Friday, November 24, 2017

Annual FREE GOODIES At Rose Petal Blessings

Happy Friday, sweet friends!
I sincerely hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Last year at Rose Petal Blessings
I offered free handmade goodies with your order.
Since I love to give to my sweet friends, followers, and supporters,
I thought I would do the same thing this year.

TODAY through SUNDAY ONLY 
{November 24 - 26, 2017}
I have all kinds of goodies up my sleeve.
Listed below are treasures you could receive
for FREE with your purchase.

This is how it will work. . .

If you spend:
 $20.00 you will receive a fabric bookmark.

$30.00 you will receive a glasses case.

$40.00 you will receive a pocket coaster.

$50.00 you will receive a round fabric basket.

$80.00 or more you will receive a tote bag OR a reversible apron

AND FINALLY. . .

If you spend $100.00 or more you will receive
{drum roll, please}
ALL 5 ITEMS MENTIONED ABOVE!



Please keep in mind that in order to receive a free gift
the final total must be $20.00 or greater after using the discount.

There are lots of new handmade goodies in the shop, dear friends.
Come by for a little peek.
Rose Petal Blessings

Weekend blessings to you!
{{{hugs}}}

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hinds' Feet On High Places - Book Review & Giveaway

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, 
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: 
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
- Jeremiah 31:3 -




Journey with Much-Afraid to new heights of love, joy, and victory!
For the first time, this beloved Christian allegory 
is a mixed-media special edition complete 
with charming watercolor paintings, antique tinted photography, 
meditative hand-lettered Scripture, journaling and doodling space, and designs to color. 
As you read and connect with the story of Much-Afraid and her trials, 
the pages of this book become a canvas on which to chronicle 
your own story, struggles, and personal triumphs.

Hinds’ Feet on High Places
with more than 2,000,000 copies sold, 
is a story of endurance, persistence, and reliance on God. 
This book has inspired millions of people to become sure-footed in their faith 
even when facing the rockiest of life’s terrain. 
The story of Much-Afraid is based on Psalm 18:33: 
“He makes me as surefooted as a deer, 
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.”

The complete Hinds’ Feet story is accented by 80 full-color paintings, 
photography, and hand-lettered Scripture.




My dear friends,
I was blessed to receive this copy of Hinds' Feet on High Places
from Tyndale Publishers.
Because it was such a joy to read through
I want to bless someone else with it.
So I am having a little giveaway 
for this beautifully worded and illustrated book.
Keep reading to find out how you can enter your name into the drawing.




The LORD God is my strength, 
and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, 
and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. 
To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
- Habakkuk 3:19 -

There are days when we, believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, face 
difficulties. . .
sorrows. . .
pain. . .
trials. . .
persecution. . .
but it's how we react to these things 
that makes us either stronger in our walk with Him,
or causes us to stumble and fall away.
While reading this book I was reminded time and time again
that God is INDEED MY STRENGTH
just as Habakkuk says.
The journey of Much-Afraid takes the reader on an incredible journey.
A journey of ups and downs,
highs and lows,
happy moments and sad days.
This is what life is made up of
and life is a journey, is it not, my friends?

"Let us go down lower still,'
the water seems to be singing so gladly,
because it is hurrying to go down to the lowest place,
and yet you are calling me to the Highest Place.
What does it mean?"
"The High Places," answered the Shepherd,
"are the starting places for the journey down to the lowest place in the world.
When you have hinds' feet and can go 
"leaping on the mountains and skipping on the hills,'
you will be able, as I am,
to run down from the heights in gladdest self-giving
and then go up to the mountains again.
You will be able to mount to the High Places swifter than eagles,
for it is only up on the High Places of Love
that anyone can receive the power to pour themselves down
in an utter abandonment of self-giving."
{ Hinds' Feet on High Places - pg. 23 }

Hinds' Feet on High Places
is a beautiful love story that reminds us
of the love the Lord has so freely bestowed upon us.

Suddenly she understood.
She was beholding a wondrous and glorious truth;
"a great multitude whom no man could number:
brought like herself by the King to the Kingdom of Love
and to the High Places so that they could pour our their lives in gladdest abandonment,
leaping down with him to the sorrowful, desolate places below,
to share with others the life which they had received.
She herself was only one drop among the glad,
exultant throng of Self-givers,
the followers of the King of Love,
united with him and with one another,
each one equally blessed and beloved as herself.
"For he loves each one of us,"
she said to herself,
"as though there were only one to love."
{ Hinds' Feet on High Places - Pg. 127 }

** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **




Sweet friends,
you will find beautifully illustrated pages in this book
along with sections where you can color to your heart's content.




 

Poetry and precious words from the Bible
will bless and encourage you.






To enter the giveaway simply:

1. 
Be a follower

2.
Leave a comment on what you're THANKFUL for
{after all, it is the Thanksgiving season}.

I'll announce the winner 
next Wednesday, November 29th.

This giveaway is open to all countries.




Thank you for stopping by, dear friends.
May you have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving!
Love and hugs!

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Just a couple of days left to enjoy 25% off
your order of $20.00 or more at Rose Petal Blessings.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise Him, all creatures here below;
praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.
- Thomas Ken -




Come, thou Fount of every blessing, 
tune my heart to sing thy grace; 
streams of mercy, never ceasing, 
call for songs of loudest praise. 
Teach me some melodious sonnet, 
sung by flaming tongues above. 
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, 
mount of thy redeeming love. 

Here I raise mine Ebenezer; 
hither by thy help I'm come; 
and I hope, by thy good pleasure, 
safely to arrive at home. 
Jesus sought me when a stranger, 
wandering from the fold of God; 
he, to rescue me from danger, 
interposed his precious blood. 

O to grace how great a debtor 
daily I'm constrained to be! 
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, 
bind my wandering heart to thee. 
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, 
prone to leave the God I love; 
here's my heart, O take and seal it, 
seal it for thy courts above.
- Robert Robinson -




LORD, you are my God; 
I will exalt you and praise your name, 
for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, 
things planned long ago.
- Isaiah 25:1 -


During his early years, Robert Robinson, 
the author of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,
lived in London, where he mixed with a notorious gang of hoodlums
and led a life of debauchery.
At the age of seventeen he attended a meeting 
where the noted evangelist George Whitefield was preaching.
Robinson went for the purpose of "scoffing at those poor, deluded Methodists"
and ended up professing faith in Christ as his Savior.
Soon he felt called to preach the gospel
and subsequently became the pastor of a rather large Baptist church 
in Cambridge, England.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace -


Blessed be the Lord, 
who daily loadeth us with benefits,
 even the God of our salvation. 
Selah.
- Psalm 68:19 -




Our blessings are great and many, my friends.
Let us praise the Lord today and every day 
for His amazing presence in our lives.

May you and yours have a beautiful Thanksgiving week.
I am thankful for you!
Love and hugs!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Love Held Captive - Book Review

After the War Between the States, 
a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful woman—
but first he’ll have to right the wrongs that were done to her.
Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels 
for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. 
He is struggling to get through each day 
until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—
the very woman he is trying to forget.

Life after the war is not much different 
for former Captain Devin Monroe until he meets Julianne VanFleet. 
He knows she is the woman he’s been waiting for, 
but he struggles to come to terms with the sacrifices she made to survive the war.

When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, 
Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth’s and Julianne’s pain, 
they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. 
As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, 
Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal.




My Thoughts
Well, my friends, I have to be honest with you. . .
Love Held Captive has unfortunately not held my attention captive.
I have had this book sitting by my beside for a couple of months
and every time I pick it up to read it's all I can do to make it through a few pages.
I read the first two books in this series and they were good,
but this one was just not my cup of tea.

I felt some of the characters and their motives were unsavory,
or to put it another way,
the foundation of the story revolved around unnecessary sordid details.
It also seemed like there was a lot of information crammed into the book.
The storyline follows Major Ethan and Captain Devin
and it bounced back and forth between the two way too much.
I did not enjoy following the characters
as I felt like I had to continually keep track of every little detail 
in order to keep up with the story.

This review is based on me and my personal preferences.
There are many positive reviews for this book on the CBD website
and while I did not care for it you might enjoy it.
We are not all the same and our reading tastes vary.

You can find my reviews for the first two books by clicking on the links below:



I have read several books by Shelley Shephard Gray that have been wonderful
so it makes me sad to write this kind of review for one of her books.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book 
from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 
a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, 
and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. 
She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, 
bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.  
Find Shelley on her website:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Brown Butter Bars

Count the memories. . .
not the calories.




The holidays are upon us, my friends,
and that means the joy of baking. . .
hours upon hours of baking!
{{smiles}}
I have shared in the past that I have a sweet tooth
and oh, how I love my sugary treats!
I try not to make desserts too often,
but around the holidays I thoroughly enjoy being in the kitchen.




My son kicked off the holiday season with these amazing brown butter bars.
He was going through my cookbooks and found this tasty recipe.
So one afternoon he and I whipped up these oh-so-good treats
and after just one bite I knew I had to share the recipe with you.
Brown sugar, butter, milk chocolate, and pecans. . .
four ingredients that will have your guests asking for more.




The recipe is from the cookbook
Cookies in the Clouds - High Altitude Baking
by Vera Dawson

Ingredients:

1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
8 tablespoons {1 stick} unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
6 ounces milk chocolate
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick aluminum foil
or with regular foil and grease well.
Extend the foil several inches over two sides of the pan
to use as handles when removing the baked bars.

Put the brown sugar in a large bowl
and stir briefly to lighten and separate.
Set aside.

Cut up the butter and place in a small saucepan
over low heat.
Swirl the pan or stir occasionally;
watch carefully as it melts.
It will sizzle, the solids and fats with separate,
and it will turn a light golden color
and have a nutty, toasty smell.
It takes about 4 to 6 minutes to go through these stages.
When the butter has lightly browned
{don't burn it},
remove it from the stove and pour it over the brown sugar.
Add the pinch of salt and stir until combined.

Combine the egg and vanilla in a small bowl
and add it to the butter-sugar combination,
beat until smooth.
Add the flour and gently stir just until it disappears.
Don't over mix!
Pour the batter into the prepared pan
and smooth the top.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, 
or until the top is set and shiny.
When a tester is inserted into the middle is should come out clean.
If the batter develops shoulders
{sides puff up and are higher than the middle},
open the oven door and gently press them down with the back of a spoon or spatula.
Take care that you don't over bake these;
you want them chewy, not dry.

Remove the pan from the oven;
sprinkle with milk chocolate pieces
{I used chocolate chips}.
Place the pan back in the oven for a minute or two
to soften the chocolate.
Remove the pan and spread the chocolate all over the top of the bars.
Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the warm chocolate.
Let the pan cool for about 15 minutes on a rack.
Using the foil handles,
remove the slab from the pan and place it on the cooling rack.
Cut into bars once it has completely cooled.

The bars, stored airtight, will keep for about three days
at cool room temperature.
They also freeze well.




Bless the food before us,
the family beside us,
the love between us.




It's always a pleasure to have you visit
and please know that your comments never cease 
to bring a smile to my face.
You, my dear friends and followers,
are a sweet blessing!




Once again I want to thank everyone 
for participating in the 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
The reveal last week was an absolute delight
and I greatly enjoyed seeing the tea cup and mug loveliness
that all of you received.
I appreciate the time all of you took to take photos of your goodies,
and many thanks to you ladies who shared the event on your blogs.

{{{hugs}}}

Please enjoy 25% off your order of $20.00 or more plus free USA shipping
at my Etsy shop Rose Petal Blessings.
This offer is for a limited time only.

I just listed some fun handmade gift baskets.
All you need to do is add tissue paper and your gift is ready to give.




And one last thing. . .
I'm joining Karina from Merciful Moments
this year for her Christmas Ornament Exchange.




My dear friends and followers,
you are more than welcome to join as well.
Registration ends soon so hop on over to Karina's blog
and learn more about this fun event:

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You might find me sharing this post 
at these lovely parties.
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