Sunday, April 22, 2018

Amazing Grace

Grace! 'tis a charming sound,
harmonious to the ear.
- Philip Doddridge -

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; 
that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, 
may abound to every good work.
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 -

Enjoy the music while you read the beloved words
of this well-known hymn.

Amazing grace-
how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

T'was grace that taught
my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

Thru many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought us safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun.
- John Newton -

And of his fulness have all we received, 
and grace for grace. 
For the law was given by Moses, 
but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
- John 1:16-17 -

The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. 
But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 
so that, just as sin reigned in death, 
so also grace might reign through righteousness 
to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD.
- Romans 5:20-21 -

Calling himself a "wretch" who was lost and blind,
John Newton recalled leaving school at the age of eleven
to begin a life as a rough, debauched seaman.
Eventually he engaged in the despicable practice of capturing natives
from West Africa to be sold as slaves to markets around the world.
But one day the grace of God put fear into the heart 
of this wicked slave trader through a fierce storm.
Greatly alarmed and fearful of a shipwreck,
Newton began to read The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis.
God used this book to lead him to a genuine conversion
and a dramatic change in his way of life.

Feeling a definite call to study for the ministry,
Newton was encouraged and greatly influenced 
by John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield.
At the age of thirty-nine, John Newton became an ordained minister
of the Anglican church to the little village of Olney,
near Cambridge, England.
To add further impact to his powerful preaching,
Newton introduced simple heartfelt hymns 
rather than the usual psalms in his services.

Until the time of his death at the age of eighty-two,
John Newton never ceased to marvel at the grace of God
that transformed him so completely.
Shortly before his death he is quoted as proclaiming
with a loud voice during a message,
"My memory is nearly gone,
but I remember two things:
That I am a great sinner 
and that Christ is a great Savior!"
What amazing grace!
- Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck -

Saved by grace alone!
This is my plea:
Jesus died for all mankind,
And Jesus died for me.
- Philip Doddridge -

Have a blessed Lord's Day,
sweet friends!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Would You Care For A Cinnamon Stick?

Hello, friends!
And HAPPY DAY to you.
I'm so thankful to have you here
and while you're visiting,
can I offer you a sweet cinnamon stick?
I also have coffee or tea ready to be poured.

These cinnamon sticks are quite the treat
and if your sweet tooth is demanding something to satisfy it
well, these will do the trick.

Here is what you will need to make some:

1 puff pastry sheet-thawed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450 F 
and spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.

Unfold the puff pastry and cut it in half, lengthwise, 
then cut into strips (less than 1 inch wide)
Gently transfer the strips onto baking sheet
and bake 8 to 10 minutes
or until golden brown.

While the cinnamon sticks are baking 
melt the butter and set aside.
Combine cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
While they are still warm, roll baked sticks into melted butter 
but make sure you don’t soak them, just coat all the sides
 then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. 

The original recipe called for a chocolate dipping sauce,
but since my husband is not a chocolate lover
I made a Confectioners' sugar icing dip instead.
I just mixed a little bit of vanilla with Confectioners' sugar and heavy cream
until I got the desired consistency for dipping.

These cinnamon sticks are incredibly sweet.
If you wanted to cut back on the sweetness
you could simply make the sticks
and skip the butter and sugar coating.
Just mix a little bit of cinnamon and sugar into the icing
and you will have a yummy, but not so sweet treat.

Mmmm. . .
enjoy, sweet friends!

Love and hugs to you.

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Offer good until April 30, 2018.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Memory A Day For Moms

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: 
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
- Psalm 127:3 -

Hello, friends!
Today I have a lovely little book
that I'm excited to share with you.
And it's just in time for Mother's Day next month.

Life is a collection of moments.

A Memory a Day for Moms
is an inspiring journal that will hold five years of memories
and reflections in one beautiful volume.

Just one simple thought a day 
to preserve five years of memories with your children—
finally, a record book that is doable! 
A Memory a Day for Moms, a beautiful five-year journal 
with carefully curated questions and writing prompts, 
offers you just that. 
Jot down a single thought, memory, or prayer, 
and build a treasured keepsake day by day.

Mothers in all stages of life will find something to love 
about A Memory a Day for Moms, 
as it allows you to reflect on and record your children’s growth 
and your own journey as a mom. 
Whether you are knee-deep with littles 
or navigating the tricky waters of high school and beyond, 
prompts such as 
"My child said the funniest thing today!" 
"My hope for my child is," 
and "Lately we’ve been enjoying _ together" will always resonate.

This luxurious journal makes a beautiful gift for a birthday or baby shower, 
a Mother's Day, or as a special treat for yourself. 
With spacious lines and a prettily designed interior, 
you will love coming back to A Memory a Day for Moms day after day.

I have shared with you in the past that I am not one for journaling.
While I would love to write down everything that happens in a week
I simply don't. . .and I kick myself that I am not writing down the memories.
This book is perfect for me as I can write down something special each day.

Every day of the year the book asks a question
making for a wonderful way to preserve the memories.

I love that I can use this journal for five years,
and how fun it will be to pass it down to my son when he is grown!

There is a place for special notes
and on each page you will find encouraging thoughts
and Scripture verses.

Whether you enjoy journaling
or maybe you're like me and you simply don't do it,
this book is for you.
It is truly a special way to remember those special moments.
Mother's Day is next month, my friends,
and this would be a lovely gift for any mother.

today's little moments
become tomorrow's precious memories.

** 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. **

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Handkerchief Tissue Holder

They are appreciated.
And tea.
And blankets.
And you.
- Unknown -

A few weeks ago a little cold/bug visited me
and when I had to go to town while sick
I grabbed a handful of tissues to stuff in my purse.
I immediately told myself that I was going to make me a tissue holder
when I was feeling better. . .
so I did.

I've made plenty in the past,
but have always given them away.
This time instead of using cotton fabric
I used a vintage handkerchief and pink lace from an old shirt.
I've always loved the pink blossoms on this hankie,
but sadly the handkerchief itself was in rough condition
with a few stains here and there.
I was able to use the good part of the hankie to make the tissue holder
so it ended up being a win-win creation.
For the bit of pink showing at the opening
I used a lovely pink lace that came from a shirt.

This is how I made this easy peasy tissue holder.


hankie or scrap fabric
sewing machine

Here is my hankie before I cut it. . .

I cut the handkerchief to measure 7 x 6-inches.
The lining or inside fabric was cut to measure 8 1/2 x 6-inches.

Place the fabric right sides together 
and sew along the edge with a 1/2-inch seam.
You are not sewing along all four edges, just the two ends!
You will notice I have extra of the pink/lining fabric;
that is okay!

Once you've sewn the one edge together
you will simply pull the fabric together on the other side
and sew along the edge.
The lining fabric will have a bubble because there is a little extra.

Flip the fabric right side out 
and press with a hot iron.
You will have a little bit of lining showing
like the picture below shows.

Fold the two ends in so that they meet in the middle
like you see in the picture below.
Pin into place 
and sew along the two raw edges with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Trim with pinking shears so that the edges don't fray.
Then flip the tissue holder right side out.
You're done.

Of course I had to embellish mine with a little something.
I used these cute little daisies from a flower trim I found at Hobby Lobby.

Being sick can seem like all fun and games
until you no longer live with your mom.
- Unknown -

Place some tissues in the holder
and you are good to go.
Now I don't have to have a wad of Kleenex hanging out of my purse
next time I have a cold!

Happy day to you, friends!
Thank you for visiting.


Sunday, April 08, 2018

Last Day To Sign Up For The Tea Cup & Mug Exchange

Hi, friends!
Just popping in to let you know that today, April 8th,
is the last day to sign up for the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.

You can find out how to register for this event
by clicking on the link below:

Have a beautiful and blessed Lord's Day!
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