Tea Party Tidbits 11 - Need Refreshing by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbit #11 – Need Refreshing?

Have you heard of a flowering tea? I hadn’t. Apparently, it’s this hand-stitched piece of artwork from tea bags that expands in a pitcher of water. Think really fancy teabag. I love the description on Teavana’s website: Blooming tea, also known as Flowering tea are beautiful hand-tied tea balls that unfurl as the steep. When they bloom, each artisanal tea…

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Tea Party Tidbits 10 - Feeling Depressed by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbit #10 – Feeling Depressed?

Not many words to share with you, friend. Just really needing this verse and thinking that I might not be the only one. Sometimes we know why we feel unsettled, and sometimes we don’t. But the war that wages in the unseen surely takes advantage of our weak moments. This is rather off topic, but then again, it’s not: we…

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Tea Party Tidbits 9 - Got Hope by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbits #9 – Got Hope?

My husband warned our kids at lunch today they were doing a terrible job listening. That this was a bad habit gone worse. That if they didn’t correct themselves ASAP and demonstrate they understood what they were supposed to be doing – namely, obeying the first time – that Daddy would be enforcing the good choices they weren’t making. I…

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Tea Party Tidbits 8 - Dangerous Safety -Is It Worth It by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbits #8 – Dangerous Safety: Is It Worth It?

I’ve recently grappled with the definition of safety: mine vs God’s. And it makes me really uneasy when I consider how dangerous real safety might be. I mean, I know the story of what happened to Jesus and he’s the one I’m claiming to follow. Where exactly are we going, God? Being free from fear and harm, and feeling certain…

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Tea Party Tidbits 9 - Feeling Fearful by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbits #7 – Feeling Fearful?

This should’ve been obvious, I suppose, but it dawned on me this week in conversation with friends why fear is a sin: it twists my perspective onto me – my abilities to handle a situation, my ability to make things turn out right, my power to change things. And plenty of situations stretch beyond my limitations and tempt me to…

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Tea Party Tidbits 14 - Troubled Times by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbits #6 – I’d Rather Laugh

Dear Friend, I’ve wracked my brain trying to figure out how to inject levity to the topic of troubled times. Except troubled times is not a humorous topic. It’s more of a just-shoot-me-now-and-do-it-quick type thing. I’ve deleted plenty of blog posts that, in essence, say just take it to Jesus, sister, and leave yer troubles there. Which, ok, yeah –…

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Tea Party Tidbits 4 - Need Stability by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbits #4 – Need Stability?

Dear Friend, Who doesn’t need stability when health declines, loved ones die, or you just forget your razor on a camping trip? Right? It doesn’t necessarily have to be a life-threatening issue for me to realize I have issues. I forgot my razor on a four-day camping trip with friends over the fourth of July weekend. It introduced a new…

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Tea Party Tidbits 13 - Craving Freedom by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbits #3 – Craving Freedom?

Dear Friend, Happy (slightly early) Fourth of July! After deleting numerous attempts to convey an “appropriate” amount of gratitude for those who have served our country, those currently serving, and especially the One who purchased ultimate freedom for us – I wave the white flag of surrender. There isn’t anything I can say that would be “right” enough to do…

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Tea Party Tidbits 2 - Doubting His Love by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Tea Party Tidbits #2 – Feeling Unloved?

Dear Friend, You did everything you were supposed to and it still didn’t turn out as you’d hoped. Maybe not even close. Maybe abysmally far from what you’d prayed for. And then – test time – do you still believe God loves you? Of course I do. How preposterous to ask such a stupid question! But since God obviously forgot…

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