Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quotabili-TEA : a Visual

"In the making" in the mountains!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Divini-TEA" of only One

...we know that "An idol is nothing at all in the world" and that "There is no God but one." (1 Corinthians 8:4, NIV)
In all the world, there is but one true God. How do I know? The Bible tells me so. 
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (Deuteronomy 6:4)
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5)
Nothing says it better! 
Only fools say there is no God. (Psalm 14:1)

Share a cuppa divini-TEA with one who might doubt the truth.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sagaci-TEA and Serendipi-TEA : a perfect blend

My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; (Proverbs 3:21, NIV)
According to YourDictionary.com, sagacity is the quality of being wise or having good judgment.
Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident---or as I call them God-incidences. The unexpected beneficial moments of life.
God's Word is THE book for wisdom in living. Its truths are sound judgments needed to live our lives by.....so, my Serendipity New Testament is a perfect blend of sagaci-TEA and serendipi-TEA! A great cuppa; it provides the unexpected, yet beneficial extra.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Boun-TEA-ful Harvest

While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease. (Genesis 8:22, NASB)

Autumn is visually my favorite season---the cooling temps also add to its seasonal charm, especially in the mountains. God's offering.
Roasted veggies. Caramel apples. Gingerbread. Pumpkin Roll. An autumn abundance.
What a bounty---apples , nuts and a canopy of leaves in the mountains of western North Carolina this past week. Everything in abundance.

Honey Crisp apples offering a snap and tingle in one's mouth from Barber Orchard off of Hwy 74N on Old Balsam Road just south of Waynesville, NC. Pecans and almonds from the "nut man's" white panel truck at the corner of Hwy 19 and Hwy 276 at the turn to Lake Junaluska, NC and a carpet of leaves as well as a canopy of color above us on the Henize property off of Walnut creek Road and Hwy 64 between Franklin and Highlands, NC.

"The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us." (Psalm 67:6) 
How this verse rang true for us and dear friends as we soaked up the crisp, clean mountain air of North Carolina. Carolina blue skies seem to emit a keeness of sorts as the temps begin to fall.

A boun-TEA-ful cuppa blessings for me......and my dear friends!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SABBATH SNAPSHOT : heartfelt hilari-TEA

Bob Goff's NYX bestseller, Love Does, is a book which celebrates the ordinary and the whimsies of life. 
I loved this book---to pieces and in pieces. Part was shared in an after dinner read aloud. Part was read alone. Part was read to hubby. It's a perfect book to read in parts! 
Each of the 31 chapters are a complete story---perfect for a bedside table. You could go to school, especially Sunday School, on the chapter subtitles. "I used to think........but now I know.....!
  • I used to think....you had to be special .....but now I know....you simply need to say yes.
  • I used to think.....religion tasted horrible....but now I know....I was just eating the fake stuff.
  • I used to think.....I could shape the circumstances around me......but now I know God uses the circumstances to shape me.
  • I used to think.....I had to be somebody important to accomplish things....but now I know....Jesus uses ordinary people more.
Chapter 10 alone, is worth the price of the book to me. (And I'm frugal---I use the library!) "The Interviews" is worth a read by all heads of state.
Chapter 11, "Wow, What a Hit," was a favorite because it emphasized the importance of using encouraging words throughout life. It tugged at hubby's heart as well as mine. 
"Words of encouragement are like that. They have their own power and when they are said  by the right people, they can change everything.....Words people say to us not only have a shelf life, but have the ability to shape life." (Goff)

One review stated, "Its like you are just sitting there having a cup of tea with him (Goff) while he describes for you how he feels he is supposed to live like Jesus."

This book, a quick, easy read grabbed my funny bone, my heart and my tear ducts! 
That my friends is a recommendation!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fideli-TEA : a re-brew

I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. (Luke 22:32, NASB)

Faithful in faith. One needs to remain true to  the calling of his faith. A faith secured at the cross.
Such faithfulness keeps the lines of communication open----think prayer---between earth and heaven. Without faith there is a BIG block in the communication between my soul and God's heart.

Faith is active. A cuppa gramma-TEA-ically correct "active" verbs overflows from loyalty to one's faith.
  • Faith leans.....on God.
  • Faith links....the Lord.
  • Faith clothes......with the righteousness of Christ.
  • Faith defends.....with the sword of the Spirit.
  • Faith gives......victory to His own through His love.
  • Faith honors.....God.
So.....fideli-TEA needs to be a regular cuppa for all believers.

Friday, October 17, 2014

"eterni-TEA"

 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13, NIV)

How does one "stamp eternity on my eyeballs" as Jonathan Edwards was purported to have asked the Lord?
Start your morning with a verse of eternal significance to accompany your cuppa eterni-TEA!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"res-TEA-tution"

My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. (Psalm 55:21-22, ESV)
Have you ever stolen someone's joy? Their encouragement in life? Has someone ever robbed you of your joy as his/her action took life, as you had known it and turned it upside down? Was a relationship damaged?


What does it look like to say you're sorry and try, in as much as you're able, to do right and make up for it?
Memories stolen  or stained them. Stolen hope. Stolen encouragement. Stolen joy.

What does restitution require? 

Zacchaeus’s story in Luke 19 gives us a godly pattern for restitution. He admitted his sin and guilt of defrauding people, having cheated them out of what was rightfully theirs. He was truly remorseful over those past actions. Not just in admittance.....but in willingness to change. Such repentance led to restitution.

Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.'
As a tax collector, he had been 1) guilty of defrauding people, 2) remorseful over his past actions, and 3) committed to making restitution. 
Restitution that demonstrates repentance. (when possible)

We should do the same.

Repentance and restitution are two more tenets of the Christian faith. Fundamentals. Basic Truths.



Repentance + Restitution = Rejoicing.
Repentance served with a cuppa res-TEA-tution brings rejoicing. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nos-TEA-algia

A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: 
(Proverbs 13:22, KJV)

Memories can warm you from the inside out. Other memories hold the pain of loss or loneliness.
Today's arrival of my class of '64 group picture, had recent memories of that "fun" event flood my mind. But recalling those whose faces were missing from the picture, tugged at my heart.
Not only that, but the memories, from that place where so many of my yesteryears were spent, are buried deep......but not so deep that they don't surface. Family memories.

Those memories had started surfacing as we turned toward "home" at least 24 miles out. I felt them in the pit of my stomach. No longer was a family home available in "my hometown."
No longer would Daddy dance with me at my reunion as he had done just 5 years earlier. I would visit Riverside Cemetery, not 2211 South Virginia though I would drive by.

Yet, when I visited the Christian Village homes of my parents' friends, we shared memories of happy times with Mother and Daddy. Bittersweet, yet somewhat healing. I indeed had a rich inheritance and it was therapeutic as I shared and recalled special events and funny times with their friends. Sharing was a two-way street and I think each of us took a little edge off the loneliness we all felt.

Sometimes a cuppa nos-TEA-algia is easier to swallow than at other times. 
Sharing that cuppa with "old" friends helps.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sereni-TEA : a BIG cuppa

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
(Philippians 2:3, NASB)

Do you know someone who sips from a cuppa humili-TEA everyday? I do.
The Henizes---who put others first---always. Their door is aways open. Their humility spills over into the lives of every one they know.

They practice Ephesians 4:32. Kindness to others! Marge and Larry Henize exude it!
They embody the gospel and live it every moment of every day---at least every moment I've ever been with them.

For us, visiting in their home is as close to heaven as one can be. It's like a retreat. Blessings abound! Open-eyed prayers so you can face the ones you love. Yummy food. Table talk. Stories. LAUGHTER! Sharing. Peace. Serenity.
Reading aloud caps off a day in the mountains---nothing like it!!!
No better place---to sip a cuppa sereni-TEA. For me, it's the BIGGEST cuppa sereni-TEA available this side of heaven.