Monday, October 25, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday and asking for prayers

"Come along inside... We'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place."   ~ The Wind in the Willows
 

(I certainly hope that the above is true!)


Once again, I'm linking up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.

I was slightly delayed in my Tea Time post by this...




No, this is not my dog!  We are puppy-sitting for a week... long story....


My post is a bit different than usual today.  I am sharing two cups with you.  They were both gifts from sweet friends.




This pansy cup was from my friend Shirley.  Shirley is one of my heroes!  She is raising three grandchildren and two nieces that she and her husband adopted.   The oldest was hit by a car a few years back and suffered brain damage, which has resulted in several surgeries and behavioral issues.  She also runs a business making wedding dresses and volunteers at church.  She can always make me laugh.  She is an incredibly strong woman.



This miniature cup also has pansies.  It was a gift from one of my best friends.  Lynnette and I met when our kids were small, and she is everything a best friend should be.  She is loving, caring, funny, supportive, and always there whenever I need to talk.

There's a reason I'm sharing cups from friends today.  I'm realizing how much I need and appreciate my friends.

My daughter had a multi-stage CT scan last week.  Her doctor was concerned about the possibility of cancer, which apparently is a complication that can occur with autoimmune hepatitis.  My husband talked to the doctor today.  The test didn't show cancer, but the doctor wants to move forward with transplant evaluation.  I still don't know many details.  We will be having a family meeting tonight.

This is all happening much faster than we ever planned on, and I know that part of it is due to the poor decisions my daughter has made in the past.  I'm asking for your prayers as we proceed with this.



Monday, October 18, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday


"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. And whoever this "Earl Grey" fellow is, I'd like to have a word with him... "
-Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek, The Next Generation

Time for another Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage!



This is a miniature tea cup.  It stands about 2" high.


This cup has a gold rim, and the pattern is either grapes or wisteria.  I'm leaning toward grapes.


The saucer is flower shaped.  The mark says that it was made in Portugal.  That's all that I was able to figure out.  My husband lived in Brazil for six months before we were married, but he doesn't remember much of the language, so that doesn't help.  Oh well.

This is one of the first cups that my mom gave to me when I started collecting tea cups. I think I did because my mom had so many beautiful cups!  Most of them are mine now.  My sister didn't have much interest in them.

Thanks for visiting, and be sure to check out the other tea parties!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Before the Morning

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see.
  (Hebrews 11:1, The Message)




I've always loved that verse, but the translation in "The Message" makes me look at it in a new perspective.

I've been struggling the past couple of weeks.  I've posted before about the issues with my youngest daughter. ( here) Physically, there are things that should be happening, but aren't.  Emotionally, she can go from zero to nasty in 1.6 seconds.  But what tears at my heart the most is that she seems to have turned away from her faith.  She says she still believes in God, but I don't see her living that way. 

Our church's former pastor was preaching on Sunday.  Part of his message really hit me.

He talked about Jesus going to Mary and Martha after Lazarus had died.  Martha told Him, "If you'd been here, my brother wouldn't have died.  But I know God will give You what You ask."  Jesus tells her that Lazarus will be raised.  She tells Him that she knows her brother will be resurrected at the last day.

 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
 
"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."

A few verses later, Jesus says, "Roll away the stone."  What is Martha's reaction?  "He's been dead for 4 days.  He's going to smell!"

How many times have I had the same kind of reaction? 

It's easy to say I believe.  And I do.  But then doubt tries to make its way in.  And sometimes, I just get tired of pressing on.

Jesus wasn't worried about what Lazarus smelled like! And if He isn't worried, do I need to worry?  God hasn't given up on my daughter.

I'm posting the words to one of my favorite songs, "Before the Morning" by Josh Wilson.  This is one of those songs that encourages me at those times when things look hopeless, and I can't see a solution.  It reminds me that God sees the bigger picture and is working in ways that I can't see or imagine.




Do you wonder why you have to
Feel the things that hurt you?
If there's a God who loves you
Where is He now?
Or maybe there are things you can't see
And all those things are happening
To bring a better ending
Someday, somehow you'll see, you'll see

Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming
So hold on, you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the dark before the morning


My friend, you know how this all ends
And you know where you're going
You just don't know how you'll get there
So say a prayer
And hold on
'Cause there's good for those who love God
But life is not a snapshot
It might take a little time, but you'll see the bigger picture



Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming
So hold on, you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the dark before the morning
Yeah, yeah, before the morning
Yeah, yeah

Once you feel the weight of glory
All your pain will fade to memory
Once you feel the weight of glory
All your pain will fade to memory, memory, memory, yeah



Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming
Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming
Come on, you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the hurt before the healing
Oh, the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the dark before the morning
Yeah, yeah, before the morning
Yeah, yeah, before the morning

Songwriters: Ben Glover, Josh Wilson  © 9t One Songs;Ariose Music;Meaux Hits

Tea Time Tuesday

Time for another Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage!


 
"Come and share a pot of tea,
my home is warm and my friendship's free."
~ Emilie Barnes.



I'm paying tribute to my Scottish heritage with this thistle tea cup.




The thistle is the emblem of Scotland.  The inside of the cup has the design as well.



My mom gave me this cup, though I'm not sure where it came from originally. 


Thanks for visiting, and check out the other tea parties on Sandi's blog!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A little guessing game...

What's in the box?


Any guesses?

I'll (hopefully) show you this weekend.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings! - Unknown

Once again, it's time to link up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday!



The set I'm sharing today is by Lefton.  The pattern is Heritage Green.




This is technically a coffee pot, but it works as a tea pot, so...it's a tea pot for me.



The history of this set:  My mother-in-law bought it.  She gave it to her mother.  I remember Grandma Johnson having it at her house.  When she and Grandpa downsized , she gave it back to my mom-in-law.  Then, when my mom-in-law and her husband decided to move to Arizona, she gave it to me.




Somewhere along the way, the lid to the sugar bowl got lost or broken.  But it's still beautiful.  Maybe someday I'll locate a replacement lid.  I treasure this set as a reminder of my husband's grandma.

Thanks for visiting, and visit Sandi to see the other tea parties!