Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fight The Good Fight With All Thy Might


Fight the good fight of faith, 
lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, 
and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
- 1 Timothy 6:12 -




Fight the good fight with all thy might!
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right;
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.


Run the straight race through God’s good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.


Cast care aside, lean on thy Guide;
His boundless mercy will provide;
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its life, and Christ its love.


Faint not nor fear, His arms are near,
He changeth not, and thou art dear;
Only believe, and thou shalt see
That Christ is all in all to thee.
- John S. B. Monsell -




When John Monsell wrote this hymn text,
he provided ten strong imperatives for a triumphant Christian life:

(1) 
fight the good fight

(2)
lay hold of life

(3) 
run the straight race

(4)
lift up thine eyes

(5)
 seek His face

(6)
cast care aside

(7)
lean on thy Guide

(8)
trust and prove

(9)
faint not nor fear

(10)
only believe

Each of these is worthy of further pondering.


Be strong and of a good courage, 
fear not, nor be afraid of them: 
for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee;
he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
- Deuteronomy 31:6 -




Have a beautiful and blessed Lord's Day!
{{{ hugs }}}

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Just A Little Giveaway

Greetings of love from me to you,
faithful friends and followers!
How are you on this beautiful Wednesday?
Well, I hope.

Today I have a sweet little giveaway just for you.
Madison Meadows, the author of Introducing Beebo,
contacted me a few weeks ago and graciously offered my readers 
a chance to win one of her books.
And not only will one of you win this charming book,
but you will receive a signed copy!




Introducing Beebo is a precious story about a little bear
who learns the importance of being responsible
and getting things done in an orderly fashion.
Little Beebo might not enjoy having to clean his room before playtime,
but in the end he learns that being responsible leads to happiness
and a job well done is always a wonderful reward.

While this is a children's book it is a book that the entire family can enjoy.
I believe there are lessons throughout the story that all of us can learn from.
In fact, my 9-year-old son enjoyed reading this book to himself
and has done so several times.
Introducing Beebo is the perfect story for grandparents to read to their grandchildren
and for parents to read to their children.
And may I just say the illustrations of Beebo and his mother are darling!
You can't help but smile when reading this book.

This giveaway is open to everyone!
It does not matter whether you have a blog or not,
or whether you live in the states or another country,
please feel free to enter your name.

Simply leave a comment
and I will announce the winner 
next Wednesday, August 23rd.

You can find Introducing Beebo on Amazon.
Click HERE to read more about the book 
and to purchase a copy for yourself.

You can also find it on BAM! Books-A-Million.

I want to thank Madison Meadows for allowing me to read this sweet book
and for being so generous to my readers by offering a copy to give away.
I know whoever wins will be richly blessed by Introducing Beebo.

Have a splendid day, friends!
Love and hugs to you!

***Please note that the links I shared are not affiliate links.***

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Come Unto Me, Ye Weary

Come unto me, 
all ye that labour and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:28 -




"Come unto Me, ye weary,
And I will give you rest."
O blessed voice of Jesus,
Which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of benediction,
Of pardon, grace, and peace,
Of joy that hath no ending,
Of love that cannot cease.


"Come unto Me, ye wand'rers,
And I will give you light."
O loving voice of Jesus,
Which comes to cheer the night!
Our hearts were filled with sadness,
And we had lost our way;
But Thou hast brought us gladness
And songs at break of day.


"Come unto Me, ye fainting,
And I will give you life."
O cheering voice of Jesus,
Which comes to aid our strife!
The foe is stern and eager,
The fight is fierce and long;
But Thou hast made us mighty
And stronger than the strong.


"And whosoever cometh,
I will not cast him out."
O patient love of Jesus,
Which drives away our doubt,
Which, though we be unworthy
Of love so great and free,
Invites us very sinners
To come, dear Lord, to Thee!
- William Chatterton Dix -




I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings
that are very wise and very beautiful;
but I have never read in either of them:
"Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden."

- St. Augustine -




How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
in a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole
and calms the troubled breast;
'Tis nourishment to hungry souls,
and to the weary rest.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I'll praise Thee as I ought.
- John Newton -




Blessings and love to you 
on this wonderful Lord's Day!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is to die for!
Well, maybe I wouldn't go that far,
but still, it's really, really good 
{{smiles}}




My hubby loves bread pudding
and I have been on the lookout for a while now for a good recipe.
I have tried plenty 
and I must confess that each one left me wondering 
if I would ever find the perfect recipe.
Well, I finally found one that made all three of us smile. . .
and we may have fought over the last serving.




Here is the recipe, my friends.

Ingredients needed:
8-10 bread slices
{I used two dinner rolls and 8 hamburger buns}
3 tablespoons butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees,
Place 1 tablespoon of butter inside an 8x8-inch baking dish
and place in the oven to melt.
Break the bread into larger pieces
and place in the buttered baking dish.
Melt your remaining 2 tablespoons of butter
and drizzle over bread pieces.
In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients 
{don't forget to beat your eggs first} until mixed well.
Pour this mixture over the bread.
Bake for 45 minutes, 
or until the top of the bread pudding springs back 
after lightly touching it with a fork.




I added a sweet icing to the bread pudding
and I am sorry to say I did not measure the ingredients out.
Forgive me, my friends.

I simply poured some confectioners' sugar into a bowl
and added a little bit of heavy whipping cream
until I got a nice thick consistency.
Then I poured it onto the top of the bread pudding.
Absolute perfection!




Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee,
grab your favorite book,
kick up your feet,
and enjoy a piece. . .or two of bread pudding.




And just a special shout out to Kitty
for blessing me with this darling towel.
Isn't it just the cutest!
Happy hugs to you!

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I wanted to let you know, dear friends,
that I just listed some new handmade autumn goodies


Shabby Pumpkins




Bow Pillows


Rustic Coasters




And some pretty little tea fascinators.







Stop by 

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Also, I mentioned over a month ago that I was having computer issues.
Well, I still am.
{{fun-fun}}
I took my laptop into a specialist 
and he said that my hard drive is going along with my internal fan.
His recommendation. . .
a new laptop.
Until I am able to get a laptop
please bear with me as my computer works some of the time
and then other times it won't work at all!
Yes, it can be quite frustrating.
I have several posts written and scheduled to be published,
but I wanted to give you a heads up {again} that I might be sporadic 
with blog visiting and responding to emails.
Everything will work out in due time
and I plan on having a new, working laptop 
in time for the tea cup and mug exchange.
{{smiles}}

Thank you for your patience,
sweet friends!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Why Do I Sing About Jesus?




Deep in my heart there’s a gladness;
Jesus has saved me from sin!
Praise to His name, what a Savior!
Cleansing without and within!


Only a glimpse of His goodness;
That was sufficient for me.
Only one look at the Savior—
Then was my spirit set free.


He is the Fairest of fair ones;
He is the Lily, the Rose.
Rivers of mercy surround Him;
Grace, love and pity He shows.


Chorus
Why do I sing about Jesus?
Why is He precious to me?
He is my Lord and my Savior,
Dying, he set me free!
- Albert A. Ketchum -




Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
Sing forth the honour of his name: 
make his praise glorious.
- Psalm 66:1-2 -




I will sing unto the Lord, 
because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
- Psalm 13:6 -




 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, 
and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
- Psalm 66:16 -




A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: 
but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
- Proverbs 15:13 -




Have a blessed and joyous Lord's Day, friends!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

And The Winner Is...

Two weeks ago I held a giveaway in honor of 5 years of blogging.
Again I will say that it is YOU, sweet friends and followers,
that make this blog possible.
Your kindness and interest inspires me to sew, create, and share my love
for God, baking, and crafting.
I can't thank each one of you enough 
for your faithful support and gracious words over the years.
Each one of you is a beautiful gem.
Many, many thanks for the precious comments. . .
some of you made me cry!

My little munchkin
{who is not so little anymore}
helped with the drawing of the winner.
Sweet Melly Belle is patiently waiting to pick the lovely name.




She placed her cute little paw in the bowl. . .




and pulled out a name.




And that name is. . . 
Marilyn McLeod 

My dear Marilyn,
please email me at kekepania525@gmail.com
with your mailing address.
Congratulations, sweet lady!




And since this has turned into a cat post
I thought I would share some recent pictures of the kittens.
These little sweeties are now 4 months old
and incredibly active!
{{smiles}}




Like mother like daughter.




These three enjoy hanging around my feet 
while I cook in the kitchen.
I guess they are always hopeful that I will drop a little treat.




This one is Duke and he is quite the lover. . .and cry baby.
Whenever he is alone he will "cry"
and often he will come cuddle up with me.
I don't mind at all.




Stripester is very easy going and quite the beggar.
She goes crazy when she smells food of any kind.
As you can see she loves to curl up with my son's stuffed Dalmatian.




And here is the sweet and petite Melly Belle.
One word can describe this little one and that is. . .
PRECIOUS!
Someone asked how I can tell Duke and Melly Belle apart.
Duke has green eyes and is quite solid.
Melly is smaller and has bright yellow eyes.




And before I say goodbye may I just say. . .
Happy August to you, friends!
It seems like I was just wishing you a "Happy May"
and now here it is August.
Since we're talking about the months I thought I would give you a heads up 
that the 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange will be taking place 
in just a little over a month.
Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 13th.
I made a button for you lovely bloggers 
who want to share it on your blog.
You can simply add it to your sidebar to let others now about the fun event.
Simply add the link below to the picture so that others can find it:
http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com/p/tea-cup-exchange.html



The button is a smaller image
so here is a regular size image for those who might want to share it in a post.
I hope that makes sense :)



You can also add your email address to THIS LIST
and I will email you a reminder the day registration begins.
If you are new to the exchange
please visit my exchange page where you can read all about it.

Hugs to you!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Last Day To Save!

A cheery good day to you, friends!
Today is the last day to save 20% off your order at 

Simply use the coupon code
when you checkout.
Stop in for a visit
and maybe something will catch your eye
{{smiles}}

Also, I will be announcing the winner 
for my big giveaway this coming Wednesday.
If you have not entered your name yet
I would encourage you to do so.
Click HERE to put your name in the hat.

See you on Wednesday!
{{hugs}}


Sunday, July 30, 2017

What Is Life?


Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. 
For what is your life? 
It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, 
and then vanisheth away.
- James 4:14 -




What is life? ’tis but a vapor;
Soon it vanishes away;
Life is but a dying taper;
O my soul! why wish to stay!
Why not spread thy wings, and fly
Straight to yonder world of joy?

See that glory—how resplendent!
Brighter far than fancy paints;
There, in majesty transcendent,
Jesus reigns—the King of saints:
Spread thy wings, my soul! and fly
Straight to yonder world of joy.




Joyful crowds, His throne surrounding,
Sing with rapture of His love;
Through the heavens His praises sounding,
Filling all the courts above:
Spread thy wings, my soul! and fly
Straight to yonder world of joy.

Go, and share His people’s glory,
Mid the ransomed crowd appear;
Thine a joyful, wondrous story,
One that angels love to hear:
Spread thy wings, my soul! and fly
- Thomas Kelly -




Life on earth is but a vapor,
Soon we’ll lay these bodies down;
But if we continue faithful,
We shall wear the victor’s crown—
Brighter than the stars of heaven,
Brighter than the dazzling sun,
We shall shine among the ransomed,
When our work on earth is done. 
- Wm. G. Schell -




Oh, joyful day to the faithful soul
Who walks with Christ in His purity!
Life’s battle fought and the vict’ry won,
He shouts from time to eternity.
Eternity! Eternity!
Will you dwell with Christ in eternity?
- Daniel S. Warner -




May you have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Girly Bow Pillows


Sparkle
every day.




Hello, my lovely friends, followers, and readers!
How are you on this delightful Wednesday?
Today I have some sweet little bow pillows to show you.
They are easy peasy to make
and they add the perfect touch of charm and femininity to your home.




Let's get started, shall we. . .

Supplies needed:
fabric
Poly-fil
sewing machine and all that good stuff

As you can see, 
I made three pillows and the measurements are as follows:

large bow
two pieces of fabric that are 8x12-inches,
one small piece of fabric that is 5x10-inches

medium bow
two pieces of fabric that are 7x11-inches,
one small piece of fabric that is 4x9-inches

small bow
two piece of fabric that are 6x10-inches,
one small piece of fabric that is 3x8-inches.




Fold the small piece of fabric in half 
with right sides together.




Sew along the edge,
but leave the ends open.




Turn the fabric right side out
and press with an iron.




Bring the two raw edges together
and sew along the edge.




Turn right side out
so that the seam is on the inside.




For the pillow
you will want to pin the two pieces  of fabric right sides together
and sew along the edges.
Leave a small opening!




Flip the pillow right side out
and fill with Poly-fil.
You don't want to stuff your pillow
since you have to put the small ring of fabric around the center.
Sew up the opening.




Gently pull the small ring of fabric around the pillow
and place in the center.
Once you have it positioned where you want it
you can add a lovely little embellishment to the center.
As you can see I added a fabric flower to each pillow.
I simply hot glued them on.






You can add lace, pearls, gems, and so much more.
Be creative, my friends.

These pillows would look adorable in your little girl's room
or sew some up to give to a special friend.




It's always a joy to have you pop in for a visit.
May your day be extra beautiful!
Love and hugs!




Don't miss out on my giveaway in honor of 5 years of blogging!
Click HERE to enter your name.

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Again, thank you for your prayers for my Grandma Dee Ann,
you are amazing, my friends!
 She had the mitra valve clip procedure yesterday
and seems to be doing well-
praise the Lord!
She is not out of the woods yet
so prayers on her behalf are very much appreciated.
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