Good morning, dear ladies,
The world's bad news dominates our lives in many ways. Even if you do not read it online or subscribe to it, all you have to do is go through the grocery store check-out and see the blaring headlines. Does this ever cause you to wake up in the morning filled with a sense of foreboding, and dread of the day?
Some scriptures that come to the point concerning the subject of fear:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. Psalm 27:3
One of my own "dreads" is that a post will disappear, as this one did a few minutes ago, requiring me to remember what I wrote and reconstruct it.
Today I want to share a few events at home, to illustrate that what we do at home is really more in tune with what we need and what others need. Let the news media blast forth its terror but let us not take that fear into our hearts, for we know that a peaceful home-life calms many a troubled heart.
That is why on this post I am sharing some small moments that might be considered trivial to some, but which are important to others, especially ladies in the home. Critics may say a homemaker's interests are trivial or material, but everything I am sharing today has the basic spiritual reason of looking after the homes this is something The Lord cared enough about to leave instructions for in many parts of the scriptures.
These miniature bananas, above are just perfect for adults, too, especially people who only want half a regular sized banana. I suppose I am behind the trend, but I just discovered that this works better for us! No leftovers and no waste and no ugly black on the raw ends.
The cups are awaiting anyone who wants to set a spell and have a refreshment. Not everyone drinks hot tea, but the tea cups are used for juice and any beverage. It makes the moment an event, as opposed to eating and drinking on the run.
I wanted to share this old-timey looking lantern, above, in which I placed a scented light. These days, if you do not use wax candles, you can get led-lite candles that have a scent. This candle is called "Christmas Morning" and smells like fresh baked cookies and cream.
These are close-ups of dollar store decorations on a small tree I have, that was my first artificial tree. I used one roll of wired ribbon that matched the magnolia flowers and the styrofoam balls. Keep in mind that dollar stores sell these things in multiples, so they actually cost less than a dollar.
My guest room this season is a snow white cover accented with bright cushions.
If you are a lady at home trying to live on your income and not cause too much extra expense, how about these slippers from the dollar store for family and friends? I was hesitant at first, because you have to be careful buying cheap things that will be used a lot and get a lot of wear, but so far, these have served me well.
The side-view shows how thick the soles are.Another view of the little tree on an old metal flower cart, which was one of my very first furniture purchases. The magnolia flowers have a clip on the back, making them easy to attach.
I wanted to share this journal because someone made it for me and it has given me such a lift. She simply used a composition book and decorated it with scrapbooking embellishments,
and made a book for me to use for Bible study notes.
Inside, she prepared a few pages to get me started:
It is a delight to use something so sweet and feminine.Below, I used the book while I enjoyed a few morning moments. The candle is chocolate scented, and I won't say where I got it, because you probably can guess, judging from this post.
The teacup, below, came from a thrift store. It has no markings on it to indicate anything about it. It came with a tag that said, "as-is, $1.00" and there was a chip on the plate.
So I just want you to know that you do not have to live in fear and you can do things that soothe you and put your mind at ease. If the world around you, even the unhappy social things or the personal threats that go on in your life can be somewhat alleviated by doing what is good and right at home.
I appreciate all your wise comments and the sweetness you show. Thank you for dropping by for a virtual visit to my home.
If the world's bad news still makes you uneasy, this song might help. Just click on the picture below.