Monday, March 13, 2017

Pages from my Journal ~



Blessings to you, my sweet and faithful followers ~
Just where has this New Year gone?
The hours, days, weeks and months are just zipping by, aren't they?
This has been the strangest winter I have ever experienced
here in the Rocky Mountains.
We have experienced more Eastern like weather;
while it is usually dry here producing light fluffy snow
leaving us with blue skies and cool crisp air,
old man winter has been harsh sending us wet snow, rain, freezing rain, gray skies, 
thawing, below zero temps all creating quite the ice build up on our property. 
 

In January both my husband and I had a nasty fall hitting,
 or rather *SMACKING* our heads on the ice!
For myself, I was out of commission for and entire week
and slept pretty much of that week away with the aid of my essential oils 
then having to resort to Bayer Back & Body to help relieve some of the neck pain. 
My husband, on the other hand, ended up with a concussion
and some short term memory loss. 
When he came in the house not sure of what he was doing that day,
asking where he was to be and what job site was he headed to
I knew we had a problem. 
With the hand of God and time as a healer my husband's memory has come back. 
With grateful hearts we are praising God for the many prayers He answered. 
Our aches and pains have subsided and we now venture out of the house
here on the property wearing our ski helmets, being very careful. 

~~~~~

Donatella has become comfortable with the winter weather here, remember,
 I rescued her from Arizona so she had some adjusting to do. 
The first below freezing temperatures hit her hard, 
she didn't like the cold on her paw paws at all!
I purchased some pretty pink dog boots hoping they would help,
but instead, it was as though she had ice skates on. 
We videoed her skating across the front yard
and had a good laugh at her expense. 
My cup runneth over with the joy she has given me. 
Doesn't she look as if she has found herself a comfortable home?


I love her so much! ♡

For the first time ever I claimed a word for the year, or rather, 
God pressed my heart with a word.
UPLIFTING has been my word and I have to say that it has been
both enriching as well as challenging. 
I have made it my purpose to be UPLIFTING in every conversation 
I encounter and with some that is a huge challenge,
but very rewarding when I aim for words that will uplift,
edify, encourage, strengthen and inspire.
I'm constantly looking to use positive words that will bring blessing. 
My word may be a challenge, but it also holds me accountable. 

~~~~~

My quiet place with the Lord has been rich this year. 
I've always kept a note book where I write out three verses a day
from a book in the Bible.
 I was challenge by a Pastor who inspired me years ago. 
This year I decided to write out chapters in a book of the Bible
and I'm finding that I glean more from a full chapter at a time. 
As a child in school, two of my favorite subjects were dictionary work
writing out the definition and writing my spelling words a number of times. 
I guess you could say that I enjoy writing things down. 

~~~~~

February was my Birthday month and the Lord Blessed beyond!
It was one of those years when my Birthday was celebrated
for days on end and every celebration was joyous. 
Have you ever had one of those Birthdays?
My daughter's both had the same thoughts in their gift giving, 
spring time and gardening, I was thrilled!
Thank you to those of you who knew it was my Birthday
and sent your love and best wishes. 
My heart was certainly blessed! ♡


My dear Stephenie gave me one of her fiction books to read back in the Fall
and it took me months to pick it up and read. 
Stephanie knows that my reading material is usually
Spiritual growth books and missionary stories, 
but she believed I would enjoy *Waves of Mercy* by Lynn Austin,
and boy was she right!
Once I picked that book up I could hardly put it down
and I realized just a few chapters in that I was going to need 
a box of tissues and some eye drops.
What a tremendous Author Lynn Austin is!
Here is Stephanie's book review should you want to know more,
but from my heart I must share that throughout the book
I appreciated how the Author spoke about faith in God. 
One of the main characters struggled with her faith
through years of trials and change that took place in her life, 
but she shared with her granddaughter some encouraging words
that struck me right in the heart and the Author 
couldn't have expressed it more beautifully.
I have to share these words with you ~
♡♡♡
"I'm overwhelmed by how much my grandmother has endured
during her lifetime. I marvel at Oma Gessje's abiding faith 
in God through it all.  I tell her so when she comes outside
to sit with me on the porch."
"It has so much more to do with God's faithfulness
to me than the other way around, " she replies.  
"But you have done so much during your lifetime, "I tell her. 
"I know God probably has a purpose for my life, too,
but I don't know what it is. "
She smiles in her gentle way,  "Often it's not one great, 
dramatic thing that God asks us to do but hundreds
of little everyday things.  If we want to be used by Him,
if we're ready to be used and aren't all tangled up with our own
plans  and projects,  then He'll show us the work He has for us. 
He sees your heart, Anneke. 
You can trust Him to direct your path. "
♡♡♡
I cried and cried when I read these words ~
"It has more to do with God's faithfulness to me."
That is so true! 
Many times our faith is weak, but our Great God is the faithful One. 
There is comfort in knowing that my God will be faithful 
even during those hard times in my life when I'm not so faithful. 
I also appreciated the Authors way of expressing God's plan for our lives, 
it's the every day little things that make up our lives
not some dramatic thing that God asks us to do. 
I can remember when my girls were young
I would remind them that in life we will have moment by moment choices
that we will have to make, so make right and good choices
in your every day life situations.

~~~~~

As I come to the close of this post I must share that it's 
the time of year when I head south to enjoy warmer weather
and spend some time with my mother. 
I will be leaving my winter gear behind, no more ski helmets,
walking tracks on my boots and warm down jackets.  *Yippee*
I'll be away from my Blog until April,
returning with excitement for Stephanie's Teacup/Mug reveal party. 
That dear girl puts such love and time into theses exchanges
and I know you dear ladies who participate
enjoy the blessings that are poured out.
Stephanie is a beautiful and gracious hostess.
As Stephanie's mother, I have the privilege and joy
of hearing your testimonies through her, and what a blessing it is. 
I'll be thinking of you all as you gather up your treasures
and send them off to the lady who's name you've been given,
enjoy and have fun. 
See you back here in the Spring!!

God's Blessings and joy to you!
~ Debbie ~

Monday, March 6, 2017

God's Unfailing Love ~



My oldest daughter gifted me with this little plaque for my birthday; 
I have placed it on a shelf in my bathroom
and every morning at the start of the day
the words speak to my heart.
"Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, 
for I have put my trust in you."
*Psalm 143:8*
In Psalm 143 David's soul thirsts after God,
 he entreats God's favour in verse 8 ~ 
cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning. 
What a beautiful way to begin my morning while
thinking on these words ~
"Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love."
I am reminded of God's steadfast love, His loyal love, His unfailing love. 
God not only speaks to me, but He wants me to hear Him, 
and to hear the joy and gladness that He has for me in His Word. 
"Let me hear joy and gladness. "
*Psalm 51:8a*


God speaks to me through His Word and the desire of my heart is to hear
His loving kindness, that I may set it always before me.
"Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things, 
let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord."
*Psalm 107:43*
This plaque with God's promise from His Word
causes me from the moment I wake up
to focus on the love of God. 
I will hear in the morning, every morning and let my waking thoughts
be of God's loving-kindness,  that the sweet relish of that
may abide upon my spirit all the day long and,
"For in Thee do I put my trust."
In Thee ONLY is my trust, I will not look for comfort in any other,
God's  goodness is brought to those who's faith is in Him. 

Thank you Lord, for Your unfailing love!

Be Lovely!
~ Debbie ~

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Call Upon the Name of the Lord ~



Hello sweet friends ~ I pray you are having a beautiful day!
This past week I was talking with my sister over the phone 
and somehow we got on the subject of our older cell phones.
My husband and I have kept every cell phone we've had from the first one we got, 
 boy have they ever changed. 
I remember the first cell phone available, it was huge!
It was like putting an oversized man's shoe up to your ear.
The thing was all battery, quite heavy and those who owned one
thought they were the cats meow. 
We didn't have the first cell phone but came along when the first flip phone with an antenna no less, became available and we thought that was pretty fine!




Can you tell that I love pink?
Every phone I've owned has been pink and I LOVED my first flip phone!
I had that phone for years, even used mailing tape to hold it together.
I was slow in getting a cell phone, but sure have enjoyed it once I took the plunge.
Texting was something I didn't do and believed I never would,
until my boss gently persuaded me into getting an iphone.
I was working with Hospice and Home Care at the time
so texting with staff was much quicker and quieter
should we be in the presence of a client.
Having never texted before I had much to l earn.
"Spell Check" has certainly caught me off guard at times
and changed words without my notice, yikes!
My very first text, to my sister praise the Lord, was ~
"I want to toilet you"
What I was wanting to say was ~
"I want to let you know. "
Spell check turned "to let" into "toilet" without my even knowing it.
When my sister texted back and asked why I wanted to "toilet" her
I was shocked!!
How thankful I was that the text went to my sister and not my boss.

♡♡♡

Whatever the conversation was between my sister and me,
it caused me to ponder on the open line we have with God in our prayer lives. 


" And he spake a parable unto them to this end, 
that men ought always to pray,  and not to faint."
*Lukes 18:1*
In this parable Jesus was encouraging His listeners
to be persistent in prayer. 
"Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. "
*Colossians 4:2*
In order for us to have an effective prayer life
we must continue earnestly (call upon the Lord) being vigilant, alert and thankful.
Our disciplined prayer life will lead us into spiritual fitness
preparing us for God's ministry. 
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, 
and watching thereunto with all perseverance 
and supplication for all Saints. 
*Ephesians 6:18*
Our whole life should be a life of prayer.
We are to "continue steadfastly in prayer." 
*Romans 12:12b*

♡♡♡

As children of God, we are privileged to call upon the Name of the Lord
anytime of the day or night and He has promised in His Word
that He will hear our petitions and answer according to His will. 
When calling on God, how wonderful it is to know that 
we will never have to pay for a call ~ there are no busy signals ~
never a wrong number dialed ~ He doesn't hang up on us ~
 we will not be put on hold AFTER having listened to the recording first ~
and the lines are NEVER down.
God's ears are attentive to our prayers 24 hours a day ~ 7 days a week. 
" The Lord hath heard my supplication, 
the Lord will receive my prayer."
*Psalm 6:9*

"Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry."
*Psalm 39:12a*

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
But verily God hath heard me: and hath attended
to the voice of my prayer. 
Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer,
nor his mercy from me."
*Psalm 66:18~20*

When we are listening to God, (who is on the other end of the line you might say)
through the reading of His Word, and we are sensitive to our sins
we will find ourselves constantly confessing our wrong doings.
Verse 18 is telling us,  that if we refuse to repent
 (express sincere regret or remorse about our wrongdoing or sin)
or harber and cherish certain sins, then we are placing a wall
between us and God.
No, we may not always remember every sin we have committed,
but our attitude toward life should be one of confession and obedience
so as to keep those prayer lines open.
Are you experiencing the joy of living in close relationship with God
through your prayer life?
 May our prayer lives be as that of David's,
"I give myself unto prayer."
*Psalm 109:4b*


"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray,
and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. "
*Psalm 55:17*
Amen.

Praise God!
~ Debbie ~

Monday, February 20, 2017

Puppy Love ♡


Hello precious friends!
I trust that you had a beautiful Valentine's Day ♡
I was sick all week, but I wasn't about to cancel a special tea party I had scheduled.
This Valentine's tea party was for my dear Stephenie and her little one,
but the Lord in His goodness made it possible for my dear husband's
schedule to change allowing him to join us.
Of all the tea parties I have hosted this was my husband's first and he loved it,
with the exception of the tea. 
My husband is Canadian, yet he has never acquired the taste for tea.
It was while living in Canada and spending much time visiting with the elderly
that I came to enjoy a good cup of tea.
Visiting these elderly ladies was how I came to learn
of tea parties and fine china.
Isn't it wonderful the way the Lord brings others into our lives
so that we can learn many beautiful things?


 I found these adorable dog dishes at Pier 1 Imports 
and although I really didn't need them
I just knew my grandsons would enjoy them .
It is a perfect set, complete with four plates and four matching drinking glasses.
Each plate is decorated with a different dog picture and is so adorable!
When my oldest daughter's three boys come for their next visit
I will host a tea party for them as well. 
I'm thankful my grandsons enjoy having tea with their Gamma.



I made heart ice cubes and served raspberry mint lemonade.




The color red was my prominent color in decorating ~




I usually decorate with soft colors and plenty of lace,

but for the boys I went with reds. 
That's partly why I purchased this adorable set.
My grandsons enjoy the finer things that grace the table  at a tea party,
but a tea party is usually on the feminine side, wouldn't you agree?
Though these dishes are adorned with hearts, 
they will get used a lot I'm quite sure. 



We played Valentine's Bingo ~



I prepared sandwiches made more for the guys.

BLT rounds ~ roast beef  with horseradish sauce ~ heart shaped grilled cheese ~



Potato fans made with mini potatoes ~




Of course we had to eat our veggies!

They always taste better with ranch dip, don't you think?



Many dainty desserts to choose from.
Strawberry tarts ~ mincemeat tarts ~ maid of honor tarts ~
strawberry french cream pastry puffs ~
chocolate covered strawberries ~ 
and of course, cherry scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd.
What would a tea party be without a scone?
A dear friend gifted me with some dried cherries from Michigan 
and oh are they ever delicious!



Gifts were shared around the table.
Stephenie gifted me with a beautiful lavender sachet that she made.
It found a special place rather quickly
and looks gorgeous hanging with many of my lace scarves.


This was the first use of Stephanie's tea cozy that I purchased
from her lovely etsy shop Rose Petal Blessings.
I LOVE the embellishments!
I was amazed at how warm my tea pot stayed
keeping the tea quite hot for a long time.

♡♡♡

It was a lovely Valentine's tea party!
What were some of your memory making moments
this Valentine's Day?
Thank you for stopping by, I always enjoy your visits.

♡♡♡

" Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God;
for it is pleasant; and praise is beautiful."
*Psalm 147:1*

Joy!
~ Debbie ~


Monday, February 13, 2017

Love One Another ~



" This is my commandment, that ye love one another, 
as I have loved you. 
Greater love hath no man than this, 
that a man lay down his life for his friends. "
*John 15:12-13*

♡♡♡

February 14th is a day in which we celebrate LOVE~Valentine's Day.
Cards are sent out, chocolates are given, flowers adorn our homes
by those who graced our hearts with their love.
I know for myself, I enjoy blessing others by sharing my love and gifts, 
but I enjoy being remembered just the same. 
I'm not one to buy chocolates for myself, 
but there is something beautiful in receiving one of those
fancy red velvet heart shaped boxes filled with delicious chocolates. 
I enjoy storing sentimental little keepsakes in those heart boxes once emptied, 
then years later sit and pull out those keepsakes 
that have been tucked away and look back over sweet memories.
Do you reuse your heart shaped candy boxes for anything special?


LOVE...
Valentine's Day is a time when we can show others how much we love them
with little acts of kindness.
May we have big hearts spending the day looking for ways to love on others.
To you, my graceful followers, love and hugs are sent your way 
with best wishes for a special Valentine's Day.

♡♡♡

As Christians we must strive to love sacrificially, just as Jesus did.
Paul taught the Ephesians to walk in love ~
"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, 
and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice 
to God for a sweet smelling savor. "
*Ephesians 5:2*
~~
The love that believers have for one another should be a selfless
effort to meet each other's needs~in a way that
let's the world know who we really are. 
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, 
if ye have love one to another. "
*John 13:35*


We see Jesus' love manifested in His substitutionary atonement ~
"We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us"
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life."
*John 3:16*
For God so loved the {whole} world...
His love spreads to every tribe and nation,
to every believer and non-believer and His love is without measure.
Oh the wonderful love of Jesus!
Have you received the love of Jesus?
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through him might be saved."
*John 3:17*
Jesus laid down His life for us,"herein is love."



As believers in Christ we should display our mutual love by humbly
meeting one another's needs.
John expressed brotherly love's practical implications 
in 1John 3:17-18 ~
"But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need,
and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him,
how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
In the book of 1John chapter 3 verses 7-21 
John says "God is Love" these are tremendous Scripture verses
that instruct us on how to love one another, for love is of God; 
and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.
If we say that we love God, then we will love our brother also.

♡♡♡

How have you been blessed by allowing the Lord's love to shine through you?

"We love Him because He first loved us."
Amen.

Be Loving!
~Debbie~

 The hand painted items in my photo's were purchased from 
Celestina, who has a lovely Blog over at Southern Day Dreams
You will find gorgeous hand painted roses and home decor
in her beautiful etsy shoppe Rose Garden Market

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