Archive for October, 2009

God First

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.

— C. S. Lewis, Letters, 8 November 1952


Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Obedience is the key to all doors; feelings come (or don’t come) and go as God pleases.

— C. S. Lewis, Letters, 7 December 1950

Your Own Story

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no-one any story but his own.

— Aslan, in The Horse and His Boy, by C. S. Lewis

Self-Love Is a Brave Step.

Monday, October 12th, 2009

What if someone asked, “Are you dating anyone?” and you answered, “I’m really involved in loving myself right now.

— SARK, Prosperity Pie, p. 85

Practice Messiness.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

There is no control and perfection is arrogant. Practice messiness, letting go, and doing things badly.

— SARK, Prosperity Pie, p. 78

Living More Fully

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The point of reading is not reading but living. Reading helps you live with greater appreciation, keener insight and heightened emotional awareness. For proof, look to the innumerable great readers who have been great doers, from John Adams to Teddy Roosevelt to Paul Theroux to George Plimpton. Reading and action reinforce each other in an ever-escalating manner.

Your well-read life is a path for living more fully.

— Steve Leveen, The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life, p. 31

A Single Purpose

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

We are all here for a single purpose: to grow in wisdom and to learn to love better. We can do this through losing as well as through winning, by having and by not having, by succeeding or by failing. All we need to do is to show up openhearted for class.

— Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Kitchen Table Wisdom, p. 80

Validation from God

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

No man can tell you who you are as a woman. No man is the verdict on your soul…. Only God can tell you who you are. Only God can speak the answer you need to hear. That is why we spoke of the Romance with him first. It comes first. It must. It has to. Adam is a far too unreliable source — amen!

Now, yes, in a loving relationship, we are meant to speak to one another’s wounds. In love we can bring such deep joy and healing as we offer to one another our strength and beauty…. But our core validation, our primary validation has to come from God. And until it does, until we look to him for the healing of our souls, our relationships are really hurt by this looking-to-each-other for something only God can give.

— Stasi and John Eldredge, Captivating, p. 152-153