Bridal shower and wedding season is upon us. Have you ever found yourself feeling a bit awkward when you gave or received a duplicate gift? Do you ever find yourself wondering what gift to give the bride—especially if this is the sixth wedding or shower you’ve attended this summer?
I’ve got some terrific ideas for the bride that will be appreciated, enjoyed, and no one else will duplicate! Remember… she’s a bride for a day and a wife for life!
I had to shorten my list quite a bit. That is, I had to shorten the list of things that will be finished before Christmas. Who says gifts can only be given at Christmas or on birthdays? This week, I’ll finish knitting mittens for two of my kittens. I’m going to order some yellow yarn from Knit Picks for my other little kitten. She knows her mittens will be coming.
Don’t despair if you haven’t met your handmade goals. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “Do what you can with what you’ve got where you are.” What our family and friends really want is our acceptance, our companionship, our time, and our love. Give these lavishly and all will be well. That’s giving heartmade.
God has been so good to bring such good Christian friends into my life. I’m so blessed to have friends that I can be completely open and honest with. I can share my heart, the joys, the fears, the frustrations, the victories, the hopes and dreams. They can do the same.
NO HUSBAND BASHING allowed! Usually, we’re talking about the ways that we are trying to change, praying to change, and changing. We talk about loving and submission, teaching and disciplining kids, recipes and what is working for us around the house.
WE PRAY TOGETHER…for our families, ourselves, those that we know that are suffering in some way or in need, for healing, for the body of Christ, for others’ salvation, for our country’s leaders and our country itself.
Thank You God for my good friends!
Blessed Among Women in my Own Generation
“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen;
the more select, the more enjoyable.”
~Louisa May Alcott
I’m afraid that I need to take this quote to heart…the book part, that is. I have finished packing our books. I sorted, gave away, and am paperback swapping and selling some. I recorded each book that I packed on a 3 x 5 card. That way I can find exactly what I need when I need it. I have about twenty boxes. Whew! I think I’ll have to sort again when I unpack. No wonder we’re a reading family!
By the way, I have really good friends. God chose well for me.
I wrote out a nice long entry this morning; and then, the computer did something weird and erased everything I wrote! So, rather than write it all out again, I’ll invite you to visit two blogs that I just added to my sidebar.
Gayla’s Prairie Flower Cottage
Rebecca’s Hearth and Home
They’re two more ladies who live between Oz and the Ozarks who are down home, home loving and home schooling ladies who love the Lord.
Welcome to the list girls!
My Friend Sue, of Country Pleasures, wrote about flowers and friendship today. See her blog in my blog list. She mentioned, “My theory is you can always tell a good Mother by the way she tends to her garden and friends. ”
Oh boy, I hope she’s not right about that! I’m afraid the three lovely flower gardens that my husband planted for me in our front yard are sorely in need of weeding. The pansies, petunias and snapdragons are loving the rain and temperatures we’ve been having; but, so do the weeds! I guess that’s something to put on my to do list.
One of my dear friends, Sherry, recently moved to a new house in the country. I spent a few hours helping her yesterday. It’s an old farm house that the Lord has worked so many details out for. She has nice big airy rooms with big windows that felt fine even without air conditioning in 85 degree weather. It’s great.
I’m so happy for her. She was content even before the Lord made a way for new cabinets, counters, appliances, and floors in the kitchen. That’s contentment. God often blesses us most when we are content, truly content, with the least.
How’s your contentment level? I’m working on mine. There are a lot of unknowns for all of us right now. The thing is, all we truly have is right now. Chances are, right now isn’t as bad as we might have thought it was going to be when we worried about it!
I encourage you to do your best to be content with the right now, right here, right the way it is. You may be surprised at how your thoughts begin to brighten.
I’ve just had a wonderful morning. I slipped away to have coffee (tea for me) with my heart friend Sherry. She is so dear to me for so many reasons. She’s a friend that I can share my heart with openly and honestly. She always points me back to God. I thank God for her.
Sometimes we think we need a lot of time to be with a friend. Friend Sherry and I haven’t talked for weeks. That happens when we think we need hours. God blesses us with minutes. I thank God for my Friend Sherry and that we took the minutes and redeemed them this morning.
Who do you need to call or spend a few minutes with?
God is in the minutes. Relationships and friendships are in the minutes.
My friend Sue, at Country Pleasures, wrote about hope yesterday. Hope is a very powerful thing. Many years ago, when my oldest son was a toddler, I had a friend who was living near the poverty level just as my family was. We spent time together frequently; because, we attended church together and had sons about the same age. We both struggled a great deal with just putting food on the table let alone all the other needs we had. There was a major difference between us though.
I told my husband that the difference was that we were hopefully poor and she was hopelessly poor. I had my husband who was trying to provide for us. Her husband was making more money; but, he kept out a large percentage for his personal use and gave her barely enough to keep going. The key was that I had hope that things would get better. She really didn’t expect anything to improve. In fact, she was tearing down her house with her own hands with her hopelessness.
Hope for hope’s sake may help some; but, I must hope in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God our Creator. He is the only real hope. He saves us from being punished with hell and eternal separation from God for our sins IF we confess that he is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. Romans 10:9. We have to confess our sins and believe that he paid the price for our sins. 1 John 1:9.
He is not just hope for salvation from hell. He’s also our hope for today, for everything we face, for everything we need. He promised to never leave us or forsake us. We need him daily. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds with the Living Word of God, the Holy Bible. Romans 12:12.
You know, you do become like those you hang around with. This year, I want to hang around with Jesus more and more in his holy, true, living word. How about you?
Blessings to you!