Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Time for Tea

"Welcome home!" writes Emilie Barnes in The Spirit of Loveliness. "That's what I want my life to say to everyone whose path crosses mine. I want to create an atmosphere of serenity and joy, blessing and belonging that embraces people (myself included) and draws them in -- that makes them feel loved and special and cared for" (p. 13).

Emilie Barnes is one of my favorite authors. Her words remind me to focus on the blessings of hospitality, creativity, femininity and godliness. Reading her book The Spirit of Loveliness inspires me to take a deep breath, put flowers on the table and brew a pot of tea.

Wouldn't you love to share a cup of tea today? To sink into a cozy chair and forget about the cares of the day. To hold a cherished teacup and savor its warmth and fragrance. To sip the tea slowly, drinking in the tranquility of a quiet moment. To linger at the tea table together, where laughter and conversation flow easily.

I hope this blog will be a cozy place to meet friends from far and near to share that cup of tea. Please visit often to share a Bible verse, see the children, exchange creative ideas or even find out what's for supper. I hope when you stop by you will find a little loveliness to remind you that your cup overflows with blessings.

So come back soon! Because from my little spot in the world, I'm flinging the doors wide, brewing a pot of tea and saying "Welcome home!"

12 comments:

sweeter and the bubbas said...

Great intro!! Welcome to the blog world. You will find it addicting...I'm so glad you're here. I'm looking forward to our beach trip!!

Robyn said...

Hey, Melissa! Thanks for letting me know where to find you in blog land. It'll be fun to keep up with your family this way. And, thank you so much for all that you did for our family while Millie was recovering. You're so sweet to think of us and help take care of us. We appreciated so much all the yummy food and love that came with it!

Anita McFarland said...

Hey Melissa, Thanks for inviting me....How'd you know I love tea? It's true, blogging is addictive....I'm sure you'll be contributing much more useful knowledge to the community than me. :) I look forward to reading and seeing lot's of pictures.

Three plus Me said...

Your new blog is beautiful! Just like you! Thanks for finding me. Like you, I'm trying to figure all this out. Yes, I got a pic of Mary Ashley and Austin sitting together in class. I'll send it your way soon.

Kristi said...

I'm so glad you have joined us - I have so enjoyed doing this. There is even a website where you can have your blog made into books for permanent keeping. Your layout is so pretty - I will be dropping by daily!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for finding me on here. Like all have said before me, it is addictive. I will look forward to your reading your blog.

Betsy said...

Hey! Welcome to the world of blogging, you're going to love it! Although I have to admit that I am a little intimidated to have a published author reading my blog! :) You still have to help me figure out how to get some things published!
I don't comment much, but I'll be back!

Becky Welch said...

I saw your blog through my friend Betsy's blog and wondered if you were the "Christian Woman" Melissa Lester. I love your stuff!!! I can't wait to see more from your blog. I am trying this out as well!!!
BTW - My mom was one of the editors for Woman to Woman - Dwina Willis.

Leah said...

So glad you joined the blog world! Your page look like you and your sweet words were wonderful. You're such an inspiration to all of us and I look forward to reading your wisdom by way of the blog!

tracy said...

Melissa,

You did such a fantastic job at our retreat this past weekend. I learned so much and will have an open heart to others. Thanks for the great cake plate idea and look forward to reading your blog more often.

Tracy

Meredith said...

It's a pleasure to find your blog!

I knew when you mentioned Spirit of Loveliness that you would be a kindred spirit : )

Enjoyed browsing through the archives and will link to your casserole post tonight!

odomfamilyfun said...

Melissa, did you really only start blogging in Jan? You are so great at it I figured you had been at it since the beginning of 'blog' ;) You have done a really great job with your posts and I love your style....keep it up!

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