Patterns of Evidence - Exodus - Movie Review and Giveaway


With this movie, I was very impressed. Filmmaker Tim Mahoney spent 12 years in the development of this movie.   The story is based on the Filmmakers Journey to Discover the truth by asking honest questions about the Bible.  Tim Mahoney was facing a personal Crisis in his faith and wanted tangible answers. He was conflicting between what he always thought he knew about the Bible, namely the Exodus of the Israelites, and what was real.

This week I have the opportunity to bring to you a review of the movie Patterns of Evidence – Exodus – winner of 13 awards.

I watch Biblically based movies with a bit of trepidation. Especially documentaries. I think it is easy to see visual representations of Biblical stories and keep them as my depiction of what really happened or what the Bible says.

Movies are made to be dramatic and entertaining and will leave out the truth for the sake of time or production.

With this movie, I was very impressed. Filmmaker Tim Mahoney spent 12 years in the development of this movie. 

The story is based on the Filmmakers Journey to Discover the truth by asking honest questions about the Bible.

Tim Mahoney was facing a personal Crisis in his faith and wanted tangible answers. He was conflicting between what he always thought he knew about the Bible, namely the Exodus of the Israelites, and what was real.

I love that honesty and facing the real struggles of faith. I know we can all relate.

There were many things that I enjoyed about this movie. I did like how well the movie was done visually. There were bits of the movie where the Bible story was being told and it was done in a simple but powerful way.

As we follow this filmmaker on his journey to uncover the truth of the Exodus we are lead all over the world as the pieces of evidence unfold.

He interviews people who are both believers and non-believers in the God and hears their versions of the Exodus stories. Through this journey, he discovers the varying opinions, based on science and faith on what happened to the Israelites.

The story begins with Abraham leaving his homeland in pursuit of the promised land to the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt.

I enjoyed how he leaves the movie allowing us to make this judgment for ourselves based on the evidence.
  
I am not someone that requires physical archeological evidence for my faith because my faith journey is based on a changed heart and that can’t be dug up and examined when I am gone. What I hope will be able to be examined is the evidence of the words and the testimony of my life. I pray that is evidence and legacy of my faith and a life well lived.

I know some people, however, need or want hard evidence to prove their faith. This journey takes the person looking for hard evidence down that road.

I loved seeing the accounts of the stories. What I do love about movies and documentation like this is how God is not afraid to reveal Himself and His truth to us.

I also think it is awesome that God knows there are people who want evidence. I don’t think He shames that. Look at the story of Thomas. He said he wouldn’t believe unless he saw the proof and there Jesus stood and didn’t condemn him but showed him His hands, feet and pierced side. Because of Jesus’ truth and gentleness in that situation Thomas believed.

The journey that we are taken through in Patterns of Evidence is an opportunity to solidify our faith as we see God revealing His accounts of history to us. It’s exciting to see how they all line up and fall into place.

That doesn’t always happen. Sometimes we have not been revealed things and that is when God wants us to step out in faith and trust that His Words are true.

This is the angle the movie takes. He says here is the evidence – do with it what you will. We may not have all the answers or all the pieces but we have enough to make a very strong case. The rest of it is up to our faith.

I just want to point out one of the men being interviewed in this movie. He is a leading archeologist and a professed agnostic. The evidence that he continually gives is for the Bible is an accurate historical document. He points out time and time again how all the evidence aligns with the Bible.

I found that to be very fascinating. I actually had to go back and listen to the fact that he said he was agnostic because of the evidence he was sharing.
It is hard to see people have the evidence for a living God right in front of them and completely miss Him. It just reminds me how much we need to pray for unbelievers and for their eyes to be opened.

Overall, I would recommend this movie. I thought that is was very well done both visually and through the evidence.

As a believer, it gives you another reason to be excited about the Bible and gives you a great resource and source of conversation for people who may be looking for the hard evidence.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

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Raising Kids with godly Character Part 2 and Sitting Among Friends #90


Teaching our kids godly character can be tough. They are in a world where they are faced with anything but. It is important that we prepare them for now and as growing independent adults. 

I love the reminder in the quote, "if we don't teach our children someone else will," because it is so true. Kids are eager to learn so let's be the ones to teach them about Jesus. 

Last week we discussed Raising our Kids with godly Character. We looked at 7 godly characters to teach our kids and this week we will discuss 7 more. Tune in next week for practical tips on how-to teach them.

Love – Love is the essential command of godly character because all others hinge on this one. After having taught His disciples many lessons, Jesus was asked what was the most important.

Matthew 22:37-40 (BSB) Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Forgiveness – Forgiveness can be difficult. Sometimes the hurt seems too much to bear and forgiveness seems far out of reach. But unforgiveness can be like a disease eating away at us. Teach kids young the importance and the benefit of forgiveness and reminding them they, too, have been forgiven.

Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

Gratitude – Gratitude may begin as a habit but the underlying goal should be internal. Teaching and then allowing kids to be truly grateful for what they are given in every circumstance.

Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (BSB)

Kindness – My kids have been on a kick when every time someone does something they don’t like, they say, “you’re mean.” I think we have to distinguish personal preferences from actual meanness by teaching kindness. Teaching our kids what it looks like and why it is important. One way to do this is by teaching the fruits of the spirit.

Teaching our kids godly character can be tough. They are in a world where they are faced with anything but. It is important that we prepare them for now and as growing independent adults. love, kindness, gratitude, serving others, worship God, forgiveness, wisdomBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no Law. Galatians 5:22-23 (BSB)

Serving Others – In a family is a great place to learn how to serve others. Sometimes they are the hardest people to serve. But teaching our kids to love and serve each other in everyday life will be a blessing to the whole family and teach our kids to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)

Wisdom – When Solomon was granted the right to ask God for something, he chose wisdom. Wisdom means not only having knowledge but knowing what to do with it. When asked, God granted that to Solomon and was well pleased.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 (NIV)

Communion with God – Through communion with God, I mean to worship in word, action, and song. Reading the Bible, Prayer, and Sharing their Faith. I know that is a lot of ideas lumped into one idea but I believe these things are necessary for our growing relationship and communion with Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. (KJV)

I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. Psalm 108:3 (NIV)

Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Psalm 119:97 (NLT)

How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart. Psalm 119:2 (NASB)

I would like to end this by saying I don’t always do this right. Sometimes we read posts like this and may think, that mom has it all together (even when we know that is not the truth).

I wish I was doing this better. The truth is I am in the trenches of parenting with you. 

This is as much for me as it is for you so I am glad you joined me on this journey. This was great for me to look up these verses so I, too, can be the mom that God wants me to be.

I don’t want to leave you hanging. Wondering what to do with all this. Join us next week for practical tips for teaching godly character to our kids.

Personal Reflections:

What is the best way you have found to teach this to your children?

What could you do to make an action plan or be intentional about teaching your kids godly character?

What have you learned for yourself about godly character?

I am no expert, but what could I do for you to help you in this process?

Thanks for joining me today. If you are blessed by these posts, please share them with your friends. I love making connections, so please find me hanging out on any my social media pages.  

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We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek God daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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Raising Kids with godly Character & Sitting Among Friends #89



Sending my kids off to school is tough not just because I will miss them desperately but because I want them to be prepared.

It hard to know how they will react or act when situations arise and I have to trust that what I am teaching them at home will stick when they are away.

Beyond trusting my own teaching, I have to trust God to take care of them and trust that He will do things with His goodness in His heart. I have to show and teach them godly character so they can bring that into their world and into their classrooms.

As I was praying for my kiddos tonight, for their new school year, God really poured into my heart, Trust me, they're mine, too.

He sure knows how to deliver assurance to this mother’s heart. 

And so I do. I trust. I believe. I believe that what God does is out of His love for us and out of His goodness.  I believe that He loves my babies more than I do. I believe that He can take care of them like no other. And now I find my rest in Him.

I have been entrusted with these little sweethearts to share this love of Jesus that I have.  I want them to go off into their school year with a godly character so they can look different from the world.

As my son and I were talking tonight about showing fruit in our lives, the evidence of the Holy Spirit, he wondered why this was important.

I told him it’s like we're a tree filled with the spirit. We talked about trees, one with fruit and one without. The spirit feeds us and produces godly traits or fruit in our lives.

If we were a tree without fruit, we look like every other tree. But once the fruit comes on, other people may want some. They’ll want to know why our tree looks different and where the fruit comes from and we can point them to the Spirit.

Showing fruit is a way people see Jesus in us. There are other Christian characters that we also can show.

This week we are going to look at 7 characters to prepare our kids for godly living and next week 7 more. I hope they are helpful for you to teach to your children or maybe even ones that you can work on. Heaven knows we can all use some work!

Courage – Going off to school (or sending our kids off) takes a lot of courage and for some, it takes a whole lot more.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage. Be strong. (BSB)

I love the ESV version. It says. Stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Mighty warriors we would be.

Compassion – The world certainly doesn’t push too much compassion. It is more of a me world and everyone just gets to live here with us. Teaching kids to think of others and love others is so important.

If we were a tree without fruit, we look like every other tree. But once the fruit comes on, other people may want some. They’ll want to know why our tree looks different and where the fruit comes from and we can point them to the Spirit.  Showing fruit is a way people see Jesus in us.Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Humility – Sometimes I think this word gets a bad rap. As if showing any humility means you let people walk all over you. You are meek and weak. But to come to the Lord we have to come with humility knowing that all we have is from Him. The amazing part is expressed in James.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. (BLB)

He will lift us up, dear friends!

Integrity – This is a big deal to me. I think so much character rests in honesty. Because if you don’t have integrity, how are you truly any of these other characters?

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in you. Psalm 25:21 (NIV)

Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. Psalm 41:12 (NIV)

Obedience - Teaching kids obedience can be an uphill climb. My kids like to think that there will be free to do whatever they please as adults. Why that could be somewhat true, we all have to be obedient to someone. Our bosses, the government, and most importantly to God.

 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good. Titus 3:1 (NIV)  

Sincerity – Doesn’t it seem you can spot a fake person a mile away. Someone who wants you to think they are sincere but it is clear they don’t care. With Christ, we can truly love people the way they deserved to be loved so let’s do it with a sincere heart.  

You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT)

Holiness – Living a holy life means that we are set apart. In Christ, we are being made holy. It is supposed to look different from the rest of the world. Not in a way that puts them down and is without love but to point to Christ.

 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)

I would love to hear how you teach your kids Christian Character. How do you fit it into teaching them? Do you work it in when life comes up or do you teach them in advance or a combination?

Personal Reflections:

Who has been the most influential in teaching you godly character in your life?

How has that affected how you teach your own kids?

Are there any on this list which you would like to do better at teaching your kids?

Are there any that you need to lay before Christ today so He can change you to be more like Him?

Thanks for joining me today. If you are blessed by these posts, please share them with your friends. I love making connections, so please find me hanging out on any my social media pages.  
If you like this article, hope over to check out Part 2 of Raising Kids with godly Character Here 
and Don't Be Left in the Dark - 
Here are Practical Tips for Raising Kids with godly character Read it here! 






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We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek God daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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Adventure and Sitting Among Friends #88



I don’t usually write posts like this but the kiddos are about to go back to school, so I want to make this writing brief. I wanted to share some of the adventures that we have had this summer.

Adventure means an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity even charting into unknown territory, according to the Smart Lookup on my computer.  

I love adventure. In fact, when I moved to Hawaii, I had a job and two suitcases and an adventure ahead of me.

I couldn’t do that with kids, especially the hazardous part. Now it’s pack waters, snacks, extra clothes, the works. Have a bit of a plan.

I love exploring places we have never been. But what’s, even more, fun is doing that with kids. They have a fresh perspective on life.

Even if I have done it before, it can be a whole new experience seeing it through the eyes of a child.

At the end of last school year, my son wrote a report on our home state. So, this summer we have been exploring the places around us. It has been really fun! And one of the best parts is so many of them have been free or very inexpensive.


Family time is so important. I grew up in a family of six and family time was greatly treasured. Spending time with family is a great way for kids to get life-long bonds. 

Below are a couple of collages of my family on those family adventures. I am excited for you to get a peek into our summer. So, come on, and join us on our adventures.

I don't have tons of pictures because I am always too busy with whatever we are doing that the camera is a total last minute, "Ooh, I should have taken a picture today!" 




This was completely unexpected driving to find an old country store. We discovered a huge lake completely covered in lily pads. God is such an awesome artist. Look at those beautiful flowers! 
We have had tons of fun with family. We went swimming and fishing at the lake. Then swimming some more. We also went creek stomping and hiking through a local park (that's a big hill we hiked down to the creek). Cousins are so much fun!

We also had a ton of fun exploring local parks, going to a baseball game, trekking through local museums, and visiting new towns. What fun! 


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Personal Reflections:

What did you do to make family memories this summer?

Can you believe fall is creeping right up on us? What is your favorite thing about fall?

Do you like having unplanned or planned family fun days?

I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek God daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

We're doing life together so come and join in the conversations. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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Be Still My Friends! You can rest assure that God is in Control.

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Thank You, Lord, for deciding who I am!

Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
If you have questions about how to know more you can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com

2 Timothy 1:7

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