Find God: the Life and Home of Clive Staples Lewis

By  Karen O’Connor:

Visiting the home of Clive Staples Lewis, otherwise known as C.S. Lewis, was a highlight of my trip to England.

 

C.S. Lewis Home

 “A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep.” [Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, C.S. Lewis]

Such a quote inspires one to find God in the life of C.S. Lewis.

One of the great highlights of my trip to Great Britain was a visit to the author’s former home known as “The Kilns,” in Headington, Oxford, England. What a thrill it was to visit the very place where Lewis wrote in his own hand his many volumes of fiction, [Chronicles of Narnia,] nonfiction [Mere Christianity; A Grief Observed and others], and essays, among them writings on prayer. He never learned to type, but instead turned over his manuscripts to an assistant.

Touring the house was a blessing it itself—to see the kitchen where he and others prepared food, the study filled with his own books and those of authors he admired, and his bedroom furnished in keeping with his simple life-style.

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as “Jack,” was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist who was born in Belfast, Ireland and later as an adult moved to England and taught at both Oxford University and Cambridge University.

Lewis had been baptized in the Church of Ireland (part of the Anglican Communion) at birth, but left the faith during his adolescence. The influence of his friend Tolkien and others, inspired him at the age of 32 to return to the Anglican Communion, becoming “a very ordinary layman of the Church of England.” From that time on his faith had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity reached a broad and loyal audience. Thousands of people over the course of his life and since his death have found God in the life and writings of C.S. Lewis.

Be inspired by–and find God in–this YouTube video C.S Lewis’s lone surviving BBC radio address on prayer.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

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Find God in a For Sale Sign

By Dianne Neal Matthews:

Even with stress and anxiety in preparing to move cross-country, I still find God . . . in a For Sale sign in my front yard.

 

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Image: artur84 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s been five weeks since THE SIGN appeared in my front yard. Even though our house is only two and a half years old, I spent three weeks working feverishly to get it in tiptop shape, obsessively cleaning spots no one would ever see, and even touching up paint with a Q-tip. After that a photographer snapped pictures for a virtual tour to be posted on YouTube. Two days later an Open House was held.

Since then I’ve been in “Maintain” mode, ready to leave the house immaculate in minutes whenever I get a call from our realtor. Polishing the sinks and faucets till they shine, taking out every last scrap of trash, throwing my bath towel in the car, and last step: vacuuming myself to the back door, then stowing the vacuum cleaner in the garage.

I’m not only obsessed with the house I’m leaving; I’m also obsessing over the house I’m searching for. There’s no way to estimate the number of hours I’ve spent looking at houses online. I also can’t count the number of times I’ve felt discouraged. About the houses that had fantastic landscaping but were old and needed updating. Or the many homes that lacked just one thing we were looking for. And of course, sometimes the price was the one thing that wasn’t right.

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Image: jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Recently I realized how skewed my priorities have become. It’s only natural to want a nice, comfortable home, but I need to remember that everything in this earthly life is fleeting and will soon pass away. What’s more important are my perfect eternal home that Jesus is preparing and the opportunity to lay up treasures in heaven. I can’t expect to find the perfect house to buy, but as long as I keep a heavenly perspective I’ll be finding God in the For Sale sign in my yard.

[Jesus said] “There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” John 14:2-3 (NLT)

Is Jesus preparing a place for you? He promises eternal life and a home in heaven to anyone who trusts Him to be their Savior. Learn more by clicking on God Test in the upper right corner of this page.

© Dianne Neal Matthews. Dianne is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. Visit her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Spend a few moments thinking about your heavenly home as you listen to the classic song “I Can Only Imagine”:

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Find God in a Tumbleweed

By Dianne Neal Matthews

The Bible tells us that God reveals Himself to us through His creation, but what can a tumbleweed teach us about our Creator?

 

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An icy breeze stung my face as I stepped out of the grocery store. Glancing up at the pale sky, I thought about how this late fall weather resembled what I’d grown used to living in Illinois the past twenty-five years. Then something scratchy brushed against my leg, reminding me that I’d moved out west to high desert country. A tumbleweed blowing across the parking lot had wedged itself against my shopping cart.

That evening I decided to do a little research and was surprised to learn that tumbleweed is not one particular plant. According to this article on Wikipedia.org, “a tumbleweed is the above-ground part of any of a number of plants that, once mature and dry, disengage from the root and tumble away in the wind.” I soon got used to seeing these round skeletal objects that often get stuck against fences, fall down window wells, and sometimes end up in flower beds.

Recently on my morning walk I encountered an usually large tumbleweed rolling down the sidewalk. And I decided that God must have created tumbleweed to remind us of an important spiritual truth.

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)

Thanks to the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf, God offers to forgive our sins and give us eternal life with Him. Once we accept that gift, our eternal destiny is secure. But if we want to live an earthly life of joy, peace, and fulfillment, we need to sink our roots deep down in Christ. Unless He is the foundation of our life, we can be blown around by circumstances, by our emotions, or by the world’s thinking.

The Christian life isn’t a matter of following rules or rituals; it’s a matter of guarding our relationship with Jesus. Keeping it intimate and vibrant through prayer, Bible study, worship, and obedience. Then our faith will grow strong and we’ll be grounded in Him. If we’re not firmly rooted in Christ, our life will resemble a tumbleweed—and we may get tossed around a bit.

© Dianne Neal Matthews. Dianne is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. Visit her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Enjoy this beautiful song that describes the security and peace that comes from living our life firmly rooted in Christ:

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