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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Saturday 23 January 2010

Spiritual Sundays

Hello friends! Welcome to my Spiritual Sundays post. I have been away visiting my son and his family for a number of weeks and I'm happy to be back to participate in what I consider one of my favourites. Today I would like to share with you a wonderful devotional from "Our Daily Bread," written by David McCasland.


At the age of 16, pianist Leon Fleisher made his formal debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic. He went on to win prestigious international competitions and played in the world's finest concert halls. But at the age of 37, Fleisher was struck with dystonia, a neurological condition that crippled his right hand. After a period of despondency and withdrawal, he turned to teaching and conducting, because, as he said, he loved music more than the piano.

When our dreams are shattered, how do we react? After Joseph, the favoured son of Jacob, was sold as a slave by his brothers {Gen. 37:12-36}, he could have given in to self-pity and self-indulgence. Instead, Joseph remained true to the Lord. Four times in Genesis 39, we read that "the Lord was with" Joseph {vv.2-3, 21, 23}, and his actions revealed his own faithfulness to God. By his exemplary life, those he served in Egypt recognized God's presence with him.

Do we love God more than our own dreams? Although Joseph must have grieved the loss of his past and what his life could have been, the Lord led him to a calling he had never imagined. Today, the Lord longs to lead us. Are we willing to be redirected by Him?

Thank you to Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays each week. Please click on the link to visit these lovely ladies and all those participating today. The Lord bless you.
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Pink Saturday


Good morning my sweet pinkie friends. I am home from my trip out west and I'm eager to share some pink with you!
The day we left for Vancouver, it was my birthday so I received some gifts before we left. I shared some in an earlier post this past week, but this one's about all the pink!
Just before Hubby and I left on our trip, this parcel arrived in the mail....full of pinkness. Pink tissue paper, and lots of pink, white, and silver crimped paper.

Let's take a peek inside shall we ?
*Squeals of delight* I have been wanting a fairy door ever since I saw one on a designer's blog a year ago. A Fairy Door made just especially for me! Hubby had ordered the door from Caren at kdotties before Christmas and it arrived just in time for my birthday.

It arrived all done up and tied with pretty pink and green satin ribbons. It has its own bag of fairy dust too. Do you believe in fairies? Accompanying the fairy door was a card from Caren wishing me a Happy Birthday and another which in essence says,

"FAIRY- a tiny being in human form, depicted as playful, clever, mischievous, and possessing magical powers.
A door is a symbol, welcoming a guest into your home. Please place this FAIRY DOOR in a very special place so the fairies can visit you."

My little grandchilden are going to find this very interesting! I wish they'd had these out when I was a little girl! I loved fairies; still do!
A pink door, trimmed with green and white. Tiny rosebud paper adorns the window and the door comes with its very own door knob and a key hole beneath! Just look at the detail. Isn't it adorable? Even the back is finished; thank you Caren and thank you sweet Hubby!This is where I put my fairy door; in a little space beside the plant stand in the living room where I wanted to add just a wee bit of whimsy. It is sure to spark some conversation and imagination! I so enjoy the element of surprise, don't you?
I also received some lovely birthday cards including these two; one from my hubby; it's pink with a soft pink gauzy ribbon and hearts inside and out. And another pink one with sparklies on it from my youngest son. My son always chooses the most touching cards! They always make me cry!

Would you like to know what the card says?


Mother is the smile
you can count on,
the good night kiss
you couldn't sleep without,
the look that meant "don't even think about it."
Mother is the hand that cooled your forehead,
the arm around your shoulders when you needed consoling,
and the encouraging nod that said, "I believe in you!"

Mother is the voice on the phone that still
makes you feel better when nothing else can,
the hug that welcomes you home,
the proud smile that lets you know
that you are loved, so very loved.

No son is luckier than I am-
because I have
the greatest mother in the world.

Happy Birthday Mom!
I love you very much!

Isn't that beautiful? My youngest son goes to the University of Toronto so I only get to see him at Christmastime. I have three very special sons and they all treat me like a queen!
Once we got out to Vancouver, my middle son took me out for a fancy dinner; just the two of us. There was candlelight and delicious food; a very enjoyable evening he and I spent. I feel very blessed! Thank you Lord for sons.

And Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my pinks and you will all visit our sweet hostess Beverly at and all her pink participants. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday everyone!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi