Sunday, August 13, 2017

Raindrop Tea





Since it has not rained here in 3 months I thought I had plenty of time to set up the outdoor tea table. The rain filled up the tea cups, but I was able to get some pictures.

I was thinking about all the political and religious controversy around us, as well as the upsetting things people do and say. It is not always possible to refute all the false doctrine or false accusations that come our way. We ladies know how distracting it can be. I find it hard to focus on beauty and other interests, if I am mentally fighting a war all the time and you might feel the same way.  

I found this verse you see here and I love it because it is a quiet, non-combative way of refuting all the things people challenge us with. It is good we can live our lives out quietly and sincerely without causing our hearts to constantly race!




James 3:13  Who is wise and understanding among you? let him show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.

Ladies there is nothing in the Bible that tells us to take on the world's worries. It more often instructs the opposite!

Once you get addicted to all the stress it is hard to let it go!

I like this verse so much. It gives us permission to be content with living a good life. We do t have to do "great" things or "accomplish" but just practice goodness at home.

This principle could lead to a very lengthy conversation discussing the importance of your own private life and the unknown impact it has on life around you!


I hope even if you can't really sit outside for tea that you will set up a tea table just for the peaceful scene it provides.  It is like playing house.  I remember how many happy childhood hours I spent playing house and how settling and soothing it was.

It is so nice to play house and I hope you will try it by puttering around the way children do.

More later about this.




18 comments:

Willow said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely photos & bible verse today, it is just what I need as I am feeling low and something as simple as a little table & chairs set for welcoming a visitor or two, has lifted my spirits! I am trying very hard to do some bible study each day, in the hope that I will gain some balance and perspective in my life. Have a lovely day Lydia x

Mrs.O said...

I say thank you as well. This post brought tears to my eyes, as, yet again I was getting wrapped up in news! Oh, it brings me so low and distracts me from my God given duties.
I will set up a tea for the children and I today.
God bless. This meant so much to reas this morning. A blessing.
Mrs.O

ladypinktulip said...

I love your table setting. I wish I could be there enjoying some tea with you.
I am being diligent to not take in negative things from what is going on in society. I create a little haven here in my home and I would never know there is a thing wrong out there as long as I keep my focus on Jesus and my home mission. Kelly T.

Shani said...

Good morning, Lady Lydia,

I, too, take care not to let the obsessions of the outside world into my home. I used to be consumed with the news, devouring it daily and forming arguments and defenses in my mind all day long. My home was an afterthought instead of being the focus, and my heart did indeed race as you mention. I gradually came to realize that I could form all of the opinions I wanted and solve as many of the world's problems as I wished, but no one was coming to me asking for them. So what was the point? All I got out of those times was a weakened immune system that I'm still dealing with, and a housekeeping debt I'm still paying off.

Nowadays, when people ask if I've heard about this earthquake our that political scandal, I turn a blank look to them, calmly say no, and ask what good book they've read lately, or handicraft they've rediscovered. I went three days after the presidential election before I was told who won (my husband was the informant). None of it affects my daily life, so why let it consume it?

My favorite true story about this was from a now-defunct forum. This topic was much the same, on focusing on your home and garden and letting the outside world fade into the very background. A woman relayed that she had been a nurse in the '90's, and in the reserves (this was in England). The Gulf War ended just before she was to be shipped out, and she called her parents with much relief to tell them she wasn't off to war. Her mother distractedly said, "War, dear? What war?" Her daughter was flabbergasted that her mother didn't know about this major upset in the world, and asked how her mother was so uninformed? "It's been a bumper year for the garden, dear, and we've been ever so busy with that."

I think about that story regularly. Instant news is not good, because people react instead of discussing it after careful consideration. So much comes at us, so fast, that we can't process the first item we heard before the second is battering us. It's not healthy. So much more i could say, but I have once again written a post for a comment. Sorry! :)

Have a lovely, calm, news-free day, ladies,
Shani (who's almost home from holiday, and is ready to walk through the doors, lock them, and not leave for several weeks)

Lynn Maust said...

I like Ladypinktulip's wording...my home mission. I am going to have a home mission here too.
We get so much rain that I can't leave a tea setting out such as yours, Lydia. How I would love to...outside. But maybe I can inside.

Lynn Maust said...

Lydia...I meant to add your outside tea setup is just as charming as can be!!!

Lydia said...

Great great story from your old forum, by the way. Great story. Very effective.

Lydia said...

You are also right about instant news. There is never time to process it in our minds. We even have to be careful to process a verse from the Bible before getting Excited and spouting it off to others . We need to chew on it and test it, think about it, let it gel in our minds longer. We aren't able to or responsible for making the world run the right way but we are responsible for our own homes and our own lives. I think it's so important to watch the level of anxiety in your life. Whe you feel your throat and upper chest, upper back tighten with tension, have a number of things you go to immediately to lessen that. Think about something else, prepare a cup of tea, pick so,e flowers, think of all the things women used to do. I read that Vixtorian women had certain pleasant scents they breathed to help them feel more balanced. You can do a search on herbs Victorian women used in the home for stress and see what information is available

Christine said...

Don't apologize about the long comment. It is good!

Lydia said...

Shani,

Yea no one will stand still long enough to hear our well planned arguments for or con a political or religious cause. And after all the time we put into the news, it won't get the housework done.

It's eerie how addictive all the problems of the media (for how would we know unless broadcast to us by them?) or the crazy way a neighbor or relative acts. Even religious arguments can spin around in the mind. They say adrenalin is the drug of choice for women, as they get surges of it to cope with all that worry. I used to worry about everything from war to the end of the world to all the u saved people. My husband Was very young at the time; still in his twenties, and his reaction was to tell me all I had to do was be pretty for him and make delicious things to eat. I laughed at the time because it did not sound deeply intellectual (something you g women seem to value perhaps more than love and simple good works)It was such a relief to be reminded I was not to worry about the rest of the world. When women get too worried about all the outside things it affects how they handle home living. A day worrying cannot be recovered, and children are greatly affected by it. We are creating memories and so let's be careful how we live and how we think.

Mrs.O said...

Oh Shani! I love your comment. Thank you, actually!
Mrs.O

Mrs.O said...

Thank you!
Mrs.O

Shani said...

My pleasure, Mrs. O! I'm not usually a big commenter, but this vacation has exposed me to the world at large and I'm longing for my safe little world. This blog is helping me to stay balanced whilst we're travelling, and all of the lovely comments are encouraging. So thank you, as well!
Shani

Willow said...

Thanks Shani, I have enjoyed reading your comments - I have been guilty of letting world events/news overwhelm me in the past & it is very comforting to know I am not the only one who is trying to remove these influences from my daily life at home.
Yes, Lady Lydia, I often catch myself with tense shoulders, letting anxiety take hold, and I find a nice cup of tea and some time spent in nature works wonders!
Lindsay x

Dawn said...

Your tea table is so sweet and inviting. Are those pink and white cups enamel ware? They are so cute.

It is very stressful with worldwide news reports available 24/7 now. I have to work hard at avoiding it and getting caught up in it all. It can't be good for people to have all this added stress from the news on top of the unavoidable stresses of dealing with regular daily life.d

amulbunny's random thoughts said...

I have to force myself to remember this:

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

anonymous said...

May I ask, what is the plant behind your tea table with the pretty pink flowers? That is just beautiful. Goes so well with your pink tea table and cups.
Janet

Lydia said...

It is a handing pot with petunias ans other types of flowers in it.

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