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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Hello sweet friends and welcome to Tea Time Tuesday. This is my third Tea Time post and I hope you will come in, relax, and enjoy a cup of tea and cookies with me.
The lovely teacup I am sharing with you today was a shower gift from my brother when Hubby and I got married. This is a beautiful teacup embellished with 24 kt. gold and is made of fine bone china.The pattern is called Buckingham and it is made by Royal Stafford of England. It is so lovely that I can envision the Queen of England herself sipping from this cup! Homemade valentine cookies accompany it. Please, help yourself! Today, I am once again sharing an excerpt from "Tea Time with God. "

Among collectors there is always a demand for items bearing the signature of a master craftsman. A stamp on the bottom of a vase indicates it was made by Wedgwood, a label on a violin authenticates a genuine Stradivarius, giving to each item a value far above others. In each case, the potter or the violin maker has established a reputation for excellence in craftsmanship. Anything that bears their names is considered very valuable.

Human beings were made by a great craftsman, the Lord God, our Creator. The psalmist gives praise to God for the magnificence of his own physical being. "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" {Psalm 139:14}. Of all God's creatures, only men and women bear the likeness of God. That quality separates us from every other creature. We alone are made to fellowship with Him for eternity.

In his essay The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis wrote about the potential destiny of each human being:

" It is a serious thing...to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities...that we conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations- these are all mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit- immortal horrors or everlasting splendours."

"For we are His workmanship."- Ephesians 2:10

We are all a unique and precious work of art in God's eyes, whether one is a queen or an everyday house wife. I am thankful for each of you who has stopped by for tea today. You are precious!

If you would like to join me and share a favourite teacup or tea pot, along with a short story, testimony, or scripture verse, I welcome you most warmly. Please let me know if you would like to participate and I will gladly add your link to this post. You may use the Tea Time button at the top of my sidebar; my link is underneath. The Lord bless you today and make you a blessing!

Heather - http://thewattsfamilyhomeschool.blogspot.com/
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

26 comments:

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sandi sweetie...
I so love this post. Thank you for sharing it with me. Yes we are all stamped in some shape or fashion aren't we?

I am so thankful that the Lord God has stamped me as his own. I wear it proudly. What a beautiful comparison you have shared today.

Thank you sweetie, it has started my day out great. Have a beautiful one as well. Country hugs and so much love...Sherry

Becky K. said...

A very beautiful cup and lovely looking cookies.

A wonderful devotional to ponder. Glad to know the Creator and have His stamp on me.

Becky K.

Andrea said...

Love tea time with GOD...no better tea time, ever.
Hugs, andrea

GWENDOLYN said...

Sandi,
A lovely teacup and a beautiful post. I have a new Christian blog. It is posted on my sidebar... blogging for him... I hope you can stop by .
Blessings!
Gwen

The Watts Family said...

Wonderful Sandi I enjoyed your post. The tea cup is breath taking wow so beautiful as is the encouraging words. ~We are joining you today for Tea Time ~Blessings Love Heather

The Watts Family said...

p.s if you would like me to make you a blog button for your side bar that others can grab and use I would be happy to just send me an email wattshomeschool@gmail.com I know the html code for that~Blessings Heather

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

Such a lovely post - I'll be ready next week with my own :) (Silly dryer put a dent in my plans!)

Marsha said...

Thank you for having me for tea this morning. I enjoyed the warmth of your blog home, the beautiful tea cup, the yummy cookies and the passage you shared from the tea devotional. What a wonderful combination.

Isn't it wonderful to know we bear his stamp proclaiming us as His craftsmenship?

Blessings.

Carolyn said...

Hi Sandi,
I love your teacup and saucer and your cookies look good too.
I hope I am not late for tea as I did a little tea today too so I linked you on my blog.
Isn't this a beautiful day!
Enjoy your tea,
Carolyn

Lori said...

See my tea cup collection too. myheartwithpleasurefills.blogspot.com

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I just came over to your blog from the Aiken site and have enjoyed perusing many posts.

I particularly enjoyed seeing the Lavender Rose pattern, which is my girlie-girlie china pattern (yes, obsession).

It is truly good to "read to know we are not alone". :)

Jackie said...

Hi Sandi

I have popped over from Carolyn's blog. How lovely that you have been friends for so long!!

We did make the most wonderful china here in the UK, I don't think so much of it is made here anymore.

I love my afternoon tea here in the UK, in fact my post yesterday for Mosaic Monday was on that subject.

I am a Christian and had a small coffee / tea morning at a friends with a few ladies from Church today.

We had a small sprinkling of snow during the night and it is quite cold here.

Enjoyed your blog, will be back,

Jackie in UK.

Duchess of Tea said...

Sandi darling thank you so much for the invite, tea was delicious and the company superb. Wearing my stamp with pride always and looking forward to tea with you my luv next Tuesday.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

CIELO said...

Wish I'd known about your party! Will have to come share the fun next Tuesday! ;)

cielo

Lisa said...

Oh my! How lovely! And so much information! You worked hard on this post! I just love tea cups!
Hugs, Lisa

podso said...

Enjoyed visiting your blog via Carolyn's. Your teacup is lovely. I have quite a collection of single tea cups as well, one I got when I was engaged--a tradition in our family.

Aszka9 said...

Good tea with a beautiful porcelain

Anne said...

Beautiful post and teacup! I'm joining you for tea today.
Blessings,
Anne

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Sandi! I'm so sorry this comes so late, but it took me THIS long to post my rather lengthy FIRST tea party! Love the pretty tea cup and saucer you share today, and the cookies look delicious! And I enjoy your beautiful post!.. and I thank you for letting me join you for tea! Here is the link for my post:

http://beansiebabbles.blogspot.com/2010/02/tea-and-my-1st-blogaversary.html

Looking forward to our next tea parties, next week! ~tina

Lavender Cottage said...

I came over from Carolyn's to enjoy your tea party. I'd love to join in one Tuesday as afternoon tea has always been a tradition for me.
Your cup and saucer with the gold is beautiful. I received several sets of various patterns as wedding shower gifts. Wouldn't the young ladies today cringe to receive such a thing!

Joyce said...

Pretty cup and saucer. I posted a tea party this week on my blog that I hosted for area bloggers. Wish you could have attended since you also like Tea and tea items too.
Happy Valentine's day.
Joyce

Charmed by Beauty said...

Dear Sandi:
You spoil me...all I have to do is read your posts and voila I have my devotional for that day. Thanks for this post. A good reminder of how precious we are in the hands of our Lord who made us for His purpose.....The teacup is beautiful too. Love you...Auntie P

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful post! Beautiful cup and saucer. Beautiful cookies!

Thanks so for sharing!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

GWENDOLYN said...

A lovely and regal looking tea cup. Great devotion too.
Blessings!
Gwen

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

hello from one pink lover to another...i'm new to your blog...
i'll have more of a look around.

come see me sometime...i just posted THINK PINK....you might like it!

ciao

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

btw i'm your newest follower....

see you soon
ciao

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