Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Comfort and Joy

 What do you do when the going gets tough and you need a break?

I confess that I do comfort eat and bake cakes - well my excuse for these yummy banana choc chip muffins is that the bananas needed using up and a little bit of chocolate helps the mix? Right? There are only 2 left out of a dozen and my son and I are the only 2 in the house eating them.... 

But on the downside - or pehaps for the better, considering the sugar content - the new flapjack recipe I tried was a flop and didn't set. Too crumbly and not sticky.

But back to my first thought of seeking comfort.  You know that I love stitchin' therapy too - it just relaxes me and allows me to work through things in my head as I methodically stitch a pattern.  The top pic shows my finished JOY x stitch by Brenda Gervais - it is a joy to look at! Gets me right in the mood for Christmas!

But the best source of comfort for any one tried and tested is the Bible.  I have several all around the house so I can check a verse and look it up wherever I am in the house.  This red Bible is one I have had for 30 years - it is well worn~

 But this is my old faithful - a gift from a work colleague on my 21st b'day.
 I was thinking today of the comfort and joy that only the Lord can give and just want to leave this verse with you as you face today and tomorrow with all their unknowns.


  1. Thank you for sharing this verse with us!! I hope you can find comfort when you need it.


  2. Hi Christine. I can't beleive I actually found a second to blog:) My life has been so busy. I am not used to it. I try to schedule as least as possible. I too have been finding comfort in the scriptures. I read them every morning for strength. I also have been eating all these peanut butter crispy cereal balls I made. They are almost gone:( Maybe I will try muffins next. Thanks for your post today. It made me smile. -Steph-

  3. What a wonderful post. I love your red Bible, and one of my favorite (there are thousands) verses is "Be still and know that I am God". It calms me and gets me thinking of the magnitude, beyond our human comprehension, of God's love for us. And to let God be God and work in my life.

    Blessings on your day....

  4. Yep, I am sitting here with it open on my lap, I was reading Habkukkuk to myself and the comfort of God's Word brings such refreshment to my soul. I am thankful for His word that makes everything look better.
    I love your finish today. I need to get my eyes off of the election and on God where my eyes belong. Not to mention to get back to stitching.
    So glad you posted what you did.
    Have a lovely day my friend.

  5. what a sweet post..beautiful stitching and great post..
    lots of love for you xxx

  6. A beautiful post this morning...blessed me..thank you! God's word is the most comforting thing for me as thankful I am we have the freedom to hold it close when so many in the world do not....blessings friend.

  7. Morning Christine, wonderful warm post......thanks for sharing.....the Bible is comfort......Blessings Francine.

  8. It's funny that you'd bring up the Bible as a comfort and joy, cuz I was thinking the same thing~ the Lord is my JOY! and He has given me the word JOY recently as my new 'word' for this season in my life.
    Love your new cr. stitch! a dear blogging friend sent that same one to me last yr. for Christmas and it's been hanging up all yr.
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Blessings to you,

  9. Wonderful stitch, muffin and deep words that arrive directly at the heart..

  10. Of course he bible is a great source of comfort and job but the the stitchin and bakin (especially with chocolate) sure can't hurt things.
    Love your cross stitch piece. Are you framing it or maybe using it for a pillow?

  11. We have a lot in common...stitching and and eating...and finding comfort in His Word...Love your little Santa cute! Have a great evening!!

  12. What treats
    Beautiful stitches, muffins and the WORD!
    Love the verse.
    Delight! Love that word.
    Wool Blessings Friend

  13. Hello, Dear Friend!
    First, Trace' stole what I wanted to say- what a beautiful thing to see your beloved Bibles! My dad's has been covered with duct tape for many years. Your post brings such comfort!

    Good use of unwanted bananas! But, can I have one? Unless your son is going to finish it off... :)

    Thank you for sharing from your heart! Such a blessing!!!!

    Blessings, love, and hugs!

  14. You are going to so hate me for this..
    Just wish I just never had to sit on a floor... cupcakes.. nope... just a comfy seat... x x x

  15. Love that stitch and might have to add it to my wish list.

    The scripture you gave is perfect for us today.

  16. We all find comfort in the safe places around us, be that in food or home or faith. Your bible reminds me of a quote by Charles H. Spurgeon: "A bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't" :O) Thanks for sharing, Deb

  17. What a beautiful post! Yes, I turn to comfort food also but do find myself drawn to my Bible that is about as worn-looking as yours. Your muffins sound good!!

  18. Dear Christine, Your cross~stitch is beautiful and I loved all your beautiful work you shared in your previous post. I completely agree, the Bible provides the best comfort. God always provides wisdom, direction, comfort and love in his word. Your Bibles are beautiful and so well~used. What a blessing that is! You are so right, there is comfort and joy that only the Lord Jesus can give. Thank you for sharing the beautiful verse. It is just what I needed to hear! The Lord bless you sweetie! Much love, Paula xo... Thank you for your visit and kind words!

  19. Hi Christine.. I see I have missed a couple of posts.. Yikes...
    I love that verse and it is so true that no matters what comes or goes He remains constant..
    God bless my friend.. xo

  20. Your stitchery is adorable and I too have a problem with baking goodies and then they seem to disappear...thanks for sharing your thoughts...blessings...Pam

  21. This is such a wonderful post! From your gorgeous stitching (WOW!!), to the comforting picture of your worn Bible (it looks like mine, color and everything!).....this post has really uplifted me!! Thank you for sharing your faith on your blog! :-D

    And I think after I finish my penny rug, I am going to try stitching like you do.....I can do regular embroidery, but I've never tried cross-stitch, and it's so lovely! I have to at least TRY!! :-)

  22. Christine
    I can see that your red Bible has been well 'read'. I always hate it when I have to get a new one, you get attached to it.
    I like your primitive Santa cross stitch. It would be an eye-crosser for me!


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