Just Breathe. . .

The quieter you become
the more you can hear.
- Ram Dass -

Join me, friends, for a few quiet moments.
Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. . .
close your eyes for a minute 
and listen. . .
listen to the sweet quietness.

I've poured the tea and served the cake,
won't you have some?

Take this time to simply be still, my friends,
and in the stillness let us turn our hearts toward the Lord.
Let us praise His Holy name.

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 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to thy God to order and provide;
in ev'ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav'nly Friend
thro' thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice, who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
and all is darkened in the veil of tears,
then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
from His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hast'ning on
when we shall be forever with the Lord,
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
- - Kathrina von Schlegel - -

Get lost in the beauty, the stillness, and the peace
of our Heavenly Father.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, 
to the which also ye are called in one body; 
and be ye thankful.
- Colossians 3:15 -

In this quiet moment
think upon the goodness of God
and all that He stands for. . .
and so much more.

Sometimes we need to take a few minutes out of our busy day
to just breathe and be still.
Reflection upon Jesus Christ 
is good for the heart, mind, and soul.

Jesus said unto him, 
Thou shalt love the LORD thy God 
with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, 
and with all thy mind.
- Matthew 22:37 -

Thank you for joining me,
dear friends.

My soul, wait thou only upon God; 
for my expectation is from him.
- - Psalm 62:5 - -

Have a most blessed Lord's Day!

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FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a beautiful and encouraging post dear Stephanie.

Thank you ~ Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Kerin said...

Lovely post.
I'm sitting here in the quietness of morning, before the sunrise, to plan out my day and enjoy the peacefulness of the morning.
Thoughts of gratitude flood my mind, and all the blessings that we are blessed with.

Have a sweet day.


Elizabethd said...

Such a beautiful hymn, Stephanie. Thank you.

fiona said...

Such a lovely visit you have given us Stephanie.

I really needed this today Thank You🌼x

Susie said...

Such a beautiful post Stephanie. Thank you. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

Cheryl said...

Beautiful, sweet friend. God bless you!

Lowcarb team member said...

A lovely post.
It's true, sometimes we do need to take a few minutes out of our busy day.

Enjoy the remainder of Sunday and have a blessed week ahead.

All the best Jan

June Nelson said...

Thank you Stephanie. This was beautiful. I feel I needed this today.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

I devoured that cake! It is always important to (eat cake) take time out from our thoughts and be still.

Have a wonderful week,

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful message, Stephanie. One of my favorite hymns. Your graphics are just delightful as well and the cake was delicious!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Cake and tea on a Sunday morning.... and that beautiful hymn! What more could we ask for? Thank you for the reminder to be still. I sometimes get in such a hurry and so over stressed, that I forget to breathe and just take in the quiet and peacefulness that is around (not always, but sometimes). Happy Sunday dear friend. Marilyn

Billie Jo said...

Hello Sweet Friend!
I always enjoy my visits here with you.
You are always inspiring, and serve the best desserts too. : )
Have a cozy week!

Mrs.T said...

Lovely, lovely post and photos, Stephanie. I am sure that this ministered to many hearts today. It certainly did to mine.

I had never seen that third verse before to "Be Still My Soul" -- but what a wonderfully comforting verse it is. Thank you for sharing the hymn in its entirety.

Blessings to you today!
Mrs. T

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Thank you, lovely Stephanie, for taking us along with you for a chance to breathe and find peace in Our Lord and Savior. I enjoyed the readings that you shared and your beautiful photos. Oh how I wish I could be there with you in person! I hope you had a wonderful Sunday. Thank you for sharing with us. xx

Ellah said...

I was just singing that song yesterday! It is one of my all time favorites, and so very needed.

Have a blessed week, dear sister. Though I seldom comment, I read most every post, and Sunday hymns remain my favorites!

Kim said...

Peaceful Sunday mornings, tea in pretty cups and quiet moments with the Lord...heaven! I have just come in from my morning walk to see the sun rise! I do believe there is nothing grander than seeing the sun cast it's sunbeams over the landscape.....mmm...me thinks there is an allegory here. =) You have put a smile in my morning, dear Stephanie. Enjoy your Sunday. ♥

Olivia Bell said...

This was so encouraging, Mrs. Dunsdon, I loved this post! {{smiles}}

Vee said...

You have touched a tender place in my soul today. It has brought new clarity. Thank you.

Mari said...

Be still - it can be so hard for us! Thanks for this peaceful post.
"Be still and know that I am God".

Paige said...

Thank you for this post! It was a sweet reminder of God's goodness. The tile reminds me of the Jonny Diaz song "Just Breathe". :)

Rose L said...


Debbie Harris said...

A most gracious and beautiful post, Stephanie, thank you.
I never made it here yesterday, but God knew that it was for today that I would benefit from this inspiring posting most.
You certainly had a very calming effect with your lovely words, and that hymn hits the center of the heart.

Your tea in that gorgeous teacup placed on that pretty doily makes for quite a photo.

Have a most beautiful day~

Ida said...

Such a beautiful post. Being "still" is a good thing at times. I need to do that more often.

Linda Walker said...

Dear Stephanie,
So nice to stop by and see you. It's been a while since I last posted or spent time reading so today I am popping over to say hi! hope all is well with you! I have to say your blog looks lovelier than ever and your new header is so very pretty!!

Today your post reminds me to breathe....and I am. Such a lovely post and your photos as always are so beautiful! Missed you my friend! xx

Jill said...

Such a beautiful post and I did find myself taking a few deep breathes while reading it :-) That tea and cake look so delicious too! It would have been lovely to sit down and have a chat with you over tea and cake :-) Hope you are having a wonderful day!


Roosterhead Designs said...

Oooh so lovely Stephanie~
Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed these few minutes break from work
to read and think on Him.
Hugs to you, karen o

My thrift store addiction said...

What a lovely reminder, Stephanie! Have a blessed week, dear Friend!

Margie said...

Love the beautiful black tea set and the chocolate cake made my mouth water. YUM!

sarah said...

thank you, such good and restful advice.

Gina said...

This post is perfect, Stephanie! And it is a shame the cake is all gone! xo

Conniecrafter said...

It is so good to have quiet time each day when you just sit and wait on the Lord, commune with him and let him speak. It sure is a very calming time! Hope your week is going well.

ashleigh c said...

Thank you, Stephanie ❤ I needed that reminder to rest in the Lord and be still before Him. This hymn is one of my very favorites...so glad to see it here and now have it in my heart for the day. You tea and sweet treat setting looks so inviting~i would love to join you if I could :)) Blessings! Ashleigh

Bernideen said...

Thank you Stephanie for this beautiful posting! Your sharing and scripture are always inspiring!

Dianna said...

Reading your lovely post, dear one, brought to mind another Scripture...

"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26. To meditate on the fact that God is my portion forever just causes my heart to quietly rejoice in His goodness.

Hugs to you, sweet friend.

Louca por porcelana said...

What a blessed and beautiful post.Thanks for sharing.Hugs!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, would like to reach right into your beautiful photos and enjoy a bit of cake and tea and a few contemplative moments.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'd love to have cake and tea with you anytime (especially if it just *happens* to involve chocolate in the cake!

Chris Lally said...

A lovely, lovely post, Stephanie, and a very welcoming one on this day.
Thank you, my friend!

Libby said...

This is such a beautiful post, Stephanie. Thank you for your encouragement.

Anne Payne said...

Thank you for this inspiring post, my friend! Much love to you...and {{hugs}}

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