5.27.2014

C.S. Lewis Says it Brilliantly...(And a WiseDecor Giveaway!)

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While we were on spring break at the beach in March, one night, right before bed, Niamh asked me a question that I wasn't prepared for.  We had spent the day in fun and lightness- just relaxing and enjoying ourselves, kids playing, laughing...So I was ready for kisses and sweet dreams.  And she parent-bombed me with 

"How do I really know that God is real? 
What if I am wrong and somebody else who doesn't believe is right?"

I'm pretty sure I looked like a deer in headlights, stumbling over re-assuring words.  But as I worked them out...and pulled myself out of that initial desire just to make everything 'okay' for her... we were able to have a good conversation about the Gospel and our hearts.  Looking back at that night before bed, I probably did an inadequate job in explaining theology to my daughter...but I think that is okay.  I don't think she needed theology that night.  She needed to wrestle-out her own doubts and fears...And I know that is a good place to be.  

Recently, I read the line 

"The great artists keep us from frozenness, from smugness, from thinking that the truth is in us rather than in God, in Christ our Lord.  They help us to know that we are often closer to God in our doubts than in our certainties, that it is all right to be like a small child who constantly asks: 
Why? Why? Why?"
~Walking on Water

It is difficult for me as a parent to not strive to just "fix" my children's heartaches.  That is what I want to do right out of the gate...just make everything okay.  Happy. Calm.  Brilliant.  But I fully believe that I, in my own heart, have experienced God on much deeper levels in times of doubt and uncertainty than in the happy-go-lucky.  When I am crying out for help and answers-- and sometimes just 'Jesus, give me faith because I have none right now on my own'-- those are the times I have looked back on and seen rescue, love, and miracles worked.  

When WiseDecor offered to host a second giveaway on my blog, I new exactly which quote Niamh needed.  It is by C.S. Lewis: 

"If I find in myself desires that nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world."

Leave it to C.S. Lewis to put my stumbling thoughts into a beauty-filled, short-and-sweet sentence.  (When I get to Heaven, he is on my "Top Three People To Find and Hug" list.)  So, I carefully applied the words to Niamh's wall, right above her bed.  (The wall decals apply just as nicely to wallpaper, at least for us!)  She thanked me 100 times for the words...But I think it was more for the space to be allowed to figure some things in life out for herself.  Phil and I can either teach our kids in a way that they adopt what we believe because it seems the right thing to do; or we can encourage the doubts and wrestling with hard things, and have them come to a place where they believe because they believe.  

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In order to enter the giveaway, you can do any of the following follows.  (For each additional one you do, please leave a separate comment to increase your chances of winning!)


Words are just my thing...I have them tattooed on my skin and applied to my walls and numerous books so marked-up they are difficult to re-read...So maybe I am biased.  But, I think a beautiful quote is something that, when offered to friend or family, can stick with them for a lifetime.  WiseDecor will customize any quote for you; so keep them in mind for special gifts and graduation presents. 

Giveaway ends Saturday, May 30th.
All are welcome to enter.  
Good luck, friends.

34 comments:

  1. I also follow you on Instagram. :) X X

    Thanks for the chance of winning your giveaway.
    Take special care. X X

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  2. Fabulous use and love of words!!! I follow you on facebook!

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  3. I follow you on Instagram @arlsmom

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  4. I follow you on Pinterest!!! Lynda l.

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  5. Also follow you on Twitter @arlsmom

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  6. Praise God for the wisdom in how you handled your situation. This is one of the reasons why Sunday school is so important for children, they WILL learn and in turn believe in righteousness, not because we are told to believe, but because God shows us who He is and that He IS through His word. LOVE YOUR STAMPS!!!!

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  7. God Bless you for the answers you did come up with-and wisdom to let her think about it herself.
    Sherry107

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  8. Amazing...liked and follow on facebook

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  9. Wonderful post! They continue to question, even into their 20's and 30's and beyond! How wonderful the way you handled this question! Bless you!!!

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  10. You are wise beyond words! Our children certainly have to choose Jesus for themselves, we just pray for guidance to lead their little hearts toward Him!

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  11. Liked on Facebook.

    sloan_gray at yahoo (dot com)

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  12. followed on pinterest.

    sloan_gray at yahoo (dot) com

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  13. Follow on twitter.

    sloan_gray at yahoo (dot ) com

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  14. wow!! nice post!! a very tricky situation for parents!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  15. following Wisedecor in pinterest
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  16. I have Wisedecor in my Google+ circle..
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  17. I'm too late for the giveaway, but just wanted to say, that YOUR words are beautiful Krista. You often give me a lift and sense of joy or awe when I read your beautiful blog. You bare your soul and I find it compelling and beautiful. I raise my cup of java to you hunny. Hugs, Wends xxxx

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  18. So blessed by what you shared. As a Mom who has an 8 year old, I strive to instill in my son the knowledge of God. God's Word tell us in Proverbs 22:6. "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." I know that I can only give to my son what I have inside of me. Experiencing first hand the love and grace that comes from the finished work of Jesus Christ and the many times He came and rescued me from all sorts of problems I've caused myself have been a powerful testimony that I can always share with my boy. He loves Jesus but has a lot to learn about trust and total dependence in the Lord. Like you, I would like to shield him from many troubles but I know that at some point, he would have to experience God in the most personal way to reinforce everything he has learned from us, his parents. It's discouraging to see what is out there in the world for the children to explore but I can only place my faith in a God who has not only a purpose for my life but also in the life of my son whom He will use mightily in His Kingdom. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and continue to be a blessing you always are.

    Always,
    JO ANN
    http://jatterburycreations.blogspot.com

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  19. How beautiful. You have a wonderful philosophy of life and it shows in everything you say, do and touch!
    Hugs <3 Marie

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