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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Spiritual Sundays

Happy weekend everyone~ I am joining Charlotte and Ginger for Spiritual Sundays. If you would like to be  encouraged and inspired, please visit these ladies and their participants by clicking on the link-
http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/

UPSIDE DOWN
If you were to ask me who I am, I'd tell you that I'm a follower of Jesus. But I have to admit, at times following Him is a real challenge. He tells me to do things like rejoice when I'm persecuted {Matt. 5: 11-12}; to turn the other cheek {vv. 38-39}; to give to someone who wants to take from me {vv. 40-42}; to love my enemies,  to bless those who curse me, and do good to those who hate me {vv. 43-44}. This kind of lifestyle seems very upside down to me.

But I've come to realize that He's not upside down - I am. We have all been born fallen and broken. Being twisted by sin, our first instincts are often wrong, which inevitably leaves a big mess.

We're like toast slathered with jelly that has fallen upside down on the kitchen floor. Left to ourselves, we can make a pretty big mess of things. Then Jesus comes along, like a divine spatula, scrapes us off the floor of our sinful ways, and turns us right side up. And as we follow His right-side-up ways, we discover that turning the other cheek keeps us from getting caught in a brawl or argument, that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and that dying to self is life at its best.

After all, His ways are not our ways, and I've come to realize that His ways are always best! ~ Penned by Joe Stowell {Excerpt from Our Daily Bread}


WHAT MAY SEEM UPSIDE DOWN TO US IS RIGHT SIDE UP TO GOD


Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Pink Saturday

Happy Pink Saturday everyone! Hope you all had a great week and you're ready to enjoy some pink.

It's the last weekend in January and once again we are joining our hostess Beverly for a pink weekend. Pinkies from all around the world have gathered together to share their pink stuff, so make yourself at home, sit back and enjoy!

Would you care for a cup of tea? I just celebrated my Tea Time Tuesday Anniversary this past week and I have a Giveaway to celebrate it with. Please help yourself to the refreshments and enjoy the pretty pink tulips in the pink hobnail vase.

My Giveaway consists of a little birdie creamer, a package of sweet pink floral cards with matching envelopes, and a bag of assorted teas.

And for a little more pink, a pink heart-shaped tea bag holder, in honour of Valentines Day!
This Giveaway is open to my Canadian and US Followers only. Please leave a comment and let me know you are one of my Followers and that you would like to enter. Also if you participate in any of my tea parties from this past week to the week of February 7th, then you get another entry for each party you participate in. Please refer to my previous post for any information you may need.  Winner will be announced February 14th on my Valentines Day Tea Time Tuesday.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog today. I wish you all a lovely pink weekend. Please visit Beverly's pink party by clicking on the link~
http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi
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