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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery

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True Love Thaws…

…a Frozen Heart

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The PRECIOUS snowman in Frozen says, “Hi, my name is Olaf and I like warm hugs.”

Well… Hi, my name is Sophie and I’m borderline-obsessed with this movie (and soundtrack).

love this movie. So much so that (as of tomorrow) I’ll have seen it six times.

Six times.

…and I cry every. single. time.

Yeah. I’ve never seen a movie that many times in the theater. Ever. But it’s that good. Here you go, Disney, take all my money. Just let me watch this movie again. And again. And again. Six times. Until the DVD comes out and I can watch it over and over again in the comfort of my own home. 

What amazed me most about Frozen is the stunning way solid theology and the Gospel message are displayed. I could write an entire book about the hidden (and not so hidden) gems of redemption found within the icy scenes of the movie, but there are millions of people blogging about Frozen. So I’ll leave them to it.

Below are some of my favorite blogs regarding this movie, which has become so dear to my heart (and the hearts of my sweet True Beauty girls… yeah, it’s practically a bi-weekly event that we go see the movie, ahh, it’s just that good!).

November 1st, 2013 @ 20:51:56

RECOMMENDED READING ON FROZEN:

Interview with Mark Henn: Disney Animator on Frozen, Christian Faith and Fairy Tales

Christian families can use [Frozen] to talk to their kids ultimately [about] honest, sacrificial love. We all understand that. The love of Christ is sacrificing His life because He loved us so much. God so loved the world through Christ. That’s sacrificial love. Those are elements that, while not so blatantly, “here’s a Christian message”, but they’re there. For Christian families in particular, they can just peel back the layers a little bit and then be willing to, as parents, talk to their kids and just have conversations about that.

WHY I CRIED IN FROZEN by Matt Hodges

When struck in the heart with her sister’s freezing magic, Anna is told that only an act of true love can remove the curse. Of course, every character and viewer is led to believe that this means Anna needs to rush back to the embrace of her ‘true love’ and have a true love’s kiss.

But, Frozen is better than that.

Frozen tells a better story than that. The best kind of story. In fact, the best story. Period.

The Cold that Bothers Us by Greg Forster, The Gospel Coalition

The most obvious lesson of Frozen—the one made explicit in the movie—teaches viewers that love is not about how you feel. It’s about putting other people’s needs ahead of your own. …  It shows us why people are investing too much importance in romantic love relative to other kinds of love, like sisterhood. The responsible grown-ups who tell you not to burn down everything else in your life for the sake of “true love” are not your enemies; they’re your friends. They’re the people who really love you.

Are We Missing the Point of Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’? by Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition

Thousands of little girls across the country are singing this song – a manifesto of sorts, a call to cast off restraint, rebel against unrealistic expectations and instead be true to whatever you feel most deeply inside. What’s ironic is that the movie’s storyline goes against the message of this song. When the princess decides to “let it go,” she brings terrible evil into the world. The fallout from her actions is devastating. “No right, no wrong, no rules for me” is the sin that isolates the princess and freezes her kingdom. … If there is a moral to Frozen, it’s that “letting it go” is self-centered and damaging. What’s needed is for our distinctive gifts to be stewarded and shaped by redemptive love.

4 comments on “True Love Thaws…

  1. whittmadden says:

    I LOVED Trevin Wax’s article on the movie, as this was a perspective I had not thought out entirely.

    1. Yes, it was awesome! I actually had LOTS of red flags about that song (which I definitely jam out to like it’s my job) in the movie and told the True Beauty girls that, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what bothered me about the song until I read that. Praise God for TW’s insight!

  2. Frozen is seriously one of the best movies ever! I love it so much. I love the characters, the plot and the meaning. I bought the cd for my car and always am having a jam session to it!!!

    1. Oh yeah, girl! I’m so thankful they immediately put the soundtrack on Spotify. I’m constantly blasting it (with the hand motions and all)! 🙂

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