A Time To Love. . .

Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own,
is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, 
hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth . . .
- 1 Corinthians 13:4 -8 -

. . . Where There Is Love . . .

Where there is love the heart is light,
Where there is love the day is bright,
Where there is love there is song
To help when things are going wrong,
Where there is love there is a smile
To make all things seem more worthwhile,
Where there is love there's quiet peace,
A tranquil place where turmoils cease. . .
Love changes darkness into light
And makes the heart take "wingless flight" -
Oh, blest are they who walk in love. . .
They also walk with God above,
And when man walks with God again
There shall be Peace on Earth for men.
- Helen Steiner Rice -

. . . The Gift of Lasting Love . . .

Love is much more than a tender caress
and more than bright hours of gay happiness,
For lasting love is made up of sharing
both hours that are "joyous" and also "despairing". . .
It's made up of patience and deep understanding
and never of selfish and stubborn demanding,
It's made of climbing the steep hills together
and facing with courage life's stormiest weather
And nothing on earth or in heaven can part
a love that has grown to be part of the heart,
And just like the sun and the stars and the sea,
this love will go on through eternity-
For "true love" lives on when earthly things die,
for it's part of the Spirit that soars to the sky.
- Helen Steiner Rice -

. . . What More Can You Ask . . .

God's love endureth forever-
What a wonderful thing to know
When the tides of life run against you
And your spirit is downcast and low. . .
God's kindness is ever around you,
Always ready to freely impart
Strength to your faltering spirit,
Cheer to your lonely heart. . .
God's presence is ever beside you,
As near as the reach of your hand,
You have but to tell Him your troubles,
There is nothing He won't understand. . .
And knowing God's love is unfailing,
And His mercy unending and great,
You have but to trust in His promise-
"God comes not too soon or too late". . .
So wait with a heart that is patient
For the goodness of God to prevail-
For never do prayers go unanswered,
And His mercy and love never fail.
- Helen Steiner Rice -

. . . The Meaning Of True Love . . .

It is sharing and caring,
Giving and forgiving,
Loving and being loved,
Walking hand in hand,
Talking heart to heart,
Seeing through each other's eyes,
Laughing together,
Weeping together,
Praying together,
And always trusting
And believing
And thanking God
For each other. . .
For love that is shared
is a beautiful thing-
It enriches the soul
and makes the heart sing!
- Helen Steiner Rice -

To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
A time to love. . .
- Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8a -

May your Valentine's Day be full of love and joy, sweet friends!
My love to you!

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Scrappy quilter said...

Awe you have such a wonderful way of posting. The photos and the words are always so uplifting. I always enjoy coming to your blog. Hugs

Janneke said...

Beautiful pictures and wonderful words.
I love those poems of Helen Steiner Rice, they are little jewels of love.
Wish you a Happy Valentine day full of love!

Elizabethd said...

What lovely verses, Stephanie. Thank you!

Tori Leslie said...

What a lovely postt!! Love all your pretty photos and words about the only true love; God's love.

Dianna said...

A beautiful post, Stephanie dear. I love the roses and pearls together. My favorite of the poems you shared was "The Gift of Lasting Love". May your day be filled with times of making sweet memories.

hobbyloes said...

I love your poems Stephanie, and the pictures combined beautyfully.
I like to read your blog, you make others happy.
Hugs, Loes

Sylvia said...

Good verses and poems,Stephanie, I love Helen STeiner Rice.

Christine said...

A lovely post, dear Stephanie with so many precious thoughts of love and blessings!
Thank you!

Tanna said...

Beautiful sentiments of REAL love. Thank you so much for stopping by so that I could find my way here! blessings ~ tanna

mamasmercantile said...

A beautiful post with some lovely sentiment. Hope you have a great Valentines weekend.

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

A truly wonderful post; lovely images and... some of the most beloved passages from the Bible and impressive poems from a writer that I wasn't familiar with. (Must come back again to read the texts more carefully!)
Happy Valentine's Day, dear Stephanie!

Polly said...

Lovely post Stephanie. Pretty photos and tender poems x

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Beautiful words and gorgeous pictures!

Kelly-Anne said...

Dearest Stephanie...I thank the Lord for you - what a joy to read your beautiful blog and be encouraged by all the loveliness you share here! I loved these poems - I am going to copy them out in my book of quotes as they are so uplifting! After a terribly busy day of monthly shopping, I needed a bit of fresh inspiration, so thank you dear friend! Hugs to you and have a BLESSED Valentine's Day:). Love, Kelly

Visits With Mary said...

Beautiful post with beautiful pictures. Happy Valentine's Day.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

This so nice and special for Valentine's Day. The roses are so pretty and enjoy your Valentine's Day and weekend!

Sandra's Stitching said...

Pretty words and pretty pictures! Happy Valentine's Day.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Stephanie, love all your quotes and poems and your photos are really beautiful, as usual..Hope you have a wonderful heart-day..Judy

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, sweet Stephanie, thank you for such a beautiful post today! I love the photos and wonderful Scripture and poems! I didn't realize but I've not received your email notifications through Feedburner. I am looking into it myself, since I have heard it is no longer in operation. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your precious family! Happy Valentine's Day!

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely post. And your pictures are beautiful! I wish you much happiness and love.

Vee said...

Beautiful post. There was a time when Helen Steiner Rice poetry adorned every Christian card available. I have not seen it in a long time, but this post reminded me why she was so very popular. I might have to get out my HSR poetry book...it's here somewhere.

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Stephanie, Such a beautiful post for this Valentine's Day. Your verses are very special and each with words that warm the heart.,
Thank you for sharing my friend and wishing you and yours a very Happy Valentine's Day.
Blessings and Joys, CM

Poppy said...

Beautifully styled photos, Stephanie to accompany such wonderful and meaningful words about love. So enjoyed the words of Helen Steiner Rice. Thank you for this most lovely post!

Happy Valentine's Day, to you!


Linda said...

Beautiful, just like you; beautiful. Smiles & Blessings

Ariadne said...

My favourite. Saint Paul to the Corinthians.AriadnefromGreece!

Home Meadows said...

What a pretty post. Happy Valentines Day! Heather

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You make every day beautiful my friend! Happy Valentine's Day! xox, Diane

Debbie Harris said...

I "ditto" what Diane, from Lavender Dreamer said. :-)
This was quite beautiful my dear, and full of beauty with your poems and those roses, wow! Stunning and vibrant!
I have always loved Helen Steiner Rice, and her poetry.

This was a lovely post to bring in Valentines day.
Blessings to you tomorrow, on Valentines Day.

Love you, Mom

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for all the love you put into your photos and your posts. It comes through and is so uplifting! Love to you on this Valentine's weekend!

Esther Asbury said...


Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Very inspiring Stephanie, and your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

Debbie said...

Such a sweet tribute for Valentine's Day, your images are always so special, especially today!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Marilyn Mathis said...

Gorgeous photos and lovely poetry. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day

Mari said...

So pretty! Happy Valentines Day!

Vicky Hunt said...

Such lovely photos, scripture, and poetry Stephanie. I always enjoy your lovely photography. You stage things so beautifully. Just wanted to let you know I had such fun picking out a few treasures for Gracie! I will get it all put together and mail it out on Tuesday since Monday is a holiday. Have a blessed weekend and Valenitne's Day.

Hugs, Vicky

Robyn said...

Oh my, Stephanie, what a beautiful tribute to love you have created. It is balm for the soul, creates joy in the heart and the images are stunning! Happy Valentines Day to you and yours, special lady!
Hugs and love to you. xoxo

My Garden Diaries said...

Your photographs correspond beautifully with these inspiring words! So wonderful Stephanie! Wishing you and your family a heart filled day tomorrow! Nicole xo

Things and Thoughts said...

A wonderful tribute to love.
Happy S.Valentine's day beautiful young lady!

Alex said...

Gorgeous post ~ a great job, my friend.
I am glad to be able to call you that!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am terribly late dearest Stephanie, but love is patient, love goes on even without me....

What a gift to be called into existence by LOVE itself. Celebrate, let us REJOICE that we have this consciousness, this life. Anita

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What lovely poetry you've shared from Helen Steiner Rice, my friend, and also the beautiful biblical quotes. Your photos are so pretty that accompany your posts.
May you and your sweetheart, along with your son, have a love-filled ❤️ Day! Love you!!

Melanie said...

A lovely post, Stephanie! Happy Valentine's Day

Unknown said...

Beautiful photo's & words.
Happy Valentine's Day to you.
Fondly Michelle

Nina said...

Beautiful and uplifting poems on love - with the pretties pictures ... Thank you Stephanie!
I will check her poems and the book,Have a wonderful weekend and Valentine's day, dear friend!

Maggie Ann said...

Happy Valentine's Day dear friend! A rose is so fitting for the day....a thing of beauty and perfection....yet short lived...hmmm, is there a hidden message there? lol

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful post both in pictures and great words!! Hope your enjoying a great day with your hubby and little guy :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Wasn't HSR a gifted woman. Those poems are beautiful. Like Vee, I too remember when her poems were everywhere. Now it's some man whose name I don't remember. Roy Lessin or something? Anyway, your images are lovely. Hope it was a wonderful day for you.

Camille said...

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day to you, Stephanie. Hugs, Camille

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful post!!

Wanted to stop by to thank you for all your visits and kind comments!! They are greatly appreciated!!


JES said...

What a gorgeous post Stephanie! Thank you for sharing the "love" with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week :)

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