Monday, March 9, 2015

The Enchanting Rose - Guest Post

Hello, sweet readers of
She Graces Her Home In God's Beauty!
I am Stephanie and I blog over at
I am quite honored to be a guest here at my mother's blog
and I feel very privileged to be with all of you today.
In case you did not realize it. . .Debbie is my mom
{for which I thank the Lord because she is the best}.
She is currently taking care of her parents and her days have been rather full
so she asked if I could fill in for her today - I hope you don't mind :)

As I thought about what I would share 
I kept thinking about how my mom speaks to the heart - she has such a gift for writing.
Well, I decided to follow in her beautiful footsteps and share my quiet time with you. 
I hope the words and photos refresh your soul and bless your heart.

I think we should start things off right by enjoying a hot beverage.
Please, let me pour you a cup of tea. . .

Would you like a delicate lemon bar to go along with your tea?

Now, simply relax, be still, and enjoy, my dear ladies. . .
In the midst of many duties and distractions 
it is rather difficult to find quiet time and rest,
but we must let the peace of God rule in our hearts.

Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding in my heart by the quieting of my mind!
Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time!
Give me, amidst the confusion of my day,
the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tension of my nerves and muscles
with the soothing music of the singing streams.
Help me know the magical, restorative power of Thy touch.
Teach me the art of taking minute vacations,
slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pat a dog.
Remind me each day of the hare and the tortoise,
so that I may know that the race is not always to the swift,
there is more in life than increasing speed.
Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak,
And know that it grew great because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord! 
Inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life's enduring values.
- Author Unknown -

My precious mom loves to sing.
Ever since I was a young girl my mom would sing
when she was working in the home, driving in the car, walking down the sidewalk.
She often woke me up in the mornings with a new song and
she has always had a habit of creating her own songs. . .
some good and some. . .well, you get the idea :)
{You know I love you, mom}

To me, singing praises unto the Lord is quite beautiful and honoring.
It's also a perfect thing to do while enjoying a quiet and relaxing moment in the day.
We don't have to verbally sing, but our hearts can sing and praise our Heavenly Father.
A song can put a smile upon our faces, a skip in our step,
and bring joy to our weary souls.

. . . Sing A Song . . .

When you are tired and weary,
With the daily cares of life,
And you feel need of something
To help you win the strife.
Just sing a song!

When loved ones have left you - lonely
You wander, sad and distressed,
When heaven to you seems distant,
Don't feel, my Friend, depressed,
But sing a song!

When the peace of God is upon you,
The joy of salvation is real;
Let the world know of your blessings,
Their thrill be glad to reveal.
O sing a song!

Perchance, when you meet someone,
Someone in need of God's love,
Point him to Jesus, the Saviour,
Point him to heaven above.
And sing a song!

When you behold God's creation
And you feel to adore the Most High,
O praise Him in exaltation,
Our Maker who lives in the sky.
Praise Him in song!

Then when at last we will meet Him,
When the Lord shall gather His own,
We will sing in sweet adoration
With million's around the great throne.
Heaven's sweet song!
- Ethel Davis -

My dear friends, may we sing while we work and while we rest,
when we are happy and when we are sad,
let us sing in the morning and at night.

Take a few moments out of your day 
and be still, be quiet, be at peace. . .
and sing a sweet song.

I want to thank my mom for allowing me to share a post on her lovely blog.
I also want to thank each one of you for joining me today.
I hope you were richly blessed and encouraged.
Love and hugs to you!

* * * * * * * * * *

I appreciate my daughter and her willingness to fill in for me
while I am away caring for me parents.
My dear Stephanie. . .I don't know what I would do without her.
Joy to you, my friends!


Melanie said...

Beautiful blog post, Stephanie. What wonderful thoughts. Thinking of you, Debbie as you care for your parents.

JES said...

What a beautiful way to start a Monday morning! Thank you for sharing this Stephanie! And Debbie, may you have strength this week as you care for your family :)

Home Meadows said...

Such a pretty post. I do feel that often times we get distracted with all the busyness of this world. I think that is why the morning is my favorite time of day. The quiet stillness with the Lord. A cup of coffee, my morning devotional and prayer can set the tone of the day. Thank you, Heather

Stephanie said...

Thank you, mom, for allowing me to be a guest at your beautiful blog :) It was my joy and pleasure to "fill in" for you while you are away. I look forward to your return!

Much love to you!

magnoliasntea said...

Lovely post, Stephanie! We do need to just slow down sometimes. Beautiful photos, too. How refreshing to hear your mom is caring for her parents - in this busy world that must be a wonderful blessing for them. Keeping you all in my prayers. :)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, What a perfect way for me to start the new week. Your fill in for your mom is beautiful. You are a daughter to be greatly proud of.
Singing always makes my day better. I sing all day long. Lots of old hymns and many I make up along the way. While the paint is drying, I'll belt out a tune. LOL
I can imagine your mother doing this and waking you as a child with a song. I always sang to my son when he was a baby and growing up. To this day, he remembers those times and says they mean so much to him.

Slowing down to take in the moments really does refresh the soul.
Thank you for sharing and filling in for your sweet mother. She is a special lady and I am blessed to know her and call her a friend.

Hi Debbie, hope all is going well while you're away helping your parents. Sending prayers!!

Love to you girls, CM

NanaDiana said...

This is a beautiful post, Stephanie. You are both blessed to have each other and enjoy mother/daughter blogging-as well as sharing other moments in life.

I am praying for your Mom as she deals with her situation there, too. Having aging parents is never an easy situation. xo Diana

Vee said...

Just what I needed this morning! And, yes, you've left me humming a little hum. Saying a prayer for your mom and her parents. God bless you all...

Anonymous said...

A beautifully written post, Stephanie. Remembering Debbie and her parents in my prayers.

Debby Ray said...

What a sweet and lovely post, dear Stephanie. The apple surely hasn't fallen far from the tree when it comes to you and your precious mom, Debbie. You are so right...a song is like a miracle sometimes. When my brain is going 100 miles per minute and my thoughts are all jumbled up, nothing can calm it like a song...especially one of praise. Hoping your day is have blessed mine :)

Elizabethd said...

There is nothing quite the same as a lovely relationship with one's mother. You have portrayed it beautifully .

Debbie Harris said...
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Debbie Harris said...

Good Morning dear ladies!
What a beautiful post to wake up to this morning my dear Stephanie!
How could you NOT have a song in your heart after reading this.
No matter what my day should bring I just know I will be singing with joy.
Thank you Stephanie for steeping in for me, and thank you dear ladies for stopping by and for your kind regards, my heart has been richly blessed this morning.
Much love to you all.

Joy in our Jesus!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Lovely post! You two are just the sweetest! What wonderful godly women and a wonderful example to us all.

Shoregirl said...

Beautiful photos and refreshing words!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie, wow what a beautiful post you wrote for you mom!
Hi Debbie, your daughter Stephanie wrote such a beautiful blog post for you! We need to enjoy and make the most of our days thanks.
Julie xo

Mary Hutchins said...

A very sweet post Stephanie. I loved your loving words about your Mom, they touched my heart. Have a blessed day sweet friend.

Sylvia said...

Such a beautiful and relaxing post,Stephanie. It was much needed and appreciated this morning as I am doing house work, had to stop and catch up on reading post. It relaxed me for these minutes and now I can go back to my daily chores with a song in my heart! I pray Debbie can find some time during her day to have a little time of rest.

Mehrll said...

Debbie, your daughter is such a sweet lady like her mother. You have done well in raising her to be this. I needed the words about slowing down. Thank you for sharing, Stephanie

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Dear Debbie...what a rich, beautiful blessing Stephanie is to me - as I know she is to many! I'm so pleased to be visiting your lovely blog today and reading what she has to share... Oh! How true!
Such beautiful thoughts to ponder on as I go about my daily work!
May we always sing to the wonderful Lord and King in everything we do!
Blessings and love,

Linda Walker said...

Debbie, I am thinking of you as you take care of your folks. Stephanie, this is a beautiful post. I love to sing and I used to sing with my daughters as they were growing up. I even made up a few of those songs you speak about, lol! I will sing anything, even commercials! Have a wonderful day! You two are quite an amazing mother/daughter duo and it's always a pleasure reading your posts! Take care,

Mindy Whipple said...

Love the slow me down prayer (I prayed along as I read it). Prayers for your sweet singing mama as she becomes the hands and feet of God caring for her parents.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Stephanie, you are your Mother's daughter with your sweet words of wisdom, just like her!
Debbie, what a gift Stephanie is to all of us. You did such a wonderful job in raising her. I'm thinking of you as you are with your parents.
Love, joy, blessings and peace to both of you.

Dee said...

Hi Stephanie and hello Debbie. I'm glad you did a guest post for your mom because it gave me a chance to visit here. I really enjoyed this post, too. It was so beautiful and encouraging. I used to love hearing my mother sing, although it was mostly at church.

Debbie, I'm going to browse around and check out some of your posts now and I hope you have a wonderful week... :)

Robyn said...

Stephanie! Such a beautiful post and one that, no doubt, has your mother beaming with pride.
I love to sing my way through the day as well and sometimes drive my co-workers crazy, lol.
You and your mom have a beautiful, unique relationship. Love to you both!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie~ This is so encouraging to read on this Monday :) What a huge blessing you are!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

And to Debbie~ You have a lovely daughter- Thank you for allowing her to share this today! I know it will be encouraging to many others!

I hope that you both have a beautiful week! Hugs and blessings!

Debbie Nolan said...

I am so glad I stopped to visit-just lovely Stephanie!

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel said...

What a lovely post Stephanie! You are such a joyful spirit. We certainly do need to remember to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely post, Stephanie. It goes well with your mother's lovely style of blogging. I enjoyed hearing about your mum's singing. I love to sing hymns and scriptures while I do my housework. Hugs to you!

mamasmercantile said...

A truly beautiful post.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

This is lovely Stephanie. Thanks for the sweet reminders and your beautiful photography. I felt like I was there with you. ~ Abby

Red Rose Alley said...

A lovely post, dear Stephanie, and I could totally relate because when people mention caretakers taking care of our mothers and fathers, I smile because me and my brothers and sister WERE the caretakers. It can be very tiring at times, but something that I was honored and privileged to do. They are no longer with me, but always in my heart. May God give your mother all the strength she needs to care for her aging parents.

Your tea cups pictures are some of the prettiest I've seen. Can I have one of those lemon bars now? ;~)

love, ~Sheri

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Love this so much Stephanie. We've been so busy lately .. too busy. I needed to read this today. You have a way with words. I'm so happy to be visiting your mom's blog. I had no idea your mom blogged. I'm definitely following along. Have a good week friend.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Beautiful post, beautiful song and verse, and lastly, beautiful mother and daughter bloggers, sharing with us all.

Weekend-Windup (John Paul) said...

Well written, Stephanie. Enjoyed reading this post, visiting your page now.

Mimi Mama said...

What a gorgeous salve to a troubled soul. Debbie, I hope your parents troubles are short, and their lives long. Stephanie, thankyou..Mimi xxx

Sam Newton said...

It's not morning, but I'm sitting here enjoying my evening tea and the beautiful music. Stephanie, you and your mom have such awesome blogs!!! Blessings to you both.

Anne Payne said...

Once again, I can see the Lord working through this wonderful blog network. Slow down, be quiet (oh, that's my word haunting me) and be at peace....yes, I need to absorb these words today.

Blessings to you both, Debbie and Stephanie! {{hugs}}

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

It is such a surprise and sweet moment to be here this morning, reading my friend Stephanie, to find our YOU are her mother. We seem to be about the same AGE, you and me!

This post is perfect for me this morning, as I go into a doctor's appointment that has me a bit concerned. But this post is a gentle lift for me as I often times go into work a bit stressed, the demands of an ever-changing educational system. Not only do I go into a doctor's appt. this morning, but I have to "rush" back to the other side of town to be prepared to teach. All I want is to sing a song of praise to my God, to fill my soul, to help me shine today. Thank you to the both of you for caring to spread the word of his LOVE! Anita

Conniecrafter said...

Great post to remind us to slow down and take that time throughout the day to give praise with song to our God and meditate on him.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful words and images. Thank you for lifting my spirit today with your sweet words of encouragement.
Blessings to you Stephanie and to Debbie.

living from glory to glory said...

Good Morning, I loved hearing how the singing has installed so many wonderful memories! The photos were spring fresh and read like lemony butter...
Loved it all, You both are Godly precious ladies that I so admire!
Always, Roxy
I see the needs of the command of our Lord Jesus!
Honor out Mothers And Fathers!

Lady Linda said...

What a lovely tribute to a lovely lady from a lovely daughter! Nice to learn more about your Debbie through your daughter's eyes.

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