Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Coffee Bar Ideas

I love the idea of a coffee bar or counter. It's perfect for serving warm beverages to your family and friends. Here is some inspiration.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

God Moves in a Mysterious Way

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

God Moves in a Mysterious Way by William Cowper

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My Favorite Bookish Etsy Shops

One of my favorite places to shop is Etsy. Check out these bookish Etsy shops and enjoy browsing!

Book Fiend
Literature inspired jewelry, stickers, cuffs, and gifts.

Tag Team Tompkins
Word art for word lovers.

Pemberley Pond
Literary illustrations - posters and cards.

House of Ismay
Classic books jewelry.

Literati Club
Wear your favorite books.

Bookishly UK
Literary prints.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Shame Interrupted

I recently finished reading Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection by Edward Welch.
Here are some quotes that stood out to me.

"More likely, Jesus was offering Peter a new memory for the smell of charcoal. From this moment on, whenever fires were being lit, Peter would remember the fire at the beach and the welcome of the risen Jesus."
(page 200, Kindle Edition)

"Faith is not a blind leap over a cliff. It is trusting and resting in Christ alone. It comes as you are persuaded of your need and his faithfulness, love, and power. The entire Bible, and most of what we have done so far in our attempts to scorn shame, is about knowing God."
(page 210, Kindle Edition)

"The result: you will want to honor him through voluntary service. You will feel compelled by gratitude to serve others. The honor we are shown by the Servant initiates a cycle in which we joyfully follow his lead."
(page 225, Kindle Edition)

"You were unacceptable before God and other people. Now you are acceptable before God, though you might be unacceptable before others. Is that okay with you?"
(page 245, Kindle Edition)

"And who could deny that godly character is magnificent and beautiful?"
(page 253, Kindle Edition)

"Some of the heroes of the kingdom are tax collectors who do their work honestly, widows who give generously out of their poverty, and broken people who trust in Jesus rather than themselves and aspire to love others more deeply."
(page 268, Kindle Edition)

"Shame is sure to find us, so there is no need to pursue it. But when it does find us, Paul wants us to know that honor before God outweighs whatever shame we experience before mere creatures."
(page 272, Kindle Edition)

"Is Jesus enough? The question flits around during times of love, health, and plenty, but it is the question in times of loss, sickness, and insecurity. Is Jesus enough?"
(page 296, Kindle Edition)

"They didn’t even call out to the Lord for help, which is the most common way to honor him. When we pray we acknowledge that he is greater than we are. When we turn to our own strategies, we treat him as second rate and assume that we have more resources than he does. When we sin we hold God in contempt."
(page 311, Kindle Edition)

"Obedience when no one else is watching can be a particularly fine way to boast in the Lord. Like children obeying parents when no one is home, our faithfulness pleases the Father and expresses his greatness."
(page 311, Kindle Edition)

"Our interest in how we treat others is threatening to overtake our concern about how others treat us."
(page 319, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

The King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never.
I nothing lack if I am his,
and he is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow,
my ransomed soul he leadeth;
and where the verdant pastures grow,
with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me;
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill,
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and oh, what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days,
thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house forever.

The King of Love My Shepherd Is by Sir Henry Williams Baker

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