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C. S. Lewis quote lunatic sun

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him
than a lunatic can put out the sun
by scribbling the word darkness
on the walls of his cell.

~C. S. Lewis~

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Words of wisdom to inspire you, brave ones, as you shine for Christ in every corner of our world.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: I made this graphic from an iPhone pic of the pond on my school campus.
I love how the touch of the sun beautifies every twig, leaf & pebble in the landscape.
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Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them. ~Josie Bissett~
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There are those who look at things the way they are & ask, “Why?” I dream of things that never were
& ask, “Why not?” ~Robert Kennedy~
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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt~
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~C. S. Lewis~
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Dreams are the touchstone of our character. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
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Photo Backstory: With fall beauty past its peak & winter’s chill already lacing the air, I felt a longing for one last glimpse of spring. So this week’s iPic features the last blooms in a friend’s garden. If you like it, feel free to download & share. Blessings, friends.

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It was when I was happiest that I longed the most. The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.               ~C. S. Lewis~  (click to tweet)

I will sing to the Lord a new song. His praise from the ends of the earth.           ~Isaiah 42:10~  (click to tweet)

Backstory: No photos this week. Just some graphics I’ve been playing around with. The bird didn’t come out exactly as I’d hoped, but he has a kind of retro look, doesn’t he? He reminds me of the illustrations in my books back in the 60’s. (Did he make you think of an old To Kill a Mockingbird cover?) What have you been working on lately?

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Should Christians spend time reading stories that aren’t true? Is fiction important in life? Check out what some great minds have said on the subject:

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” ~C. S. Lewis~  (Click here to Tweet)

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“There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.” C. S. Lewis

“Nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven.” Randy Alcorn

blog post 222Pick #2 in my 5 Books to Help You Love Heaven countdown is Randy Alcorn’s Heaven. In his book, Randy points out that instead of shying away from the topic of Heaven, we are to pursue it—because God tells us to. See His command in Colossians 3:1, “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”

Randy Alcorn writes that the Greek words ‘set your hearts on’ denote man’s general philosophical search or quest” and shares a few other places the word or phrase is used: Continue Reading…

safely home with logo“Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” ~Colossians 3:1~

“If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” ~C. S. Lewis~ (Click here to tweet this.)

“Soon you will read in the newspapers that I am dead. Don’t believe it for a moment. I will be more alive than ever before.” ~D. L. Moody~  (Click here to tweet this.)

As you spend time with God’s children—either through “real life” friendships, the bloggy world, or memoirs and stories—have you noticed that the godliest saints seem to share one all-encompassing focus?

The most vibrant Christians fix their eyes on Heaven, set out in pursuit of it, and never look back.
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Over the next few weeks, let’s learn to love Heaven with them!

In five posts, I’ll be sharing my top picks written by a few of these folks. Coming in at number 5 in my countdown is Randy Alcorn’s novel Safely Home. Safely Home tells the story of two college friends who reconnect after twenty years. American businessman Ben Fielding is living life apart from God in style and comfort. Chinese house pastor Li Quan is living for Christ under intense persecution.

The explosive happenings when they come together—though born in the imagination of author Randy Alcorn—altered my view of how life on earth figures into the eternal battle between God and Satan. And the beautiful portrayal of a modern-day martyr, the humble and delightful Li Quan, moved me deeply.

The novel begins with three heavenly warriors watching events that involve their earthly descendents. As the action plays out, these watchers give us perspective on and add poignancy to the story. In one scene, Li Quan shares with Ben a bit about his rebellious years and his regret that his father did not live to see him follow Christ.

“‘Baba’s favorite hymn was Heaven Is My Home. He used to sing it over and over again. When I got older, sometimes I would cover my ears because I did not want to heart it.’

Safely Home quote resizedLi Quan sang softly in Mandarin:

Heaven is my home.
Earth is a desert drear.

Heaven is my home.

Danger and sorrow stand

Round me on every hand.

Heaven is my fatherland.

Heaven is my home.

‘It’s beautiful,’ said Ben.

‘But my father’s foolish son would not sing it with him. And now it is too late.’

******Another voice, in another place, said, ‘Even now I sing it with you, my son. And we will sing it together again. Satan lies to you. It is not too late.'”

What a sweet reminder that the ones we love (if they are in Christ) are only gone from us for a time and remain fully alive and aware as they eagerly await our reunion!

The theme of the book might be found in another scene set in Heaven. After watching a martyr die, the archangel is chafing at the bit to rescue God’s children and set all wrongs right. He asks why they must wait so long. The King of Heaven shares this insight, “[My children] do not understand that I am not only at work here, preparing a place for them, but I am at work there, preparing them for that place.”

So have I convinced you this is a story worth reading? You can purchase Safely Home at this link. You can connect with author Randy Alcorn on his website or Facebook page.

What about you, friends?

  • Do you think about Heaven much?
  • Are you curious to know how our lives will be there?
  • Is there someone special you look forward to reuniting with one day?
  • What’s your favorite verse about Heaven?
  • What non-fiction book or novel changed your perspective on life in a big way?
Please know that, though I may not respond right away, I eventually visit the blogs of all who leave comments. And whenever I see your names here, I always, always pray for you! Blessings!

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It doesn’t seem to matter if we’re single or married, going through a rough patch or living an uneventful life, there are times when the blues seep into our souls like a cold rain on a chill winter’s day. What does God expect of us when failure, monotony, boredom, pain, uncertainty, grief, despair, or depression color our days?

These words from C. S. Lewis give us some perspective “[Satan’s] cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do [God’s] will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

Can you think of some folks who looked out on such a universe? From the Bible—Joseph, any of the Hebrews in Egypt, including Jochebed, (Moses’ mother), Job, Naomi, Daniel, Mary, Jesus. From history—Corrie ten Boom, Darlene Deibler Rose, Elisabeth Elliott, Joni Eareckson Tada . . . and those are just the first names that popped into my head!

Imagine God looking out at a world in shadow, a world plagued by shallowness, corruption, and many other evils. In the midst of the darkness, He sees your light shining—in spite of difficult or boring or downright painful days. Imagine how He feels when we say with our actions, “Though the wait is wearying and the darkness hides You and joy seems like a distant memory, I will still love you, Lord.” (Click here to tweet.)

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And just as spring always follows even the bleakest winter, we can be assured that, eventually, our feelings will catch up with those actions.

I’m drawn to the stories where the hero woos the heroine and refuses to give up. When he pushes past her fears, doubts, prickliness, fickleness, stubbornness, and whatever else she throws in his way, to love her and win her love. Love that “bears all things” is the love God shares with us. How it must delight Him when we are able to direct a tiny portion of that love back to Him.

So, friends, though Satan and the world try to sever our grip, we must cling to our Savior.

How? Here are a few ideas . . .

  • Get help. Find a counselor, accountability group, or fellowship group.
  • Start something new. Begin a challenge or project that intrigues you.
  • Seek inspiration. Join a Bible study. Read a missionary biography. Tape inspirational verses and quotes around your house or work space.
  • Reach out. Serving others will fill up your heart.
  • Take every thought captive to Christ.
  • Pray without ceasing.
  • Give thanks.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and wake with the knowledge that you are not alone!

Who has some words of wisdom, advice, or encouragement to share? We’d love to hear from you. I promise to pray for anyone who leaves a comment!

You may also be interested in Hope for Desolate Days, part one.

This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, Covered in Grace, Rachelwojo, Modest Mondays, GraceLaced Mondays, Raising Arrows, A Mama’s Story, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesdays, Just Write, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Tell Me About It Tuesday, Tuesdays Unwrapped, Teaching What Is Good, Mom’s Library, Tuesday Tips, What I Learned This Week, Heart and Home, Domestically Divine Tuesday, Raising Homemakers, Deep Roots at Home, God Bumps, Wednesday Walkabout, Think Outside the Blog, Word-filled Wednesday, Thankful Homemaker, Wisdom Wednesday, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Thursday Favorite Things,Thriving Thursday, Hearts for Home, Legacy Leaver, Thoughtful Thursday, Life in the Comments, Almost Friday Thursday Blog Hop, Favorite Things, Faith-filled Friday, Friday @Homemaker by Choice, Just for Fun Friday, Fellowship Friday, Womanhood with Purpose, Weekend Whatever, and Heart Reflected.

blisstree woman with holiday blues christmas lights1Now that Christmas is over, are you dreading the letdown that comes with the return of your routine? You know how it will go. In your quiet moments, you’ll feel a little down. Then you’ll find yourself wanting to cry for no reason. Soon you’ll feel that inescapable longing for something you can’t quite put into words. And that’s when you’ll know you’ve caught a full-blown case of Post-Holiday Depression . . . Or maybe you think that finally this year you did everything “right” to avoid the syndrome . . . 

Here’s a quiz for you. Consider the following scenarios:

Scenario 1: You’re healthy and have a stable job, but you’re vaguely dissatisfied and often lonely. You spent weeks dreading the holiday. Your Christmas celebration fell flat. You’re certain that everyone else you know—the folks you work with, your neighbors and friends—all are happier than you are.

Scenario 2: You have a happy marriage and loving family. You spent weeks planning the perfect holiday. Your Christmas celebration was lovely and meaningful. The meal was the best you’d ever produced. You spent time with your family without any major outbreaks or fighting.

Question: Which of these scenarios will most likely lead to a good case of post-holiday depression?

Answer: Either one!

Because depression is all about feelings that attack us in spite of the truths we know in our heads.

rain460It doesn’t seem to matter if we’re single or married, going through a rough patch or living an uneventful life, when the after Christmas blues seep into our souls like a cold rain on a chill winter’s day.

For some of us, holiday time brings to the surface our failures, griefs, broken dreams, and unmet longings. And we wallow in them. Oh, we know better. We tell ourselves that life is not a Hallmark movie. That we’re expecting too much. That no husband, friend, or loved one could live up to our expectations. After all, there is no person in existence who can meet all our needs, always be there for us, know us inside and out and love us anyway, make our wildest dreams come true . . .

Or . . . maybe there is . . .

C. S. Lewis said, “If I find in myself a longing which nothing on earth can fulfill, the most likely reason is, I was made for another world.”

For me, this quote brings home the fact that nothing in this world will satisfy us forever. Oftentimes joy accompanies our journey, but God did not intend for us to find our ultimate happiness here.

So our blues can be a reminder that even the best earth has to offer will leave us wanting more. That even the most wonderful experiences are only a foretaste of what God has in store for His children. And somehow allowing my blues to serve a purpose gives me more strength to endure them.

How about you, friends? Are you bracing for an emotional hit come January? Or are you ready to give comfort and hope to those around you who may be hurting? Be assured, I pray for each one who leaves a comment!

Now that we’ve identified the source of our blues, what do we do about them? Tune in next week for Pt. II.

***This is a reprint of a post from Christmases past!

This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, Covered in Grace, Rachelwojo, Modest Mondays, GraceLaced Mondays, Raising Arrows, A Mama’s Story, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesdays, Just Write, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Tell Me About It Tuesday, Tuesdays Unwrapped, Teaching What Is Good, Mom’s Library, Tuesday Tips, What I Learned This Week, Heart and Home, Domestically Divine Tuesday, Raising Homemakers, Deep Roots at Home, God Bumps, Wednesday Walkabout, Think Outside the Blog, Word-filled Wednesday, Thankful Homemaker, Wisdom Wednesday, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Thursday Favorite Things,Thriving Thursday, Hearts for Home, Legacy Leaver, Thoughtful Thursday, Life in the Comments, Almost Friday Thursday Blog Hop, Favorite Things, Faith-filled Friday, Friday @Homemaker by Choice, Just for Fun Friday, Fellowship Friday, Womanhood with Purpose, Weekend Whatever, and Heart Reflected.