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...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Saturday 18 March 2017

A Quiet, Reflective Tea and An Update

Like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of spring. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Brrr! It doesn't feel like spring today but spring is on our doorsteps. Soon all this cold snowy weather will be a thing of the past for another season. I am so ready to open my windows and smell the sweet scent of springtime!

Springtime is like the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~ Lewis Grizzard

Hello my lovely friends! Thank you for dropping by for a visit with me. I want to thank you all for your love and support; especially for your prayers. Quite a number of you commented on my last post and I am grateful for each one of you who took the time to do that. What a wonderful group of blogging friends you are!

My medical procedure of last week revealed a problem unfortunately and I have to undergo surgery for it. I also have a hard decision to make. Please pray that I make the right one and that this surgery will prove to be successful.

In April, I will be seeing another surgeon about my gallbladder. Yes, it looks like I will be having two surgeries. It never rains but it pours as they say!

Time to think on lovely things and enjoy the pleasantries of a springtime tea. 

There are no treats as I am off every treat known to man for the time being. *groan* However, I can still savour a nice cup of tea in a beautiful Royal Albert china cup and saucer and enjoy the beautiful posies that grace the table. Won't you join me?

Tea is a hug in a cup. ~ Patrick Jane of The Mentalist

I love a surprise inside the cup, don't you? 

I have a lot of time on my hands these days so I am doing a lot of reflecting and reading. Funny how when one is young and care-free, you think life is going to last forever and you don't have a care in the world!

I went to an assessment the other day at my mother's nursing home and the nurse was telling me how once the older folks settle in, they are so focused on their health issues that they worry about everything imaginable because they really have nothing else to do. In my mother's Home they have outings, tea parties, special dinners, crafts, music, church services, all manner of activities for them but many are content to just sit or lie in their room and think about all their problems. It really is very sad.

I pray I am not like that one day. I hope that I can keep a healthy outlook and count all the blessings in my life. To make each day count.

This is a picture of my mom holding one of my baby boys. I had to alter the colour because taking a picture of a picture is no easy feat.

I read a devotional not long ago where the author was writing how he had always been busy in ministry throughout his life and now he had physical limitations that kept him confined to his home most of the time. I can identify with him because this is where I am at the moment. 

The author wondered how on earth the Lord would be able to use him now because he felt useless. Then he read in the Bible the story of Jesus at Jacob's well. He had read the story many times but this particular time, he found great encouragement. 

The Lord was resting there at the well when a woman from the city came along to draw water. Even while He was resting, the door opened for Him to minister to this woman. She found her Messiah at the well that day and she quickly went into the city and invited others to come and hear "a man who told me everything I ever did."

The author went on to say our tiny apartment, a work cubicle, a prison cell, or even our hospital bed can become a "Jacob's well." These too can become places of rest where we can wait for the Lord to bring His work for us to do.

This was a wonderful encouragement to me. There are times now when I feel useless. But at the moment, I just need to rest and when the opportunity presents itself, the Lord will show me how I can be a blessing to someone else.

If you want a field of service, look around you.

I'm sure there are those of you who can identify with this author and with me. As long as we can talk, write, or smile, we can be a blessing to someone else. Sometimes all we need to do is listen.

Welcome each new day as a gift from God.

God bless you today and make you a blessing!

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi