Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As I Do Tea



                   
Proverb 17:22

As I bring out the kettle and fill it to the brim, joy begins to seep in. 

As I wait for the water to boil,
I pray about what’s on my heart
today. 

As I gather the teapot, the cup, spoon,
honey, and tea; 
I lay down a memorized
scripture or two or three.

As I pour the steaming water over
the fragrant tea, 
I breathe in the comforting delight.

      As I wait for the tea to fully steep,
                       I heap praises
                       at Jesus’s feet. 



Psalm 146:1 

As the brew comes to perfection, 
I pour out thanks to the One who 
who transformed me 
from bitterness to kindness.

As I pause over my teacup,
I invite the Redeemer
to join me at my tea. 

As I sip the sweet tea,
I’m reminded that
I’m never alone,
Jesus Christ
is always
near
me. 

Psalm 119:76

                 






May your tea time preparations 

be filled with joy, comfort, 
and a sweet time in
Christ's uplifting presence. 



Uplifting blessings,
Carolyn 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Warrior Bride Says Yes to the Dress



The Warrior Bride of Christ
Have you ever been in a Bible study that inspired you and moved you to take action? Have you heard about the bride of Christ in waiting? Have you been convicted of not using a God given gift lately? 

Yes, yes, and yes are my answers to these question. 

Beth Fortune was our ladies’ Bible study teacher this summer in a six week series called Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits. She began by showing us through scripture A Love Story Like No Other in one of our sessions. Beth reminded us that our bridegroom has gone to prepare a place for us and that our love story is from everlasting to everlasting. 





 "I go to prepare a place for you." Jesus said in John 14:2.


Then Beth opened our eyes to the Ancient Jewish Wedding Ceremony with supporting scriptures that showed us Jesus Christ’s proposal, the price He paid, and what we are to wear while waiting for His return. This section was called, Saying Yes to the Dress: What does it look like to be the Bride of Christ…waiting on her Bridegroom. As we looked at scriptures, we saw how we are to live in the wait using the gifts from the Son, gifts from God the Father, and gifts from the Holy Spirit. 

I was convicted and motivated to use a God given gift I haven’t used in twenty years, Then deep inside me, to draw a concept of the Bride of Christ standing ready on the battlefield of life. Prayer was my weapon when fear and doubt caused me to throw down the pencil and run from the task. Like the Warrior Bride, I put on the full armor of God, picked up the pencil again and to applied what was given to me by Him.  

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readings given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,     Ephesians 6:13-17 ESV

With the thread of Beth Fortune’s teaching, the fabric of the Word, and a pencil as my needle, I crafted The Warrior Bride of Christ sketch. At the end of the Bible study, Beth gave each attendee a bookmark with the picture of the drawing to remind them of the Groom’s return and the accessories He has given us in the wait. 

What about you, have you attended an inspiring Bible study or challenged to use a rusty gift lately? 

     
Beth Fortune 
  If not, check out Beth Fortune’s Bible studies, retreats, and encouraging blog posts at  www.bethfortune.net




Uplifting blessings, 
Carolyn 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Good Read and Tea






Toes in the sand, an umbrella hat on my head, iced sweet tea beside me, and a good book in my hand makes for a perfect summer day’s vacation. 

However, before making it to the beach, I started reading A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter with a morning cup of hot tea. The book was so good, I couldn’t save it for the 
vacation. 

My goal was to read a page or two to wet my appetite for my beach read. Those first pages were truly appetizers to a good story, interesting characters and multiple challenges to be solved. Reading every chance I could find, I read on until I was fully satisfied at the end of the story.

My hot tea grew cold that first morning as Lisa Carter introduces me to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and two challenged characters of brokenness, stubbornness, and providence. As tasty as my steamy French Vanilla tea with a splash of Almond milk was, I couldn’t reach for cup while reading the scene on the beach where Caden Wallis happens upon McKenna Dockery doing a ballerina lift on the water’s edge and lands as graceful as a butterfly. Before being caught watching her, Caden turns to quick and falls flat on his face. His prostheses tripped him. The tea grew cold but the story didn’t. 

Grace and trust were the battles between the two main characters while the coastal community was pummeled with fires, drugs, and murders. Choices turn the tides on this romantic suspense to a real good read before digging my toes in the sand and sipping tea. 


However, A Vast and Gracious Tide is a worthy re-read for as Psalm 34:18 says,
 "The LORD is close to the Brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." 



Read on!


May your summer be filled with a good read, lots of flavorful tea, and favor of Jesus Christ.  

    Uplifting blessings, 
   Carolyn