Tuesday, July 25, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 7/25/17


A post today re Alexandra Stoddard's books. As most of you probably know, she is a longtime, successful interior designer who also writes books on living and enjoying a happy life. A philosopher on the art of living. 

Some people have complained she's out of touch with the common woman, and I will say that I do have to be in the mood to read her enthusiastic, bubbly writing style. She also apparently holds to a mixed bag of spiritual beliefs, but I glean what I can use and run everything through the filter of God's Word.

I happen to have seventeen of her books (plus one duplicate that was my mother's), but to be honest, I haven't looked at or reread them for a long time, with the exception of Alexandra Stoddard's Book of Color.




So it ran through my mind once or twice to donate them to my library. But then I told myself I wouldn't want to part with her book Tea Celebrations ... or Gift of a Letter ... or Grace Notes ... and definitely not Living a Beautiful Life and ... ! So I decided to keep them all and will begin to rotate them into my reading queue before too long.

Ms. Stoddard is working on completing her twenty-ninth book: Joyful Living in the Real World, which I look forward to reading. I'd also like to own her first book, Style for Living. Her monthly newsletter can be found here. I haven't found any archives, so the old ones disappear when she publishes a new newsletter. Some parts of her website need to be updated (her husband is now deceased, etc.).



Do you like her books? I hope she is able to complete her latest project. I think in recent years she's had publisher problems. I wonder if she knows about publishing on Amazon?  ;-}

Enjoy your reading and many blessings to you,
Bess
PS: No Amazon links today. The heat and moving water hoses has made me fatigued this week!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Word for Us on 7/23/17


Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali- to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles- the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
Matthew 4:13-16

Can we imagine what it would be like to have Jesus move into the neighborhood? Why, yes, we can! Because when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He seals our new relationship with His Holy Spirit coming to live in us. He is as near as our breath, and we can truly say "God in us; Jesus in us." A great mystery, but true nevertheless.


From that time forward, we have His light to live by, to guide us in this life and then to guide us home. And it's a "great light." The Greatest Light.

During the dog days of summer, in order to cope with the extreme heat, we become rather like moles around here. For the better part of the day the shades are drawn and thermal curtains closed. We can't tell if it's sunny out or not (which it is). We are literally living in a form of darkness.

But when I do step outside to run an errand, I exclaim, "Bright light!!!" The difference is remarkable, and the light dazzling.

"The people living in darkness have seen a great light."


Come to Jesus, Friends. He'll positively dazzle you.

Blessings,
Bess



Friday, July 21, 2017

Hope


From At Home in Thrush Green by Miss Read, Anthony Bull says to Charles Henstock, when the latter was lamenting his old rectory that had burned down:

"Well," said Anthony at last, "it's no good harking back, Charles. We have to go forward, you know. And with hope."

Amen to that!

Have a fantastic weekend,
Bess
PS: If you want to read some of my thoughts on hope, my devotional memoir is available via Amazon, only 99 cents for the Kindle version, $6.99 for a pretty, ecru paper, matte softcover book. (I also explain my deliberately grammatically incorrect title in my introduction!) See the top of my sidebar if interested.