Sunday, August 31, 2014

'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed,
ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.
Ephesians 1:12, 13

In connection with this whole mission there are glorious possibilities,
but one cannot, in the face of the peculiar difficulties, help say,
"Who is sufficient for these things?"
But with simple confidence  and trust we may and do say,
"Our sufficiency is of God."
Louisa  M. R. Stead

'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Louisa M. R. Stead

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

O Child of God, wait patiently,
When dark thy path may be;
And let thy faith lean trustingly,
On Him who cares for thee;
And though the clouds hang drearily
Upon the brow of night,
Yet in the morning, joy will come
And fill thy soul with light!

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

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And may you have a wonderful Labor Day, sweet friends!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Story Keeper - Book Review

"She'd noticed immediately that I understood the lure of a good story.
Sometimes a world that doesn't exist is the only escape from one that does."

Successful New York editor Jen Gibbs is at the top of her game
with her new position at Vida House Publishing - until a mysterious
manuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk.
Turning the pages, Jen finds herself drawn into the life of Sarra,
a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped by dangerous men in Appalachia 
at the turn of the twentieth century.
A risky hunch may lead to the book's hidden origins and its unknown author,
but when the trail turns toward the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
a place Jen thought she'd left behind forever,
the price of a blockbuster book deal may be higher than she's willing to pay.

My Thoughts
Let's see if I can reign in my thoughts so that I can keep this somewhat short and sweet 
and share a little of what I think about this masterfully written book.
Yes, Lisa Wingate has done it again - she has written a book that literally captures the reader. 
This book will capture your heart, your thoughts, your complete attention
and will have the reader wanting more from two special characters: Jen and Sarra.

Jen's life story is. . .special and yet heart-wrenching at the same time.
She did not always have it easy in life and had to live with a family that
was hard on her and did not outwardly show love.
She was influenced by a precious woman, Wilda, who taught her what love is
and to not be afraid to chase her dreams in life.
Jen's story will touch anyone's life.
". . .and remember that no matter how many wrong choices we've made in the past,
we can always decide to make the right ones today.
The past need not determine one moment of the future." -(pg.77)
I cried in a few chapters and laughed in many others.
The author, Lisa Wingate, does an amazing job of keeping joy and laughter among the heartache.
Jen has a dog named Friday who had me in stitches!
On my very first night of reading the book 
I was laughing a good belly laugh over Friday's antics.
Friday became a beloved character in my eyes.

Sarra's story was just as touching and during the time I read the book
I eagerly looked forward to reading parts of her life while reading abut Jen's.
It's a win-win situation with two stories in one book - they are both incredible!
Sarra inspired me with her courage and strength
for she is a woman that has seen the ugliness of life
and continues to live with a love and passion for her Savior.
Sarra's grandmother told her,
"All breath in ever'thing been given by Father God, Granddaughter.
Not a one He ain't mindful a.
All lives be mattersome to Him.
Not a one oughtn't to be a mattersome to us, same way." -(pg. 198)

A beautiful story that will hold you within its grasp even after the last page is turned.
Lisa Wingate is a remarkable author who knows how to write a book that inspires,
challenges, and encourages the reader.
Don't miss out on this book, dear friends, for it's definitely one worth reading over and over.

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

About the Author
Author of Booklist Top 10 picks in 2012 and 2013,
Lisa Wingate skillfully weaves stories that Publishers Weekly has called
"masterful" and ForeWord referred to as "filled with lyrical prose, hope, and healing."
Lisa is a journalist, an inspirational speaker, and a columnist for Southern Writers magazine.
She is a seven-time ACFW Carol Award nominee,
a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award Finalist,
and a two-time Carol Award winner.
More about Lisa can be found on her Facebook page or at

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vintage Linen Bag Holder

Hello, my friends!
Do you have any old linens taking up space in your drawers,
linens that may be stained and not usable on tables?
They might be linens that you want to hang onto,
but just don't know what to do with them.
Well. . . take an old table runner and turn it into a plastic bag holder.
It's practical, usable, AND pretty :)

My Grandma Dee gave me a pile of doilies and linens
and some of them have seen better days,
but I wanted to use them in a special way since they are from her.
The table runner that I used had several stains on it that wouldn't come out 
so it was the perfect candidate for this project.
Plus, the lace I used on top was from an old doily that had a big stain on half of it
so I cut off the good half to use.

And since I have plastic bags shoved under my kitchen sink in a not so organized way,
a bag holder is just what I need.

Here is the table runner before. . .

I cut it in the center to create two pieces.

Folded over the top raw edges and sewed them down.

I used a hanger that I made a couple of years ago.
It's made from a wire hanger and a tree branch.
Click here to see how to make your own.
I took part of a rectangular doily, sewed one end to the back piece, 
then draped it over the hanger and pinned to the front piece.

Since the runner had pretty lace on the edge I pinned the two pieces wrong sides together
and sewed along the edge.

Leave a gap on the front for your bags to fit into.
I started sewing at the blue embroidery and did not go any farther in so I had a nice opening.
Make sense? I hope so :)

And there it is - a nice vintage bag holder!
This could also be used to hold clothespins. 

(yes, those are raindrops speckling the porch *smiles*)

I added the doily before I sewed the two pieces together.
The doily was also my Grandma Dee's and it was the perfect size to cover up a few stains.

I had made this pretty eyelet flower a while ago 
and it seemed like a lovely addition to hang from the hanger.

Now lets fill it with some plastic bags. . .
Perfect :)

Create something beautiful from something old and used, sweet friends!
And just a side note,
as I made this bag holder the table runner smelled just like my Grandma Dee
and as I sat at the sewing machine the sweet scent of her brought back many memories.
There is nothing like family treasures :)

Have a beautiful day!

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