter how big or small He'll make the most of it (Romans 8:28). The Israelistes knew this, but they still complained. They actual journey should have taken them only 11 days. But because they complained, it ended up taking them 40 years. No, I'm not joking. They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Makes you not want to complain anymore, huh? So how can we stop ourselves from complaining? Why not tell yourself this: It could be worse. My 84 could have a been a 48. My dinner could have been much less than what we had. Tell yourself that before you're about to complain, it just might help. And instead of complaining, we should thank God for what He has given us, because no matter where you are, what you do or what you have done, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for!
Hungry for the Hunger Games...
        I just finished Mockingjay this weekend. And it was very good. I posted a few days ago that the Hunger Games were not very beneficial. Yes, I still agree that Narnia is probably better than the Hunger Games, but I actually did learn something from the Hunger Games. Katniss, the main character, taught me to stand up for what I know is right. She also taught me that I shouldn't care what other people think of me. So yes, I encourage you to read the Chronicles of Narnia, but I also want to encourage you to read the Hunger Games. Now, the Hunger Games are meant for ages 13 and up. Just so people know, these books are not meant for a middle school audience. They are a good read, and if you haven't read them, you should try to get your hands on a copy! So excited for the movie!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What are you listening to?
      Music is a big influence on everyone's life, there's no question about it. So what are your listening to? Mainstream? Christian? As a Christian, I honestly try the best I can to stick with Christian music. From my own experience, listen to only mainstream doesn't help me. In fact, it makes me worse. So I encourage you to listen to what is true, what is noble, what is right, what is pure, etc (Philippians 4:8) But you may think, "Christian music isn't cool. It's just a bunch of boring church music. Mainstream is better." Well check out this list I made. You'd be surprised at all the amazing Christian music that's out there! *Check out my music section of the blog for more Christian artists!

If you like...                                 Then listen to...
Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha              V. Rose
Kelly Clarkson                             Stephanie Smith
Ludacris                                       Lecrae                                              
Flo- Rida                                      Flame
Snoop Dog                                   Tedashii
Katy Perry                                   Britt Nicole
Leona Lewis                                Laura Landon
Nicole Scherzinger                     Melodie Joy
Evenescence                                Eowyn
LMFAO                                        Press Play
Rhianna                                        Beckah Shae
Colbie Caillat                              Francesca Battistelli 
Maroon 5                                     Seabird