The Trouble With Lions

Lions are beautiful creatures. If they were as tame as a puppy, I’d pet one.

But they’re not tame. They have super sharp claws and teeth. If I tried to ride an elevator with an untamed lion, I’d hope the same thing happens with me that happened to Daniel when he was thrown into the lions’ den.

Today on Seek God With Me, I’m taking a look at why Daniel was with the lions. It wasn’t a good place to be. With God is the best place to be, no matter what kind of den you’re thrown into.

Join me at Seek God With Me and find out when the poor lions finally got to eat.

Trouble In Paradise, 1932

This film, starring Herbert Marshall, is set in romantic Venice and Paris. These two places, where anyone can envision romance and even intrigue, let the reader know it’s snuggle up time. This story of lies, romance, and crime takes a man who meets his match and then lets him get involved with a woman of means. Which woman has his heart? Hard to tell.

Kay Francis plays Madame Colet, millionairess in charge of Colet perfume company in Paris. In spite of her obvious intelligence, she gets mixed up with the very charming Herbert Marshall as Gaston Monescu and allows herself to fall in love with him. Of course the fact that he’s her assistant makes things a bit dicey. Some may whisper how strange it is that she’s dating a new employee.

When the audience first sees Miriam Hopkins as Lily, we figure out quickly that she and Gaston are a perfect match. However, when she sees how Gaston is setting up a huge scam at the Colet mansion, she wonders just how involved her husband is.

This is not quite the romance I usually enjoy because the story is about an antihero. I love a good romance with a Happy Ever After, but when the bad guy gets away with it and don’t seem to have learned anything, that kind of takes away the shine. No real sparkle in the happy ending.

However, I would watch it again to see the way the movie was put together. Director Ernst Lubitsch did a fantastic job of making this story memorable. Even the beginning frames of the movie were not the cliché location set up. I thought I knew what was going to happen next, but I was enjoying getting there. Everything had a certain kind of surprise feeling to it.

Herbert Marshall’s scenes kept me wanting to see more of him, but I have to admit I’m also a big fan of Edward Everett Horton. The scenes with them together showed how you mix humor with glamour and deception. The combination of acting talent, writing and directing made it impossible to not like this movie.

The Trouble With Kings

Not very many Americans have had a king throw a spear at them. After David killed Goliath, the royal spear was thrown at him – twice!

What are we supposed to do when we come to the rescue and save the day, only to find a spear headed our way from the one we helped?

Join me at Seek God With Me where I discuss David’s response to King Saul’s antics. Sometimes it’s more important to do, not the easy thing, but the right thing.

A Woman Called Sage by DiAnn Mills

The outlaw gang who killed Sage’s husband and baby are after something, but she doesn’t know where to look to find it. The only thing she can do is stop the thieving, murdering gang of brothers who have been terrorizing the west. And she’ll do it her way, by being a bounty hunter.

The death of Marshal Parker Timmons’ only deputy, his brother, keeps him determined to find the outlaws who killed him and see them on trial for what they’ve done – if he doesn’t lose his mind and kill every one of them with his bare hands first.

Sage and Parker have a common enemy, the McCaw brothers. Together they’re stronger than they are separately. Parker knows the area, but she knows the ways of the wild. Her pet hawk is an additional set of eyes when they need them.

The McCaws had their attack on Sage and Parker planned for a long time, and they aren’t about to give up at the slightest problem. They have additional eyes and ears too.

This historical romance set in the late 1800s gives the reader a beautiful view of Colorado. The characters struggle with other people and with their own faith, but the ending is worth the wait.

DiAnn Mills has been telling her readers to “Expect an Adventure”. That’s exactly what they get with her novels. She has fifty books in print and has sold over 1.5 million copies. If you’d like her to speak to your group, contact her at her website

The Trouble With Giants

Join me at Seek God With Me, my devotional blog, where I am taking a look at giants and the trouble they cause.

Can you imagine yourself as David listening to Goliath’s defiance? When Goliath challenged young David, who had come to the battle by himself, he was not prepared for David’s response.

1 Samuel 17:46 details what David said. “This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.”

I love that. Come see the rest of the story at Seek God With Me.

The Music Man, 1962

River City smells trouble with a capital T when a con man arrives to cheat the town out of hard-earned money. Marian the librarian won’t be scammed by this man, but she’s having trouble convincing everyone else that Harold Hill cannot be trusted. Harold’s a charmer, but it’ll take a lot more than charm to leave town with their money. He falls in love, and that changes everything.

I love the opening song, well most of the songs. I love the rhythm of the dialog. I love the courtship. I love Ron Howard’s performance. Kids should grow up singing these tunes. I would’ve given it every available award, but the only Academy Award it went home with was for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment. It was also nominated for 5 other Oscars, including Best Picture.

This musical made Robert Preston a stand-out star. I also enjoyed his performances in Mame and Victor/Victoria.

Getting Into Trouble

If you’ve ever gotten into trouble just by being yourself, you might identify with Joseph. His brothers got tired of hearing about Joseph’s dreams. “Here comes that dreamer,” they said. Even though he didn’t mean to pester them, they decided to put a stop to his talk of his power over them.

At Seek God With Me, I’m sharing the reason behind Joseph’s rise to power. Join me.

Trouble Along The Way, 1953

John Wayne stars as a down and out former football coach Steve Williams, who is trying to raise his 11-year-old daughter Carol on his own. His ex-wife Anne, played by Marie Windsor, wants him to play the divorce game her way since she remarried into money. She threatens to take their daughter away from him if he doesn’t abide by her rules.

Charles Coburn is a delightful Father Burke, rector of financially-failing St. Anthony’s College. He attended as a student, worked there as a professor, and now as rector, he hates to see it torn down. It’s not just a college to him, it’s his home. Unless he can come up with the money to save the school, Burke will be reassigned.

Deuteronomy 32:15 (paraphrased: He grew fat and kicked) became Burke’s impetus, pushing him forward down the trail to the money he needs to save his home. At dinner with other clergy, he announces the Bible verse, but the other men don’t already know the verse. Father Burke says, “Is there a Bible in the house or do you have to go to a hotel?” Love that.

The verse speaks of football to Father Burke, so he goes to a college with a successful football program already in place where he receives a tip on where to get a coach with the right experience – and one he can afford to pay.

Steve and his daughter Carol had been living off gambling money, so the offer to coach again is a step up for his lifestyle. Social worker Alice Singleton, not impressed with Carol’s home, vows to do everything she can to get her out of the less than perfect circumstances.

Steve accepts the coaching job and uses a lot of patience during the transition to living at a Catholic school. Carol, though streetwise and used to her dad’s faults, gets to know Father Burke and ends up liking him.

The writing in this movie is fabulous. There are plenty of zingers and cute lines, but I think they saved the best dialog for Father Burke.

Needless to say, I liked this film. The acting was very good, but you expect that from these actors. There were good twists and unexpected turns. The characters made you like them, except for the ex-wife, of course. And the ending gives you a sense of what will happen next.

Avoiding Trouble

When I was growing up, my beloved big sister got into all kinds of trouble. I could avoid trouble just by listening to her tell what she’d done. She gave me examples of what not to do.

After her hard-knocks education, she decided to do things the right way. She began to develop a relationship with God and let Him lead her. She’s still a God-lover today.

Many people go down the path she traveled. They see someone doing something wrong and follow in their misguided footsteps. But God always gives us a way out of temptation. He warns us in scriptures that there will be days when we will be tempted. He filled the Bible with encouraging words that strengthen those who accept them.

Join me today on my devotional blog, Seek God With Me, as I examine this further.