Sunday, March 01, 2015

Does Jesus Care?

God whispers in our pleasures
but shouts in our pain.
- C.S. Lewis -

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Does Jesus care when my heart is pained 
too deeply for mirth and song;
as the burdens press, and the cares distress,
and the way grows weary and long?


Does Jesus care when my way is dark
with a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
does He care enough to be near?


Does Jesus care when I've tried and failed
to resist some temptation strong;
when for my deep grief I find no relief,
tho my tears flow all the night long?


Does Jesus care when I've said good-bye
to the dearest on earth to me,
and my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks-
is it aught to Him?
Does He see?

O yes, He cares, I know He cares!
His heart is touched with my grief;
when the days are weary, 
the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.
- Frank E. Graeff -

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The author of this hymn Does Jesus Care? 
knew what it was to wonder, as most of God's children do at times,
if the Lord is really concerned during our times of hurt,
when the burdens and cares weigh heavily, when the way seems dark,
when temptation seems difficult to resist,
or when we must part with our dearest loved one.
Yet the answer comes back triumphantly:
"I know my Savior cares."


The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:
therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song will I praise him.
- Psalm 28:7 -

Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindess in the day time,
and in the night his song shall be with me,
and my prayer unto the God of my life.
- Psalm 42:8 -


In our times of darkness and sorrow may we rest in the security of the truth 
that Jesus truly cares deeply and will ultimately meet our needs.

Have a blessed Lord's Day, sweet friends!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tea Cup Coasters - Sewing Project

Enjoy life sip by sip, not gulp by gulp.
- The Minister of Leaves -


Hello, dear friends!
How about a little sewing project. . .
A project that you can enjoy with your afternoon tea :)

These are the same coasters {different fabric} that I showed you last week


Shall we get started. . .

Items needed:

fabric
batting
sewing machine
lace
tea cup template

The tea cup template is nothing special- 
I simply drew this tea cup shape and cut it out of paper.


Pin the paper template to some fabric and cut out two cups.
Cut a tea cup shape out of the batting.
Also cut a strip of fabric that is 2.5-inches wide and 6.5 inches long.


The strip of fabric is for the tea cup handle.
Fold both sides of the strip towards the center; iron into place.


Fold the strip in half and sew along the edge.


Now is the time to add lace or any other kind of embellishment
to the tea cup coaster - a button looks cute at the top corner by the handle.
I kept mine simple and sewed on one strip of lace at the top.

Pin the handle onto the top piece of fabric. . .


Lay the second piece of fabric {right side down} 
onto the handle and other tea cup shape.


Then, lay the batting onto the fabric; pin into place.


Sew around the edges and leave a small opening at the bottom;
trim the handles and the top corners of the cup.


Turn the tea cup right side out by pulling it through the small opening 
and iron out the creases.
Now finish it up by sewing along the outer edges of the tea cup.


Use the coasters for drinking glasses. . .





Or hang them from a shelf or rack.


I thought they looked sweet hanging from my old barn window in my kitchen.


They also make a lovely gift for someone special :)


Here are a few more tea cup coasters that I made. . .




. . . A Loving Recipe for a Perfect Cup of Tea . . .
1 Willing friend who loves to sit and share
1 Grateful heart to have a friend that cares
1 Beautiful garden to show us God is near
Many wonderful memories of times shared throughout the years
Lots of smiles and laughter to brighten up our days
Many prayers that we prayed for each other along the way.
- Anonymous -


Have a beautiful day, sweet friends!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Roses of Inspiration Linkup #8

Good morning, sweet friends!
May I warmly welcome you to another Roses of Inspiration.
We had a wonderful party last week 
and I want to thank you for linking up.


Remember those random giveaways I mention every week. . .
well, I thought it was time we have another one :)
I entered the total amount {which was 114} of links shared at the party last week
into the Random Number Generator and the number chosen was 11. . .
Congratulations, my dear.
You have won. . .


Now let's get this party started by taking a look at a few of last weeks favorites.
Have I told all of you lately how talented and wonderful you are!
You make it so hard to pick only a few :)

Roses of Inspiration Features. . .
If you were featured than please feel free to take the "I was featured" button.
Simply copy the HTML code and paste it onto your blog.

The Enchanting Rose


The most viewed link was Radical Femininity
and their sweet post on celebrating 25 years.


. . . { Craft Room Inspiration } . . .

took us on a tour of her lovely craft room.
If you did not see her room than I would encourage you to take a peek. . .
you will be inspired by the cheerful colors and happy decor.


. . . { Recipe Inspiration } . . .

shared this decedent chocolate cake and candied orange slice recipe.


shared an avocado, a bacon, and strawberry salad recipe.


. . . { Creation Inspiration } . . .

showed us how to make a fun Easter wreath with a scarf.


. . . { Art Work Inspiration } . . .

made this darling bird out of stamps!
I am so in love with this :)


shared this lovely collage.


. . . { Helpful Information Inspiration } . . .

has been sharing a series of of posts at the party about sleep deprivation.
This last post she linked up was quite helpful and informative.


. . . { Knitting Inspiration } . . .

shared this adorable knit bear.
I don't know how to knit, 
but after seeing this extra sweet bear I feel very inspired!



If you are new to the party than here are the basics. . .


{ 1 }
You can link up anything that your heart desires. . .
crafting - recipes - encouragement
Scripture - devotionals - photography
healthy living - gardening - home living
sewing - crochet/knitting - fashion
beauty - tea time - home decor - etc

{ 2 }
You can linkup as many posts as you want
and they can be posts you have written today, last week, last month, or last year.

{ 3 }
There will be fun giveaways throughout the year.
I will simply add up the amount of people who participated in one of the link-ups,
write the numbers down on paper and draw the number of the winner.
So if you link-up more than one post you will have a greater chance of winning.
These giveaways will be random

so you never know which link-up I will choose for a giveaway.

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Below is a button available for your sidebar to let others know about
Roses of Inspiration.

The Enchanting Rose

If you are new to linkup parties than please click here
to see how to share your blog post.

Have fun, my friends!
I am very excited to see what you share 
and will be around to visit each one of your blogs throughout the week.
And speaking of visiting,
please take a few moments to visit at least two of the posts shared-

everyone loves visits and comments.
Have a lovely day!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ask Ye What Great Thing I know

May we speak out with clarity and conviction:
"My Lord and God - my highest joy!"
 
 
Ask ye what great thing I know
that delights and stirs me so?
What the high reward I win?
Who's the name I glory in?
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
 
 
Who defeats my fiercest foes?
Who consoles my saddest woes?
Who revives my fainting heart,
healing all its hidden smart?
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
 
 
Who is life in life to me?
Who the death of death will be?
Who will place me on His right,
with the countless hosts of light?
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
 
 
This is the great thing I know -
this delights and stirs me so:
faith in Him who died to save,
Him who triumphed o'er the grave.
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
- Johann C. Schwedler -
 
 

For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
- 1 Corinthians 2:2 -
 
 
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me.
- Galatians 2:20 -
 
 
But God forbid that I should glory,
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world is crucified unto me,
and I unto the world.
- Galatians 6:14 -
 
 
May you have a blessed Lord's Day, dear friends!
 
 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Trouble With Patience - Book Review

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance.
The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him.
Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse
in order to support herself.
 
Despite Patience's desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones,
the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals,
becomes an ever-looming part of her life.
It seems like such a simple arrangement:
She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse.
He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners.
But as she gets to know this "hanging lawman,"
Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye -
and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.
 
With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension,
Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown,
where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.
 
 
My Thoughts
Patience is a woman that is defined by her personal relationship with the Lord.
She continually keeps her faith and trust in Christ even when things get tough.
Patience is certainly not afraid to say what she believes in
and her convictions tend to guide her actions.
 
Jedediah Jones on the other hand has had a difficult life
and he made some choices early on that still haunt him.
Because of his past he has determined that no woman will want him
especially a woman like Patience. . .
But as he watches her love for the Lord flow from her heart
he begins to wonder if maybe he, too,
could have that same love and closeness with the Almighty God.
But it's not always easy to let go of the past
especially when it might come back to bite him
and the woman he is falling in love with. . .
 
The Trouble With Patience is a sweet and pure read.
I appreciated how the author added tender romance to the story,
but it was done in a clean and refreshing way.
There are a few intriguing twists and turns throughout the book
that keep your attention and leave you surprised at the end.
The Trouble With Patience is an easy and enjoyable book -
a book that is good to read when you simply want to relax
and enjoy some time to yourself.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West
and The Blue Willow Brides series.
Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA)
for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award,
she was a finalist for the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award.
To learn more, visit www.MaggieBrendan.com

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