Why I Won’t See Me Before You

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A few months ago, I had posted a review on my blog of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. If you read that post, and I lead you to read the book, I am truly sorry. I am sorry I subjected you to the story and the ending. I’m sorry that I told you to read a book that I would never suggest anyone read anymore. 

I have since deleted that post on my blog, and it will remain in my deleted bin for the rest of eternity. 

You see, the longer I’m away from reading the book, the more ashamed I am that I ever liked it in the first place. Let’s start at the beginning. I bought the book because everyone was ranting and raving about it. It was getting GREAT reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and I thought, “heck, I need a good book to read”. I downloaded it on my Kindle and I was sucked in from the very first page. 

JoJo Moyes can write the crap out of a book. There’s no denying that. She knew how to make characters that captivated me in a way that I couldn’t have put the book down even if I had wanted to – or knew what was going to happen at the end. She’s just that good. 

I saw the trailer for the movie, too, and it looks SO good. I’m not going to lie. I mean, Hollywood is good at making a trailer that draws you in from the very first second and makes you say, “yes, I gotta see that!”. 

 

I’m going to give spoilers below. If you haven’t read the book and still wish to – or if you really, really want to see the movie and haven’t yet, and are going to, don’t read further.

 Me Before You is about Will Traynor – a quadriplegic. He was hurt in an accident years before and lost the use of his entire body from his neck down. He feels like he’s not able to do what he wants, so he wants to commit the death with dignity act. Will promises his parents six months longer. They hire Louisa Clarke as his caregiver.

She and Will begin a long, treacherous road. She is his caregiver for six months. They fall in love. You think, maybe, just maybe, he won’t go through with it. But he feels, because he’s disabled, that his life is not worth living.

They, his family and Louisa, although not thrilled with the idea of him doing this, drive him to the clinic to do this horrible thing. This “death with dignity”. I, personally, hate calling it that. Is it really dignified when you’re committing suicide because you feel like it’s easier than living your life?

I’m a firm believer in us not knowing the end of our days. I’m a firm believer in that miracles happen and we never know when someone will be miraculously healed. I’ve watched my mom’s best friend, Sue, battle cancer until it took her life back in 2010. She fought the fight until the end and never once would have even CONSIDERED killing herself instead of fighting. 

Being disabled – being sick – does not constitute this so called death with dignity. It doesn’t make it right. When I was younger, I read Joni by Joni Eareckson Tada. It didn’t hit me until recently how truly remarkable she really is.

She, too, is a quadriplegic. She, too, can’t feel anything below her neck. But she chose joy. She chose to LIVE BOLDLY. She chose to LIVE. 

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So today, just like the book – and movie – Me Before You says, Live Boldly. Live each day to it’s fullest, because we DON’T know when it’s going to be our last. Will Traynor chose to die instead of seeing what his future could have held. He chose to leave the people he loved to mourn his loss. 

So, to all you out there who are thinking about going to see the movie – please don’t. Please warn your friends that this movie is about suicide. Please warn those who are thinking they’re going to see a really sweet chick flick, and don’t know what they’re getting themselves in for. Please. 

And today: Live Boldly. Just Live. 

Why I Stand With God

As I get older and older, I begin to realize just how corrupt our world is getting. Not only are we allowing same-sex marriage and abortions numbering into millions a year, we as Christians aren’t taking our stand against any of it, and therefore making ourselves fools in the eyes of God.

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If you are a Christian, that means you follow the Bible. Plain and simple. That doesn’t mean you can pick and choose the parts of the Bible you like, and leave out the rest. You follow THE WHOLE Bible. That means the verses against homosexuality, and murdering people. That means the verses that get right to the heart of the problem in your life. The verses about us being corrupt from the moment of conception. We are not so-called “good people” we are sinners. And in order for any of that to change, we must hand over our lives – and our sins – to God and ask him to forgive us.

With all the transgender and homosexuality problems going on in the world today, I am brought to think about things in a different way.

I am going to say things in the next few sentences that might make you angry. They might make you hate me. If that’s the case, unfollow me and unfriend me. I don’t care – I am standing with God, and that’s all that matters.

Being gay is wrong. 

 

God doesn’t agree with homosexuality. Jesus doesn’t agree with homosexuality either. 

People like to bring up the statement that Jesus never says anything in the Bible about being homosexual. Well, this is a misconception.

If you have ever read your Bible, you read in John 1:1-2:” In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” 

If the Word WAS God, and there is a Holy trinity of Three in One being, then everything that God says Jesus also says. Everything that is said in the Bible is God-breathed, and and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16). 

Homosexuality, being transgender or anything of the sort is WRONG in the eyes of God. It’s a sin. 

We are taught tolerance and acceptance in today’s day and age. We must like everyone and agree with what they do. But this is not how we should be. We should not just accept someone because the world’s standards tell us to. 

As Christians we must STAND WITH GOD. If we cannot do this, we have one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom. And this does NOT work. 

I am sick and tired of seeing Christians “bowing” to the ways of the world. We must be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9) and not let what other people say and do stand in the way of what we KNOW to be true. 

God never promises that the road to being a follower of him will be easy: “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Jesus Christ will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). But he does promise us pretty good benefits if we stick to it, and that’s our mansion in Heaven.

So Christians, be strong. Don’t let the weight of what the world is telling you cause you to turn away from what you know to be true. 

Stand with God. And get great rewards. 

‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” Matthew 25:23

***thanks to Pastor Mike for preaching on things so difficult, and teaching us to stand with God and not with the world.***

A Novel Idea: 1/3/15

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

Welcome to the first ever 2015 edition of A Novel Idea!!! 

  1. How do they dress most of the time?
  2. Do they dress up? If so, how? 
  3. What do they wear to sleep? 
  4. Do they wear any jewelry? 
  5. In your opinion, what is their best feature?

 

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A Novel Idea: 12.27.14

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

Wow, the last A Novel Idea until 2015! How in the world is that even possible?! 2014 is coming to an end, and I can’t even believe that!

  1. Who is their father and what is he like? 
  2. Who is their mother and what is she like? 
  3. Are their parents still married, or divorced? 
  4. Describe their siblings – if they have any. 

 

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A Novel Idea: 12.20.14

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

YAY! More writing style questions! 

  1. What things influence you to write? 
  2. Advice on how to start a story? 
  3. Advice on how to end a story? 
  4. What do you do to make a story interesting and not boring? 
  5. Do you ever get sick of writing?

 

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A Novel Idea: 12.13.14

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

This week’s characters questions are really easy to answer, and short & sweet!

  1. Turns ons?
  2. Turn offs? 
  3. Introvert or extrovert? 
  4. How would you describe their manners? 

 

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A Novel Idea: 12.6.14

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

How in the world did December come already! Crazy! Today is my grandma’s birthday! But, other than that, it’s time for some character questions!

  1. Do they/did they like school? IF so, what’s their favorite subject? 
  2. What do they usually carry in their pocket? 
  3. What is the worst thing they ever did? 
  4. Would they die for anyone?

 

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A Novel Idea: 11/29/14

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions!

Welcome back! More character questions!

  1. What kind-of house do they live in? Describe it – include pictures if you can!
  2. What does their bedroom look like? Clean, dirty, etc
  3. Do they have a favorite room in their house?
  4. Do they live with their family or alone?

 

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A Novel Idea: 11/22/14

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

YAY! A new week! I got home from Florida a few days ago, and now I’m ready to settle back into life of babysitting- and loving on those babies again! 😀 

This week, we’re focusing on our writing styles!

  1. How do you choose the names for your characters? 
  2. How do you beat writers’ block?
  3. When do you do your best writing? Time of day, etc
  4. What point of view do you find it easiest to write in? 
  5. Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what’s your favorite?

 

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A Novel Idea: 11/15/14

A Novel Idea

Are you a writer? This linkup is especially for you! This is a great way to get to know your characters, as well as your storyline! Join in with me and answer the following questions! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEEE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MEEEEE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!

Okay, so yes, it’s my 21st birthday today. Not to brag or anything :p I am at Disney World right now, probably drinking a nice first alcoholic beverage at Epcot! SO, if I happen not to comment on your posts, that is why! 😀 

Okay, time for some character questions! 

  1. If they could choose to live in another decade, what would they choose and why? 
  2. Do they want a job that helps people or a job that makes money? 
  3. If they were to come into a million dollars, what would be the first thing they would do? 
  4. What do they do when they’re bored? 
  5. And in honor of my birthday: What is their favorite kind of cake?

 

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