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Monday, April 14, 2014

Thought For The Day


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    1. Aren't they? I've never heard it put quite like that before. Love it.

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  2. As Mari said, very wise words. You do indeed have to let it go at some point, easier said than done, but important to try. xx

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    1. You really do! I have a pinterest board for quotations and I noticed today that a good portion of my favorites are about letting go and moving forward. Easier said than done, though! But I am trying!

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    2. Yes....easier said than done...
      I have a problem letting go....I always want to talk it out...solve it....
      Unfortunately, it is just not that easy.....
      Oh well...I will plod along...
      Enjoy your week, Betsy....
      Cheers!
      Linda :o)

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    3. It certainly is easier said than done. I think that's because we like to be in control. haha.
      It's so much better to let it go and let God handle it. Some things are impossible for us anyway so I
      wonder why we are so insistent on holding on. But when you actually do let go for real, it is such a relief and so wonderfully liberating.

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  3. C S Lewis is such a wise man. That saying is very true as I have found out (still finding) from my own experience.
    I saw a very interesting film about him and Tolkien having a big discussion when at University. Both men had giant intellects. C S Lwis was a Christian and at the time Tolkien was an atheist. Lewis' arguements were so strong Tolkien changed his mind and became a stong Christian and wrote Lord Of The Rings which the film explained contained Christian beliefs in much the same way as his mate, Lewis did in his Chronicles of Nardia.

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    1. Isn't that just the greatest of stories? Love that!

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    2. Hi Betsy
      I've been looking for a clip of that debate and I am so pleased to say I've found it, in part. Both men were teaching at Oxford University. Alas it is just 8 minutes - the original film was marvellous and I am trying to get it. Anyway here is the URL. Hope you like it.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzBT39gx-TE

      I am trying to locate the complete programme. I know there is a video somwhere. These two men absolutely fascinate me.

      Whilst writing C S Lewis' faith was tested because he lost his wife, taken from him by breast cancer. A film was made of the event, Shadowlands, starring Sir Antony Hopkins. A great film if you can come across it somewhere.

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    3. I'm so glad you put the link here! I enjoy that VERY much! Thank you! The part where he says history is God's story and we are all a part of that story.... Love that. I hope you find the rest! Maybe if you ask Kevin OBrien, who posted this one?

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    4. Have you ever wanted to know why the word history exists?

      HIS STORY

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    5. gasp! :) Why didn't I know that??

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    6. Not to leave you out Betsy, cause you got Eddie Bluelights started!
      Yeah for you, too!

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    7. haha...oh no...Eddie can have it. He's just full of insightful tidbits!

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    8. Yet my dear I inadvertabtly fed you an incorrect tidbit! . . . . . so sorry, but it does not alter the story in the clip.
      In fact it was C S Lewis who was the atheist when he fist got his fellowship at Oxford University! and his close friend was J J R Tolkien who was a devout Catholic Christian - so in the clip the roles are reversed and after a series of conversations Lewis was converted. Sorry about that - I've just found some more clips which are interesting and I'll let you have them if you would like them.

      Hello Christine! Have not had the pleasure . . . . . "How do you do"

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    9. OK...so, why were the characters reversed in the clip? Or were they? I thought CS Lewis looked very much like the man who played him.
      Or was he supposed to be the younger, unbelieving one?

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    10. There seems to be a contradiction here!
      The older man calls the younger man Jack who must be J J Tolkien - hence it would seem he is C S Lwis and a Christian, like I thought originally.
      Yet below that link on

      http://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/C.S.-Lewis-and-J.R.R.-Tolkien-A-Talk-Between-Friends0

      is another link about the Conversion of C S Lewis at Oxford when they say he is the atheist and Tolkien is the Christian - baffling!

      But it does not change the story.

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    11. Very interesting. So the real story is that Lewis was the atheist and Tolkien was the Christian who influenced Lewis to convert?

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    12. It seems so:

      And I have found a footnote saying:

      A note on the friends' nicknames for each other ... At the time, it was common for friends to call each other by their last names. In addition, Lewis was known as "Jack" and Tolkien was known as "Tollers."

      So the older man must be Tollers and the other Lewis when a very young man.

      http://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/C.S.-Lewis-Conversion

      confirms this although the print below the youtube mentions that Lewis and Tolkien had very frequent and lengthy conversations but Tolkien is not mentioned in the youtube. Think that clears it up.

      I think I'll have some baked bean on toast - my head hurts ROLF

      What other intellectual subject have you for us tonight to make us do such stenuous mental acrobatics?

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    13. haha...nothing strenuous tonight. Just a ray of sunshine, so to speak!

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    14. Oh My, this is good stuff!
      Hi Eddie!

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    1. Yes! Hope you're doing well....still sending hugs your way!

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  5. So true! Life isn't 'lived' with closed fists but with open ones. If I'm not willing to be vulnerable my roots won't have a chance to get very deep. Its the storms that make roots dig down and get strong. I should know, I weathered a rough one yesterday. :) still smiling though because I know God has this one too! #blessed

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    1. Sorry to hear about your Saturday! If you've already let go, I do admire you for that. Some things I've had to try for years. Some I've let go only to take back up again! haha....tough lessons to learn, but when you finally do let something go for real, it is very liberating.

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    2. Its okay. God knows what He's up to. I felt like holding on would hinder a prophecy being fulfilled in the life of one of my sons. I couldn't stand the thought that me not forgiving the other people involved would take away a good thing from him. Then the sunset last night was such a confirmation of my decision. A dark red sky above with only a thread of red hanging down against a clear background. I took it as The Scarlet Thread = redemption!!! So awesome!!

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    3. Oh, that's great! There's nothing better than immediate confirmation, don't you think? And it's amazing and humbling when it happens. Love that.

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  6. Great wisdom in this quote. Sometimes people hold on so tightly to past hurts and wrongs and they are only hurting themselves. It's hard to fly with so much mud in our wings. It only holds us down. Shake it loose and soar!

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    1. Ooh...I love your words there, too! And you are so right...we only hold ourselves back and hurt ourselves. It's kind of amazing that it's such a hard lesson to learn when the results are so wonderful if we let go!

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  7. Is a wise quote Betsy but sometimes is really difficult how Linda say:)
    XO

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  8. Let go and get across
    Beats playing ring toss
    Unless the pain is literally there
    There you can cross but away it will stare

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    1. Yep, you have to let go of the pain, too!
      Bringing it with you just will not do!

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  9. I like what Martha said, "Life isn't 'lived' with closed fists but with open ones." Sometimes I'm not even sure what is in that clenched fist, and we all know that love requires an open hand.

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    1. She's always very insightful like that. :)

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    2. I should visit her more often.
      :0)

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    3. Yes! And she's always cooking something yummy!

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  10. oh how true...and you might get hurt along the way...but you will learn....smiles.

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    1. Aren't they? This one really spoke to me. :)

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  12. CS Lewis has so many deep and wonderful quotes... I love his books. As all you commenters have shared...letting go of some things are not easy, but in reality...and experience..I find the "open hand policy" is the best. So many times in the Scripture it speaks of God's MIGHTY RIGHT HAND, so I have to remember that a safe place to fall when I let go. Thanks for an inspiration for Palm Sunday.

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    1. I noticed my Pinterest board for quotations has many from him and others have a board dedicated only to his words. His books are wonderful! I haven't picked one up on quite a while...I should do something about that!

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