Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Pretty Fan

My youngest daughter, Peggy, surprised me a few weeks ago with this beautiful fan.
It sure has come in handy on these hot afternoons.  Yes, I'm using it ~ I debated on that.  At first I thought I would just display it on my dresser, for sentimental reasons.  I treasure any gifts given to me by my kids, but she gave it to me to use so I will use it.  She keeps hers in her purse and whips it out anytime she feels the need!
Thank you Peggy!
 In Victorian times the way you used your fan sent a message!

The fan placed near the heart:
You have won my love.

Half-opened fan pressed to the lips:
You may kiss me.

Hiding the eyes behind an open fan:
I love you.

Opening and closing the fan several times:
You are cruel.

Fanning slowly:
I am married.

Fanning quickly:
I am engaged.

Twirling the fan in the left hand:
You are being watched.
Until Next Time
Thanking the Lord for Another Day

Monday, July 27, 2015

Encouraged Beyond Measure

 Have I mentioned lately how hot it is on the porch?  I know I have, but it's really hot out there!  I did manage to make a pretty setting for my coffee and I did take a few sips before running back inside to the AC.
I love pink, it made the heat seem cooler. 

Well, not really.

Many years ago Mr D and I were going thru some tough times.  A situation in our life that was very stressful.  During that time someone gave me a little card, on that card were these words:

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

That short little prayer encouraged me beyond measure.  I put it on my dresser where I could easily see it as I got ready for work.  I read it and I prayed it.

It blessed me and encouraged me.  Years later my brother-in-law was going thru a very sad situation.  I gave him my card.  I hope it helped him as it helped me.

Although known most widely in its abbreviated form above, the entire prayer reads as follows...

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Wishing You Happy and Blessed Days