Thursday, October 8, 2015

Streams of Mercy - a review

 Streams of Mercy

This is the first book I’ve read by Lauraine Snelling. Although the writing is good, I found the book confusing. Too many characters, some in one household, others extended family. Slow moving at first, it was difficult for me to follow the story line, as many elements appeared to have happened in the first two novels.

The characters are pleasant and show much Christian love. The onset of a devastating disease in the little town of Blessing rang true to me. Having lost a sister to this very disease enlightened me to how deadly it is.

If you enjoy historical fiction with a Norwegian flare, I would recommend this book only after reading the first two. Ms. Snelling is an excellent author which kept me reading.

This book was sent to me as a pre-publication by Bethany House for my honest review. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

History on a Stick

Recently I read about these signs that mark historical places along the highway. I've seen them as we travel, but never really paid much attention to them. There is an interesting article in Our State Magazine called History on a Stick .
I'm not sure how many states actually post these history capsules, but these are the links that I found online.
So next time you are traveling, watch for these signs. Maybe you can catch a key word and look them up online.  Or just stop and read a little bit about the history of that area. You just never know what you might find.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Fall rerun

I've not had much time this week, so today I'm posting a fall rerun.

Winter Spice is such a delightful tea to warm up on a cool and rainy afternoon.

Individual tea pot - Hall
Teacup - Autumn Delight - Johnson Brothers
Plate - Nikko

All Goodwill finds


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Morning

Autumn Fires

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall! 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, October 2, 2015

Spiritual Sunday

"I will be glad and rejoice in Your unfailing love, for You have seen my troubles, and You care about the anguish of my soul."
Psalm 31:7

When troubles come my way, they can trip me up and send me down a difficult trail. Sometimes I feel like a chocolate soldier, one who melts under the stress of unbelief. When I am anxious my life becomes tossed and turned like a ship at sea. 

But the promises of God are everlasting. His unfailing love washes over my soul and gives me the strength to continue the battle. 

"He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ."
Phillipians 1:6

When we trust the promises of God, we sever the root of our anxiety.

"The omnipotence of God means eternal, unshakable refuge in the everlasting glory of God no matter what happens on this earth."
John Piper

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall is in the air

When Fall is in the air, a simple table setting brings out the warmth of the season.

I found these beautiful Thomas Kinkade dishes at Marshall's a few years ago.

Love the scenes.

Wedding Stemware by Gorham

Let's light the candles.