When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
pub 1897 Johnson Oatman Jr.
Have you had a busy week? .....Sometimes, my imagination dramatizes my day to day life. I imagine my chaotic, challenging life as a tropical storm/hurricane in the great ocean. Once I pause and draw near to God, in times of stress I gain perspective and see it as it really is "a tempest in a teapot".
I researched the well-known phrase in Wikipedia. Tempest in a teapot (in American English), storm in a teacup (in British English) is an idiom meaning a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion. There are also lesser known variants, such as storm in a cream bowl, storm in a hand-wash basin, tempest in a glass of water, and storm in a glass of water.
Both the American and British phrases are long preceded by Cicero's Latin "Excitabat enim fluctus in simpulo". The phrase, translated literally, reads: "He was stirring up billows in a ladle".
More reason to sit a while in a comfy chair with a friend and catch up on life's adventures. It is not merely sharing a cup of tea but the experience that becomes the salve to the soul. Whether I choose to set a traditional table, with linens, flowers and candles or simply offer a favorite teacup, it is the act of other centredness that redirects my focus and calms the storm in my mind, bringing my attention to a more positive place.
I am grateful for early morning light
and how it plays
I used a small mirror under the cream and sugar to protect the linens
But I discovered how the sun, mirror and crystal played together
So much fun for the photograher
The silhouette of these three pretties compliment each other.
What can I do with them?
Glass plate from Home Sense, there was only one
Add a petite crystal vase
My mom's milk glass dish
I remember it as the peanut dish at bridge parties
Now to peek in the cupboards and find something
sweet or savory to serve in my new dish
A special guest is invited to watch over us
Offering pearls of wisdom if you choose
Which teacup do you prefer?
With the Canadian Thanksgiving being celebrated on Monday, October eleventh, it only seems appropriate to reflect on what I am thankful for. Life is full of wonderful things and may I say, small miracles if you look for them. I invite you to join in the fun!
I am thankful for:
1. God’s unending grace in my life
2. Opportunities that challenge me to give my utmost
3. The smell of fragrant tea steeping
4. The warmth my hands feel holding a cup of tea on a cool autumn day
5. Friends that share a cup of tea with me, and warm my heart
6. I am thankful for the many friendships as unique as my teacups and always room for more
7. I am thankful for the many colours of each season that Nature brings
8. I am thankful for my family, with their big hearts and all of their wonderful quirks
9. I am thankful for the good health we are blessed with
10. I am thankful for each new day, so that I may see and experience God’s blessings as I try to walk with Him.
What would be on your list?Take a moment to "count your blessings one by one". You'll feel the richer in spirit for it.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
We thank all who are so generous with their time and willing to share their treasures with us. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the vignettes and special tea treasures that the lovely tea ladies want to share, compliments of Mr. Linky!..,
*P.S.~ Dearest blog friends, if you had planned to join us and find us not quite ready yet, kindly leave a comment then and either Pam or Wanda Lee will be happy to pop by to your blog when our post is up and ready with Mr.Linky, (to save you having to check back during you own busy day).., Thanks
The sincere invitation to join the party is always there..,
Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland!..,
These are the links to the other oh-so-delightful tea parties and tabletop parties that I attend as well as co-hosting, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'; ( the link for that weekly tea party is listed below).
~ I encourage you to stop by and savour another cup of tea while you enjoy their pretty vignettes. (no calories) These are hosted by lovely creative ladies.
~ Hope to see you there!!
~Our own memes are marked with and asterisk*:
*~ 'Tuesday Tea For Two' with Wanda Lee @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/
~ Tuesday Teatime with Lady Katherine @ http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/
~ Teatime Tuesday with Sandi @ http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/
~ Teacup Tuesday with Martha @ http://marthasfavorites.blogspot.com/
~ Teacup Tuesday with Terri @ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
~ Tabletop Tuesday with Marti @ http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/
*~ 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' with Wanda Lee and Pam @ http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/
*~ 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' with Wanda Lee and Pam @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/
*~ 'Wednesday Tea For You and Me' with Wanda Lee @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/
~Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
~Foodie Friday with Michael @ http://www.designsbygollum.blogspot.com/
~ Sunday Favorites with Chari @ http://happytodesign.blogspot.com/
~ Spiritual Sundays with Charlotte and Ginger @ http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/
Warmest regards from Pam and Wanda Lee.., ( Wanda Lee is the other half of our, 'Tea Pot And Tea Things Tuesday' weekly meme; you may find her @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com AND ALSO @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com