Prayers for the Week – A New Year

 

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week! Happy New Year, everyone! 2014 is now gone, and 2015 has come on strong. I hope that you have a wonderful year, full of Peace, Love, Happiness, Joy, Success, but most of all, full of the Love that God has for us.

With the turning of the calendar, it is only right, at least in my mind, that we take stock of where we are in our lives.  For me, 2014 was a fairly good year, but there are many things I didn’t finish that I hope to accomplish in 2015.  More importantly, though, the turning of the year gives us a chance to take stock at where we are Spiritually in our walk with God.  Are we on the narrow road or the wide road, are with walking with God, or is God wondering where we are?  All of these questions are ones that we should look at now, and if we are traveling the wrong path, now is a great time to make a change so that we can enjoy a more meaningful, close relationship with our Lord and Savior.  The Bible verse I’ve selected today seems very appropriate for today:

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

Are you in Christ, as Paul writes?  If you are in Christ, you are a new creation.  If you are in Christ, then your life has changed, your old self is gone, and the new you is totally different from the old you.  This does  not mean that you are now perfect, that you never make mistakes, that you never stray from the path that Jesus walks.  However, what it does mean is that you recognize when you stray, you recognize that you have sinned, and you ask God to forgive you when you do sin.  The longer you have been in Christ, the worse it feels when you do sin, at least for me.  When I sin, immediately I feel an overpowering emotion — guilt.  When I sin, I realize that I have just turned my back on God, that I have decided to walk my own path, that I have made a decision that God’s Sacrifice — His ultimate Sacrifice — just didn’t matter at this time.  When that happens, the guilt of my sin hits me, and I immediately ask God to forgive me.

If you are not sure you are in Christ, or if you know you are not in Christ — that is, if Christ doesn’t live on in your heart in the form of the Holy Spirit — there are things that you can do to change that.  First of all, you need to ask yourself, do I want Christ in my life?  Do I believe in God, and more importantly, do I believe that God sent His Son Jesus to earth, and that His Son died for my sins?  Do I even think that I sin, do I recognize it when I do?

Before I turned to God, I would be hard pressed to admit that I recognized when I did sin.  Sure, I knew that it was wrong to curse, wrong to swear, that sort of thing, but did I think of it as sinning when I did it?  I don’t remember, now, to be honest.  I expect that at some level, deep down, I did know that — because how many of us look around the room before we say a curse word to make sure a young child doesn’t hear it.  Our thought is, that child shouldn’t hear those words — well, my friends, I’ve got news for you — none of us should hear those words…

The Sinner’s Prayer

If you want to be saved, if you know that you have never been saved, there is a prayer that you can pray. It is known as the Sinner’s Prayer, or the Prayer of Salvation. This prayer is not the only prayer that you can pray to be saved, but it is a good one. If you want to pray this prayer, follow along with the words below:

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.

That’s all there is to it.  If you prayed that prayer, and you believe it in your heart, and you prayed it with all of you heart and soul, then you are saved.  If you did this today for the very first time, please let us know.  Nothing gives a Christian more joy than knowing that a new Brother and Sister in Christ has joined our ranks, so let us know in the comments if you are.  Now, please read our prayer requests, and pray for those that need our prayers.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Chelsea had a prayer request for her husband’s Grandpa.  Here is what she wrote:Thank you all for your prayers for Wyatt’s Grandpa the surgery went well!
  • My friend Carrie had a prayer request and a praise.  Here is what she wrote on Facebook:We made it home! Now pray for Kev as he drives to Plainview for the night shift! It is endless!
    His Dad made a turn-around, he is a living miracle! Thank you so much for the prayers.
  • Lastly, please pray with us as we lift up the families of those that were involved in the wreck of Air Asia.  Please pray for their Peace, their Strength, and their Love as they strive to deal with all of the grief and turmoil in their lives.  Please pray that God would be with them all in their time of need.

Now, please pray one last prayer — the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Why Pixar Shorts are the best thing since sliced bread

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Pixar.  The name is synonymous with such great movies as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and many others.  I’d dare say that there are billions of people out there that know the name Pixar, and have a favorite movie that is made by Pixar.

Talking about Pixar feature films is a post for another day, but today, I want to write about a trend that I think is absolutely cool — the re-introduction of the short film before a feature film starts.

In days gone by, back in the heyday of Disney shorts, there was always a short cartoon prior to the feature movie.  In many ways, that is how Disney first made a name for itself.  Then, for years — heck, even decades — there were no shorts prior the feature film…

One day, though, and don’t ask me to remember when, because I’m sorry, I don’t remember, all of that changed, and changed for the better, in my opinion.

What are your favorite short films that have started playing before the feature film?  Here are mine, let me know what you think in the comments, and thanks!

One Man’s Band

This Pixar short film was the introductory short before the great movie Cars.  I remember it very well, I have always enjoyed it, and I think you will too!  Here’s the YouTube video of it for you to enjoy:

Presto

What a great short — I had almost forgotten about this one!  Do you remember the story — the unexpected consequences when you forget to feed your rabbit before the big magic show!  Enjoy!

La Luna

This short is another favorite of mine — but it’s a little more cerebral in it’s approach.  Take a look at it, and let me know what you think of it!

The Blue Umbrella

I really like the Blue Umbrella.  This is one of those shorts that takes you right into the scene — in this case, a rain storm, and the emergence of the Blue Umbrella, who finds a friend in the Red Umbrella.  It’s a great story, all without saying a word, and here it is for you to take a look at.  Enjoy!

Paperman

The last video I’m sharing with you isn’t a Pixar video — it was created by Walt Disney Animation — but I am of the belief that Disney went this route because of the success of the Pixar shorts, so I’m going to share it with you here.  Of course, I’m a sappy romantic, so I love this short.  Enjoy, and let me know what you think of it, please.

Saluting our Veterans on Veterans Day!

 

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Far too often, our men and women in service to our country are forgotten while they put themselves in harms way to keep America safe from the likes of terrorists and other people that would do us harm.  Today is Veterans Day, and here at My Dreams of Disney, we remember that so many people have given of themselves — and sometimes paid the ultimate price — so that the rest of us could enjoy the freedoms that our great country has provided to us.  So for today, we are remembering all of you — the men and women of our armed forces, and their parents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters that have paid such a heavy price in service to our country. Sit back, enjoy the pictures, and remember the sacrifice that our troops — and their families — give of themselves day in and day out, to keep their loved ones and all of us safe in America. Read More

The missing three hours — what my girls would do at Disney World!

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Yesterday, for the Magical Blogorail, we wrote our monthly loop, and this month’s topic was what you would do if you had three hours alone with no family at Disney World.  If you want to read the entire loop, check out this post here, but if you didn’t see my post and want to read just that one, click here.

When I told my wife about it, though, she immediately had her own ideas of what she would do with that three hour block of time, so that led me to asking Sophie what she would do, and that led me to texting my niece Stephanie to find out what she would do.  So today, I’m bringing you “What my girls would do at Disney World,” or, if you prefer, “Three hours alone at Disney, part two!”

Since Cindy came up with her list first, I’m going to put her ideas first.  Let me tell you right now, the list she came up with was so much more incredibly imaginative then my list!  Take a look at the things that Cindy would do.

Cindy’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:

  1. Cindy would experience the Magic Kingdom at night, and the first thing she would do would be to fly like Tinkerbell on Tinkerbell’s zip line!
  2. Next, Cindy would head over to Dumbo and ride it with Mickey Mouse.
  3. After that, she would ride Peter Pan’s Flight with…Peter Pan!
  4. Then, since this is a goofy kind of ride to Cindy, she would ride Big Thunder Mountain…with Goofy!
  5. Heading over to The Haunted Mansion, it seems to be a natural fit to ride that ride with Flynn Rider.
  6. For her next ride, she would ride Pirates of the Caribbean with Captain Jack Sparrow!
  7. After all those rides, Cindy would want her favorite snack, so she would make some of the wonderful Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars with her favorite character — Daisy Duck!
  8. Last, but certainly not least, Cindy would close out her three hours by throwing a block party with the (character) gang in Liberty Square!

Next up is Sophie.  Here are the things that she would do during her three hours.

Sophie’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:

  1. First of all, Sophie would experience her three hours at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, during nighttime hours.
  2. The first thing she would do would be to ride all of the Magic Kingdom roller coasters, so that would be Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain, although I think that she would add Splash Mountain to that, even though it isn’t a roller coaster.
  3. Then Sophie would ride the monorail to Epcot, but she would ride in the front of the monorail!
  4. Then, when she got to Epcot, she would enjoy all of the Future World attractions, and then she would visit Mexico, Norway, and France and enjoy the things that are available there.

Lastly,  it’s time to unveil the things that Stephanie would do with her three hour time block.  It took a little bit to get her going, but once she did, I couldn’t shut her up! :)

Stephanie’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:

  1. Stephanie would first learn how to do a dance like the dancers do during the shows in front of Cinderella Castle!
  2. Next, Stephanie would wear a princess costume, and get her picture taken to prove she’s been a Disney Princess!
  3. Then, she would get her picture taken with every character to get revenge with her brother and sister (the first time they went to Disney, Brett and Leslie got pictures with almost all the characters, while Stephanie only got one picture with Minnie Mouse.)
  4. Next it would be time for some snacks.  Stephanie would eat the big popsicles, eat ice cream, and have a huge cinnamon roll from the Main Street Bakery!
  5. Last, but certainly not least, Stephanie would have all the Disney Princesses help plan her dream Disney Wedding with her!  Can you picture my niece Stephanie getting married at Disney World, only to have all the Princesses be her bridesmaids? How cool would that be?!

So there you have it, friends, and see, these ideas were so much more creative then my ideas!  What ideas would you have for your three hours?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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