This last weekend, I was in charge of our annual Mother Daughter Tea. Yes, being the first time I'd been asked to do anything like this at our church, I decided to change the typical time from a Sat. afternoon to a Fri. evening...and change it from a luncheon or banquet to an elegant tea. I could be all, "pride cometh before a fall" because of all the changes I made...but actually the majority of the ladies were flexible and seemed to enjoy the final result.
I could be all "phew, I'm glad it's over" but that would be misleading...cuz I'm glad I did it...and I had a great time that night even with some childcare hiccups. God really worked out every detail.
I'm glad that I got to choose the theme...I picked "My Cup Runneth Over." Seriously, because I thought I could come up with some neat centerpieces...but really God had a plan to use it in my heart. Of course, He's like that!
We had gorgeous teapots and teacups and saucers at each place. We had only cakes and scones with only tea and water (milk and cookies for the little girls)...and it was lovely. Funny after the fact...We'd had quite a bit of trouble finding a speaker. Then we found out, the day before the tea, that our delightful speaker was on a gluten free diet. Um, yeah...she couldn't eat ANYTHING we were preparing...not even some of the teas. So, God provided and some ladies (mostly our Pastor's wife) stepped up and found a gluten free cake and a sugar free cake. Phew! After being on a Celiac diet for three years you'd think I'd have thought of such things. Like I said before, God worked out all the details.
I'm glad she came...and shared, among other things about our cups running over...that we need to plan to praise God. She suggested selecting a pretty tea cup and putting references regarding praise on strips of paper. Then, on days we feel our cups are FULL...we need to write that little moment down and look up the verse on the other side. Then put it back in the cup...and on days where we aren't so full of praise...pull out the reasons to be full of praise.
I'll be honest...I need something this SIMPLE. With Darren gone on business and the kids being sick and having a major event to pull off...it was a sloshy week for my little life cup!!! I do have moments my cup is full of PRAISE...but to my great shame I have many more days where my cup SLOPS over...and it's well...slop! Grumbling, complaining, etc.
I made this little bookmark as a favor at each place setting. Feel free to copy and print it out too! So, are you full of ABUNDANT LIFE in CHRIST??
And yes, I'm messing around with my new MacBook features...and learning how to use iPhoto...so that's why my pictures look funny! Neat though, huh??