First Line Friday (Week 46): Meaningful Lines

February 17, 2017 First Line Fridays 30

Happy Friday to you!

On February 17th, 1984 I knelt down in front of the first pew at Lincoln Wood Baptist Church. My pastor/grandpa’s arm around my shoulder as he knelt next to me with happy tears streaming down his face, I told Jesus that I knew He came to earth to live and to die and to live again to be my Rescuer.

Because you see, I needed rescuing. Even as a seven-year-old, I would never be able to get to God on my own. No matter how good I was. And so Jesus gave His own life so I wouldn’t have to, and He rose again so we wouldn’t have to sit in this messy life alone.

Normally, I would have you grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line, but today I’m going to mix it up a little bit again in honor of my “spiritual birthday”.

You are still welcome, of course, to leave a first line…


You could do what I’m going to do & leave a bookish line that has spoken most deeply to your heart and soul.

The book I’m featuring today is The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

And this line is one of my very favorites across literature –

“Safe?…Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, i tell you.”

So… what’s your meaningful First Line today?

Let me know in the comments and then head over to share your First Line with these friends:

Bookworm Mama || Singing Librarian Books || Faithfully Bookish

Radiant Light || Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen || All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Robin’s Nest || Fiction Aficionado || Bibliophile Reviews || Kathleen Denly

…and welcome Lauraine’s Notes to the group!

(If you’d like to join us on your blog for First Line Fridays, shoot me an email and let me know!)


30 Responses to “First Line Friday (Week 46): Meaningful Lines”

  1. Elaine Stock

    Carrie, enjoy your blessed day. So happy for you. I was baptized twice, as an adult. First time as a newly married young adult by sprinkle, the second time just a few years ago by immersion. Both amazing and life changing experiences that I’m so grateful for.

  2. Katie Donovan

    Happy spiritual birthday, my friend!

    Having recently finished reading Jody Hedlund’s ‘Newton and Polly’, (wow, what a story!) I’m going to share the following line, spoken by Polly’s father:

    “If we hold true to God’s Word and walk according to his way–no matter how tempting it is to take the easy path–he’ll bring us to green pastures eventually.”

  3. Marylin Furumasu

    Congratulations Carrie on your spiritual Birthday!
    Okay Carrie for my book and first line here goes…….
    It’s a quote from Susan May Warren’s book Wild Mountain Skies
    “The only one who can give you the answer to all your questions is God. He is the object of your searching. We find ourselves and our happy ending by finding him and realizing the grace, the love he has for us.”

    There are sooooooo many books out that have GREAT words. I have tons of quotes which touch me in many ways. This was a hard thing to do to narrow it down.

    • Carrie

      there ARE so many great ones! I keep meaning to make a list but I always forget.

  4. Annie JC @JustCommonly

    As you share your spiritual birthday with us, let me share a meaningful song with you. It’s one of my favorites and it’s so real. It goes like this,

    “You rescued me, picked me up, a living hope, of graced revealed, a life transformed in righteousness – o Lord, You have rescued me!”

    • Carrie

      oooo i just looked it up on YouTube – listening now and loving it! Thank you, sweet friend!

  5. Heather

    Happy Christian birthday! We are special, because we get to celebrate two birthdays! 🙂 And Narnia is one of my favorite series to read. So many quotes to pick from, but I think I will pick this one, “In your world, I have another name…you must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” ~Aslan~

    The Elusive Miss Ellison
    Carolyn Miller

    And the first line is…

    St. Hampton Heather
    Gloucestershire, England
    June 1813

    “‘Why, Livvie! Whatever are you doing?’ Lavina Ellison placed down her gardening trowel, swiped perspiration from her brow, and smiled up at her friend. ‘Good Morning, Sophy.'”

    Happy reading and happy Friday!

    • Carrie

      ooo another fantastic line from Narnia!!! I’m excited to read Carolyn’s book soon too!

  6. Beth Erin

    HUGS to you on your special day, friend!

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

  7. Andi

    Wow! I was 10 when I accepted Christ as my Savior. Joni Eareckson had been at Denver First Church of the Nazarene and God pulled on my heart and let me know that it was time. I obeyed Him then and have been for 41 years. I love the quote from Narnia. A great series.

    My first line comes from Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham set to release this April.

    One step into the massive, glass-walled waiting area was all it took. In a cataclysmic chain of events, someone bumped into Eisley Barrett, sending her purse and all of its contents skittering across the glossy floor of Heathrow International Airport.

    Happy Friday!

  8. Yvette-Bookworlder

    Love your story, Carrie! Here’s the first line from the first chapter of my current read, The Angels’ Share by James Markert:

    October 1934

    The pews at St. Michael were made of solid walnut, and even the smallest sound bounced off the nave’s rib-vaulted ceiling.

  9. Becky Smith

    Love reading C.S. Lewis! My first line is from an old book that, although I don’t have it’s publication date, it was a present in 1908 to someone. “It appears to me, looking back over a past experience, that certain days in one’s life stand out prominently as landmarks, when we arrive at some finger-post pointing out the road that we should follow.” But my very favorite line is: “The heart knoweth its own bitterness, Phoebe, and it may be that in your place I should fail utterly in patience; but if we will not lie still under His hand, & learn the lesson He would fain teach us, it may be that fresh trials may be sent to humble us.” from Uncle Max by Rosa Carey

  10. Janet Ferguson

    Love this 🙂
    C.S. Lewis — ‘If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.’

  11. Jen

    One of my favorite lines, too! Is there anyone more quotable than CS Lewis?
    Here’s another…but it was hard to chose just one from this person.
    “The blacker the night around us grew, the brighter and truer and ore beautiful burned the world of God.” -Corrie ten Boom

    oh, I just can’t help one more…

    “We must tell people that there is not it so deep that He is not deeper still” -Betsy ten Boom (via Corrie).

    • Carrie

      i adore the ten Boom sisters!!! I quote Corrie about as much as I do C.S. Lewis 😀

  12. carylkane

    Blessings to you on your spiritual birthday! Thank you for sharing the C.S. Lewis quote! It’s one of my favorites.

    My first line comes from The Divine Romance by Gene Edwards.

    He was alone.

  13. Sarah

    Happy Friday!

    My line is from “Women of the Twelfth Century” by Georges Duby. I cheated a little this week and included my first paragraph this time around.

    “Beneath the dome of the church at Fontevraud – in the twelfth century, one of the largest and most prestigious abbeys for women in France – one sees today four recumbent statues, the remains of old funerary monuments, Three of them are carved from soft limestone: that of Henry Plantagenet, count of Anjou and Maine through his father, duke of Normandy and king of England through his mother; that of his son and successor, Richard Coeur de Lion; and that of Isabella of Angouleme, second wife of John Lackland, Richard’s brother, who became king in his turn in 1199. The fourth effigy, of painted wood, represents Eleanor, heiress to the duchy of Aquitaine, wife of Henry and mother of Richard and John; she died at Fontevraud, where she had finally taken the veil, on 31 March 1204.”

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