Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blessed Book, Precious Book

Heaven and earth will pass away, 
but my words will never pass away.
- Matthew 24:35 -

There’s a dear and precious Book,
Though it’s worn and faded now,
Which recalls those happy days of long ago,
When I stood at mother’s knee,
With her hand upon my brow,
And I heard her voice in gentle tones and low.

As she read the stories o’er
Of those mighty men of old,
Of Joseph and of Daniel and their trials,
Of little David bold,
Who became a king at last,
Of Satan and his many wicked wiles.

Then she read of Jesus’ love,
As He blessed the children dear,
How He suffered, bled and died upon the tree;
Of His heavy load of care,
Then she dried my flowing tears
With her kisses as she said it was for me.

Well, those days are past and gone,
But their memory lingers still
And the dear old Book each day has been my guide;
And I seek to do His will,
As my mother taught me then,
And ever in my heart His Words abide.

- Refrain -
Blessed Book, precious Book,
On thy dear old tear stained leaves I love to look;
Thou art sweeter day by day, as I walk the narrow way
That leads at last to that bright home above.
- M. B. Williams -

Sweet friends,
I have a beautiful Bible to show you today.
This little lovely is a NKJV woman's study Bible
and the outward appearance is not only a treat for the eyes,
but it is full of beauty on the inside as well.

Take a peek . . .

For the word of the Lord is right; 
and all his works are done in truth.
- Psalm 33:4 -

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: 
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
- Isaiah 40:8 -

Before I dive into this review
I want to mention that there are contributions from over 80 women 
offering reflections about important topics that are relevant to our current times. 

This woman's study Bible is full of treasures
and it seems like once you start reading a portion of Scripture
you can't help but go on "rabbit trails" because there is always something 
in the portion you just read that will point you to another part of the Bible.
I can easily spend hours reading this Bible
because there is so much to take in and digest.
Because this is a study Bible
there are many helpful notes at the bottom of each page
that will deepen your knowledge in the Scriptures.

This beautiful Bible is actually my first NKJV
as I have always used a KJV.
While I am used to the KJV and personally prefer it
I found this version to be helpful in the meaning of certain words.
For example, rather than the word "Master" it is "Teacher."
In Psalms when "Thee" is used in the KJV it is translated to "You" in the NKJV.
If you are not used to old English 
than a NKJV is certainly easier to use and understand.

As you can see this Bible is full, and I mean full, of goodies.
One thing I fell in love with was a portion in Song of Solomon
that talks about the flowers, plants, gems, and minerals.
The plant or mineral is listed along with the reference and description.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, 
but my words shall not pass away.
- Matthew 24:35 -

In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God.
- John 1:1 -

You will find encouraging quotes
throughout the Bible.

There are several women listed in the Bible
and this Bible gives you detailed information about many of them.

You will find a list of Psalms
for daily living.

In the book of Acts
you will find a page with a list of preachers
such as Peter, Stephen, Paul, and James
and alongside their names is a list of their sermons 
and where they can be found in the Bible.

You will also find full-color maps,
a topical index, book introductions,
a concordance, and more.

The list of golden nuggets found in this Bible goes on and on.
I haven't even scratched the surface, my friends.
Now you see how easily it is to get lost {in a good way}
in your Bible reading when you open up this Bible.

As you can probably tell,
I simply love this Bible
and I believe it would be a wonderful addition to any woman's library.
I hope through my review I have given you a taste 
of how delightful this Book truly is.
If you add this Bible to your collection 
you will be blown away by all that is tucked inside.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers
for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, 
and sharper than any twoedged sword, 
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, 
and of the joints and marrow, 
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- Hebrews 4:12 -

But be ye doers of the word, 
and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.
- James 1:22 -

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them, 
I will liken him unto a wise man, 
which built his house upon a rock.
- Matthew 7:24 -

Have a blessed and beautiful Lord's Day, friends!

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You can find this Woman's Study Bible on CBD by clicking here.
And on Amazon by clicking here.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Stranger At Fellsworth - Book Review

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, 
Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. 
Her fiance has called off their betrothal, 
and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. 
Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life 
is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, 
where her estranged uncle serves as the school’s superintendent. 
Upon arrival, Annabelle learns that she must shed her life of high society 
and work for her wages for the first time in her life.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. 
As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. 
As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay 
even though his ambition has always been to purchase land he can call his own. 
When a chance encounter introduces him to Annabelle Thorley, 
his steady life is shaken. 
For the first time since his wife’s death, 
Owen begins to consider a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, 
ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they'd found.
Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, 
forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery 
to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

My Thoughts
A Stranger at Fellsworth written by the lovely Sarah E. Ladd 
is the third installment in A Treasures of Surrey series.
I have read the first two books in the series
and you can find my reviews for them by clicking on the titles:

This third book was good and nicely written,
but I must tell you that it was not my favorite out of the series.
In fact, it turned out to be my least favorite.
The first two books were truly amazing
and they captivated my attention from the beginning.
A Stranger at Fellsworth captivated my attention. . .
but it was more slow than quick.
There was something. . .
something I can't quite put my finger on. . .
that was simply missing from the book.
There was romance kindling between the two main characters, 
but I felt like there could have been more "pizazz" between Annabelle and Owen.
There interaction was kept to a minimum 
and then all of sudden they were expressing their undying love for one another.
The suspense was good, but it, too, seemed to lack just a little.
The book was a tad cliché. . .
there is a damsel in distress,
a gentleman finds and helps the damsel,
the damsel and gentleman fall in love,
and they live happily ever after.
I don't mean to have high standards,
and I certainly don't mind happily ever after endings,
but it was like the book was just shy of being top notch.

So I guess what I'm saying is that yes, I enjoyed the book,
but I would have liked a teeny tiny bit more "meat" to the story.
Is A Stranger at Fellsworth bad?
No, not at all!
Would I recommend this book to others?
Why, certainly!
I would also recommend the series 
as the first two books won my heart. . .
especially the second one, Dawn at Emberwilde.

Sarah E. Ladd is a delightful writer with a lot of talent.
I am giving A Stranger at Fellsworth 4 stars.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers
for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance 
for The Heiress of Winterwood. 
She is a graduate of Ball State University 
and has more than ten years of marketing experience. 
Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky Golden Retriever. 
Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor 
Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Dainty Tea Party Hat

Welcome, my friends,
and thank you for visiting today!
As promised, the winners for the hymn print
and tea cup cards will be announced at the end of this post.
Many, many thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway
and supported both of Joy's beautiful Etsy shops.

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending a tea party
hosted by my very own mother.
My sister lives two hours away
and she drove up for the special occasion
so the three of us could enjoy tea, food, and fellowship.

For the tea party I was sent an invitation
and on that invitation I was encouraged to dress up.
Hats and gloves were a delightful option.
I searched high and low for a delicate pair of gloves at the antique shops,
but alas, I could not find any in good enough condition to wear.
So I moved onto the hats. . .
and couldn't find a single one.
My son was with me when I tried on the vintage hats
and I must say that he and I had a good laugh 
over several of the styles atop my head. . .
they simply didn't work.
So. . .
I made my own delicate tea hat
using a headband.
I thought I would show you how I put this sweet thing together.

My lovely friends, you will need:

headband, plastic or metal
black spiky rosettes 
lace, tulle, buttons, etc
hot glue gun and glue

Cut a circle out of a piece of felt.
The circle can be any size you want
as this is the base for the "hat" so if you want a bigger hat
make your circle bigger and the same for a smaller hat,
just cut out a smaller circle.
My circle is about 4 or 5-inches in size.

Cut two slits in the felt like so. . .

The slit is for the headband to go through.
Now cut out a smaller circle from the felt.

Place the headband through the slit
and figure out where you would like your hat base to rest.
Mine is slightly to the side.
Glue the smaller circle over the slit.

On the inside of the felt circle
you will want to add another piece of felt
to hold everything in place.
I cut out a heart for the finishing touch.

The spike rose trim {from Hobby Lobby} comes on a spool 
so you will need to cut and trim each rose.
Then hot glue the desired amount of roses onto the large circle of felt.

Next up I used tulle netting since it's stiffer than just plain tulle
and created a fan which I hot glued onto my hat.

After that I simply used my imagination
and created some flowers with lace
and added a vintage brooch for some nice "bling."
You can decorate your hat however you like.

I also glued some black lace onto the bottom side
of the large circle of felt.
When I was done with my hat
I thought it needed a little something extra
so on went the lace.

And that's it, my friends.
A sweet little hat that's perfect for any tea party.

You are never fully dressed
without a smile. . . and a hat.

On the day of the tea party
I donned my "princess" dress and heels
and placed my hat atop my wavy hair.
My sweet gentleman son took the photos {{smiles}}

When I arrived at the tea party
I was greeted with tea and cupcake loveliness.
My dear mom always outdoes herself
and this special tea time was no exception.

My sister cannot have gluten
so my mom and her sensitive self made some delicious alternatives .
She made chicken salad {my favorite}
and spread it on top of apple slices.
It was so good, my friends!
Like, really, really good!
There were cucumber slices filled with a cream cheese mixture
and celery sticks with a chicken filling.
Jello parfaits graced the table 
along with oh-so-yummy cupcakes and scones.

We had a beautiful and memorable time together.

And before I announce the blessed winners
I thought I would share some pictures of our fur babies.
And when I say "ours" I mean just that. . .
we have decided to keep all three sweethearts.
They are now 7 1/2 weeks old
and as cute as ever!

I love how Melly is about to slide of the sofa,
but sweet ol' mama is hanging onto her.

Like mama
like daughter.

And finally, the winners!
Again, thanks to all who entered the giveaways.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the many comments
about favorite hymns, favorite tea flavors, and fond tea party memories.
Thank you for sharing.
I wish I could give ALL of you something.

The winner of the hymn print is:
Her comment:
"Oh, I can still see my Grandmother and my Dad (playing the piano) 
and Grandma enjoying her favorite hymn, 
His Eye is on the Sparrow. 
Wonderful memories."

The winner of the set of cards is:
June Chapko
Her comment:
My favorite morning tea is English Breakfast Tea. 
A fond memory of teatime was when my daughter and I 
picked her 7 year old daughter up from school on her birthday 
and took her to a local tea room. 
It was a memory maker. 
She is now a mommy with an almost 3 year old daughter!

Enjoy the remainder of your week, sweet friends.
I was away last week and I hope to catch up with you and your blogs soon.

Love and hugs!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Celebrating My Beloved Mother

My dear friends, 
as many of you know today is Mother's Day
and I want to wish each and every one of you mother's
a most beautiful and blessed day!

I always struggle with what to share on Mother's Day
simply because I know this day is not easy for many.
I know there are women out there
 that never had a close relationship with their mom
and Mother's Day can be difficult.

I also understand there are ladies 
who have tried to have a precious baby of their own
only to find their arms empty on Mother's Day.
I can sympathize with you because after my first child
I have never been able to have another one
which is something I leave with the Lord.

I know some of you have lost your mother
and that pain you face truly breaks my heart.

The point is. . .  
there are numerous reasons 
for Mother's Day being a difficult day
and I am sincerely sorry for those reasons.
By celebrating my mother 
I am not trying to rub salt on any open wounds or hurts. . .

I have been blessed with a most amazing mother
and I can't help but celebrate her on this Mother's Day.

A mother's love is unlike any other kind of love.
Its expression and depth cannot be matched
for it is a gift from God.
- Author Unknown -

The quote above is oh-so-true
and even at 31 years of age I have known that kind of love
day in and day out.
My dear mom has never left my side
and as I have grown older she has become my best and closest friend.
She is there for me when happy moments roll my way
and she is always by my side when I need a shoulder to cry on.

My mom has always nurtured and loved me through thick and thin,
and when it was time to grow up she let go of my hand
and gently encouraged my steps into adulthood.

My mom is selfless to the very core.
She is gentle and kind by nature.
She loves without limits
and that love flows from her soul and heart onto everything she touches.

My mother is one-of-a-kind
and quite often I thank the Lord for allowing me to be her daughter.
I am blessed beyond measure 
to have such a godly and beautiful woman in my life,
and on this Mother's Day I want her to know what a precious gift she is to me.

To the world you are a mother,
but to me you are the world.

My mom's favorite hymn is "Day By Day"
and I thought today would be the perfect day 
to share the words to this hymn along with the story behind it.

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.
- Lina Sandell Berg -

"Day By Day" was written by a young Swedish woman
who learned early in her life the all-important lesson
of living each day with the conscious presence and strength of her Lord.
Lina Sandell Berg has often been called the
"Fanny Crosby of Sweden"
for her many contributions to gospel hymnody.
From her pen flowed approximately six hundred and fifty hymns
that strongly influenced the waves of revival
that swept the Scandinavian countries during the latter half
of the nineteenth century.

At the age of twenty-six Lina had an experience
that greatly influenced her life.
She was accompanying her father aboard ship 
to the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, across Lake Vattern.
The ship gave a sudden lurch and Lina's father,
a devout Lutheran minister,
fell overboard and drowned before the eyes of his devoted daughter.
Although Lina had written many hymn texts 
prior to this tragic experience,
now more tan ever poetic thoughts that expressed a childlike trust in her Lord
began to flow freely from her broken heart.
- Amazing Grace written by Kenneth W. Osbeck -

A mother is she 
who can take the place of all others,
but whose place no one else can take.
- Author Unknown -

Blessings and love to you
on this Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Two Lovely Giveaways!

A very happy hello to you, lovely friends!
I hope you are well on this beautiful Wednesday.
I want to thank each and every one of you
for blessing me with your kind comments and private emails
while I was under the weather.
Oh, you ladies are just the sweetest!
How could I not feel better after reading such heartfelt words.
Thank you for thinking of me
and please know that I seem to be on the mend.
The kittens and I did a lot of snuggling and sleeping
which, in my opinion, is wonderful medicine!

Now onto the giveaways. . . 
Joy, a kind and gracious lady, contacted me sometime ago
and shared with me that she found my blog through a Facebook page 
that had shared my tea cup coasters tutorial.
She wrote the sweetest note and in that note she offered to give away two items 
from her Etsy shop on my blog - what a doll!
I knew you, my dear readers and friends, would enjoy the two items
so of course I took her up on her offer {{smiles}}

One blessed winner will receive a gorgeous 11 x 14 hymn print.
The hymn is "His Eye Is On The Sparrow."

And the second blessed winner will receive 
a set of 4 tea time note cards.

To enter the hymn print giveaway:

Leave a comment 
with your favorite hymn.

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To enter the set of 4 note cards giveaway:

Leave a comment 
with your favorite kind of tea 
or share a fond tea party memory.

To earn extra entries for the giveaways
please visit both of Joy's Etsy shops and favorite them.

You can earn a third entry by "Liking" Joy's Facebook page:

So, my sweet friends, if you leave a comment,
 favorite Joy's shops,
and like her Facebook page than you will have your name entered 4 times
which of course gives you a higher chance of winning.

If you do any of the options for the extra entries
please let me know in your comment.

This giveaway is open to US residents only.

The two lovely winners will be announced next Wednesday, May 17th.

I would encourage you to visit Joy's shops
as she has some beautiful hymn and Scripture prints
and her note cards are one-of-a-kind.

Thank you for visiting, dear friends!
And again, thank you for the prayers and encouragement 
while being under the weather.

Much love and sweet hugs to you!
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