I love an invitation to tea!
Teatime with a congenial friend, happy conversation and perhaps a garden setting to make it perfection is glorious, indeed. Of course, there are those teatimes when one is company and two’s a crowd.
I’m enjoying my tea this morning in solitary stillness, with a lovely china teacup ~ and an improving book ~ via Blog Give-Away prizes I’ve recently won. Blessed beyond measure by Martha and Brenda, I’m thinking fondly upon them as I sip with much gratitude for my inspiring new teatime companions.
Martha of Martha’s Favorites hosted a teacup give-away of this lovely rose and gold trimmed beauty.
Lately, I’ve been hungry for roses in shades of pink. Especially with so much snow and cold weather keeping us wrapped tight in sweaters and hand mitts. There is naught budding green and hopeful in my garden. So, it was a joyful surprise to unwrap Martha’s gift!
I love the scalloped gold trimmed shape of the cup – and the roundness of the body. The intermittent pink roses are complimented by a flourish of gold leaves against a white as snow porcelain background.
I’ve poured out my green tea and am snuggled in my reading chair with yet another prize I had the blessing to win – from Brenda at It’s a Beautiful Life. She was giving away two books by author, Carolyn Weber – Surprised by Oxford and Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present. Carolyn blogs at Pressing Save – a web address you will want to save, too! When I entered to win one of the books, I was fearful to make a choice myself, as to which I’d prefer. Didn’t have to – the choice was made for me when my name was drawn to win the gift of Holy Is the Day.
But, Brenda lives in Canada – I’m in the States. There was a delay in mailing out the book to me because of the holidays, so I didn’t receive it until earlier this month – within a week of the teacup arriving. Both, Divinely appointed to arrive in the proper season.
I’m always ready for tea – and new teacups. But, upon the book’s arrival, I was in a place of contemplation on a writing project of my own, which made me ready for the choice morsels in Carolyn’s words! I knew this immediately upon reading the book blurb on the back cover:
“In these pages Carolyn reflects on the eternal beauty that lurks within the present. Drawing from literature, history and everyday life, Holy Is the Day is a collection of spiritual reflections that trace the way God’s ever-renewing grace is a gift of the present. Carolyn gives us new eyes to receive this gift and then to give it away to others.”
As a writer, dramatist and visual artist, I have always found deeper meaning and a connection to “His Story” through literature, history and the beauty of God’s art in creation. There is drama and God’s truth in even the most mundane moments of the day – if we have the eyes to see. And, in so doing, joy and rejoicing can be part of our lives 24/7 – in every moment. Carolyn’s memoir style stories take one into some of her most intimate zones, where she deftly illustrates the commonplaces we share in our human hearts and frailties – and the glories she finds in God who meets her there.
Carolyn’s book has become an important preparatory factor in the new book I’m working on, The Cameo Christian: Becoming a Work of Art Set Apart to Shine.
After reading Carolyn, or Ann Voskamp or Emily Freeman, I am tempted to put my pen down. What more can I say that they have not already said – and so much the better. But, that is not why they have written – just so I will NOT write. They write – I write – to spur each of us to write, and tell our own unique stories in “His Story”.
And, that is ever and always a treasure best shared between kindred companions – with a cup of tea. Blessed, happy . . . be thee!
Sharing Teatime Prizes this week with:
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage Tea Time Tuesday
Kathy at Delightsome Life’s Return to Loveliness
Terri at Artful Affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday
Martha at Martha’s Favorites
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideens Teatime Blog
Ruth at Antiques and Teacups
P.S. Nana Kathy had a lovely visit with son, daughter-in-love and grand-girl, Mackenzie last week. However, due to the fact that she had the camera most of the time, this is the only photo with the two of them together. Have plenty with all the other relatives, though. Boo. Will share a recap later this week.