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.


Refrain
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!
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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 www.LisaWingate.com




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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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Berry Eclairs

The raspberries and strawberries have been so sweet and tasty lately
so of course berry desserts have been on the menu :)
I made some raspberry and strawberry eclairs the other day
and may I just say they were a lovely addition to my cup of tea and book
(no, I didn't eat ALL of them)


Here is the recipe, dear friends.

Ingredients:

Choux Pastry
1/4 cup butter
just under 2/3 cups water
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 eggs, beaten

Filling
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp confectioners' sugar
fresh raspberries or strawberries

Icing
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
milk
pink food coloring (optional)


To make the pastry:
Place the butter and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil
Add the sifted flour, all at once, and beat thoroughly until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
Cool slightly, then vigorously beat in the eggs, one at a time.

Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a 1/2 -inch nozzle
(or use a Ziploc bag and cut a small opening on the bottom)
and make 3-inch lengths of pastry on dampened baking sheets.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
Remove from oven and make a small hole in each eclair with the tip of a knife
to let out the steam, then return to the oven for 5 more minutes,
to dry out the insides.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the filling:
Place the cream and 1 tbsp sugar in a bowl and mi with an electric mixer until thick.
Split the eclairs and fill with the whipped cream and berries.

To make the icing:
Sift the confectioners' sugar into a bowl and stir in the lemon juice
and enough milk to make a smooth paste.
If using, stir in the food coloring
and drizzle over the eclairs.
Chill for 2 - 4 hours before serving.
Right before serving, sprinkle confectioners' sugar over the tops.



Mmmm... enjoy with a hot drink, sweet friends!


May your day be bright and beautiful.

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Come by for a visit, sweet friends.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sing Praise To God

I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 146:2


Sing Praise To God Who Reigns Above
Johann J. Schutz

Sing praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation;
the God of pow'r, the God of love, the God of our salvation;
with healing balm my soul He fills, and ev'ry faithless murmur stills:
To God all praise and glory!

The Lord is never far away, but, thru all grief distressing,
an ever-present help and stay, our peace and joy and blessing;
as with a mother's tender hand He leads His own, His chosen band:
To God all praise and glory!

Thus all my toilsome way along I sing aloud Thy praises, 
that men may hear the grateful song my voice unwearied raises,
be joyful in the Lord, my heart! Both soul and body bear your part:
To God all praise and glory!


The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
Psalm 97:1

Sing unto the LORD, for he hath done excellent things:
this is known in all the earth.
Isaiah 12:5


Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous:
for praise is comely for the upright.
Psalm 33:1

O LORD, thou art my God;
I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
for thou hast done wonderful things;
thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Isaiah 25:1


Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life;
not a philosophy of life, but a living presence.
This realization can turn any gloom into a song.
S.T. Coleridge


Praise Him! praise Him! 
tell of His excellent greatness!
Praise Him! praise Him!
ever in joyful song!
Fanny J. Crosby

I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God:
unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 71:22


Have a blessed Lord's Day, dear friends!
May we worship the Lord with voice and instrument!


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blog Issues. . .

Happy Saturday, wonderful friends!
I just wanted to pop in and let you know that my other blog
Roses of Worth has moved to Wordpress.
You are probably wondering why since I just started that blog the first of this month.
Well... I have been having quite the issues with it.
Email subscriptions were not being delivered to those signed up via email
and updates were not coming through on the blogger reader
and it seemed like no matter what I tried nothing would fix the problem.

So I moved Roses of Worth over to Wordpress
and I would really love it if you would come by for a visit to the "new" site.
I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused 
and I hope you continue to follow along on the journey.

Come by and say hi :)
Have a lovely day!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Get To Know King David - Book Review

A Shepherd and A King
David lived an adventurous life.
He protected his family’s sheep from lions and bears.
He fought a giant with just a sling and stone.
He even spent years hiding from men who were trying to kill him.
And eventually, David became a great king.
But David was also a man of God.
Learn more about this hero from the Bible and his exciting place in history.
Discover what it was like to grow up in ancient Israel and then be a king of God’s people.
King David—part of the Get to Know serieswill teach you everything you need to know
about an imperfect young man whom God used to do great things!

My Thoughts
My son is infatuated with King David 
and when asked what Bible story he would like to hear he always requests King David.
My son is under 10 years old and this book seems perfect for his age group.
The book is easily understandable for younger children
and offers plenty of intriguing pictures to keep a young one's attention.
I, as a mother, even learned a few interesting facts about King David's day
that I did not know so even though it's focused more for the younger generation
the older generation can also learn from this book.

I appreciated the use of Scripture
as well the questions asked throughout the book.
I also enjoyed the highlighted words with their meanings in each chapter;
the words and their meanings give younger children something to think about 
and add to their vocabulary.

All-in-all it was an enjoyable and educational read with my son - he didn't ever want to quit.
I think any young child interested in  learning more about King David and the Bible
will have a wonderful time reading through this book.

** 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
Nancy I. Sanders is the best-selling children's author of over 80 books
including Frederick Douglas for Kids.
She lives with her husband, Jeff, and their two cats in sunny southern California
and has two grown sons.
Visit Nancy's website at www.nancyisanders.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sweet Peppers, Juicy Tomatoes, & Tender Steak

Good morning, dearies!
I hope all is well with you.
I love this time of year when there is so much fresh produce to choose from
and this dish is perfect for those garden-fresh tomatoes and sweet peppers.

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Before I share the recipe can I just say
that those of you who take photos of food all the time for your food blogs
have my respect and admiration.
As you know, I would much rather bake desserts 
and I find taking pictures of sweet treats much easier.
But when it comes to taking pictures of the main course, well I fail miserably.
I don't know what it is about snapping a picture of meat and veggies,
but I just find it to be difficult. . .and often it doesn't look very appetizing in the photo :)
So hats of to you, dear friends, for taking such fabulous, yummy food photos.
You are greatly talented!

With that being said,
shall we move onto this tasty recipe. . .


My sweet hubby loves rice 
and tells me often that he enjoys most of his meals served over a bed of rice.
So I whipped up this easy and delicious pepper, tomato, and steak recipe
which is perfect for the warmer days since you don't have to turn on the oven.
You make it all in a skillet which will help keep the temperature down in your kitchen :)


Ingredients:
2 medium green, red, or yellow sweet peppers, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pound beef ribeye steak or top sirloin steak, cut to 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
salt
black pepper
1 can beef broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano or basil, crushed
2 medium Roma tomatoes, sliced
hot cooked rice

In a large skillet cook sweet peppers, onion, and garlic in hot oil
for about 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon.

Season meat with salt and pepper.
Place meat in the skillet and cook over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes on each side
or until desired doneness.
Transfer meat to a dish and keep warm.

Add beef broth and oregano or basil to reserved drippings.
Bring to boiling.
Boil gently, uncovered, over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes
or until broth is reduced.
Scrape up browned bits in pan.
Stir in the cooked vegetables, meat, and sliced tomatoes.
Heat completely through.
Spoon over hot cooked rice.

Enjoy, sweet friends!


May you have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shabby Bible Cover...Made From A Pillow Sham

Good morning, blogging friends!
You may remember I showed you a picture of an old quilted sham and some lace
on my Blogland Tour.
I mentioned I was making "something" out of it.
Well, I made a Bible cover from the old sham and I thought I would share it with you :)


My mom gave me a few shams and I thought one would be perfect for holding my Bible.
I have a few more ideas for the other pillow covers
and hopefully I can share those ideas with you soon :)

So here is the sham before. . .


Let me show you how I transformed it into a Bible cover.

I cut out the center star to the measurement of my Bible
plus I added an extra 1/2-inch on each side 
so that I had room for my seam allowance.
(The sham had batting and I cut it to the size of the case so that it had extra padding.
If you use a sham without batting 
than I would recommend using a piece - it gives it a nice, thick feeling.)


I cut out two linings that were the same measurements of the cover.


I cut one of the linings right down the center,


and double folded the top edges of each side,
pressed them, and sewed down the fold.


I created handles by using the border fabric from the sham
by folding in one side about 1/4-inch then folding it again so the edges are together.
(The handles also had batting in them.)


I sewed down the folds.


I added some vintage lace to one side of the cover.


Then I pinned on the handles to the center of each side.


Next came the pockets,


and finally the lining was pinned on.


I sewed around the edges and left a small gap unsewed 
so that I could turn it right-side out.


Once I turned it right-side out I hand stitched the gap closed.


And this is how it looks on the inside.
The lace you see is actually the "latch."


Now lets put my Bible in and see how it looks.


And that's it. . .an old sham turned into something "new" and pretty :)



I added a shabby flower instead of a button to keep the Bible closed.



My dear friends, this Bible cover is fairly simple and quick to make
so what are you waiting for - go dig around for an old sham that needs re-purposed :)
Much love and big hugs to you!


Giveaway on Facebook - don't miss out!
You could win these handmade pouches and pretty gift tags.
Winner will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday 20th.


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