Six Things I learned in October

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For today, we’re taking a break from our trust series, and I’m sharing what I learned in October. Hint: #3 is my favorite.


1. Sometimes you can see early hints of an artist’s leanings.

Our family enjoyed the 1985 movie Young Sherlock Holmes produced by Steven Spielberg. We noticed Indiana Jones type action scenes.

The movie imagines what happens when a young Sherlock Holmes meets a young Mr. Watson and they try to solve a murder.

Banana Bread


Photo used with permission of Flickr CC User: Jay del Corro.

2. What’s Up with Movie Ratings?

If you ever wondered why a PG-13 movie rating over 25 years ago(*) seems much less violent and sexually explicit than the same rating today, this article explains why. It’s a classic study of desensitization.

The study also highlights how influential a parent’s viewing habits are on their child(ren).

(*) If you’ve wondered, you’re probably, like me, over 40. My husband and I determine whether we will watch movies on a case by case basis.

3. God answered my prayer for laughter in an unexpected way. (I hope this isn’t TMI – too much information.)

As I wash dinner dishes, I say, “I need to make banana bread,” when I see overripe bananas on a plate. My husband replies, in his best husky voice, “I love your banana bread” while also playfully squeezing my _______ [what happens in our kitchen stays there] as he passes by.

I burst into laughter at the incongruity between his words and his action.

Surprised, he turns and laughs, too. Laughter is the best contagion.

Lest I mislead anyone, our kitchen is not always this, shall we say, fruitful.

4. The Bible describes finding joy in some unusual places. Our women’s small group did a word study on joy [“chara” in Greek] in the New Testament and it challenged me. For example, joy as a motivator to overcome extreme pain:

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2 ESV

California Theatre (Fox), San Jose, CA

Photo used with permission of Flickr CC User: BWChicago.

5. Do you prefer C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce or The Screwtape Letters?

For my birthday, my husband took me to see C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce on stage. Afterwards, I read most of The Great Divorce (which I plan to finish), which isn’t as accessible as C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters.

I also preferred the stage production of The Screwtape Letters, which we saw a few years ago.

6. Friends want to know you better. (Okay, I already knew this truth but Nicky reminded me.)

Online friend Nicky Cahill surprised me by asking me 20 questions then featured them with my answers on her blog. I felt touched she even asked.

Here’s an encouraging post Nicky recently wrote on how she found freedom from overeating.

Soul Stops Moment:

Have you read any books or seen any movies you’d recommend?

What new things have you been learning? It can be anything.

What made you laugh recently?

I always read and appreciate your comments. Thank you.

I’m linking with these encouraging friends: Holley Gerth, Jennifer Dukes Lee,and Lyli Dunbar of Thought-Provoking Thursdays.

Linking with Emily’s What We Learned in October link-up here.