Thursday, February 16, 2017

Redeeming Grace

She stood there, in despair and sorrow, as her husband took his last breath. Her life was now changing, right before her eyes, as she watched his chest slowly stop rising. The feeling of despair, reeking with fear, and uncertainty. I felt her pain as though I was there standing next to her.

I couldn't put this book down. I had to read more about Naomi, her husband Elimelech and their two sons who lived in Bethlehem in 1297 BC. I stumbled along trying to remember who was who in the first few chapters of this book. The further I read, the more I wanted to know.

The author, Jill Eileen Smith had taken me into the streets of Bethlehem, into everyday life around the time of 1297 BC. Their daily life now became a picture in my mind, not just words on a page.

Ruth's daily life, as I imagined, became vivid in my mind thanks to the  words of Ms. Smith. Her ability to describe their life became the story for me.  I knew about the Book of Ruth, a short book in the Old Testament, had been unrelatable other than lessons in church. Now it had been put into a story so riveting and full of descriptions I could easily picture their faces, their emotions, and their daily life.

"believe with the eyes of the soul,
even if the eyes of the body could not see"
page 291

Redeeming Grace will immerse you in nagging doubt, loneliness, uncertainty and the joy of loyalty and faithfulness, finally reaping the reward of eternal love and forgiveness.

I am so glad that I read this book. Ms. Smith is an excellent writer, whose written words have allowed me to see through the pages and into a world I had never imagined before

Redeeming Grace

Ruth's Story
a book by 
Jill Eileen Smith

Disclosure: I enjoy reading!  I always have and always will! My review of this book is just that, my own opinion of how I liked or disliked this book. I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my review. However, all opinions and summaries expressed are my own, without any influence, and are copyright protected.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Is it Valentine's Day?

No, this is not our best day, stuck here at home with the bug, a bad one, a real bad one. Thehubs can not talk without a coughing fit taking his breath away. Poor man has had this now for 9 days, diagnosed last Thursday with Influenza. Then yesterday, I got the full blown version too. We have been living like ostracized hermits for over a week. 

Everyone has been texting and calling to see if we are okay and I warn them to stay away. Oh it will be over in a few days, then a few more days and now a few more days. Friends and family have been dropping by and leaving packages of Mucinex, contact, chicken soup, and gatorade on our front porch, running as we open the door.  Others are sending prayers, condolences and suggestions after going through it themselves, investing in the pharmaceutical market and losing income to this awful bug.

Oh woe is me...
I will quit crying and
tell you about my plans for this lovely holiday.

First I will tell you about my tablescape. So many of my favorite blogs have posted beautiful and romantic tables full of delicious goodies set with intentional love and beauty. I adore them, they are so pretty and so full of love for those they are serving. Here is mine, or at least the beginning of mine. 

I wanted to stray away from the pinks and reds and experiment with a neutral background adding a simple red rose to the napkin rings later. I absolutely love my new placemats from Home Goods, my napkins from Pier One and my brand new flatware from Pioneer Woman. What you do not see and I did not finish is the small red rose added to the napkin rings, and the neutral tablecloth I got at Goodwill for only $3 (yea, brand new still in the package).

I recently exchanged Valentines with Debbie Kay from California. She sent me the prettiest assortment of Valentine goodies.  I built a little vignette in my entryway and I think it turned out very pretty. She is so sweet, kind and prayerful. I am now a follower of hers on Instagram and am so blessed to count her as a new friend. 

Keeping with my efforts to use different colors for my Valentine Centerpiece, I made these hearts from scrapbook paper. I spent the day with my 87 year old mom making home made Valentines and these were part a of my ideas. I loved the neutrals and my favorite color this year seems to be the blues. I love all shades, and can't make up my mind on just one.

The last piece was this heart dish I found at a little (thehubs called it dirty) flea market in Pittsburg, Kansas. It was a great day meeting friends at Chicken Annies and carousing the local shops. If you are from southwest Missouri, you know about Chicken Annie's, famous for their German Cole Slaw and German Potato Salad. I am especially proud that I only paid 50 cents for it and it fit exactly in the space I wanted it to. Thehubs says he won't go back even though I got a bargain.

I awoke from my nap yesterday to find these beautiful token of thehubs love.
He is my best friend, my greatest encourager and the best nurse.
We are going to celebrate 19 years together this spring even through the hard times, the good times and the sick times, he has always been by my side.

I love him more than words can say.

My wish for you on this special day is 
to take some time to be sweet!

Have a wonderful and lovely Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Yes, we got it...

And it is a nasty one.  Thehubs got it first, the flu that is, and is staying warm, drinking fluids and sleeping upright in his recliner. His body hurts all over.

It started with him coughing loudly, what we call the croup. I haven't heard that loud bark since I was a child.

Croup is a common respiratory problem in young children. It tends to occur in the fall and winter. Its main symptom is a harsh, barking coughCroup causes swelling and narrowing in the voice box, windpipe, and breathing tubes that lead to the lungs. This can make it hard for your child to breathe.
Then it hit him full blast!

It is very rare for him to get sick, 
especially first, as I am usually the carrier, 
the one to bring the bug into our house. 

I am beginning to get it so I will be around to visit, virtually, and hoping none of you are fighting this thing too. Did you get your flu shot? We did!

Gotta go. 
I have things to clean!

Monday, February 6, 2017

I am a miracle...

"Many people are praying for a miracle.They're saying, "God, please send me a friend. God, I need help with these children. God, I need a break." We have to realize that we can become that miracle they need. God uses people. He has no hands to heal except through our hands. He has no voice to encourage except our voice. He has no arms to hug except through our arms. God will bring people across our path so that we can be the answer to their prayer."

I read the last chapter in the book The Power of I am by Joel Osteen last night as I lay in bed slowing my thoughts and preparing to go to sleep. The above paragraph on page 257 kept calling me to read it over and over.  I finally laid this book down on my night stand and drifted off to sleep thinking about miracles.

I awoke this morning thinking about it and trying to remember the times I have been on the receiving end of such miracles. I have often referred to some of those miracle wielding people in my life as my earthly angels. My friend Barbara has come knocking at my door with fresh flowers after I have prayed for hope. My husband has made a special trip to get me a cappuccino after I have prayed for love. My friend Tonie has made me laugh when I thought I had no laughter left in me and I prayed for happiness. Nancy, on so many occasions has brought me food when I have prayed for nourishment and kindness.

How can I be 
someone's miracle today? 

I will send a text to my friend Nancy who is driving 60 miles to be with her daughter who is fighting a hard battle with cancer. I will tell her I am praying for her and that I lit a candle in Stephanie's name this morning. I will take my mom a slice of that delicious cake that I baked for my neighbors yesterday and tell her thank you for raising me. I will deliver some brownies to my cousin up the street after she gets off work today and tell her how much I enjoy her company. I will call my aunt and check on her today. I  will hug my husband this morning, this afternoon and this evening while telling him how much I appreciate all that he does for me. I will invite a friend who is struggling in her relationship over for dinner and quiet, intimate conversation.

How can you be
someone's miracle today?

Note: I have no affiliation with the author, publisher or sellers of this book.