Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tender Mercies . . .


“The Lord's tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ” (David A. Bednar, April 2005 general conference).

Have you ever been in  receipt of tender mercies?  I am sure you have.  We all have been.  I do not believe that they are random occurances but come to us just at the right time.  God's timing is perfection.  He knows what we need and just when we need it, and He oftimes uses the hands of His children to deliver them by prompting them to do a kindness to others . . . never suppress a generous thought for its just possible you have been given the chance to deliver a tender mercy . . .


Earlier this week I received a package from Tatiana in Greece.  I was very excited to open it and inside I found this darling journal, handmade by her of course along with a package of bits and bobs of paper scraps/tags/cards/etc.    Tatiana's work is always so beautiful . . .  she called it a "junk" journal, but it is anything but junk . . . . 


It is gorgeous inside and out . . .  with lots of little pockets to fill and do-dads, and a lovely date charm which hangs from it, ribbon markers, etc.


And her beautiful calligraphy.  I have not had time to practice mine in weeks and weeks now.  I am so bad.   But most of all the letter . . .  I loved it.  I love to get snail mail.   That someone takes the time.  It means so much  . . .  

~♥~


I also was in receipt the other night of a lovely e-mail from my favourite artist SB.  I had sent her a small gift early in January.  I wasn't sure if she would get it because I didn't actually know her mailing address, but then I figured that she must be so well known on MV island that everyone would know her and so I threw caution to the wind and sent it off.   I wanted to thank her for all the joy she has been bringing to me (and many others) throughout the years.   I fell in love with her work way back in the 1980's when she used to have an illustrated recipe in Country Living Magazine every month.  I would save them religiously and then one day I bought her book  Heart of the Home, and I have been buying her books ever since.  I just wanted to send her a small token, and so I mailed her a small thing along with a note.  That she would take the time out of her busy, busy day to e-mail me back was so very kind of her.  It was a lovely note and I have put it in my journal.  I know it was cheeky of me to send her something, but I wanted to.   I did not expect anything from it, but was well pleased with the response.  
 ~♥~

Yesterday my friend Tina came over and we went to Costco.  I love Costco, but don't have a membership.  Over here you have to work for the Government, or the NHS, or a company in order to have a membership.  Ordinary people cannot buy one, so we don't have one . . .  a membership that is, so it is a real treat for me when I get to go.


Tina is my lovely South African friend.  (This is her with her husband Tony)   They moved into the Chester Ward/LDS Church about a year after we moved back to Chester.   We have become very close friends and share all of our secrets and feelings with each other.   I love her to bits.  She is such a kind, kind person and a great example to me.  She and Tony are always the first to reach out to and help others.  Like me she loves to cook.  I think she is just amazing.  She often will bring me a jar of Skippy from Costco because she had been in and thought of me and she knows I love Skippy peanut butter.   Yesterday she took me with her and we had a great time.  We sat and lunched and went through the shop and I got my Skippy and a nice big jar of set honey and my all beef hotdogs that I like, a HUGE jar of Bon Maman Strawberry Jam (love the jar) and a few other bits and I got these things for Todd called Aussie Bites, which are filled with protein and fibre and which he can snack on and that he might find useful when he is going through the radiation.  It was so kind of Tina to take me and I so thoroughly enjoyed our lunch together and just spending the time together without husbands and kids about, a time we could just talk and be  . . .  lovely, just lovely.

We also went to try to visit out friend Audrey in hospital.  It was about 3 in the afternoon by then and I thought we were never going to get a parking space.  We drove around and around the hospital parking lots and finally Tina said a prayer and lo and behold, two women were leaving and we got their spot.  Hooray for answered prayers and the faith of a friend to ask.  She is such a fine example to me.   It turned out we were a bit late to visit Audrey as they were just taking her off for some tests that were going to take a while, but at least we tried and she saw us briefly and I learned an example in faith from my good friend.  So all was not lost. 

~♥~


Then when I got home the postman had been and look at what I got in the post from our dear Monique in Canada.  Thank you, thank you, thank you Monique for being so kind and so generous in your thoughts.  Such a pretty card and your handwriting on the envelope so beautiful . . . all those special details . . .

and inside  . . . 



Even more beauty  . . .  such a treasure.   Monique is such a dear sweet friend and so talented.  I hope that she doesn't mind me showing this to you.  It is just gorgeous . . .  her watercolour . . .  such a simple thing and yet such a thing of beauty, the pen, the berry, the paint pan . . . and her sweet note and Paris tag . . . . but that is not all . . .



Even the back of the envelope was a treat for the eyes with a wax seal, etc.   Monique, thank you so very much for your kindness.  It could not have come at a better time.  It cheered my heart immensely.  You are so very thoughtful.  ♥♥♥

Tender Mercies.
They are all around us.  

A thought to carry with you through today  . . . 

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Chicken with Tomatoes and Capers.  Quick, easy and delicious!  One of my favourites!


Have a wonderful Wednesday  . . . . may it be blessed and filled with tender mercies. Don't forget!


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8 comments:

Suze said...

Marie your day sounds amazing. I really wanted to take you to Costco. Next time.

God bless you both.

kate hazlehurst said...

Hi Marie, what wonderful tender mercies you received yesterday, although I personally wouldn't consider a trip to Costco a tender mercy, it always costs me a fortune!!!!! I also adore all peanut butter except the Skippy one from Costco. It was just too runny and didn't taste the same. Good job I don't like it though cos I can just sit there with the jar and a spoon, and that jar is so big!

We're off to Scotland next week. We are going to Braemar which is were we should have gone last October but Joyce was ill and we had to come home. The only thing is is that it is in the heart of the Highlands and there is still snow there and the forecast for the end of this week is minus temperatures and more snow!! We will see how it goes! Lots of love xxx

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Suzan! Next time, what a lovely thought! xoxo

Oh, I did spend a lot, but it was worth it and thankfully I don't go very often Kate! If you get a jar of peanut butter like that, just stir it up with a thin spatula! Mine was like that last time, and I did that and it was okay. It sometimes settles upon standing I guess. I like Skippy because it is sweeter, and that is the North American in me! Have a wonderful time in Scotland. Hope it is not too cold. It is on my bucket list! oxox

La Table De Nana said...

How wow it arrived so fast Marie..uncanny a bit as I sent it off the day before your news:)
Happy it got there.
And a note from SB..well be still my heart.
But..you were so kind to write to her..I think people we admire..well I want them to know I do:)
Max is so in love w/ Odell Beckham Jr..but he is the cat's meow..and would not have time to respond.

The letter from Susan..a keeper for sure.Well deserved..you are steadfast in your liking someone..something..she knows that:)
Plus she is so nice herself..
I received a snail mail yesterday..a SB book..small and dear..
I guess SB is in a lot of our thoughts..does she know your news?

Hmm Costco..before.. one had to have a company to join here..not anymore..everyone and anyone can join.
And one nice thing you get $ back..at one point during the yr.
I am hoping to go today but the weather is awful..I have my streaks..vain me..and would like to bring my haidresser tulips.
I am in admiration of her..you know that..I have mentioned her a lot..anyway..we will see..
Jacques loves Costco..Ia admit..many great quality products etc..but it's not cute;)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

God's mercies are new every morning ! How very blessed you are to have such good friends. They make such a difference for sure !

Marie Rayner said...

Like you Monique, I think Susan is a really special person. I am so grateful that she took the time to write me. I did not relate my news to her as that would be vain. Or at least I think it would be. You are so kind to bring your hairdresser tulips. I am still contemplating having my hair dyed Granny Grey, perhaps with a tiny pink streak. I really like to think about things before I do them. I am not so impetuous in my old age about certain things as I was in my youth! Ahh, if I had only been so cautious when I was younger I could have saved myself a lot of grief, but then again, there wouldn't have been as much growth! xoxo

Thaks Pam! I do have good friends. I think I have surrounded myself with good people, yourself included! xoxo

Terra Hangen said...

I like all your descriptions of friends and how much they mean to you. Tatiana is so talented, I agree, and to shop at Costco can be fun about every six weeks. The store near us is so huge!

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Terra! If I had a membership at Costco, I would probably spend far too much money so it is probably a good thing I don't! haha xoxo