Faith Family Friends TeaTime Roses

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Good morning everyone and welcome to my seventh Tea Time Tuesday.
The other day when I was out and about, I saw this cute little tea pot. I had to bring it home with me because it is different from anything else I have. The roses are raised on it and I like the inscription "Tea" on it too. Normally, I would tell you where it was made and by whom but there are no marks on it. So, I will just share its cuteness.
Please help yourself to these little Pudding Tarts which were some of the refreshments I served at our Bible Study.

I just realized that today is March 9th, the anniversary of the day that my hubby asked me to 'go steady' with him. Do you remember that romantic term? Seems they don't use that term any more.
We were both seventeen, and up until he met me, he had not 'gone steady' with anyone!
I guess I changed all that and we have been together ever since. I can't imagine my life without him, nor he without me! We are the best of friends.


Like all couples, we had to get to know one another when we first started going together. It was an adventure, finding out what made each other tick! We wanted to know everything there was to know about the other. We wanted to make each other happy, and we enjoyed one another's company so much that we wanted to be together all the time. When we were apart, we could hardly wait to be together again. Does any of this sound familiar?


First love is so exciting, isn't it? But then you get married, and after being together for so many years, it can become routine and sometimes you can take one another for granted. That is when you realize that you have to work a little harder to keep the marriage fresh and alive. You don't want anything to hurt the relationship nor do you want to take your mate for granted.

Kind of reminds me of our relationship with God. When we first come to know Him, we cannot wait to be with Him. We want to study His Word so we can get to know His heart better. We spend time in prayer, yearning to hear His voice, and we are so happy that we are part of His family, that we have a hard time keeping it to ourselves. We want to share our joy of knowing Him with everyone around us; especially family and friends.


But over time, just like a marriage, our relationship with the Lord can get stale. We can take our relationship with God for granted too. That is when we must ask for His forgiveness and His refreshment in our lives. He is always patient, always there, waiting for us to come to Him.
It is a very good thing, and He will gladly pour more of Himself into us.
Our earthly bodies are similar to plants. We need to be watered and pruned often, so we are fresh and alive for His service. We need to abide in Him every day.


"I am the Vine; you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him,
he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing." - John 15:6


I'm so happy you were able to stop by today for tea. If you feel you would like to participate, I will gladly add your link to my post. Just share a favourite teacup, tea pot, or some china, and a short story or scripture verse. Please let me know in your comment and have a wonderful day everyone. God bless you!
Participants

Diann- http://thethriftygroove.blogspot.com/

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

29 comments:

Melly said...

Oh Sandi, that was such a beautiful story and it blessed me so much, you have such a beautiful heart.
I also love the tea pot, so pretty with the raised roses.
Thank you, my sweet friend :)
Hugs
Melly:)

Beth said...

Lovely story - it is so true. May God bless you and your family and thank you for your testimony! I do love your new teapot and your pudding tarts look delicious!

The Watts Family said...

I enjoyed your post, My husband and I met when we were 15 and married at 20 this month on the 25th will be 15 years!! Very Good analogy though with our relationship with God I have never thought of it like that. I like how you tied that all in and so true!! Your teapot is absolutely adorable....We are joining you for tea today Thanks for sharing~Love Heather

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Lovely story and I love that tea pot. It is so dainty and the roses are so pretty. It looks like there are ruffles on the handle!! So Cute!!
Debbie

someplace in thyme said...

I can't believe you remembered!!! I have racked my brain, but for the life of me, have no idea when my husband and I started going steady. Good for you girlfriend, and I would love to have tea with you. I just became a follower, where have I been all this time??!! I would love to join in the fun next time, Char

Carrie said...

Hello Sandi,
What a lovely post...your tea pot and dishes are beautiful,and your words so inspiring.

I just edited my post and added your button; thanks for stopping by.

http://oakrisecottage.blogspot.com/2010/03/tuesday-tabletops-and-tea-events.html

Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

Carolyn said...

Hi Sandi,
I love your new teapot=it is so pretty!
I am signed up for your tea party today too-I have had company all day so I am a little late.
Take care,
Carolyn

Renee said...

Hi Sandi
What a beautiful teapot....and message for us too.
Thanks for sharing with me your thoughts and prayers today. God bless.

Terri said...

That is a cute tea pot. And your story about you and your husband is so lovley.
Thank you for coming by my blog for Tea Cup Tuesday.

Heirlooms For You said...

Sandi, I have already join in on another occasion. Your tea time button is on my side bar. This week I posted about my give away. I hope you will drop by and join in.
My husband and i have been married as of this July, 34 years. We dated 5 years before that. we have been together as long as we have lived. So it seems. I know what you mean about best friends. I believe that is the only way it can last. How sad but true about our relationship with our Lord. Isn't it just wonderful to be in his family even though we don't deserve it. Thanks for sharing I hope to join in next Tuesday. Carol

Bernideen said...

How all together lovely!

Rhondi said...

Hi Sandi
I am having a tea party at my house too, so I'd love for you to come and visit. Your teapot is really sweet.

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I'm happy you came to my site..and I'm thrilled to have come to yours today! I love your tea pot....and if I could I'd take one of those tarts...yes please!!!!

we have to continually work at our marriages...my hubby and I have been married for 15 years..and we still are 'goin' steady and strong! date nights help a lot!

ciao

carmelina

Lisa said...

Love the Tea set and the tarts! Looks yummy!!
Love your header too!
Hugs, Lisa

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi!

I just discovered you tea party! I just did a tea post and would love to link up, but I am not sure how.

Your teapot is beautiful! I have not seen this one around! I love it!

Have a wonderful day!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I love that Tea Pot! It is so cute. Thank you for the reminder about our relationship with God. Always good to renew and refresh relationships. Blessings, Martha

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandi!

I just added you to my tea post! I am so excited to join your tea party and will look forward to next weeks get together!

Stella said...

I have been married to my sweetheart for 44 years but he still calls me on the phone to tell me about a sunset or that he just saw a flock of turkeys.

Lovely new teapot it reminds me of linen and lace. Such a romantic look. Tarts look yummy too.

Jacquelyn said...

Hi and thanks for stopping by my place today too. My 4 yr old granddaughter and I had a tea party yesterday with her plastic set and a teddy bear. I will try to find an adorable picture I have of her from when she was one and having a tea party and send it over to you...It's fun to be a lady, isn't it? I love your new teapot.

Saleslady371 said...

I am so grateful for a classy sister-in-Christ like you, Sandi. I loved being invited to your tea party and receive your beautiful teaching as well!

Charlotte said...

I love the teapot and the story about you and your hubby and the Bible message too. Thank you for inviting me to come over to your tea party. It was so nice. I love your Rose Chintz dish pattern. I have a few pieces of it too. And the little pudding tarts were delicious.
I don't know why my Scottsdale blog didn't open. I just went there and it was OK. I think they are working on the counter thingy this afternoon. Perhaps that messed it up.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Marydon Ford said...

Sandi, tea was so refreshing & your tarts delicious...your company is charming. How true our relationships with God & our lives & our marriages ... great write today.

Have a beautiful eve.
Happy St. Patricks Day ~
Hugs, Marydon

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling I had a marvellous time taking tea with you and simply adored the story you told, so heartwarming, this is why I love to visit you my luv. Have a rest of the week filled with blessings my friend.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

dogsmom said...

such a dainty but beautiful teapot. Loved the whole post - and the St Paddy's cards too!

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Sandi!
Oh I wish I had come by earlier in this week. I may try to join your Tea Time Tuesday! If I remember cause I have Bible study that morning. Oh...I just might have to take that Rose Chintz Tea Pot off your hands...I love it..and need one for my collection, lol...maybe one day I'll find one really cheap out in my treasure huntings.

I loved your sweet words on our relationships with our spouse and Lord. Yep, it really does take so much work to keep things fresh. After 24 years of marriage I know my hubs and I are more in love..even during this rough time we have been having over the past few years. God's showed me over and over his faithfulness to us in so many ways...I am blessed.

Have a blessed day!
Lorena

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

Hi Sandi,
How true! It is so easy to get "fat and happy" and just coast along without adding anything to your relationship! Whenever I get "fat and happy" with my relationship with God, I never really feel as peaceful as when I meet with him every morning. So thank you for gently reminding me to resume my morning gratitude prayer time.
I am so happy you like my trees!
I will be posting more before Sunday so be sure to check back!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi
PS- LOVE the tea pot!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooow sweet! And your teapot is divine!!!!! Truly!

m ^..^

sewingseeds4U said...

Hi Sandy, I just found your blog from My Cottage Charm and wanted to let you know how much it touched me. What a fun idea...I love tea, I just never thought about sharing it with my blog buddies. I will be back to visit soon.

Sherry said...

Oh, your tea is lovely!! I just love that teapot and who doesn't love strawberries. Beautiful.

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