A Peaceful, Gentle Morning

Good morning, precious friends.
Won't you join me for a time of relaxation and peacefulness?

Grab a delightful tea cup and fill it with your favorite hot drink.
This morning I will be having coffee in my white tea cup from a dear friend.

I have grabbed several old hymnal books for us to enjoy.

One thing I love to do is read the old hymns penned by previous authors.
To me, the words are very heart-felt and soul-stirring.

Let us find a song with precious words 
to go along with our hot drink and sweet-smelling lilacs.

Ah....here is a lovely song, 
He Gave Himself
by T.O. Chisholm.

He gave Himself for my redemption, Laid down His life, to save my own;
No less a price could pay my ransom, No other sacrifice atone. 

He gave Himself a free oblation, He counted not the cross of shame,
To bring to me His great salvation and life eternal thro' His name.

"He gave Himself!" I read them over, Those words that mean so much to me;
I strive in vain to grasp their meaning, How love so wonderful could be.

He gave Himself! they mocked and smote Him, And nailed Him there upon the tree;
He bore it all in meek submission and died a sinners death for me.

He gave Himself! His love hath conquered my stubborn will, my sinful pride;
My broken heart to Him is clinging, Who for my sake was crucified.

He gave Himself, my precious Savior, I never knew such love before!
Now He is mine, yes, mine forever, And I am His forevermore!

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 faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me.
~ Galatians 2:20 ~

He, our Lord and Savior, gave Himself for you and me...what a thought!
Have you ever known such great love as that of the love of Jesus Christ?

"He bore it all in meek submission and died a sinners death for me"
Such wondrous love and compassion the Lord has bestowed upon us.

Thank you for joining me for a time of morning solitude
and sweet reflection upon Jesus our Lord.

May your week be filled with blessings.
Love and hugs :)

Linking up with:


Buttercup said...

So happy to start the day with you. I've got my coffee and I'm enjoying the music, the flowers and the sweet company.

Teri said...

Dear Sweet Stephanie...such a lovely beginning to my day. I have my cup of coffee with cream and am listening to the pretty music! I have enjoyed your precious company and the precious words that you have shared! Sweetest blessings for your week! Hugs ♥ Teri

Unknown said...

Thank you for the sweet hymns and the music in your blog. I am enjoying my coffee and my breakfast and listening my music. Blessings my friend!

Irene said...

Gorgeous dreamy photos, Stephanie. And the song is a wonderful reminder of God's amazing love for us. Thank you for your heartwarming reflections. A blessed Monday to you. <3 :-)

Delvalina said...

Thank you Jesus!!!

The pictures are beautiful...my heart sings with you sister to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Have glorious week.


Ang Specht said...

Good morning, and thanks for the uplifting post! :)

Anonymous said...

Good morning Stephanie,

When I was in Tennessee with my sisters, early this year when there to see my father, he wanted us to sing lots of hymns; they were rich and comforting to all of us.

Oh precious that Jesus gave His life so that we may live with Him here, and one day go to live with Him for eternity.

Lovely post.

Gail Dixon said...

Such a lovely gift, elegant and beautifully photographed.

Elizabethd said...

It's getting towards the end of our day here, but I am so blessed by reading your lovely words.

Sherri B. said...

Thank you Stephanie for sharing these hymns. Every time you do, it brings such sweet memories of being a little girl at the First Baptist White Temple Church in Portland, Oregon. My grandmother was in the choir and I loved watching her in her beautiful robe singing to the Lord with all of her heart. Those songs helped me at a young age realize just how much Jesus loved me.

Have a happy day my friend. xo

Visits With Mary said...

Beautiful teacup and crochet doily! Starting the day with beauty and an old hymn...hmmm..perfect!

Debbie Harris said...

If that was not a most wonderful post!! How beautiful in deed!!
I turned on the computer to your blog, then went out to the kitchen to grab my grapefruit to enjoy while reading your posts that I have missed for a couple of days,and all of a sudden I heard this "music" very faintly, and I thought to my self, what is that?
With my hearing not good, and my memory not so good either, I had forgotten that your blog was on. LOL:) Oh my dear!

Stephanie, todays post and Sunday's post touched my heart in many beautiful ways. A soothing balm in deed are the precious words you share with us from our Heavenly Father. Thank you!!

May you too have a most blessed day!

I love you, Mom

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

I had a lovely time reading this post with a cup of tea. Thank you.

Kathy said...

I love old hymns, I think they're nearly as inspired as God's word, perhaps because most are inspired by God's word. I'll have to share this one with Dearest - perhaps we can sing this soon in church - powerful words. Your photos are gorgeous - so Delighted you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Such a beautiful post and those flowers are just gorgeous!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hello Stephanie. such a lovely post. A lovely cup of tea, beautiful flowers and plus hymns to soothe a soul. I love how you captured the beauty of this wonderful vignette. Thank you for thinking of me dear Stephanie. xo Linda

Debbie said...

What a lovely post Stephanie!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Thank you for such a lovely post and invitation. I would love to join you for tea.

I hope you can come to visit me too.



Little Birdie Blessings said...

Stunning, beautiful photography as usual. Love the lilacs, hymn books, lace, tea, all of it. Such beauty here. ~ Abby

Everydaythings said...

I love those white lilacs and sitting here trying to imagine their perfume!! I still have my old hymn book from when I was at school, I should revisit my favourite hymn form then!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful words and pictures to go along with them, such a precious gift we have been given!

Deanna said...

Oh what a lovely way to end my day, a cup of warmth, lovely images and beautiful music!! Thank you!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A pretty tea vignette with some gorgeous lilacs.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Very pretty, Stephanie and thank you for sharing this beautiful old hymn! The teacup is so delicate, the lilacs just beautiful and now my day is so sweet.
A beautiful day to you, Dear.
Hugs, xoxo

Mrs. Smith said...

I LOVE this! Beautiful post and gorgeous pictures! Your photography is outstanding, Stephanie! Take care, dear friend!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What beautiful photos with the tea cup, flowers, doily and hymnal, Stephanie. The hymn you choose is perfect. Blessings to you!

Kat said...

I would love to join you for a cup of tea. Your photos are just gorgeous. You are so creative that way. I tried to visit you the other night but your site would not allow any visitors. Have a wonderful Tuesday Hugs

Unknown said...

Beautiful, what a way to start the morning. Thank you for sharing, this has set me up for the day. :) x PS lovely images too. x

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful morning, Stephanie!

Such an inspiring pictures.

I have never heard that hymn before, but like you, take so many of them to heart.

I will be looking through our old hymn books to see if I can find it!

(P.S. I finally settled on a blog name and have re-opened my blog!)

Michelle said...

What a lovely post with so many beautiful photos. I love the old hymns and have a couple of old hymn books myself. Thanks for sharing! ~Michelle

Terri said...

Hello Stephanie, what a beautiful post! I love your gorgeous images of music and flowers. Just stunning! You have such an eye for beauty : )
That is a fine white tea cup too. It is lovely that it is shaped so uniquely. Very classy.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a beautiful post! It is the end of the day for me and I so enjoyed listening to the lovely music. Thank you so much for sharing!

Tracy F. said...

What a beautiful blog you have! A lovely start to my day...
Your photography skills are amazing, too. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Anonymous said...

There is no feeling like the warmth that comes over me when sing a hymn occasionally at church. Raised in a Christian home, I grew up with them so they are forever with me. I so prefer them to modern praise and worship. I have one small spiraled hymnal in the house. Left others behind. You've inspired me to hunt for some old ones.
By the way, I SO prefer coffee in my teacup. :)
Thank you for this light, Stephanie.

Splendid Little Stars said...

blessings to you as well!

Maria said...

So lovely! Gorgeous photos with soulful words and sweet music! What a wonderful blog you have...what a blessing...thank you!

Unknown said...

Beautiful. Both the pictures and words. Found you through bloglovin blog hop and newest follower.

Kate M said...

So serene! Such beautiful pictures to accompany your hymns.
Have you noticed that the doily in the picture is very similar to the stamp that that I use here?http://kraftsbykatemartin.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=Hello+Doily


Kathy said...

Hello Stephanie, I wanted to share that Dearest loved the song! We're looking for the sheet music so Darling Daughter can play it. I am changing the way I do A Return to Loveliness - I am featuring the top three viewd - your post is among the top three. I appreciate you sharing,

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