There are stresses associated with winter, starting with the commute to work over ice and snow!  Some people don’t mind driving on ice, but I’m not in that club!  If I turn a corner and just keep turning – well, let’s just say I don’t find it amusing.  Then once you get where you’re going, there are unique stress factors depending on the day.  Stress is just a part of life, isn’t it?  How do you de-stress?SOMETHING ABOUT TEAChelmsford Tea is a wonderful place to rekindle friendships.  Just a quaint little shop, they have hundreds of blends to choose from.  They brew up a little cup of heaven – and it just melts the stress away.




My mother’s favorite tea was Earl Grey.  I don’t particularly care for it – my tastes gravitate toward more sweet flavors, as did my Granny LaVella’s.  Right now I’m enjoying a cup of Sweet Cinnamon Orange from my favorite tea store, The Spice Merchant, in downtown Wichita.  Sweet Cinnamon Orange tastes like Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Sunset.  I’m sure Granny would share it with me…  oh if only!



When I was younger I hosted casual tea parties.  I put the kettle on and had various flavors to choose from.  Everyone picked their favorite and made their tea.  We’d sit around enjoying our tea as we talked about life in general – literature, work, family.  There was never a moment of silence, but so much laughter in my house…  making sweet memories with my friends!

Here’s my favorite poem from Lucinda Berry Hill, author of “Coffee with Jesus” & “A Second Cup with Jesus”.  A SIP, A PRAYER, A PEACE


I knew my friend, Judy Janowski, author of Life is a Garden Party, would have some beautiful tea cups and teapots to share today.  Look at these – aren’t they pretty?


12483700_10206676656708831_1855491165_n12498718_10206676656668830_2065899192_n12506928_10206676656748832_422857281_nThat last photo looks like she’s about ready to sit down and write her next book, doesn’t it???  Hint, hint, Judy!  

God has blessed me with author friends!  Deanna Stalnaker, author of Tea with Grandy Dee and Jesus, Me & Afternoon Tea, has been quite busy lately.  She’s in the process of writing a series of books called Women of God:  Lancaster County.  The first two books are complete.  More…  we want more.  ❤

Check out Deanna’s facebook pages:





11828622_445582042288986_2918859347990320449_nThese days, my husband and I enjoy tea and blueberry scones together.  It’s a quiet pleasure, but one that seems to make all the cares of the day just melt away…  there’s just something about tea!  We are in no danger of running out of teapots or teacups around here!  There’s always time for tea, scones, smiles and laughter.  I can’t speak for others, but in my mind, the table setting at a tea party is just as important as the tea you choose to serve.  I enjoy our own Hall Autumn Leaf Jewel Tea antique dishes.  They set a very pretty table and are particularly nice for an Autumn Spice themed tea party.



Tea combined with prayer help you establish a positive state of mind:

If you think you are beaten, you are.  If you think you dare not, you won’t.

If you like to win, but don’t think you can It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.  For out in the world you find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will It’s all in a state of mind.

For many a game is lost ‘ere even a play is run,

And many a coward fails ‘ere even his work is begun.

Think big and your deeds will grow.  Think small and you’ll fall behind.

Think that you can and you will.  It’s all a state of mind.

If you think you are out-classed, you are.  You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize.

Life battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man.

But sooner or later, the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can.

Sometimes I like to enjoy tea in a present from a friend.  This mug and tea bag holder remind me of her belief in my abilities, which makes it easier to believe in myself!  I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength!  🙂IMG_0005It’s a whimsical mug and tea bag holder made by GANTZ.  I was hoping you could read it from the photo, but apparently it’s too far away – or at least it is for me, so I’ll just write it here:



Every time I use this mug, I’m reminded of her encouragement as well as her daily prayers for me.  It means so much!  It also inspired this poem:


CHRISTIAN AUTHOR'S VIRTUAL TEA PARTY & BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA 2016Enjoy tea time today and pray…  know that God loves you each and every day!  🙂






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By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  – Matthew 7:16


As Christians, we are abundantly aware of the fact that we are not to judge anyone.  God is the ONLY judge of all.  He has not given any Christian the authority to label anyone as a hopeless case.  To be honest, God has not chosen to label anyone a hopeless cause, so…  what makes us think we have the right to do so?

This passage of Scripture is not encouraging us to judge – we are told over and again that it’s not okay to judge, however, we are encouraged to discern.  Discernment comes from God’s Holy Spirit.  It’s that common sense that we take away from conversations and encounters with others.  It’s not a bad thing!

Have you heard the old saying, “It takes one to know one” – ???  Well, in life, God wants to begin like-minded relationships.  It’s part of the way He keeps us safe.  We all know there is evil in the world, but if we are tuned in to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to help us be discerning in our choice of friends, we can have the iron-sharpening experience that God wants for us.

Don’t get me wrong – we are to pray for everyone.  We are to help when possible.  There are just times we need to use the precious gift of discernment when developing relationships in life.  God wants to help us live the best life possible.  Discernment is not the exclusion of others, but it is a part of tapping into God’s wisdom.


When we a ministry to be a part of, we have to be especially careful that we do not get caught up in false prophets or misleading of any sort.  If we will pray as we seek avenues of ministry, God’s Holy Spirit will show us where our work will do the most good.  He will not deny anyone an opportunity to work and witness.  Even if it is not in a traditional sense, ministry opportunities will be shown to you if you ask God to reveal them to you.  Trust God’s Holy Spirit to guide you to a place to share your faith.  🙂







For if you forgive people their trespasses +[their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment+], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  – Matthew 6:14

Today is WINNIE THE POOH DAY!!!  Of course it is also the birthday of author AA Milne.  I love everything about Winnie the Pooh and his funny and loyal friends.  Pooh, along with Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore, first appeared on the printed page in 1926.  All of these characters were based on toys owned by the author’s son, Christopher Robin, who is also featured in the famous stories.

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.  – Winnie The Pooh

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to visit Pooh Corner in Hartfield, East Sussex, where the books were written?  We could pick up a map to follow in the characters’ footsteps, and play Poohsticks on the original bridge!  Sounds like a lot of fun to me!

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.  – Winnie The Pooh

What a perfect day to plan a Pooh Tea (with plenty of honey, of course).  And Pooh loves to eat, so we need to have lots of food on the menu as well.

 “How do you spell love?” asked Piglet. “You don’t spell it…you feel it” answered Pooh.

It would be a good day to help someone else, because that’s what the characters in the books do.  Maybe a family member needs help with chores or maybe everyone just needs a little more respect from you.

You never can tell with bees.  – Winnie The Pooh

Tigger and Owl live in tree houses, but everyone else lives in tree trunks.  Maybe sometime today we could draw a picture of our own house.  Which character would you like to have in your house?  I’ll bet you can guess who I’d have in mine.  Of course, it’s Winnie the Pooh!

 You’re braver than you believe, and stronger then you seem, and smarter than you think.  – Winnie The Pooh

I like to watch Winnie the Pooh on DVD or sing favorite songs from the movies.  What is your favorite movie and song?  Wouldn’t today be a good day to watch it?


I think I like Winnie the Pooh so much because it reminds me of real life friendships.  There are friends I would trust and do anything for.  When I watch poor Piglet get into some of the fixes he gets into, I think, “yep – that’s just what happens sometimes when you are willing to do anything for a friend.”  Usually we come through and laugh about it later, don’t we?  God gives us the very best friends!

Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.  – Winnie The Pooh

Do you have a Winnie the Pooh plush toy to cuddle with?  I’ll bet Pooh would like to go everywhere with you today.  I have a little Winnie the Pooh on my key chain so Pooh goes everywhere with me when I drive.  When you get to be my age, you can’t carry a plush toy around, so I keep him on my key chain.  Shhh…  don’t tell.  😉






When you were a child did you play on the teeter totter??? My friends and I spent hours on it – going up and down while we said little rhymes, like:

Teeter totter,
Bread and water,
Wash a fish with dirty water.

We also had fun with this classic as we went up and down:

Teeter totter up and down,
This is the way to London town,
One foot up, one foot down,
This is the way to London town.

If you were to try to play on a teeter totter alone, you’d find it quite difficult if not impossible. It takes two people to make a teeter totter work correctly. As children we learn how to play together and get along so that when we grow up we will know how to socialize, interact and work together. There are not many things you can do alone – or should have to do alone. A marriage is a great example of teamwork in action. If both people are not completely committed to it, the chances of success are slim at best.

Friendship is another good example of teamwork. Many times in life I have been on a teeter totter with a friend for a time, just to realize that while I’m up in the air, they decide to get off – then I go crashing to the ground! I think that has happened to most of us – but as we get older we just see it as a part of life. Every friend crosses our path for a certain purpose and for a given amount of time. It’s rare that a friendship is really forever. If you have one forever friend, you have a rare gift.

We should ask ourselves three questions before we speak: Is it true? Is it kind? Does it glorify Christ?  – Billy Graham

The ups and downs of any relationship are inevitable, whether it’s a marriage or a friendship. God did not make robots – He made human beings. We are moody and have a vast range of emotions and desires. What works for us one day may not work for us the next. It’s sad when one wants to grow and move beyond the status quo while the other wants to stay stuck in a rut. To say this is unhealthy is a dramatic understatement. Not only is one person unhappy and dissatisfied, but it does not please God either. He wants His children to grow in grace.

Choose the one you play on the teeter totter with very carefully. Make sure you choose someone who plays fair and won’t suddenly get off the teeter totter when they reach the ground, sending you straight down for a crash landing!

If you have the courage to walk away from toxicity in relationships, your life will improve. Once you know people who truly love and care for you, you will wonder why you did not move on sooner. Even if you are alone with no relationship or no friends, you are still better off than you were with the toxic people. Eventually you will find good people to surround yourself with – and life will be better and you will be much happier.

I’ll play on the teeter totter with you – but you have to play nice!

I know a Man who will never let you down!!! His name is Jesus.