Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Gift of Tranquili-Tea

I must admit, I was feeling a little blue yesterday as I considered the mountains of laundry that have piled up since last week's flare-up of incapacitating back pain. I was frustrated knowing how difficult it is to catch up once I fall behind in this ongoing household task, and discouraged as I made my first trip to the laundry room -- my muscles already throbbing before the day's chores even began.

Then out of the corner of my eye I spied a pretty gift on my counter -- a Mother's Day surprise one of the ladies from my church had given me days before. Margie Austin -- an elder's wife, Bible class teacher and mentor to many young mothers in our congregation -- had sought me out before the holiday with a pretty package in hand. Inside I found a gold-rimmed teacup, a handful of peach tea bags, and a pretty little devotional book called Woman of God: Moments of Grace. Tying everything together was a Mother's Day card with this poem inside:

Mother's Day comes but once a year;
It's a time of happiness and of cheer
For all those ladies who raise their "crew" --
Sit down, relax, a cup of "T" you'll brew.

Life is full of all kinds of "T's" --
Uncertainty -- quality -- even anxiety.
To help you relax we have added for you
Tea leaves with flavor to get you through.

Enjoy the tea while you read the book;
These apply to us -- we just have to look.
May God bless you and your family
As you look to Him for all eternity.
What encouragement this thoughtful gift brought me on a day when I needed to exchange anxiety for tranquility! Within a few minutes, I was sitting down for a moment's rest with a cup of tea and my devotional book. The soothing words of one entry reminded me of John 16:33: "These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." It is comforting to remember that the worldly cares that so often weigh us down are only temporal. And somehow, knowing that one day my only task will be to praise God, makes all those other earthly tasks a bit more bearable.

I am thankful for an opportunity to pause for a cup of tea poured by a friend who has walked this road before me. Margie's godly example, giving spirit and encouraging nature remind me that God blesses our journey with special people who fill our cups with spirituali-tea. 

If you would like to share this gift of tranquili-tea with a special lady in your life, find the devotional book Woman of God: Moments of Grace by Diane Graham and Julie Norris here.


Christina said...

Dear Melissa,

I read about the hard times you and your family are going through. You'll in my thoughts and prayers. And hopefully a summer of joy while creating new memories will arrive soon in your life again.

Gr. Christina

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, you do that very thing your friend does for you for so many, many people. I would give anything if I could be there to do that load of laundry for you. Please know how much we want you to feel better and pray that your pain is relieved!



Rach said...

How sweet. Nothing like a surprise gift from the heart to lift your spirits. Beautiful poem. Hope that you got all caught up and are feeling better.

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a precious gift.

Anonymous said...

I have that little devotional book and it is wonderful.

I used one of the devotions (beau-tea) at our Ladies Spring Tea just a few weeks ago. It was perfect for the them of our tea...."Reflections of Inward Beauty, Outward Charm."

I wanted to tell you our Bible Study just finished the book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. I made the little hand cookies with the heart cut out for the ladies on the last day. They loved them. We, also, loved the book and recommend it to all.

Take care and don't over do it! Debbi

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

What a lovely reminder :o)...I feel like I am always "catching" up on something... And laundry seems to keep occurring just as frequently as when all our three were home...of course, as empty nesters, it is considerably less... But I would happily do their laundry any time if it meant being able to live closer to our kids than the 12 hour road trip that it takes from Savannah to Lexington! :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(I'm finally getting to blog reading catch up! nice to stop by and read..."A Little Lovliness"...before we are on the road again -this time to our son-in-law's graduation from medical school.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

oops Meant to say- Hope that you are feeling better...

margie said...

Melissa, thank you for the kind words. I am so glad that you are feeling better. The others who received one of the devo books and teacups are enjoying some of YOUR Southern Pecan and Peach-Pomegranate teas. Thank you for all that you do to encourage so many others including myself.

Aisha said...

King Solomon was a great King! His earthly kingdom was one of great prominence! He handled the pressures of being a king well, but he faltered greatly in his personal and family life. It has some element that creates the air of sorrow and depression. And the two in between, I dont know.they didnt last. It's a moving target too.

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