Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Russell Crowe in Noah, A Bible Study by Lisa Harper and Featured Speaker Carole Avriett Bring Me Joy



A Bible study and a women’s conference seem obvious contributions to my joy in the Lord, but Russell Crow might give pause for thought so I’ll explain.

My Bible study is on Hebrews and it was written by Lisa Harper. She is a Bible scholar who uses stories and humor to draw me in. Each week she provides at least one “Aha” moment for me.

What I take away from these studies enhances my spiritual growth and though I’ve been reading and studying The Word all of my adult life, I find there is still so much to learn. That’s a joy and I look forward to the weekly preparations.

I signed up for a recent women’s conference and was blessed by the knowledge shared by the featured speaker, Carole Avriett, whose publishing and speaking career spans over twenty-five years. When Carole enters a room she brings grace and knowledge with her.

She spent fourteen years as Home Editor for Southern Living Magazine producing hundreds of articles on architecture and interior design. She also co-edited At Home With Southern Living. This lady has style and the creds to go with it.

Her teaching is covered in prayer and bolstered by her research. Her sessions were full of wisdom and a love for the Lord that gave me joy.

Now to Russell Crowe, last week we went to see the movie that so many people talked about, Noah. “It’s a Bible story,” I reasoned. “Promoting entertainment from The Word has got to be a good thing.” So off we went to the show where we purchased our tickets, popcorn, drinks, and then took our seats in the nearly empty area for the matinée showing.

From the first note of the musical score that accompanied the written prologue to the fallen angels who were portrayed as a cross between Transformers and gray Incredible Hulks, we prepared to watch a fantasy.

The whole movie was a clever mix of Noah’s soul searching and fantastic special effects which could easily lead some to reason that since this movie, based on a Bible story, was fantasy then the Bible itself is fiction.

Though that idea made me sad, my joy came from knowing the Word personally and I was not deceived. If you know the difference between fiction and nonfiction (Truth), you can read and enjoy both so knowing the Word is essential to our faith.

In her journal Mother wrote, “When the Holy Spirit works there is movement, excitement and growth. He gives us motivation, energy and ability to get the gospel to the whole world.”

Knowing His Word reveals His Truth in everything -even a fantastical movie about a major Bible character.



My blog was inspired by prayer journals my mom left to me. You can read more of Mother’s wisdom in my book In My Mother’s Words available on Amazon.



Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

2 thoughts on “Russell Crowe in Noah, A Bible Study by Lisa Harper and Featured Speaker Carole Avriett Bring Me Joy

  1. Yep. God can use anything, any time He wants. Always appreciate your mom’s wisdom.


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