From the Heart… A Small Summer Home Tour

Beauty is  all around and it isn’t always easy changing and beginning something new. I thank God everyday for giving us new chances. With that I have a small home tour for you today…

The garden is coming along and I’ll share more later this week or early next. Mr. Ethereal and I have been working on several projects outside such as cleaning out gutters and installing gutter guards to prevent leaves and acorns from filling them up, fixing the back fence and gate, as well as making the back flowerbed.

Thankfully we have had plenty of rain each week or two so our grass is green, the plants are well watered and the new Apello solar sound vole repellents seem to be driving the voles away. 

Later today I will be driving down to visit our daughter for a few days. We plan to visit a couple of gardens down in Austin, Texas and I am looking forward to sharing them with you!

spring blooms with summer photos coming.
So without further ado let’s head back indoors, shall we?

In the living room the library tea table is getting an update with the addition of this favorite plate stand. Everything still has a soft patriotic theme with the pinks, whites and blues.

Hubby helped me hang up the curtain rod we brought from California along with my favorite lace curtains in our bedroom.
I’ll share those the next time as right now while working in the craft/sewing room, a mattress is back in our bedroom… Which is why I can’t reshoot the bedroom and share the whole thing. 

Always the way, isn’t it? Lol. 

Not too perfect ~ casually wrinkled and perfectly pink! I am still deciding what I want to hang above the bed which is why nothing is there yet. I’d love to find a French corona to hang bed curtains from but that’s a hit and a miss and may require a trip somewhere far away to find.
;D

This is how we had our last bedroom after buying the California king mattress and our daughter taking the cherry bedframe and headboard. She still loves it, btw!

Good news! Our trailer is up for sale and hopefully it will sell soon. Hubby and I do talk about taking a nice trip overseas to Italy and France and it would be sooo nice for our 35th wedding anniversary coming up in two years… But we will need to save for it, of course.


This vintage rabbit lamp I found at an antique store years ago in Redlands, California and it is a favorite. Surprisingly we don’t need that many lamps and many will be sold at our first Texas garage sale.

Right now though I am looking for a lamp shade to match this one for the lamp on hubby’s bedside table ~ no luck so far. 

Any ideas on where to look? Maybe I just need to find a shade with the same coloring and similar shape.

Taken about a month after our household goods
were delivered.
The attic space is getting cleaned and shelves are going up so this large box and the wicker trunk will be heading up shortly. There isn’t really a spot for this wicker trunk downstairs right now and it was one of my first purchases from my very first job. 

I found it at Cost-Plus World Market when it was a new store in the late 1970’s. I am not willing to part with it just yet… It was the hope chest I kept at the end of my double bed in high school. 


Our fair maiden graces enjoys the afternoon sunshine.

I think she is pretty happy here…

And so are we.
🙂





Blessings to you,

Sunday Sentiments ~ Getting Back to the Heart…

Welcome and Happy Sunday!  When I began blogging almost five years ago now I started a Sunday post called Sunday Sentiments… Then Mr. Ethereal lost his job just as my blog was barely getting going and I was devastated. I felt God had pulled the rug out from under me but probably it was more that He propped me up during that time. And it was You Know Who up to his usual worldly tricks…

As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.” — Mark 14:22 NLT

God has always been there for Charles and myself through the four times Charles has been laid off (economic turndowns in warehouse management; not for the faint of heart) and the couple of times that I lost mine over these past 33 years. 



I accepted Christ at 11 years old when my parents stopped attending the Catholic church ~ my deaf brother Frank and I found our way along with the Presbyterians then. And we are ever glad that we did!


This summer as a renewed section to my blog, I thought I’d start up Sunday Sentiments again. Not to help heal everyone’s wounds, because in myself I can’t, but to help lead you to the One who can…


God brings great joy after terrible sorrow… 

If an abused dog adopted from a shelter, one who bit and hurt his owners because he (the dog) thought they were competing for his food, or for love, care and comfort, can learn to love and feel secure ~ so can you.

We all hurt. Life IS hurt, and trials. Being a Christian ~ no one said it would be easy. Just looking at the lives of the Apostles they all died for Christ but the rewards were great. They knew where they were going and what they stood for.  🙂

God gives comfort and strength to face those challenges and then…


The Son comes out and we are happy and whole again!

                                                   Jesus Reinstates Peter
15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon   son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”            

                                                  John 21:15-19, New International Version (NIV)

If you have never asked Jesus into your heart, this is a simple prayer taken from one of my favorite authors. I am sure that she, Jan Karon, wouldn’t mind me sharing it with you. 

Spoken by the main character of her Mitford series of books, Father Timothy Kavanagh ~ from Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series.


‘Have you asked Him to forgive the things you’ve done?’

‘I assure you that God would not want to do that.’

‘Believe it or not, I can promise that He would. In fact, He promises that He will. Would you like to ask Him into your life?’

The stranger stared into the darkened sanctuary. ‘I can’t do it,
I’ve tried.’


It isn’t a test you have to pass. It doesn’t require discipline and intelligence… nor even strength and perseverance. It only requires faith.’

‘I don’t think I’ve got that.’ There was a long silence. ‘But I’d be willing to try… one more time.’

‘Will you pray a simple prayer with me? On faith?’
‘What do I have to lose?’

‘Nothing to lose, everything to gain.’ Father Tim rose from the kneeler and took the short step across the aisle, where he laid his hands on the man’s head.

‘If you could repeat this,’ he said. ‘Thank you, God, for loving me, and for sending your Son to die for my sins. I sincerely repent of my sins, and receive Christ as my personal savior. Now, as your child, I turn my entire life over to you. Amen.’*

The man repeated the prayer, and they were silent.
‘Is that all?’ he asked the rector.

‘That’s all.’

‘I don’t know what I am supposed to feel.’

‘Whatever you feel is exactly what you’re supposed to feel.’

chapter 11, A White Thanksgiving, At Home in Mitford
*Italics are added for emphasis, by me.

It isn’t Christmas today but if you just accepted Christ into your heart, you may feel like it is! For any of us renewing our faith, or just feeling happy being a sister or brother in Christ, it’s always Christmas!

Let’s look at those numbers again, shall we?

We are married 33 years this year ~ the same number of years Jesus was when he died on a cross to be our propitiation ~ to take our wages for sin upon himself. He went in our place; that’s grace.

Today is the 16th of June and my grandmother Helen’s birthdate. She would have been 110 years old, had she lived this long. This week also marks the week my father died, on the 12th of June 1997. The 12th is the date I sat down and began this Sunday Sentiments with the Holy Spirit for you. 

Just some extra cool “coincidences” for you. 😉  Welcome to Sunday Sentiments… 
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Blessings to you,

Share Your Style #205

Welcome once again to Share Your Style and to week #205… I am Barb Chapman and I am so glad you are
here today. This week I am sharing a look at a tea and tablescape I held for two friends who came to visit
last week on
Maundy Thursday.


Here are friends Laura of Decor to Adore and Cindy of

It’s sooo nice to have blogging friends who live close by!
Hope you have a good group living near you, too.
🙂

This tea included a first look at our home in the mostly put together living room as it looks out towards the backyard.

A second post I shared was a spring basket door hanger as
part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge. I’d love for you to
stop by and check out both of these posts. So much great
door decor has been created all this month’s participants and
by our host Cindy of County Road 407! 

Great ideas for you to copy and adapt!



So let’s get to this week’s wonderful features
shall we?!

With Easter and Passion week just last week I believe another look is so appropriate… Therefore a few more Easter and bunny posts will feature this week.


Notre Dame Window by Jeanne Selep

Jeanne at her blog of the same name JeanneSelep.blogspot.com
shared the beautiful rosette window pre-fire which was saved during the fire at Notre Dame this past week.

***

Please pray for all those who have loved and are affected by the terrible fire which happened in this very old and beautiful cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, won’t you?

Many of you have toured this 850 year old church with its flying buttresses holding up its walls and though I have not, the faith we have, not in those relics and this church (and so many other houses of worship) but the comfort those pieces and places give us…

Notre Dame and the significance it has and has had on our fallen world remind us to continue “looking for the good” and to what the Son of Man went through to save this world from itself.
🙂


Fabiana who lives in Ecuador and writes Fabby’s Living shared this beautiful table set for Easter for all the family and company she had coming over. Simple beauty with sweet rabbits surrounding a gilded goblet and eggs nestled into sherbet glasses.
Simple and stunning!


I am on a bit of a tablescape kick lately as I love creating beautiful table settings for you all and for my family. Here is a stunning table from Sandra over at Dinner at Eight ~ love her Fitz and Floyd Easter rabbit in it’s Easter garden! And look at that tablecloth!!!
Love the Easter grass placemats…

Sew up a storm this Easter with these adorable Easter Sewing Projects!

Michele from the Scrap Shoppe Blog shares a round-up of Easter projects that we all can make now for next year and/or put on our Pinterest save boards for next year ~ adorable!!! 
And since this is French Ethereal here in an Honorable Mention for the week ~ from Stephanie at The Style Safari who is planning a trip to France in May and is making some clothes for her trip. Check out her blog for her creative clothing creations!


That’s it for this week, folks! Thank you to everyone who linked up last week and be sure to visit a few partiers while you are here and if you’ll pin my Share Your Style links as well, I send you bunny hugs through the airwaves!

 We all appreciate the love!
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And just a quick reminder of the party rules:

This link party is geared towards home decor, recipes, gardening and related. I know many of you have so much to say about many other things, but here it’s always going to be a party towards life in the home. 

I would appreciate a link back to your blog, too.
Thank you!  🙂



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Merry Christmas Wishes to You!

MerryChristmas  to you!  As I sit here late on Christmas Eve after a busy week-plus of visiting friends while also looking at houses with my hubby for our potential next home, it is nice to sit down and rest in the quiet of a late evening thinking about the birth of our Savior…


“I’m dreaming tonight  of a place long, long ago…,” the song sung by Karen Carpenter so timeless and oft-played on the radio this time of year, is quietly drifting through my sleepy head now after putting out the last of the hidden Christmas gifts.


Memories of Christmases past bring back warm, happy thoughts of Christmas Eve services held by candlelight and the special message of Jesus’ birth
in a stable in Bethlehem.

One of our last Christmases in our Big House ~ love this Italian Nativity found long ago at Costco
when it was Price Club, remember that?  The pillow on the couch is an old J.C. Penney find.

So just a few thoughts here before heading to bed…


And today I looked again for the new Nativity to bring over and set out but it is not to be found this year…


But I do have this lovely Mary and Baby Jesus…

So this is our special Nativity this year to help remember the birth of our Lord.


Simple with its message of Love…

The looked-for Nativity in last year’s photo ~ love the Old World feel.  Beautiful and beatific!

May He comfort you and be your guide in this crazy journey called life!



Share Your Style will post up on Wednesday but otherwise I am taking some time off for the Christmas season and will be back after the New Year.
Also Sharing with
Joyeux Noël,

A Year of Giving Thanks

This has been a year of
giving thanks
for us…


First of all, I’d like to welcome you if you are coming
over from Katherine’s Corner today with the
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Give Thanks Tablescape 
Blog Tour
W e l c o m e !!!


We are recent transplants to Texas via many years
in California.
My husband was blessed with a new position
here in the Dallas area last November.
We are very blessed to be here and for his work ~
our first reason to give thanks…


My former home’s backyard garden in Murrieta, California the year before we sold our home.

Giving Thanks

We have much to be grateful for ~ the least of which
is that we weren’t homeless over the past two
years while Hubby was out of his normal work.
We made it through having to sell what I thought
was our “forever home” and instead took up
a slightly nomadic life
living in a 27′ Coleman travel trailer for about
1 1/2 years before we traded it in for
our new 41′ fifth wheel
which we love for its room!

Looking west over neighboring rv’s here in North Central Texas.

Just a few photos from earlier this fall of my
kitchen and dining areas.
The lemon poppy seed cake on the back counter
is one I often bake when having friends
over for tea.

The garden area in September just after putting in the little square stepping stones.

Our little prairie rv home

This is the garden area just outside our fifth-wheel.
We had no “pop-outs” on the previous trailer so we were
really cramped and constantly having to move a box
to sit down to eat, watch tv, to do anything.

In this beauty, we have the luxury of five slides which makes
the inside about 16′ wide throughout most of the trailer.
It is really a small apartment in many ways.
We are staying nomadic for just a little while longer as we
begin looking for land and a house.
🙂

My friend Peggy came for an impromptu tea one day recently.

“One is silver and the Other is gold”

I am thankful also for my “old friends” in California,
whom I can visit with anytime via Facebook and Instagram,
and I am thankful for the “new friends” I have made
since moving here to Texas.
I believe God has provided for this need for friendship
with park owners who really care in every sense of the word
for the people and animals who live here.

Little Skidboot at his first shearing.  He is one of 13 alpacas here at Wagon Master
RV Park and Alpaca Farm, Sanger, Texas.


It is a great blessing for everyone here,
whether as short-term campers or as extended-stay residents,
 to be able to stay here.
The owners really act as caretakers of the land and
have a heart for people.
🙂


A tablesetting I did earlier this fall.


New beginnings

We are grateful for a chance to start over
and work on rebuilding our nest egg.
We also are rebuilding our household ~ of which
this “prairie home fifth-wheel” is a big part.

Traveling to new places as I work on making
my little blog into a real business
is also an exciting part of the new here in Texas!
I am grateful for the chance to do something
I love full-time.
🙂

A  recent Thanksgiving tablesetting with pumpkins and pansies.


Grateful for the little things

Mostly I am grateful for all the little things which
have “coincidentally happened” this past year…

Our daughter moving to Texas before we did to
move out and live with her friend
then…
my husband finding and getting his new position
also here in Texas.

Or like last Christmas time when I found a
J Broadhurst Constable series set of china
minus the lid for the teapot in an antique mall
I just happened to visit for the first time.
It had been in my heart for many years to have a set
of pinkish-red china like this as it so beautiful to me.
God knew it and led me to it!
Of this, I have no doubt.

Lastly, for meeting a new group of friends and a
Bible study being offered here at the park and farm
by a new wonderful friend.


Coincidence?

I don’t think these things are coincidences.
I believe they are gifts and blessings from our
Great Creator.

I hope you do, too.
😉

Our kitchen table set for a little Thanksgiving tea!

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Thank You.
😀

Many blessings to you and your family
this Thanksgiving…

Please enjoy visiting with all of the lovely ladies
who are linking up today.
There are many wonderful and inspirational
tablesettings and ideas out there for
your holiday decorating…


Also sharing with
Tablescape Thursday ~ Between Naps on the Porch
https://betweennapsontheporch.net/nora-fleming-servers-and-minis-perfect-for-holiday-parties-and-special-celebrations/

No Rules Weekend ~ Life As We Know It by Paula



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Sunday Sentiments ~ Author Emilie Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk




Recently I learned of the passing
of beloved Christian author
Emilie Barnes
who wrote over 70 books on time management
taking care of one’s home and
about tea time and knowing
and loving God…



Teatime as you know is something I find
very soothing, very comforting
and a perfect way to begin one’s day
while having a little quiet time…


I found Emilie Barnes’ wonderful books
at the little bookstore which used to be open 
in between services and during the week
at our former church in California ~
Calvary Chapel of Murrieta, California.









If Teacups Could Talk was part of
what helped bring me back to a closer
walk with God.
This book was a big part of that and was
a book that all of us in my first
tea groups in the Victorian Tea Society
in the late 1990’s read and discussed
at our luncheons.


One of the stories Emilie wrote about in this book was
about her mother and how as Emilie was growing up
they lived for a time at the back of her 
mother’s seamstress shop.
When it was quiet in the shop, her mother
would often take customers back 
for a cup of tea.
This woman lived out her faith daily
sharing with customers and eventually
with her neighbors in 
her later years.
I loved how Emilie wove her family
her love of Jesus
and poetry and quotes about tea
throughout this book!



In all of Emilie Barnes’ books she shares 
Biblical scriptures and principles
to help us learn about
Jesus and about 
how having faith in our
daily lives is the best comforter
we could ever have.

Sometimes during the late 1990’s
I wrote Ms. Barnes to let her know how
much her books meant to me
and that If Teacups Could Talk
helped renew my faith in God.


She wrote a lovely letter back
which I have with all 
my keepsake letters.







Here is a pin I saved sharing another of
Sandy Lynam Clough’s
gorgeous tea artwork which was
soooo pretty and perfect
paired with Emilie’s books.
Part of my Mother’s Day gift from my husband back around 2002 when I visited
Macy’s in Costa Mesa, California for a china signing with Sarah, the Duchess of York.

If you are thinking of a gift for a friend
do consider giving the gift of tea…
If Teacups Could Talk
or
any of Emilie Barnes’ other books on 
hostessing a tea party.
Emilie’s books are printed through
Harvest House Publishers.
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Blessings to you,

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Sunday Sentiments ~ Scripture Quilts and a "How To"

Happy Sunday evening to you!
I thought I’d share a little on
something new I found recently:
scripture quilts

This photo is a bit over-lightened but I need to lighten to share this quilt
as this room is a bit dark.

When I first visited my friend Peggy
we took a tour around her lovely home
decorated with family antiques 
and wonderful vintage 
family photos and also these 
soft and sentimental scripture quilts
she had sewn.

A friend of hers had made some and Peggy
had seen them and asked if she could
get a pattern to make 
some scripture blocks.
These first squares ended up being the
beginnings of three quilts
she has made for her husband
and adult children.
More are on the way, too.
😉


I love how this room is decorated with many lifetimes of passed-down family heirlooms ~ taken with my old iPhone 5.
Quilts blocks based on biblical stories have been 
made since women began making quilts
however
these more modern scripture quilts with
scripture quotes written in a
family members’ handwriting are
a relatively new idea.

I saved a number of biblical and scripture pieces out onto my 
Pinterest Faith board
if you’d like to stop by there
and take a look.

Love the tea dyed quilt block to match the variegated cottons prints used for the rest of the quilt.  This quilt was
presented to Peggy’s husband Tony for his birthday one year.


These quilts are a nice way to keep family members
close especially when everyone lives are so busy
and many of us live far away
from our family
and hardly have time to get together
much except during the holidays.
These quilts also a wonderful way to remember
family member who has “gone on home.


A fun idea is to have each family member
write out their favorite scripture verse
and sign his or her name along the
bottom edge above where
the seamline would be.
This could be a great thing to do over
Thanksgiving while the turkey is cooking
or at a family summer BBQ.
A station to set up in your backyard while
everyone is together celebrating.
Also, this idea could be easily adapted to 
other types of handwritten quilts.
Be sure to sign your quilt when it is done
and this separate quilt block
looks lovely placed on the
back of a quilt.


Drawn “square” is the “cut out block.”  The center horizontal and vertical
axes are drawn first.


How to make a Scripture Quilt Block

Supplies needed

*parchment paper
*pencil
*ruler or straight edge
*markers to draw over pencil lines
*permanent marker in black or favorite color

to use for final handwritten block.
*muslin washed and dried ~ cut to size of final
quilt block(s) plus seam allowance.


Instructions

*Begin with cut squares from parchment paper

in the size you need for your quilt block
plus 1/2″ around all four sides 
for the seam allowance.
Also cut out actual muslin

*On your computer, type out your scripture verse(s).

*Print the verse onto regular computer paper
large enough with roughly 3/4″ intervals
between each drawn line.
{leaving about 1/2″ of open space between lines of words}



*Adjust your printing and reprint as needed
making the spacing to 
your liking.

I used 1″ spacing on the photos above and that 

was too much, so I re-drew the lines 
to half-inch spacing.That worked better.

3/4″ I think is what the ones which
Peggy made were measured.  
When you create your own scripture quilt blocks, 

play around with the computer font sizes.  
The above printout would need to be re-spaced on 
the computer accordingly.
{see how it doesn’t quite fit?}
This is just a template anyway and your
handwriting can be adjusted
as you create each scripture block.
Play around with each one until each
looks right to you.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from ourselves it is a gift from God —(9) not by
works, so that no one can boast.  ~ Ephesians 2: 8-9

Instructions continued

*Place the typed paper underneath the parchment
paper that has had center lines drawn
horizontally and vertically on them.

*Draw as many horizontal lines
above and below the first centered line ~
enough for your whole scripture quote.


*Align the typed sheet underneath
the parchment paper
adjusting the centers of each line
until it looks centered.
Tape down both papers as needed.

*Write out your verses in a dark marker
on the parchment.


*Lay out your thin muslin
over top.
If available, use a light board or projector
underneath to light the words.

If that’s not available?
 Press down firmly
on the muslin to make the marker
show through for copying.

***Practice writing out your verses
on a scrap of muslin first using 
fine-point permanent marker.
😉


Sew your scripture quilt blocks
together with other lightweight cotton
strips to create your quilt in whatever
design you’ve chosen.
Oh, and don’t forget to sign your
beautiful quilt by placing
a special quilt block with a heart-felt 
message on the back.
Enjoy!

Blessings to you,
Barb 🙂



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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 🙂


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Biblical quilts
please click here.
🙂

Sunday Sentiments, Easter 2017 ~ I’ll Make You Fishers of Men…

A favorite garden statue I had in my Big House front garden bed.
Easter Sunday ~ He is Risen!
Risen indeed.
🙂


Since this is the Lord’s special day
I was thinking of how we are to be
fishers of men…


I’m not a good fisherman
in fact
I’ve hardly fished for real fish at all
though I love to eat fish!
And I’m a regular fraidy~cat when it comes
to talking to people about Jesus
which really makes no sense at all because
Jesus Himself is not scary.
😉

Beautiful lily pads down at my parents’ 1/2 acre pond at their final home in Connecticut ~ roughly 2010.


But a lot of people are afraid of Jesus
and mostly because of us
Christians who say something wrong
or do something 
that shows our weaknesses and 
shows us as hypocritical.
I’m sorry for that, for my wrong actions
and sayings.


But Jesus isn’t hypocritical ~ He did what He
set out to do:
to save a world from themselves.
To save us from our sins by taking our place
dying on a cross.
The ultimate sacrifice for an imperfect world ~
Grace and Peace.



All we have to do is believe on Him
ask for forgiveness for what we’ve done
and follow His lead
and
read God’s Word 
so we know how to live:
  Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
B.I.B.L.E

It is that simple.
Plain truths on a Sunday celebrating the great
Love
He has for us.

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  

 John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)



An Easter lily for you! ~ from the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.




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Happy Easter!

Good Friday Sentiments ~ A Supper of Love

I’m excited as I love this time of year
remembering the good things that were done for us 
on a cross a little over 2000 years ago…

In the early evening, before it was night 

and just before 
Jesus was taken into custody
{and betrayed by Judas Iscariot}
the Lord had a final supper 
with the apostles…

“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 
17After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.18For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Luke 22:15-18 NIV
He broke the bread, gave thanks to God,
then said:

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19

“Little Robin Red Breast”… a story told that the robin got its red breast because it went up to Jesus on the cross to look upon Him and pierced itself on the crown of thorns upon His head.  From a book I received as a child from the Catholic church we attended on base in Massachusetts, 1967-1970.
Later on, Roman soldiers arrested
Jesus and took him to see
Pilot and Herod.
Jesus was not found guilty of anything
but Pilot put it before the people to decide
whom to let free.
They chose another…
The Rose ~ representing the crown of thorns.  See?  The rose weeps and bows its head because it knows…

So why Jesus?

Yeshua* in the Hebrew and translated
in English as Joshua {Jesus is the transliteration
of the Greek Iesous} was led away
to the cross.

God sent his son 
to be the propitiation
or substitute
taking our place and dying our final death
for us as we are separated from God 
because
of our sin.

Jesus is the bridge
the go between.
Our bodies are to 
die once but not 
second time in Hell ~ because we are Believers.
As followers of Christ Jesus.
“The Way” ~ the original name
which came to be
“Christian.”
Meaning… 
“Christ-like.”

*https://www.gotquestions.org/Yeshua-Jesus.html
The child who grew to be the Son of Man ~ three years of travel and teaching.
33 years lived.

I am the Alpha and the Omegathe Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who iand who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Friend Kathy’s lovely table set for a Christmas tea.  She too loves Jesus!
He did it because He loves us.

Enjoy your Good Friday,

Sunday Sentiments ~ Grace and Peace, with a Sneak Peak Table Styling

For today’s Sunday Sentiments
I thought I’d share
a few words the apostle Paul wrote at
the beginning of his letters 
to the different Christian church plants,
words of encouragement.
He always began his letters with
“To all the saints in Christ Jesus at _________, …
Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The above was taken from Philippians 1:1-2 but all the
other letters he wrote to the people in Corinth, Colosse
Ephesus, Thessalonica and to Timothy
began with similar words ~ Grace and Peace.

Feathered friends visiting for seeds during the small snow storms
on Friday.

I photographed this from the insert put out by all the local churches before Christmas
from the local Sanger newspaper.  I thought it was cool!
Grace and peace
two beautiful words ~ grace being the act of
receiving a gift or a reward when we should 
have received
a punishment instead.
Peace ~ hoping that peace
would come over someone.






I was reading in Philippians but I kept coming back to those two words. Paul was still telling others about Jesus even while in chains in prison.  He knew he’d really been given grace as before he knew Christ, he had been Saul of Tarsus who had been going after Christians.  After Jesus rose from the grave, He appeared before many people, at different times for forty days, and one of those times was before Saul on the road to Damascus.  Jesus asked why Saul was persecuting him.  Saul fell to his knees before Jesus.  
For three days, Saul was blind, but after that he could see.  He was converted and spent the rest of his days telling everyone about Christ Jesus, that Jesus was real and that Jesus was the Savior everyone had been looking for.  Jesus had given Saul his new name, Paul, to reflect who he was now with a new beginning.  Paul had peace from then on knowing who he was and where he was going.  So, no matter where he was at the time, he felt peace about the situation.  Even in prison, in chains.


Thinking too about how God took care of 
the Jews after they left Egypt by giving them 
manna to eat as they were going into 
the Promised Land Exodus 16:4
then
thinking about Jesus saying,

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more… Fear him who… has power to throw you into hell…. Indeed, the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”  Luke 12: 4-12 

We shouldn’t worry about where our food 
comes from or where we are going as 
or being scared to talk with others
about Jesus.
God will help us when it’s time.
🙂


Paul was sold-out for Christ.
We can do it too. 
He believed and trusted 
in God the Father and 
God the Son
The Holy Spirit
would come upon him.
The Jews of old believed in God and 
knew to look for the Savior and the signs
of his coming.
Grace and Peace.

Come to the table of the Lord
and eat.
Grace and peace be with you,
Barb
🙂
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