Can I just scream with excitement!! Coton Colors™ has come out with a Valentine’s gift idea that will make any girl smile! They are featuring the Coton Colors™ Happy Everything!™ Vase plus Fresh-From-The-Farm Roses and Valentine’s Attachment.
Love is in the air! So what a great time to pull out some chalk and write a sweet message for that special someone. Hand lettering has become the new thing! So, today on Life on Summerhill I will share 3 of my favorite Valentine’s Day chalkboard messages and photo of our finished product.
There is something mysterious about abandoned buildings especially this abandoned train depot. I can’t help but wonder who occupied the space and what stories the walls would tell us if they could talk. My mother seemed to see something special in old buildings because I would find pictures of them from now and then. So it’s no wonder that I am attracted to them also.
ABANDONED TRAIN DEPOT
Sissy has cancer. One day she was telling her friend, Mary Katherine, how thankful she is for her friends. Especially how grateful she is for MK. Having cancer has been hard and scary. But Sissy has discovered something that most teens don’t find out until they have grown. And some never discover it at all. Sissy has learned how to be thankful when Facing Storms.
Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner! If you are anything like me then you only have a few things checked off your list. So what better time to win a Amazon Giveaway to help with all your last minute shopping or to treat yourself to something special. Simply click on the link to enter and put in your email.
The Grand Floridian Resort is a fantastic inspiration for anyone wanting to decorate or design in the Victorian style. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s America was changing because of factories. Before then most people made their own furniture or bought from a local craftsman. But factories started changing all that. Now you and your neighbor have the exact same table.
Growing up in the South was sweet and pun intended. Overall, I felt that most people treated me kindly especially my family. But over the years I have learned that Southern people have some of the best Southern Sayings and can deliver them right at the most opportune time.
For example, soon after I married my husband we were riding down the road and an awful smell seeped into the car and out from this quite man who was enjoying the view came the words, ” That smells like kharn!” I started laughing and asked what the heck is kharn? He proceeded to share that is a foul rotten smell.
Well, that was a new one to me. Being from the south, I thought I heard it all, but this man delivers a new one about every year.
But more on a serious note, there are lots of words, sayings, and the beautiful Southern accents are not heard of in other parts of the country. I have found while visiting out of the South that I can deliver one of those “ordinary” words or phrases like “Lordy Bee” and I get crickets. If you know what I mean! One time I was visiting family in Maine and discovered while shopping that some people were listening to me talk. My sister-in-law said they commented on how they liked to hear my accent. That’s funny! I didn’t know I had an accent, but I could tell they did.
So what interesting southern sayings have you heard in your lifetime?
Mercy is a gift that is sometimes hard to give. And it can even be hard to swallow if you’re the one receiving the mercy. But where does mercy come from and is a possible to love mercy? Here is a story shared with me about this very topic and how mercy was given under tough circumstance.
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“I can forgive, but I can’t forget.” I was sitting in a corner of the coffee shop, enjoying my coffee and contemplating my next blog, when a woman at the next table spoke these words. “If you can’t forget, is that really forgiving, them?” Her friend asked.
I would have asked that woman the same thing. Isn’t forgiving a matter of forgetting the past and moving on? I’m not sure we can be truly free if we keep on remembering the hurts, yet it seems to be human nature to have a long memory when it comes to disappointments. So, what is true forgiveness?
Let me confess right here that I am a work in progress when it comes to forgiveness, and I don’t have all the answers. I do have a lot of questions, though. What if someone doesn’t ask for or even want your forgiveness; do you still need to forgive them? What if they don’t realize they have hurt you? What if they keep on hurting you? I believe the answer to these questions is to give it to God: Trust, pray, and love the person the way God calls us to love.
Growing up in the South, I learned at an early age to say no or turn aside some unkindness in a gentle way. Most people aren’t even aware I’m upset with them because I serve it with icing on top. This little bit of charm has kept me out of a heap of trouble, but I have realized that forgiving people is something the Lord wants me to work on – especially after several recent events that have opened my eyes and pierced my heart.
The other day, a friend came to me and said she was going to call an old love one and forgive him for hurting her. Guess what my first thought was? “Honey, you need to wait until you’re thinking clearly.” Well, she listened to my thought that came right out my mouth but did it anyway. The other person said he was sorry and admitted that he knew he had hurt her. That situation really made me stop and think. I was so awed by her courage and obedience to God.
Then, I was watching a TV series called, AD: The Bible. On this show, I saw a centurion obey his leader and kill a woman because of her Christian faith. When he approached her, she looked him in the eyes and said, “I forgive you.” Oh, boy, there it was again. This time, tears came to my eyes, and I thought, “Lord I am a stubborn woman.” What faith and love in God that woman had! Even death wasn’t a concern of hers; instead, it was the soul of the man who was about to take her last breath away.
Even for a Christian, walking in faith, forgiveness is not an easy task. It takes two things to even begin to forgive. One is trust, and the other is prayer. If you really trust in Jesus and want to serve him, then take some time to pray over the situation. Ask a friend, spouse, or prayer partner to pray with you and for you. Talk to God about it whenever you think about it. Ask God to open the door and show you the right time and place to talk to this person, and trust that he will make a way.
Remember when I asked at the beginning about forgiving someone who keeps on hurting you? God calls us to forgive as many times as it takes. “Then Peter came and said to Him, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven’” (Matthew 18: 21-22). Forgive and forget to free yourself from the pain of the past.