Monday, October 12, 2015

The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup and Mug Exchange

When we sow bountifully and bless others
we will also reap bountifully
in this life of  friendships.
Every good and perfect gift is from above,
may we rejoice in the goodness
of the greatest Gift-Giver of all
and in the gifts of friendship
we have been given.

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The Lord loves a cheerful giver,
so why not give yourself away generously
and joyfully to others.
That is the blessing of  Stephanie's 
Tea Cup and Mug exchanges.
Through her exchanges we have the wonderful opportunity
of reaching out to others in love.

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This exchange was just that for me,
reaching out in love.
I was blessed with the opportunity
to send a tea cup to two lovely ladies
and a mug to another lovely lady
due to some unfortunate circumstances in the exchange.
But with God, all things work together for good.

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I had the joy of packaging up this lovely gift for
Cathy  who has the cutest little blog.
Please take time to stop in and visit with her
and read about her darling little "Minnie"
 
I also had the joy of shopping for this dear 
and new friend in Christ, Karen.
I believe Karen was sent from the Lord,
and as I packaged her gift together
I couldn't help but pray for her, though I didn't know her as of yet.
Karen was so gracious with her beautiful gift to me.
Everything was so thought out
with the beautiful color of purple.
Her choice of tea cup was quite unique
with the prettiest dainty flower.
Karen and I seem to have many similarities
and I look forward to enjoying a friendship with her.
She has a sweet spirit and much love for the Lord.
I am not a mug person, so I do not usually do the  mug part,
but again, I had the opportunity
to package up a lovely gift for Hope.
As I walked through one of my favorite shops in town,
I prayed for the Lord to show me just what
this precious one should have.
The Lord tugged at my heart to create
a Christmas theme,
 after all, Christmas is just around the corner.  :)
I had more fun putting this love gift together.
Michele  over at Finch Rest
graced me with the most delightful package.
She was so sweet and generous with her love gift.
One of the items that she shared with me
was a book from her very own collection,
"Love from the heart of the home" by Susan Branch
It's a keepsake book, and I will certainly treasure it. 
Isn't this the most beautiful and feminine arrangement
with all it's pink and lace?
Michele and I have already enjoyed sweet fellowship
with one another. 
I can tell already that I am going to enjoy her friendship.
I believe the Lord makes no mistakes.
Through Stephanie and her exchanges
I have been blessed with many precious friends.
Stephanie so beautifully places us ladies together
with the guiding direction of the Lord, and through prayer,
and you can see that as you hear of the friendships that are made.
As her mother, I have the privilege of hearing some of the
beautiful stories she has shared
of friendships made all across the globe.
Thank you dear Stephanie, 
for all the hard work, effort and love that you pour into
your beautiful exchanges
so that we might be blessed.

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Jesus is the "light of the world"
and He calls us to walk as children of light ~
to allow His light to shine in us
and through us to one another.
The warm rays of love, generosity,
cheerfulness, honesty, sharing and caring
kindle the spark of life and blessing
in the heart of true friendship
May we reflect the light of heaven in our world
through our life so that others will see Jesus.


Be Gracious
~ Debbie ~

I will be joining Stephanie's party over at
The Enchanting Rose






42 comments:

Linda said...

Everything is so beautiful, elegant and heartwarming! I love tea, and I have tried many of the Celestial Seasonings flavours and have enjoyed every one of them! :)

Linda Walker said...

Debbie,
Such beautiful packages sent and received! The teacups are all beautiful as are all the pretties!!! I enjoyed scrolling through all of these photos! Yes Stephanie does such a wonderful job of bringing us ladies together! She is a dear and a blessing, and you are too! Enjoy some tea Debbie! It's so nice to visit you here again.
xoxo
Linda

Jeanna said...

Those are all very beautiful gifts...given and received. You and Stephanie are a blessing to all of your followers. It is nice to connect with such wonderful people.

Enjoy your day!

Oliva Ohlson said...

Beautiful teacups and gifts you shared with these lovely Ladies Debbie!!! The gifts to you are so sweet, especially the thoughtful gifts added to your package!!!

Stephanie and you are a blessing to us! It's wonderful how you get to meet people in situations like this!!! Have a wonderful week!!!

hobbyloes said...

All the gifts are so beautiful and the teacups are so nice and pretty.
Its so nice to read your post about the tea cup exchange.
You have blessed with new friends.

Dee said...

What lovely gifts and so much thought is put into each package. It must be wonderful to meet so many wonderful people through Stephanie's tea cup and mug exchange. Blessings... :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What lovely gifts you received and also shared, my friend! Yes, Stephanie is a true blessing in our lives, as you are, too, Debbie. She learned her loving heart from a wonderful teacher in you. Enjoy your beautiful gifts before you leave on your drive. You're in my prayers, sweet friend. xo

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dearest Debbie, What a lovely exchange this season as always and you received and gave beautiful treasures to precious friends. Stephanie is a blessing to us all and such a sweet reflection of you. She has brought so many friendships together through her generosity and grace.
Thank you for sharing your post and I look forward to the link up this week for many more.
Blessings and much love, cm

NanaDiana said...

What a delightful post- I love the exchanges and how all of you seem to find the perfect thing for each other. It is just a wonderful thing to do. God bless you- I hope you have a wonderful week. xo Diana

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love everything you received from the exchange. How nice to form new friendships.
Have a nice week.
Julie

Anne Payne said...

It's all so lovely, Debbie! I know you're going to enjoy countless hours sipping tea while you pray for these ladies, because that is the kind of precious sister-in-the-Lord you are!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What delightful gifts you have exchanged with these sweet new friends, my dear Debbie! So much thought and love go into them! Stephanie is such a treasure and she is the daughter of a very special and loving Mother! Both of you are such a joy. Wishing you a blessed week. Hugs xo Karen

Kim said...

How sweet it is to join in all the fun of this exchange. All of Stephanie's phenomenal effort in putting partners together and the amazing work is much appreciated. Both you and she are blessings to so many. As for your pretties you received...just lovely AND the thoughtful gifts you placed together for your new friend are delightful. May you spend many an ambrosial moment sipping tea from your pretty new cup!!

Denise said...

awesome

Stephanie said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for filling in....you are always there for me and I greatly appreciate your love and support.

You certainly know how to bless others and the packages you sent out were just lovely! And the items you received are just as beautiful. This exchange truly is a wonderful thing and it blesses my heart to see such sweet friendships formed. I am thankful for each lady that participates.

Love to you!

Debby Ray said...

Well, my dear, it certainly looks like you recieved some lovely, lovely gifts! And you GAVE awesome gifts as well! This was my first exchange and it was a lot of fun...and such a blessing! You are such a dear sweet mother to help your Stephanie. I look forward tot he next one. I hope you are doing well, my friend :)

Gina said...

Debbie, what delightful gifts to and fro. I didn't participate this time around but hope to the next time.

Have a lovely evening.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Debbie, what a beautiful post with such delight gifts to and from you. I love each one, and while I prefer teacups over mugs, I love the mug you found for Hope. What beauty in being able to share in this way and touch each other's lives. Praise God! Hugs, sweet friend!

doodles n daydreams said...

Blessings upon blessings all around I should think.

Diana

Camille said...

So lovely. All of it! Have a wonderful blogging break...sometimes it's necessary. Hugs to you! Camille

Lynn Bean said...

These are lovely gifts that you gave and received. I would totally agree that your daughter Stephanie did a wonderful job in placing women together to form bonds of friendship! She has such a sweet gentle spirit and is such an encourager. I also agree it is never by accident when someone crosses our path! May the Lord continue to bless you and your family, In His love, Lynn

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh...dearest Debbie...you have such a special heart that is so generous and loving... I truly love what you wrote about allowing the Lord to use us to reach out to others and share His love...so beautiful!

And you shared such beauty with the ladies you were partnered with...gorgeous!

And how pretty are the goodies you received...so dainty and feminine!

Have delightful week further...I send ever so much love and hugs to you!

Kelly-Anne

Sue said...

Dear Debbie you have once again touched my heart with your encouraging words, the gifts , sent and received, are absolutely beautiful! and perfect for such a gracious Lady as you are!

Stephanie does wonderfully in helping women find each other and form new friendships, for this I am so thankful!

May your days continue to be filled with joyful songs, as you continue to rest in His Presence!

Much love,
Sue

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Like mother, like daughter! Precious Stephanie and dearest Debbie, you both are treasures that shine like diamonds! Your precious gifts to each of the ladies, and the ones received are amazing as well, but I do agree with you, the most precious gift of all that came out of this exchange were the friendships! I will cherish the friendships that I made because of this special event. Take care dear friend on your adventure today, I am sure praying for you! Much love across the miles!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

As you know, this was my first exchange, and what a blessing it was! I had so much fun putting my packages together. I am glad you liked yours, sweet lady.

The very best treasures received was that of friendship, truly the Lord's Hand guided Stephanie the whole way. You may be proud of that wonderful daughter of yours, dear Debbie.

Thank you for your faith and care. Hugs, prayers and love - Michele

PS I never ever thought of snapping a shot of what I sent you or Tammy. Oops. That would have been a good idea. Oh well, haha.



Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

This is my first time participating in one of Stephanie's exchanges and it has been heart warming right from the beginning thanks to your daughter's organization and love for the well being of others.
You received some wonderful gifts, Michele I know well and she is a generous blogging sister. The parcels you sent out graced the homes of lucky recipients and like everyone else I was delighted to be a part of this event.

Gypsy Heart said...

Hi Debbie,
I just realized that you are Stephanie's mom and I wanted to say hello. Love your blog and am a new follower!

Moms love hearing good things about their kids and I'm sure you're one of them. :) Stephanie has a huge heart and has blessed so many with the Tea Cup and Mug Exchanges. This one was my first and now I can't wait for the next one! I know Stephanie's goodness is a reflection of you and a precious gift from God. He puts people in our path for a reason.

Your gifts to others are beautiful as is what you received. I hope you have a lovely break and I look forward to getting to know you!

xo
Pat

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

Hello. Popping in for the reveal, and my how fun and lovely it all is here on your page. A big thank you for stepping up and helping your daughter pick up the slack for those ladies who fell short on their commitments. I LOVE that you did a Christmas theme. What an excellent idea. The best part is of course the friendships that grow in Christ. I have become wonderful friends with Stephanie since I sent to her during the last swap. Hugs to you! ~Heather

Deborah Dowd said...

I came over from Stephanies blog for the tea cup reveal. What a beautiful blog you have and a very beautiful heart. May you be blessed a ton for your love and kindness. I do not know you but I sense your sweetness and I will be enjoying looking at your blog.

Blessings, Deborah

Margie said...

The gifts that you sent and received are absolutely lovely, Debbie! It's always a joy to participate in Stephanie's teacup exchanges and get to know other lovely ladies!

Mimi said...

Debbie, your kind and generous heart shines through in this post. It actually made me a little tearful (in a good way). We live in such a troubled time, and what a blessing and a welcome respite it is, to have our sweet circle of friends, drawn together by your darling daughter. Your teacups and mug, both sent and received are completely gorgeous, just like you. Love, Mimi xxx

Ida said...

You packaged up some really great teacups for your partners. - That Christmas Mug with the Deer on it is so beautiful. - I love that you pray for each person as your purchase their items.
You got some really nice stuff as well from the person who had your name.

I think your daughter is an amazing woman. You raised her right!
This is so much fun and I've truly enjoyed participating in the exchanges.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Debbie
Such a beautifully written post.
Your gifts but given and received are wonderful.
You chose your gifts thoughtfully - the idea of a Christmas theme was perfect!
Hope must have been 'over the moon' opening all your presents.
Once again dear Stephanie has touched our lives in a very special way.
As I'm visiting and reading everyone's posts and comments I can feel what a difference she makes to people's lives - we are truly blessed to have her in our world!
I know you are very proud of your sweet daughter!
Hugs
Shane

Ashley said...

What a beautiful post this is, Mrs. Harris.
You received some lovely gifts, and gave some gorgeous things. Your heart is so caring and loving, you're such a godly example. I am so glad you raised such a wonderful daughter. :) I'm happily anticipating next year's exchange. :D

Much love in Christ,
Ashley
creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

Mrs. Harris,
Did you take the music off your blog? I can't find it. :(
Love,
Ashley

Lady Linda said...

Hi Debbie, a bit late in getting around to see everyone's gifts. You received some lovelies, but then, you are LOVELY! Nice to visit and read through your blog.
Love,
Linda

Melanie said...

What absolutely beautiful gift packages you gave and received. The tea cup exchange must be such a wonderful way to connect with friends. How special of Stephanie to host this! I'm sure each of the receivers of your beautiful gifts were just as blessed as you who received yours.

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Hi Debbie,
I really enjoyed seeing the gifts you received and gave. Your dear daughter certainly brought joy to so many through this exchange. I'm still in awe of the amazing handcrafted gifts I received from her. All are such treasures. Thank you for raising such a remarkable woman. I look forward to reading your blog after your break.
All the best,
Nora

M.K. said...

What a long line of comments, Debbie! This was a lovely post, full of so many precious, peaceful, beautiful things. Glad you could participate in the exchange and bring joy to others. I have a few of Susan Branch's books, and I enjoy them. Warm yourself with a cup of tea!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet and beautiful gift you received! Just lovely, and a nice way to make new friends.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello! I'm visiting from Stephanie's blog. Your blog is really beautiful, just like hers. Have a blessed weekend!

Mildred said...

Hello Debbie, Stopping by this Thanksgiving week to wish you and yours a safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day.

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