This is a recent email that I received and I think it's worth sharing...Betty
This is about the best thing I've ever read as an explanation. We all wonder many times over WHY?
Sometimes we wonder, 'What did I do to deserve this?' or 'Why did God have to do this to me?' Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.'
'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers.
'Yuck' says her daughter.
'How about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!'
'Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?'
'Mom, those are all yucky!'
To which the mother replies: 'Yes , all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! '
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!
God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!
I really feel that I should re-introduce myself because I haven't posted since January.....we removed a wall between our den and sun room....well, as you can imagine, that led to many other things to be done.....we had cypress paneling in the sun room and I didn't want it taken down so we finished the walls with painted veneer paneling.....laminate floors and brick pavers at the back door and fireplace......as our family has grown, our need for space has changed so OUT WITH THE WALL! This is as you come into the den from my little garden-music room....not a good picture but then I'm not a good photographer!
This looks to the east side of the den, formerly the sun room....the blinds have been installed in this picture...other pictures were made before blinds....I like mirrors propped against walls...........
This cabinet had been in the sun room...It was given to me years ago by an elderly lady...I will paint the inside and shelves or paper them....what color do you think would best with the ironstone?
This is a replica birdhouse of the house I grew up in...the man who bought the house after my Mother died made it for me....it's a treasure to me...
I have a plate rail on each side of the header......
A table made by my husband several years ago .....
The tv cabinet..... Looking toward the original part of the den.....I'm looking for a companion rug to the large one shown....
Another view...... A sitting area by the fireplace...........One of my favorite fabrics......
Left end of the hearth...seashells are among my favorite things... Right side....looks like a heavy pot but it's actually papier mache... A chest that my Mother and Daddy started housekeeping with...to the left of the steps going up into the kitchen...I have plates to accentuate the mirror. We were in Atlanta last week and I found the black checked shades at Ballard's Designs along with some other goodies...a wonderful place to visit..... A jelly cupboard Edward made several years ago...We had a slight uneven floor problem at the back door area that had to be remedied...Danny, our builder, came to the rescue with brick pavers...they don't really look as red as the picture...neither does the floor....it's that photographer again... The piano previously was against a wall but I like it like this...the toile chair needs to be recovered, probably in a plaid... A cabinet across from the fireplace.......the picture was made in lamplight.... This picture was made by lamplight and the reds look brown...I'm trying the little white tea table in this area and I'm thinking of painting it the color of the settee....what do you think?
Well, that's what has been happening at our house....not a big project compared to most....but it was MAJOR to us!
I am married to a minister. We have been married 52 years. We have two daughters, two sons-by-love and eight grandchildren. Our house is the home that grew. We have remodeled several times, adding on additions. We live in the country and enjoy gardening, our three cats and fish pool.