Saturday, November 22, 2014

Daily Delights


     
Hello Dear Ladies,

This week I have been paying more attention to the little comforting blessings of life that often are overlooked.  Some days are noiseless and the weather Indistinctive. This week we have had strong winds followed by huge drops of rain landing on the windows and pathways near the house, all which sound like an orchestra with surround-sound. What a welcome noise that is after the stillness. I felt like there had been a dramatic celebration outside. I do wish modern houses were not so soundproof, as I miss hearing the rain on the tin roof of my childhood home.        

I was also enormously blessed by a lady and her daughter who visted me this week and partook of some of my berry tea.  We also had a light lunch and great conversation which so energized me that I was inspired to get a few unpleasant chores finally finished--cleaning the fridge and freezer, sorting a box of papers, mending, etc.  Friendship is a blessing when it is a true friend. I plan to talk more about friendship and how to be careful and discerning concerning friends.

You may recall that I was previously unable to purchase a single rose with one of those crystal stick-pins, because the florist in attendance said it was not possible to make up just one rose bouquet.  I was in the same grocery store on a different day and a different employee asked if she could help me. I explained what I wanted, and she complied immediately. It cost $2.99 which was higher than it was a few years ago but I was so happy to have it and told her so. She wrapped it in tissue gift wrap and tie a silk ribbon around it.

                                 
Allposters, of which I am an affiliate (it means I can use their art posters on my blog) has now been featuring some delightful inspirational chalk-board posters.  I will provide the direct link as soon as possible.

Many years ago, a pretty teacup was unaffordable, but today in thrift stores occasionally there are some very inexpensive ones, sometimes under $3.00.  I recently acquired this one, which is not an antique (this style was new in the 1990's) but I am thrilled to have it and I used it to serve one of the ladies who visited this week. The gold spoon came from a set of cutlery that usually appears at Walmart and other discount stores this time of year. Even people of limited income can have elegant things if they shop carefully.  So, if you see something in a high-end store that you think would be useful in your home, have a look at the lower price stores like Ross and TJ Maxx, etc. amd you might get it for less than half the price. If you get any of this gold cutlery be sure to read the care instructions.  It cannot be washed in the dishwasher and it must be hand washed separate from stainless steel cutlery because it causes tarnish to the gold. Also never put it in water to which bleach has been added, as it will tear up the gold finish.


I realize life at home does not merely consist of material concerns, but is about living your eternal values. The book of Proverbs says:

"Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."

Proverbs 4:5-7


One can use wisdom in all areas of life, including thrift and beauty in the home.


This cup has the advantage of being printed equally on each side with the rose bouquet emblem, which makes it nice for display in the china shelf, or for lefties.  In arranging my teacups on the display shelves, I find that more often than not, there is only a right-sided print.

As the dawn begins here, I am hearing the Canada Geese congregating near a marsh. Aren't they supposed to fly south for the winter? It has been discovered that sometimes they find a warmer clime in a nearby sheltered area and do not actually go very far from home.

                                       
          Cups in my china cabinet: They have to be turned with the handle on the right-hand side in
                                                   Order to display the pictures on them. 

                                   

                                       

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dancing Flames


     
                                                     Lighthouse by T.C. Chiu from Allposters.com




Greetings Dear Ladies,
                    
I recently had the opportunity to see a display of a new type of battery operated led-light flameless candle by Luminara, called "dancing candles."  I was able to see them up-close and observed the realistic flame.  


                                             

Their description is:

"Dancing Flame Candles are like no other battery operated candle. An internal LED source shines through a prism and up to the flame tip. The flame moves creating dance like motion that is stunning and so realistic."

I enjoyed seeing these and thinking how lovely they would look in any home, but for now, they'll are extremely expensive. These were on displays at a building supply store where you buy lumber and sinks and wallpaper and everything imaginable for the home.   

I am always so grateful to be able to see in the market what the new inventions are. Something like this flickering candle flame tells me there is someone who wanted something safe and delightful for the home.  In fact, most of the marketplace caters to life at home.  I hope you all will go and see these candles when they are on display in your neck of the woods.  The invention of the electric light was also called the electric candle. A bit of lightening was seen flickering in the bulb.

If you click here   there is a video at the end of the page that shows this dancing flame.


                                  

  I was quite heartened by some new posters at Allposters, and will provide the link for this one  soon.

                             Be sure to visit some of the encouraging blogs on my blogroll.

                         I am working on a few things at home and will provide pictures later.  

                                            As always, I appreciate your comments.

                                these two tapers came from Dollar Tree and require batteries. Although they flicker, they are not the same as the Luminara dancing flames that are just now on the market. The Luminara brand look like real fire. However, for a dollar each plus a dollar for batteries, these are very nice.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Lovely Hymn and a Few Things to Share



This is a lovely hymn with a tune that is not sung much today. This song is in many church hymn books but not with this lovely tune!  I could  not resist posting it. I hope you enjoy it. I love the high notes and the harmony here!

Please click on the video to listen! 
Leave the video on and other beautiful hymns will automatically play.

  




A few things to share: if you need a tea cozy and cannot make one, try a knit hat from Dollar Tree. This one is lined and keeps the pot warm.


Also, I want to share something I do when I am sewing but I do not want to leave the house and find extra fabric.  I cut a piece of the fabric and clip it to a note.  If anyone is going near the fabric store, I sent it with them. My husband has done this for me before.  He just gives the note to one of the people  at the cutting table and they find the bolt and fill the order.   It might not work for every thing, but so far there has not been any misses.


Dollar Tree also has these removeable wall stickers; an inexpensive and sweet home accent.



Here is an easy way to make a pedestal dish with orphan saucers or plates. You will need some candlesticks from the dollar store or reject stores, thrift stores.  If you are making more than one tier, the candle holders might need to be shorter. Just play around with it first before you glue it, and see what looks best.


You can use a special glass-glue, or a super glue, cement glue, etc.  If you use white glue or tacky glue, you definitely cannot immerse the pedestal dish in water.  Even with he glass glue or super glue, you have to be careful not to let the dish sit in water. Just a quick rinse will do, since it will probably have a paper doily on it for the small slices of foods.


I love plaid and often buy plaid shirts for the men in my family.  The fabric store had a sale on this plaid fabric with pink in it, and I got a yard of it for a shoulder wrap.  It is all cotton and feels like real wool. The more yardage you get, the longer the scarf will be to throw over your shoulder.


First I cut the middle halfway up the piece.

Then using a fourth inch on the raw edges, I pressed and folded another fourth inch so the ends were all hidden, and machine stitched all around.   This is what it looks like as a shawl.
This is what it looks like as a scarf.


This is the back.  It can also be sewn on the sides, leaving room for the arm holes. I wore this around my shoulders and had many compliments which went into discussions about plaid, and the more pastel plaid colors that are seen in the market.

Chargers to hold plates are available in so many colors these days and for very good prices, sometimes even available in dollar stores. Here is a one in a fuchsia shade that just matched my plates. This is dinnerware that was a grocery store promotion a few years ago. Chargers are like placemats and are just decorative. When choosing a color or style, take one of your plates with you to the store.


Last week I hosted the ladies Bible Study in my home for an autumn lunch.

There were a lot more teacups set out but this table shows the ones on the display rack.


The pumpkin pie tarts can be made with honey by finding a recipe on the web. 


We had a very spiritually uplifting lesson and a Skype camera guest from another place.  We have had Skype guests in England, Holland and Kuwait at our Ladies Bible Studies.


I still protect my table linens from tea stains, with a bright clear plastic from the fabric store.




This is all for today.  Thank you for coming, and I hope you have a peaceful evening.

The Importance of Pressing On




                                     

Bouquet et Cartes bu Catherine Beyler







Good Day, Ladies.  Today if I could, I would send you all a bouquet of fresh flowers, so in lieu of that, the above photo will have to suffice. 


This morning, a reader sent me this hymn with the lyrics written on it and so I am sharing it and thinking about some of the things the song means.





 Please click on the picture to hear the song.





At the end of the video, the scripture appears that has the phrase from a scripture,  "as many as be perfect."  In the Koine Greek, the original language of the New Testament, the word "perfect" means complete

The Bible indicates that all who obey the gospel and become disciples of Christ are complete, or sufficiently equipped.  A well-rounded person is complete. There are several meanings of the word "perfect" and this one has a spiritual application that means a person who has become a Christian is complete. 

 You can do a word-search, using the Websters 1828 dictionary and the Robert Young Analytical Concordance to the Bible will have the words broken down into the different meanings in scripture. The word "perfect" in the Bible also means to fulfill or to accomplish. 

Another thing that appears in the song are the words "table land." This is a geographical term that describes a piece of land jutting out of the lower land that also is flat like a table. It is sometimes called a plateau or a mesa. A famous table land is The Atherton Tableland in Queensland, Australia.  So, when you hear this song with that knowledge, you will know that heaven's table land is a spiritual term describing the practice of rising above the petty problems (the tale-bearing, the jealousies, the negative) of life. It might even indicate sitting down to a feast while obstacles, difficulties and problems occupy the lower ground.

This brings me to the theme of the song, "Higher Ground."  It speaks of a Christian pressing on, not resigned in defeat. A defeated person can accomplish nothing and will be neglecting life's responsibilities. Of course the reference to higher ground refers to a higher code of life and a separation from wordly concerns. It means to elevate your mind to a higher plane, living above the tawdry and undignified conversation or unBiblical way of life.

Other ladies have discovered the futility of waiting til the "right time" to do things they have always wanted to do in the home. You can wait til a war is over,  wait til the news media broadcasts better news, or until someone you know gets their life together. You can wait until all the troubled people around you settle down and quit agitating, but you may wait years.

 Some people never stop being troubled, and when they solve one trouble, they invent another! So it is best not to wait until the conditions are perfect before you accomplish the things you really want to do. Sometimes the enemy comes in and discourages a lady who is teaching her children or guiding her home, making it a haven for her husband, by indicating it has no value. A lady at home must press on and gain ground in her spiritual quest to have a home life that glorifies God.

I received an email from a lady who has allowed me to relate this to you: She stated that one day she looked back on her life and discovered she had been putting everything off. She always wanted to knit a sweater, sew a bag, rearrange her furniture, write a workbook for young girls about homemaking, paint a picture to hang in her dining room, buy a new bedspread for her bed, and fix up her front porch. She always intended to have a weekly time to write a letter to someone. She was always going to sort through a box of old papers. She was longing to teach her children a series of life-lessons she had learned. She was always going to do something. She was always going to go to Weight Watchers. She was always going to take an online art class. 

She realized she had been putting it all off until other things in her life settled down: a complaining relative, uncertain weather, instability in the nation and possible financial troubles.  

One day she analyzed the situation and discovered the following things:

1. Most of the things she feared never occurred. 
2. Unpleasant things that did ocurr,  never quit, no matter how long she waited. After one crisis subsided, another crisis appeared.
3. She had spent a great deal of her life being anxious, unhappy and frustrated, and this had developed into a depressing personality.
4. She only had power over what she could accomplish and could not let the troubles around her stop her from achieving her goals.

She spent the rest of the year doing all the things she had always wanted to do, and it was the happiest time she had in a long time. She had to discourage the discouragers from stealing her time and her will to do good things. She had to press her way forward and not stop to dwell on the negative reports, or things she has no control over.



Ladies, any time something good is being done, there will be someone of a darker mind intent on stopping it.  It is like the rebuilding of the walls, an event recorded in Nehemiah. As they were doing the Lord's work,  the naysayers gathered round and jeered at them. They made fun of the work. The trolls and haters of that time and period taunted that the whole project was "weak." The prophet told the dedicated people to  keep working. You can read more about this in Nehemiah 4:1-23. (You should be able to click directly on the verses here.) The most significant words in this chapter are:

"Be not afraid of them." (Nehemiah 4:14) 

Achieving our goals can be likened to travelling to a destination. On the way, many distractions beckon us, until we forget where we are going. I am sure many of you have actually done that on the way to put a book away in a bookshelf. Sidetracked Home Executives, a book written by two sisters who had trouble with being sidetracked, gave several illustrations of heading down the hallway to put something in its place and being distracted by other things.  In the same sense, life can do that to you if you allow it.  In normal living, there will always be troubles, and there will always be people who will never reconcile their problems. So rather than wait for all that to "settle down", it is better to keep pressing on the upward way and complete our responsibilities, serve our families, spread our influence, study the Bible,  pursue our talents and develop skills.





                                    

I want to share the delightful tea cozies Roxy of  "Living From Glory to Glory" blog has been making. She explains how it is done on her blog, so go and see on my blogroll on the left.  This is that tea-time fabric I saw at Hobby Lobby.  Notice the co-ordinating  rose button she put on the top.  Thank you, Roxy. This tea-cozy is never off my table, and is always warming a pot of fragrant herbal tea.  I like the fabric and was wondering if anyone had any ideas of what else it could be used for. I think it would be nice to frame it! Evidently Roxy is not letting any grass grow under her feet or allowing world events and negative things slow her down!

        

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Peaceful Living



Good morning, dear ladies!  I have been up early because I heard rain sweetly dropping on a flower pot outside and now I must see it, even in the dark. I love every melodic splash!  As I said in the previous post, I find that the weather does not dampen my mood if I create a sunshine atmosphere in my home. 

Anxiety pushes out peacefulness, and many a lady at home has felt a knot in her stomach over news reports, threats on the family income, a cruel accusation, troublesome neighbors, and the occasional unspiritual church member who wants to disturb others.  And yet, Jesus said we would be "anxious for nothing."  How can we have a peaceful life if something is always pushing to upset us at home?  Many ladies have found that to memorize portions of scripture can replace those thoughts of upheaval.  


People spend a good portion of their time outside the home waiting for something: waiting in line or sitting in a waiting room. Nagging worries and pressures can enter their minds, and this is the perfect time to silently recite a meaningful passage of scripture. Rather than repeating one verse several times, it is possible to memorize a passage of some length. The important thing is that it has meaning for you, individually, and that it gives you peace of mind.

Peaceful living can be acquired by paying attention to small things, like the sounds (wind in the trees, ocean waves, raindrops, music) or details that appeal to the senses such as scents and sights.  When a lady at home is sensitive to these things, she can encourage peaceful living.

One of the scriptures on peaceful living is found in Romans 12:1-21. Part of the  chapter shows a number of habits and attitudes to adapt into your life, and then concludes: 

"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
Romans 12:18

Mature ladies will want to seek peaceful living both at home and outside the home. They know that their peacefulness will attract others to their message of the Biblical home. The chapter (12) shows in detail how to attain that peacefulness.


Because  some people will not develop the desire for peaceful living, they will cause disturbances. A lady at home can develop a peaceful demeanor and not allow the war-like people to rattle her or cause her to lose her composure. This takes some training, which we may discuss in another post. Just remember the Rudyard Kipling Poem, "If", and this phrase: If you can keep your head, while those around you are losing theirs...."  This is the key to peaceful living.  

 Wreckers tear down things and never leave a thing in this world to be looked on with fondness. Peaceful people accomplish things. They build things, whether it be physical structures or lifetime relationships.

I appreciate my blog readers and the true friendship they show to me and other bloggers. I know they are lovers of peace and yet they can protect their homes and blogs  from the unpleasant attacks of those who seek to destroy. 

In closing, here is a poem for you:

The Builder Vs. the Wrecker

I watched them tearing a building down---
A gang of men in a busy town:
With a "Ho heave ho!" and a lusty yell,
They swung a beam and the side wall fell.

I asked the foreman: "Are these men skilled,
And the kind you'd hire, were you to build?"
He laughed and said,: "Why no, indeed;
Just common laborers is all I need:
They can easily wreck, in a day or two
What has taken the builders years to do."

So I said to myself as I went on my way:
What part in the game of life do I play?
Am I shaping my deeds to a well-made plan,
Carefully measuring with a rule and a square,
Patiently doing the very best I can;
Or am I a wrecker--who walks the town--
Content with the labor of tearing down?
(author unknown)





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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Christian Lady and Contentment




                                      

To be content means to be patiently satisfied in life. The opposite of contentment is dissatisfaction, complaints, lack of appreciation, unhappiness and troublemaking.  Contentment is a New Testament command for everyone in the body of Christ:  men and women, children and adults.  The apostle Paul defined contentment perfectly when he said, "for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."  Philippians 4:11 

As all who have studied the Acts of the Apostles have learned, Paul endured many hard times (shipwreck, imprisonment, being a stranger away from home,  peril among his own brethren) as well as times of success, peace and prosperity.  He had learned to be content, as described in this passage:

"I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:12-13.

Contentment has several meanings, and the one that I am addressing here is defined in the 1828 dictionary as follows:

CONTENTadjective [Latin , to be held; to hold.] Literally, held, contained within limits; hence, quiet; not disturbed; having a mind at peace; easy; satisfied, so as not to repine, object, or oppose.
Example: "Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content."1 Timothy 6:8.

Lack of contentment creates unhappiness, and results in jealousy, hatred, false accusations, complaining, resentment, and anxiety, which have no part in the life of a truly Christian lady. Such things destroy love, goodness and gentleness that Christian women need to acquire.

What contentment is not: complacency, laziness, lack of  Biblical self-improvement, refusal to learn important things that will benefit her family and her personal life as a Christian. Contentment does not mean a person can be satisfied with things that are mediocre. A lady will always encourage her family to become excellent in character, skills and talents. She will not be content to allow rudeness or meanness in herself or her home.  She always looks for ways to glorify God. If her appearance or manners need polishing, or her homemaking needs more excellence, she will desire improvement.



Now that the Biblical and dictionary references to contentment have been laid out, let us see the circumstances in which a Christian lady may be content:

-Content at home with her family. One lady I know is living between homes, temporarily in a tent while her family finds their next residence. She has decided to be content, so every day she takes time with her personal appearance and clothing, and prepares her tent as though it were a real home. She sets her table and places some wildflowers in a jar as a centerpiece.  I have known of other ladies who have had to live in circumstances that were not ideal, who cheerfully made comfortable dwellings in unfortunate circumstances. A woman has a natural homing instinct, and if she nurtures it, she will be able to make life better wherever she is. She could blame her husband and resent her children in these conditions but instead she gives them stability and reassurance with the example of her personal contentment. She may not be thrilled or overjoyed with life as it is at the moment,  but she has learned the advantages of contentment. She will overcome any feelings of restlessness by looking for things that need to be done at home or by studying. ( 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 2 Timothy 2:15) 



-Content with the weather.  I do not suppose there is any perfect climate on earth. Even those in tropical climes are discontent and have problems due to the weather. To be content with disappointing weather, ignore what is going on outside and create a good spiritual and physical climate inside your house. Your own demeanor and contentment will greatly aid in reaction to the weather, cold or hot.  It is a matter of mind-over-matter and focusing on other things. I have known ladies who used inclement weather to seek new knowledge, paint pictures, write books, plan landscaping, and improve their skills at home.

-Content with illness.It is easy to be anxious when you are confined to bed or limited in your physical abilities, but a lady can be content to do a little bit here and there in the home to fulfill her duty to be a keeper at home. Even ladies who are aging can find creative ways to make a house a home. One person I am acquainted with amazes me with the love and concern she has for her home, while suffering from a chronic illness. When sitting in a chair, she reaches to the side-tables, wipes the tops with a cloth she keeps handy, and arranges the items on it in a pleasing way.  She believes her health improves as she reduces clutter and disorder in her home. She reaches out to others through card-making and sending mail that includes her church bulletin. She reads a great deal and paints little pictures. She does not allow herself to dwell too much on her infirmities. She is content. 

- Content with troubles. As jealousies, accusations and criticisms will be directed toward her from time to time throughout her life, the Christian lady learns not to panic or react in anger or retaliation. Her trust in the care and protection of Christ brings her personal contentment. She knows that the best way to win others to her beliefs is to live them.  She realizes that some people behave in ignorance and need to know the way of The Lord more perfectly. She knows she cannot solve the troubles of the world, but commits it all to prayer. She quietly allows some matters to die down.

-Content in the body of Christ.  There will always be less mature people in the church who will convince women that they should not be content with their Biblical responsibilities to be faithful, to study, to extend hospitality, to be content to be homemakers. They convince women that they are being given an unfair deal. Women begin to want to take over the leadership duties that God gave to the men. If they would improve life at home and be content, they would have no desire to usurp other people's roles in the church.

 A Christian lady who wants to "do more" in the church can always take the examples of women like Dorcas in Acts 9:39, who sewed for the poor, or Lydia in Acts 16:15 who extended hospitality to a minister.  Women who lack contentment with their role at home are likely be discontent at church. They often have no understanding of the Biblical nature of the church and are weak in basic doctrinal issues. This weakness makes them spiritually empty, so they seek social change and upheaval in the church, trying to void their discontent.  They may spread this to others, causing trouble at home and in the church, in business outside the home and other places. Discontent brings on many unnecessary troubles.

Hopefully you can see how the attitude of personal malcontent can damage relationships at home and in the church. Lack of contentment has lost many a man an important job and jeapardized the family's financial stability. Lack of contentment in a woman can often be a neglect of her personal responsibilities at home, resulting in fewer home comforts.

To overcome discontent, find ways to get around obstacles and unhappiness. Figure out how to do things. Substitute an accomplishment for a discouragement and observe how your contentment grows.

 Lack of  contentment discredits the word of God. Ladies at home are to be keepers at home "that the word of God be not blasphemed." 

   To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. - Titus 2:5

Knowing that contentment is desired by our great King, The Lord Jesus Christ, should inspire the desire and determination to learn how it may be acquired and to practice it. It takes self control to be content, and that means replacing nagging feelings of discontent with positive feelings of gratitude.  It means applying character qualities such as creativity and diligence to your personality.

There is more to being content than gaining a feeling of peace or learning to be patient with the common circumstances in life. Contentment gives personal dignity to the Christian lady and increases her credibility. She brings honor to her husband as she appreciates his role in life as a provider and protector. Discontent discredits the husband and the home.  A contented lady has less anxiety and is less likely to create problems for others at home and in the church.  Her bearing and demeanor will bring glory to God and be a good testimony of her spiritual nature as she seeks to absorb the Word of God contained in the scriptures, in her life. 

The contentment verses in the Bible show us without a doubt how greatly God loves his children, for he wants them to be content. They enemy would have us filled with anxiety and selfish ambition, while God's word reassures us of The Father's care for us. 



Click here to print this.  If you have a post on your blog about contentment, please leave it in the comments or email me and I will be glad to add your link on this article.

Lori Alexander has a contentment post called "Learning Contentment at Home."

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Hymn: A Place of Quiet Rest







Please enjoy the song and the beautiful scenery, and have a lovely Lord's Day!
If you leave the video on, other songs will automatically play, and many of them are familiar tunes. It is likely you will see scenes in these videos from your own country or state.

Here is one for your children:



Saturday, November 08, 2014

Rich in Love and Good Works


Welcome, Dear Ladies. Thank you for accepting my invitation to visit my home today via the internet.
Lady Carlyle from Royal Albert

Please find a comfortable place to sit back and relax, and let us enjoy each other's company as we share our common beliefs.
Table arrangement from Victorian Trading Co.

The scriptures have some important things to say about what richness really is. One of them is contained in  1 Timothy 6:18.

" That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; "

When a lady takes the time to put special touches in her home, she is saying that her permanent guests (her loved ones) are important. When she is careful to teach what is good and points her family to whatever is lovely, she is also gifting them with a good work. Homemaking is a good work, and it creates a personal wealth of happiness and love.


Wicker from Victorian Trading Co.

Being rich in good works is part of home life, for the lady of the house establishes many of the principles that her family will espouse.  One of the easiest ways to create a habit of good works is in cooperating together to keep the home orderly enough to function in. It shows thoughtfulness when someone puts their own things away and looks after themselves so as not to leave work for others. Mothers do a lot more than they realize when they teach their children to put things away.

Tea Set from Victorian Trading Co.

Creating a meal is also a "good work" in the home. The Bible records many instances where a meal was served. They homey touch to meals is something unique, for there can be as many styles of meal service and as many flavors and recipes as their are ladies willing to prepare them.  To create a special collection of family recipes is a wonderful gift for future generations, not to mention guests.

Floral Napkins From Victorian Trading Co.

The home can be a center for love and good works. A lady at home need never feel alone, even when all others around her are not at home, for she will have a wealth of things to do for her family and others. One of the things I get the most joy from is creating a little package for someone when I am able to do it and to afford it. A package may contain a package of pretty napkins, a slender little book, a pink pen and some pretty decorated paper (using rubber stamps or freehand art), a letter wrapped in ribbon, a scented candle or something personal.  
Cottage From Allposters.com


One of my happiest recollections is the day we moved into a house. There we were with everything a shambles, no beds put together, and very little furniture; not even a dining set.  A lady from the church came by with a folding table and chairs and set up an afternoon tea for us in our bare, echoing living room. She even brought the teacups and the hot water. 

Years later we were again in a shambles, as we were painting the walls of the living room, and this same lady dropped by unannounced. She usually likes to have a cup of tea.  I made hot tea for her and all I could find to go with it was saltine crackers and cheese, but oh how lovely it all tasted as we sipped and talked outside. 

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Being rich in love and good works can also include having a sympathetic heart toward someone who has endured a hardship, or complimenting someone.  

Please leave a comment to share some ways  you have been the recipient  of love and good works or some creative ways you know of being rich in love and good works from your home.

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