A Bit of Wisdom by C.S.Lewis

Friday, October 15th, 2021

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” — C. S. Lewis

Wow! I love this for so many reasons. This reminds me of conversations I have had with a dear friend, “often when individuals accept/ask Jesus into their hearts, to be their Lord and Savior” one could easily take the credit for choosing God. When in reality, we (unknowingly) already know God because He created us. He chose us long before we were ever born. This process is not easily understood or conceivable until after one submits themselves to Christ, placing ones [Faith in Christ]. ***Disclaimer, this has been my personal experience, I am not a theologian and I would never assume my experiences mirror those of others.

Here’s a picture I grew up seeing every Sunday at church, it’s a familiar feeling to me. Feels like home.

Credit: Warner Sallman “JESUS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR”

The door/path to Jesus is found all along the human spectrum of life. Some find Jesus early in life while others come later in life; the most important is meeting Jesus. Meeting Jesus is like coming home, a place you never knew you missed until you are there…feels like home.

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As far as the “obeying” and “reward” of course I want to obey, but I fail often. The importance is the “wanting” and “striving” to obey, failing is part of our humanness, not an excuse by any means; it’s an opportunity to seek forgiveness and to try again. Jesus does not hold us to a standard of pass or fail. He loves us and wants only the very best for each of us. Heaven is our forever home, that’s where Jesus lives and He wants us to be there too.

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“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” — Matthew 7:7-8 (NRSVA)

Credit: Alice Hodge
Bournemouth, United Kingdom

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
— Luke 11:9-10 (NRSVA)

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“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” — John 10:9 (ESV)

Thank you friends for taking your precious time to stop by my blog, I’m am blessed by your support. May the Lord richly bless you today and always. 💙🙏🏻

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/c-s-lewis-daily-quotes-inspiration/id407107626

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://dribbble.com/alicehodgedesign/collections

https://www.warnersallman.com/collection/images/christ-at-hearts-door/

Holding On

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Photo Credit: Me (Mocha Nut Coffee Shop-Indianpolis, IN)

Here I am, just another day in the life of Charlotte, just holding on. Holding onto everything stuck inside me, wanting to be released, on the brink of bursting out. Writing is a great release and provides an outlet for the thoughts and words spinning in my head. I have great support for the days that are heavier than others. I am very blessed to have friends and family that support me. I try to be kind and understand and ask the same in return. There is beauty in helping others, truly we are surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. We must open our eyes to see the beautiful things that surround us. People, places, things, buildings, parks, art, nature…everything. I am often in awe of nature speaking to my soul. I love taking pictures of water, the sky, the moon, buildings…outdoors! I feel very connected to God through these things. I also love music and how it can transcend you to the past and make you dream of the future.

Photo credit: Me (04.03.2021)

I read this quote recently and it tugged at my heartstrings…

“She walks, as if from a dream, into your life,
ribboned hair unraveling, brown eyes
like cups of tea, come to whisper
a secret into your trembling ear.

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, excerpted from “Crossing the Divide” in The Wisdom of Wild Grace: Poems

Wow…that’s beautiful.

For more quotes from Christine Valters Paintner check out the references below.

Thank you for stopping by today. Wishing you a beautiful fall day. You are a blessing to me! 🍁🌻🍂 Keep holding on!

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://mailchi.mp/abbeyofthearts/daily-nourishment-from-abbey-of-the-arts-march-30-2231280?e=128ba1455f

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Good Is Still Alive

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Photo credit: Me (11.01.2019)

Good is indeed still alive! We must be open to receive the good will and gestures from others. The KEY is to be OPEN. It is so easy to expect the worst of people, so much so we cancel them before they even have an opportunity to show us differently.

Today, as I was loading my groceries into my car a lady approached and ask if she could return my cart for me. I was pleasantly surprised and responded with “Yes, and Thank You!” In this time of cancel culture and social distancing and fear, this simple gesture warmed my heart. So to the kind lady from the Walmart parking lot in Plainfield today, thank you for your kindness.

This and acts like it are exactly how God wants His children to interact with one another. Even with our walls of caution we can and should be kind to each other.

Photo credit: Me (11.21.2016)
Photo credit:Me (11.14.2016)

Here’s a wonderful article “24 Bible Verses About Kindness To Help Us All Be Better.”

https://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/g31010618/bible-verses-about-kindness/

Thank you for stopping by today, may the peace of God be with you today and always.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Edvard Munch: Discover Something New

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Hello —

Today, I learned something new and thought I would share. I have had a vision of sorts, a flash of an image came into my thoughts. This flash lead me to search the internet and this is the image.

Edvard Munch: The Scream. Tempera and oil on unprimed cardboard, 1910? Photo: Munchmuseet.

This piece of artwork is one of the world’s most famous and a universal symbol of anxiety. I honestly thought this artwork was done by Vincent Van Gogh, I stand corrected…it is by Edvard Munch.

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SCREAM

1. THERE ARE SEVERAL VERSIONS OF THE SCREAM

4 of the museum’s versions of Edvard Munch’s The Scream: A painting with tempera and oil on unprimed cardboard, probably from 1910, a drawing version with crayon from 1893 and 2 of the museum’s 6 lithographs from 1895, the one to the left a hand-coloured version.

2. THE SCREAM IS A RIDDLE

Edvard Munch: Three sketches for The Scream. Pen (ink), pencil, 1895. Photo © Munchmuseet

3. THE SCREAM IS ALSO A TEXT

From Edvard Munch’s sketchbooks: Left: Despair, with version of The Scream text. Coal, oil, 1892 (probable).Right: Handwritten text. “I was walking along the road with two friends”. Watercolor, circa 1930. Photo © Munchmuseet

4. THE SCREAM NEEDS TO BE CARED FOR

Microfading of The Scream. Photo: Tomasz Łojewski

5. THE SCREAM HAS A DOUBLE-LIFE

This piece of art and its distinctive gesture is generally understood as an expression of horror. This makes it easily employable for all sorts of visual communication, ranging from topical caricatures in mass media to personal messages in emoji sign language.

Please click here for the entire article:

https://www.munchmuseet.no/en/the-collection/5-things-you-should-know-about-the-scream/

Additional information:

EDVARD MUNCH’S LIFE 1863-1944

https://www.munchmuseet.no/en/edvard-munch/edvard-munch-timeline/

10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT EDVARD MUNCH

https://www.munchmuseet.no/en/edvard-munch/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-edvard-munch/

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something new today. I appreciate your support. Below is a new favorite of mine as of today by Edvard Munch. (1902 – 1916: REBORN)

Edvard Munch: The Sun, 1910–11. Oil on canvas. Photo © Munchmuseet.

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
~ Revelation 7:9-10 (NIV)
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~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Photo Credit: Me (Lookout Mountain, TN)

Hello friends & family,

Thank you so much for taking time to view my post. I discovered a beautiful hymn and wanted to share it. My hope is that you too will be blessed by it. As I was digging deeper into the song and the song writer I found myself searching for more and more. The song “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” was written by Helen H. Lemmel (1863-1961) in 1922.

Helen was a gifted concert soloist, a music teacher at the Moody Bible Institute, and music critic for the Seattle Post.

She also worked as director of a woman’s choral group that was a regular part of the Billy Sunday evangelical meetings. Helen wrote the words and music of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus in 1922, to be sung at those meetings.

The inspiration for Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, which Helen entitled The Heavenly Vision, came from the writings of author and artist Lilias Trotter (1853-1928).

Isabella Lilias Trotter (1853–1928) was a gifted artist and Protestant missionary to Algeria during the Victorian Era.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

By: Helen H. Lemmel

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
— 1 Corinthians 13:12 —

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.oregonlive.com/religion/2012/04/eyes_upon_jesus.html

http://www.theconservationcenter.com/articles/2084427-lilias-trotter-missionary-artist

https://wherelivingbegins.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/helen-lemmel-1863-1961/.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/l/e/m/m/lemmel_hh.htm

Books by I. Lilias Trotter

Between the Desert and the Sea 

Parables of the Cross

Parables of the Christ-life

The Master of the Impossible

The Way of the Seven-fold Secret                                                         

Booklets by I.Lilias Trotter

Back-ground and Fore-ground

A Challenge to Faith

Cherry Blossom

Focussed:  A Story and a Song

The Glory of the Impossible 

Heavenly Light on the Daily Path

A Life on Fire

Literature for Moslem Boys

A Ripened Life

Sand Lilies

Smouldering

A South Land

A Thirsty Land and God’s Channels

Trained to Rule

Vibrations

Winter Buds     

Story Parables by I. Lilias Trotter

The Bag of Wool

The Bedouin and His Camel

The Blood Feud of El Hanouchi

The Debt of Ali Ben Omar

The field of Sahab en Niya

Landsnakes and Seasnakes

The Letter That Came from a Far Country

The Lost Ones in the Sahara

Neseefa the Slave Girl

The Robe of Er-Rashid

The Story of the Nightingale

Water Lilies:  A Paper for Mothers

Books about I. Lilias Trotter

Elisabeth Elliot.  A Path Through Suffering.  Meditations based on Trotter’s Parables of the Cross and Parables of the Christ-life.  Ann Arbor:  Vine books, 1992 (in print).

Constance E. Padwick.  I. Lilias Trotter. Croydon:  Watson, n.d.

Blanche A. F. Pigott.  I. Lilias Trotter.  London:  Marshall, 1929.

Miriam Rockness.  A Passion for the Impossible:  The Life of Lilias Trotter. Discovery House Publishers, 1999. (in print).

Miriam Rockness.  A Blossom in the Desert:  Reflections of Faith in the Art and Writings of Lilias Trotter.  Discovery House Publishers, 2007.  (in print)

I . R. Govan Stewart.  The Love That Was Stronger.  London:  Lutterworth Press, 1958.

Patricia St. John.  Until The Day Breaks.  Bronley, Kent:  OM Publishing 1990 (in print).

*All works, unless otherwise noted, are out of print. Copies of these works are housed at the Trotter Archives at the Arab World Ministries United Kingdom Headquarters in Loughborough, England.

A Daily Prayer

Dear friends & followers,

Thank you for stopping by my blog site today. I can hardly believe it is September already, summer will be ending and fall is ever nearer. I don’t mind the change in seasons, well…except for bitter coldness and snow of winter. We must endure and appreciate the gifts that each season brings us. The past couple of years have been especially tough and it is my sincere hope that things will improve in the very near future. I had a dear friend share a prayer with me this past week and I have been reading it several times a day. I even used it as my wallpaper on my phones locked screen. I want and desire a closer walk with Jesus. I feel as if the world around is going mad, at times. So much hate and distrust, more fighting and less love. Common sense has taken the back seat and great divisions are being plowed through our sense of humanity. I believe that people around the world are more alike than different, if we would just listen. I am compassionate about a lot of things and the reality is that I cannot pursue all of them at the same time. The world is filled with countless opportunities, the one thing we all can do is prayer. Listen to God’s call, where is He leading your heart and spirit to help. Each of us are called to different things, trust in God to show you His way. I hope you find encouragement from this prayer and the songs I rely on for hope.

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Prayer by Phyllis Tickle

“Grant me, I beseech thee,

O merciful God, prudently to study,

rightly to understand

and perfectly to fulfill that which is pleasing to thee,

to the praise and glory to thy name.

—Amen

(The Divine Hours, Summertime, pg 476)

Quotes from Phyllis Tickle

“Prayer is a nonlocative, nongeographic space that one enters at one’s own peril, for it houses God during those few moments of one’s presence there, and what is there will most surely change everything that comes into it. Prayer, its opal walls polished to transparency by the centuries of hands that have touched them, is the Tabernacle realized and the wayside chapel utilized.

— Prayer Is a Place

“Like a double helix rendered elegant by complexity and splendid by authority, the amalgam of gospel and shared meal and the discipline of fixed-hour prayer were and have remained the chain of golden connection tying Christian to Christ and Christian to Christian across history, across geography, and across idiosyncrasies of faith.”

— The Divine Hours

Genesis 8:22 (NIV)

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Wisdom from C.S.Lewis—

“He gives them the seasons, each season different yet every year the same, so
that spring is always felt as a novelty yet always as the recurrence of an
immemorial theme. He gives them in His Church a spiritual ear; they change from a fast to a feast, but it is the same feast as before

— The Screwtape Letters

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Good article about seasons of change: 3 BIBLE VERSES FOR SEASONS OF CHANGE

https://www.bethesdaseniorliving.com/blog/3-bible-verses-for-seasons-of-change

Contemplative Living and Compassion

Friday. August 27th, 2021

Hello friends —

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the Military men and women who serve to protect; yesterday some of those brave individuals paid the ultimate price with their lives. Thank you for your service.

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

Some stood through the red,

white and blue

And some had to fall

Think of your liberties and recall

Some Gave All.

Lyrics: Billy Ray Cyrus/Cindy Cyrus

Yesterday, I was reminded that “our words matter.” I had just arrived at work and the TV was on a news channel and they were discussing American lives lost in Afghanistan from a suicide bomber. I just blurted out “thanks Biden” not directed at any one person in the room, I was simply talking out loud. I did not consider the other five individuals sitting in the room or even if they would agree with me. I did not look at anyone in particular, but my words were received by one who did not agree with me and stated “our office is too political and at least Biden was willing doing what others would not do.” I was taken back by the somewhat abrupt response and tone…I responded with, “my words were not directed towards you.” Then things just got weirdly quiet. Thankfully, the door bell rang and I was all too happy to go answer it. The person did apologize, I accepted and vice versa.

After some quiet contemplation on what had transpired, I had to admit my own fault and responsibility in the situation. Neither of us were wrong in the words we used, we are all entitled to our viewpoints, beliefs and in the things we are passionate about. If we want to be heard, we must also being willing to listen. In the end, agree to disagree and refrain from taking things so personal. Respect another’s right to support whomever they choose. We must also be mindful that each day of our lives these kind of situations will happen.

Be patient.

Be Kind.

Be Respectful.

📕 Oxford Learners Dictionaries 📕

Contemplative:

thinking quietly and seriously about something

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”

— C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/

Trust, Shame On Me

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

Hello friends —

Trust is Foundational

Yesterday while I was shopping in my Walmart Neighborhood Market I was approach by two young women, perhaps high school age. I’ll be honest I was cautious as they walked up to me and said, “I would like to give you this envelope and letter, I paused for several seconds and then ask why?” At the end of the grocery isle a young man stood smiling, as I took the envelope. Two thoughts quickly came to me…am I being video taped in a high school prank or is there a threat in the envelope. My trust meter was not registering very high. After I took the envelope, I placed it in the cart, I quickly glanced at it and thought is was just an empty envelope. When I arrived at home, I opened the envelope and indeed found a handwritten note. I regret not opening it in the store or while the young lady was standing in front of me. Here’s a picture of the envelope and letter…

After reading it, I felt very badly in that my thoughts quickly went into the direction of negativity as the letter was handed to me. I pray tonight for those young people, asking God to watch over them and keep them safe. What a beautiful reminder that God loves us, each and every person. I hate that the world has calloused me into believing the worst of people first. I also pray, asking God to heal me of my assumptions about people and situations, trust is not a one way street. So, I encourage myself and you to find unique and creative ways of sharing the love of God with others. I try to do little things to make others know that they are not invisible, things like making eye contact, smiling and saying “hello” or “ have a great day” you can hold a door open for someone, use words like please and thank you. The first step is courage, God will use your gifts/talents to spread His love to all who are ready to hear it. Thank you for sharing my journey, I am blessed to have you as my traveling companion. ~ Peace 🙏🏻🌺

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
— John 3:16 —

“Relying on God has to begin all over again everyday as if nothing had yet been done.” — C.S. Lewis

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

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A Bit of Wisdom by C.S.Lewis

Wednesday, August 25th. 2021

“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?” C.S.Lewis

No matter what our individual needs, Jesus is the answer for our lives and He promises a better future to come. The Bible provides many passages and verses showing us that JESUS is the ANSWER.

As I was reading and researching bible verses on Jesus is the answer, I discovered some really good references at this link:

JesusIsTheAnswer

When I think of Jesus being the answer my mind quickly goes to the many examples throughout my life when Jesus indeed was the only answer. Long before I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior, I prayed to God. I even thought I could bargain with God, you know the prayers that go something like this, “God if you make this happen, I will do “x y & z.” I was a child in many respects, age and character at that time in my life. I prayed these kind of prayers many times during my youth playing softball. I am now an adult and have put away (some) childish things. God was listening to those prayers of mine way back when, the teams I played for were very successful and I was able to live out my dream playing the game I loved. Playing games such as softball, basketball and football to name only a few is about skills, coaching, determination, teamwork and trust. My prayers eventually changed to ask for courage, safety for all, and win or lose, be thankful for the opportunity.

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.”
— 1 Corinthians 13:11 —

In my early 20’s, I was involved in a serious car accident and it is by the grace of God I survived with only a few scratches. I remember the accident quite well and my state of mind at the time. I was driving to work, I was very distraught over a recent break-up and essentially thought my life was over. Oh, young love! Young and foolish, I knew very little of first loves and loss at that time. I remember praying and saying “please God, I’m not really ready to die.” God/Jesus was the answer. I was certainly heartbroken at the time and probably even wished to be free of the pain, but God used that situation to help me see the truth. Truth was a lesson I would need to learn over and over again; thankful my perspective on love and life have changed over the years.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
— John 16:33 (NIV)

I’m still looking for love and I trust God’s timing. Whether I’m single or otherwise, I know that Jesus is the answer to whatever the future holds. I’m still learning, I still stumble and fall; Jesus is always there to help me get back up and start again.

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”
— Proverbs 24:16 —

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
— Psalm 37:23-24 —

I could never write of all the wonderful and marvelous ways Jesus has been my answer. Jesus has mended my broken heart, eased my grief, added to my joy, comforted me in my sorrows, provided for my every need not because I deserve it, it is simply because He loves me. I am forgiven not because I deserve it, God’s grace is freely given because He Loves me.

Friends, God Loves You, too! I hope you know Him and feel His presence in a very special way today!

~ Peace Be With You, today and always!

Thank you for stopping by today and for your support. 💗🙏🏻

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-is-the-answer.html