The movie changed our lives. Literally. We didn't know how much at the time and I can't even really pin point what in that movie talked to us the most. My guess it that honestly the Holy Spirit did the talking and the movie was just the vehicle he used. After that movie we went to dinner and all we could talk about was the possibility of adoption which was NOT what the movie was about at all. Mind you I was NINE months pregnant with Luke who would arrive three weeks after this dinner conversation. And two weeks after that Grant was scheduled for a surgery of his own. We were done having kids!
A secret part of me wanted to just wait and see War Room on our own where who knows what the Lord would press upon our hearts this time. As it stood we had 15 minutes to drive from the theater to the church to pick up the kids to discuss the movie before parenting and distractions take over.
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Here is one of my favorite clips from the movie that has me thinking:
Off and on for years now I have had a piece of paper in a ziplock bag taped inside my shower. It's not fancy nor is it cute decor. But it is functional. My biggest problem with prayer is that I forget to do it. True friends with real problems who I really care about ask me to pray for them and with my best intentions I truly want to. Then 5 minutes later I forget until my memory is jogged again. Life has distractions some of them are natural; you know the kids whining over "who touched who" and "I had it first". And some distractions are on purpose I'm convinced. My thought life has NEVER been the same in this area after listening to "The Screw Tape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. Satan and his angels are real and mess with us continually, we just dismiss them instead of acknowledging them and we certainly don't fight back. I often see us believers as the weaklings on the playground being picked on my a mastermind bully who is just too smart to get caught. Prayer is how we fight back.
That ziplock bag in my shower, it has my prayer list in it. If I'm lucky I get 10 minutes a day undistracted and I can either stand there in the hot water day dreaming or be focused on the most meaningful things in my life and fight to keep them and myself on God's course. Which brings blessings by praying and seeking God's wisdom for those I love on the list, those I care about and their needs, and those I know that are either far from God or who are just lukewarm.
I will probably mention more about this movie and how it speaks to me as I have to digest it and make my own battle plan. I would love to hear your thoughts on the movie if you have seen it or tips for your "War Room" if you have one in the comments below.
I'll leave you with Psalm 119 from The Message it starts out: