The Fault In Our Stars — A Review

Do you have questions about life and death? Mark and Sherrylee Woodward, Directors of Let’s Start Talking, review the movie, “The Fault in Our Stars.” It’s worth a read.
~~ Anne in St. George, Covasna County, Transylvania, Romania

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The fault in our starsIf the new releaseThe Fault In Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, could talk, it would tell you that it unashamedly intends to play on your most maudlin emotions and will use all of the film clichés about death and dying to do so, BUT if a good cry does you good, then you’ll love this film.

I agree with the film—if it could talk!

Two teenagers with cancer meet at a support group, one with an attitude and one with—well, another attitude!  They both are coping with their terminal illnesses within their own understandings about life and death.  One of my favorite scenes and a scene that really demonstrates the quality of the actors is their first meeting at the support group meeting when Gus is just looking and smiling at Hazel and she is trying first to ignore him, then warn him off—both of…

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June 24, 2014 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Pillow Prayers 5

Oh, that I can have the wisdom to pray this often! Thank you, Brian Casey, and Patsy Clairmont.

Earnestly Speaking

Holy Helper, I’m in need of your Assistance.  Today, I’ll have to make many decisions.  Life is risky, and that scares me.  Yet I’m aware that You redeem our mistakes.  Knowing that’s the case should take some of the threat out of my choices . . . yet I waver.

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Holy Healer, I know pain is a teacher, but do we need such a severe instructor?

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Alpha, today is a new beginning.  This page of my life is still clean.  Help me not to scribble meaninglessly all over such a precious gift.

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Breath at Daybreak, resuscitate my courage to enter the demand-strewn path ahead.  Help me not to pick up problems before they materialize.  When I hit a dead end, help me not to camp out there.  When I encounter a difficult person, help me not to join their fraternity. …

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April 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment


NEWS FLASH – With one check still in the mail, the TOTAL FOR GOD’S CHILDREN’S MATCHING DONATION CHALLENGE is $6,035! Praising God for all good things! Thank you everyone who prayed for this, and who donated.
(Can you see the Snow Ball Warriors behind their battle stations – one on the far left in red jacket, and one on right in dark jacket – in my back yard…a place children gather for summer Bible school, and for play year round!)  
SNOW as far as the eye can see!  BUT temps are forecast to be in the 40’s – 50’s for the next 10 days.
“Jesus, however, said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to people like these.’ ” Matthew 19:14
~~ Anne



February 7, 2014 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment


God’s Children thanks all of you who joined in the Matching Donation Challenge through prayers, donations!! We received over $6,000!  Final count in 2 days by our Treasurer. BTW, I made a typo in the address for where to mail donations. PLEASE NOTE, THE ADDRESS TO SEND DONATIONS IS 1409 BERNE LN., LEWISVILLE, TX 75067. Got it? 1409 Berne Ln. 75067.  The mailman knew where to deliver the letter with the name of God’s Children on the envelope!

Meanwhile in our area of Transylvania, we’re having light snow.  (See the view from my kitchen window.)  Image



Neighbor kids like to play in the snow in my big back yard!  Daytime temps above freezing are beginning to melt the snow.

— I Thessalonians 5:23, “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.”

~~ Anne in Transylvania

February 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

By Special Request…Match Challenge Donation Extended 3 Days!


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ATTENTION!   ALL YOU WHO CARE ABOUT CHILDREN — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY – FEB 3, TO MATCH $8000 CHALLENGE DONATION .  Maybe you got your paycheck in time to donate extra?  Donations for MATCHING FUNDS NOW UP TO $4,560!   🙂

Send your gift to God’s Children, 1409 Berne Ln, Lewisville, TX 75067.  Post BY FEB. 3; OR donate online on right hand side of this page under Blogroll, or just click on

Give Kids a Chance to grow; & find a Healthy, Better Way. Many never saw a Bible! Many go to bed hungry.  Jesus loves the little children! Show His love to the kids in this dark land and give them a “leg up.”   Make a difference now – Double your Dollars through Monday, Feb. 3!

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  LK. 6:38 ~~ Anne

St. George, Covasna County, Transylvania, RO

Did you know? – we helped kids in Ghana, W. Africa

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February 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment


Donations to Match the $8,000 Challenge Grant Are Growing! We are up to $2,075. You have 3 more days to double your donation. Click on, and then click on DONATE in the bottom left hand corner of the Home page! ($10 buys one month’s supply of multivitamins for a child. $50 pays for 5 Children’s Bibles in their own language!)Image

January 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

A Change in the Weather

A Change in the Weather

A new day…with first snow to stay on the ground this winter in St. George, Covasna County, Transylvania, Romania. We expected the first snow to come in November. Surprise1 It came almost 3 months late.

A few children are skiing on the mountains in the distance. For the first time in years, the nation’s schools are closed due to heavy snow…the worst is in southern and eastern Romania. No travel to Bucharest — roads are blocked by snow in many areas..

(When schools ARE open, many classrooms are so cold…the children and teachers wear coats and caps to try to keep warm.) God’s Children is thankful for you who send warm clothes for these children.

What message do you see in this? There are many. It just depends, perhaps, on what you are ready to learn. What comes first to my mind is Matthew 24:35-37, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

We can’t change the weather…but what do you need to change? God helps honest hearts find the way. — Anne

January 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment

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