Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Be An Encourager

Hello again - it's been a while but blogger and I are not on the best of terms.
I'm not at all keen on using this new interface and it seems to take me twice as long to post.  

BUT.... I don't want to moan (too much!!) about blogger as I wanted to post and thank so many sweet friends for their thoughtfulness and kindness.

We all have trials and troubles but I am so glad to know people who encourage and are willing to bear another's burdens and PRAY - you know who you are!  Thank you for your encouragement - being an encourager is a blessed gift and we can really make a difference by just letting someone know you are praying for them.

My dear friend Shazy helped me so much last week - she organized a little stitching day for us two and even prepared this gorgeous new Buttermilk Basin runner for us to stitch as we enjoyed some chat catching up.

 I have just finished the tongues - isn't it so lovely? Thank you so much Shazy!

And this is the cutest pumpkin pie pinkeep sha also made for us - so generous hearted!

 Another encouragement this weekend was some surprise gifts from....
 YES!!! Gifts all the way from Michigan where some family had been on vacation.
They know all too well how much I love Americana ...
 and  Country Sampler!  So I've been transported to lovely homes and holiday decor!
 I love this small bouquet of Autumn colored flowers given to me by a lady at our church - it was our Harvest Services on Sunday past  - just another token of encouragement to remind me that people care and even small things go a long way to lift another person and give them joy!

So to each and everyone I say a heartfelt 'THANK YOU' and can I encourage you all to think about passing on the blessing of encouraging someone today.
Behind the smile, there could be a despondency or sadness and you can cheer and brighten their day.

God bless and thanks for visiting


  1. Beautiful post Christine.
    You are such a blessing and encourager to me.
    Wonderful gifts.


  2. Hi Miss Christine,

    Hmm, yes the "new" interface on Blogger does take time to get use to but you know, now that I have switched over (Mom made us do it as soon as it was offered, what fun is she, huh?) and it isn't so bad, in fact I think (in my bear brain) that it's easier. But I don't do "change" well, so I am here to help you.

    I think your post is wonderful, and if you ever need any help you know where to find me.

    Heaps of Hugs
    Prudence ♥

  3. Hello dear Christine.. You must have wondered where I wandered to.. smile.. I can't believe I have missed your posts.. Sorry..
    You certainly practice what you preach. grin..
    I would have quit blogging except for your sweet words..

  4. Hi Christina..warm wonderful post...sometimes this blogger drives me crazy...bad blogger....Blessings Francine.

  5. I am so glad you had a friend to come along side and have a sewing day. How sweet. I am so glad you keep updating. I enjoy your blog so much.

  6. This is such a wonderful post, bless you! Love the things your friends gifted you with, esp. the time given. What a wonder it is to know people pray for you! Hugs!

  7. That runner is so cute! How nice of your friend!

  8. a few encouraging words can go a long way. I love the idea of a stitching day with a friend. I just might have to set one of those up.

  9. thanks for the post its nice...and blessings the other side of the world..

  10. You Christine, are always such an encourager and I love being around those who are! I try to be that way to others also and it is such a blessing.
    Looks like you and Miss Shazy had a grand ol' time together! You can tell her "I'm jealous"-LOL!!
    Warm hugs,

  11. encouragers are in short supply in this frosty ole world; thank you for being an encourager!

  12. Such a lovely reminder! Thank you for sharing! I just love your Winter runner and am thinking I might need to stitch this up before winter arrives. I'm going to try to "pass it on" and be an encourager today!
    Blessings, Patti

  13. Thank you for being such a beautiful person. You are so right about "behind the smiles".
    I will take your advice to heart.

  14. super cute post with super cute goodies..
    big hugs deary for you always xxx

  15. Beautiful post, Dear Diana,
    I agree with everyone in saying you are a good reminder, in word and deed, of an encourager. I have been blessed by God's grace in allowing you to find me and for His provision of your friendship! You are in my prayers, and I am definitely going to take your reminder to heart! You are true, especially with blogger "smiles"- you do not know what is truly going on in each person's life.

    Oh, and the runner is awesome!!! I am amazed at its detail. And the colors just remind you of the chill of snow. Love the blue colors! And the pumpkin pie pinkeep is dear! Shazy sounds like just a lovely friend! I think that is a wonderful day spent! Loving the Americana too!!! (I love Country Sampler Magazine!!!)

    Just loved this post! Hope blogger behaves... Let me know if he doesn't- I will make him stay in for recess... ;)

    Blessings and Hugs!
    Heather "The Marm with a Whistle" Wise

  16. Love your WINTER penny rug!! Looking forward to making one myself with the tongues into a table runner. With the price of wool though, this time I will use a less expensive backing - like felt and use wool for the pennies and appliques.
    So sweet of your friend to set up this craft date with you!

  17. Thanks for the lovely post Christine. I am happy you have such wonderful friends in your time of need. We all need to help each other. That is the way God wants it. You are right about the behind the smiles thing. My sister is just a great example of that. Smiling all the while she is dying on the inside and no one knows it but me. It is good to help all no matter what. Thanks for the reminder. Have a great day. -Steph-

  18. Hi christine
    Can truly sympathize with you and blog tradgedies LOL.. blessed to have discovered the blogsy app.. A totaly doddle to load.. I am blessed to have such wonderful friends from far and wide.. It costs nothing to be a good friend.. Angi X

  19. Oh Christine I agree with you totally.I often was the giver but this last year the reciever of those special little things that can turn your world around.My motto always give kindness as you never know what has happened to someone else.Hugs!~Amy

  20. I love your winter runner...so cute! You got some nice gifts there...well deserved! Have a great day!!

  21. I love this post Christine! You make such a wonderful point about encouraging eachother....I know for me, that's what keeps me from giving up at times or giving in to negative thoughts. Having REAL connection with people on the heart-level IS such a blessing!

    And oh, I wish I could have a stitching day with someone....everyone I know is hundreds of miles away! :-( Maybe someday we could all use Skype at the same time or something....? THAT would be fun! :-D

    I hope you have had a great week and weekend - I can't wait until your next post!!

  22. Dear Christine, What a beautiful post! It is so important to encourage and pray for each other. It makes all the difference in the world! As you said, we need to bear one another's burdens and pray for each other, just as the Lord wants us too. It is such a blessing to have kind friends in our time of need. I am so glad you and your friend had a lovely time and made such pretty things. The gifts from your family are wonderful too! I am happy for you sweetie and hope you are doing well! Enjoy your beautiful flowers too! Thank you for sharing so much kindness and your heartfelt words! Many blessings, Paula


Thanks so much for expressing an interest - kind thoughts always appreciated!