Hello to you. How are you? It’s Sunday morning here and I am slowly waking up. It’s one of those mornings where it was warmer in bed but my lower back was starting to hurt and I couldn’t go back to sleep so I knew it was time to get up! My goal today is to continue working on writing up notes in Christmas cards so I can more of them in the mail tomorrow. I was going to do a Christmas letter and decided against it. Kyle was joking that I should write “Have a nice summer” in the cards. I told him that wasn’t very nice LOL! Remember the school yearbooks? Getting that written in your book was kind of like them saying, “I don’t know who you are but hey, have a nice summer!” I won’t be writing that in my notes to people lol!
So I was looking at posts of folks I follow here on WordPress and got a nice synchronicity sort of thing. My friend Sally from My Beautiful Things had shared some pictures from their visit to Trevince House and in looking at the second picture she shared, I realized it looked a lot like a drawing I did yesterday afternoon!
When I drew this all sorts of thoughts were going through my head! The title I came up with, “Our Sacred House” coincides very well with Sally’s picture I think!
My Beautiful Things
I was curious about where she was talking about and found the official web site for Trevince House:
Trevince sits proudly atop a hill overlooking St Wennappa’s Church in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall. With roots in the 13th century, Trevince has experienced many architectural changes, from a lost medieval house, to a modest Elizabethan country farmhouse, to a grand redevelopment by the famed Cornish architect Piers St. Aubyn in 1865.
Set in two hundred and seventy acres of farm and woodland, Trevince is adjacent to the renowned ‘richest square mile in the world’, a term coined in the nineteenth century when the area was rich in copper. The importance of Trevince as part of the social history of copper mining led to it being included in the World Heritage Site.
With its granite ashlar and pink killas stone, and classical portico entrance, Trevince has a beauty of its own. It has been in the same family since before 1281, and had never been open to the public until it hosted its first event at Christmas 2016; A COUNTRY HOUSE CHRISTMAS was a unique retail event and pop-up café to which thousands of shoppers eager for a new experience visited during the double-week end event.
The Trevince Team has now announced the dates for the 2017 event. So please join us on 24, 25, 26 November and 1, 2, 3 December for an exquisite Christmas shopping experience. Keep an eye on our news pages for more information.
I hope this finds you well and if not, I hope you know you are not alone in this world. No one is ever truly alone. It may seem like it sometimes but just because there isn’t another person around, that doesn’t mean no one is there. The holiday season isn’t always so jolly for many people. I was looking for a message to share to help anyone who might need help with this feeling of being alone today and found Rachel Wojo’s message. I would ask you to get beyond this being a prayer, the words Father and Jesus, if Christianity offends you. Try to read this prayer with your heart and not with your head.
Yesterday on the Facebook page, we took prayer requests. One of our precious readers, Joeann, lost her husband two years ago and she is feeling so lonely. There have been times in my life when I felt deep feelings of loneliness and my heart aches for Joeann. I was thinking about her during my run today. We’re all praying for you, Joeann! May this prayer provide comfort to her and to you.
A Prayer When I Feel Lonely
Thank you for listening to my heart;
Your patience with me is to be praised.
Today I had that feeling again-
The one where I feel so alone.
It seems that no one understands…
Even my family and friends don’t “get” me at times.
Though I can be in a room full of people,
I feel lonely…
And I feel alone.
I know You said You would never leave me.
These feelings are but signs of my human form.
Would You reveal Yourself to me
In a way far beyond my imagination?
Thank you for the peace beyond my comprehension
That can only be provided by You.
In Jesus’ name,
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7&version=NIV – this Chapter is resonate with my thoughts this morning and for most of this year. We will never heal as a nation or as a world if we continue to take joy in others sufferings.
Matthew 7New International Version (NIV)
7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
True and False Prophets
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.