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Sunday, April 1, 2012

a sunday kind of love {& 4 favorites)

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Sometimes, a little hot tea in a pretty cup can make everything better. When my week turns crazy (like this past one) and life seems to fall in all around me, sitting down with a cup of tea can cure a world of ills. If you were here with me, drinking some earl grey with cream, I would tell you how I was shaken this week, and then I was reminded of something sweet and true.

I would tell you that on Tuesday, I found a little book that belonged to my mama when she was just a teeny little girl. It's a simple book, with a pencil drawing of two children on the tattered, worn cover. i flipped through it and noticed how precious the little book was - full of small, simple, colorless drawings and short paragraphs of verses on each page. Nothing like children's books these days - no songs to sing along with, no buttons to push, no cartoon animation, no pop-out pictures, no pen to press down on each word, speaking back to you (in English and Spanish) - just sweet little verses of truth...profound truth, really. And I liked it. One of the pages made me smile...

And it got me thinking about love and life, and how we so often make it complicated...more complicated that it really is, or needs to be. From our modern children's books and fast-paced cartoon TV shows, to how we go about living life. And I realized, while holding that vintage book, how simple life - and love - is. Yet, oh how our world, and even my own heart, tries to complicate it. I think I need this thing and that to make me happy. They say we must have a certain number in our bank account to make us feel fulfilled. Unless we have a certain house to live in, we won't be happy - or that one special person who completes our world - a man, a baby, a best friend. All these things are wonderful and they are blessings. Yet, I am realizing more and more - that, like the old song says, I just want a "Sunday kind of love"..the kind Miss Etta James sang about. I don't need all the bells and whistles the world tries to make me think I must have - the fancy car, the handsome man, the Pinterest-worthy wardrobe. I just need one thing: God's love.

And you know what? I have that Sunday kind of love. And how beautiful it is.

it's more than love at first sight.

it's a love that lasts past Saturday night.

it's a love that keeps me warm, when Mondays and Tuesdays turn cold.

it's a love i can't find anywhere else.

it's a love better than any dream imaginable.

it's a love that stays, when all else falling apart.

it's a love that shows me the way.

it's a love nobody can take away.

it is better than even the most precious of friendships, bonds of family, or the sweetness of romantic love.

it's a love that makes you fly - to soar on the wings of your dreams.

Do you know a love like this?

" wide and long

and high and deep

is the love of Christ."

-Ephesians 3:18 that makes me smile. Makes me smile even about little things. And big things that give me hope -

like this little card I found earlier this week when I was feeling brokenhearted. It was tucked between the pages of my Bible. A sweet friend gave it to meet 4 years ago. And the Love of my life knew I would need to see it this past Friday.

Sweet things like long skirts, sandals, and mint nail polish.

and new, fresh ideas for how to change the world - working on a new project and I can't wait to share it with you soon!

And smiling when I expanded the "wall of inspiration" - using old frames and my trusty can of white spray paint.

If you came over for tea, I would set out two pretty cups.

I would ask you if you'd like cream? Brown sugar or white?

I'd spoon it into your steamy cup and I'd ask you about the things that made you smile this week. We'd talk about life and love ...oh, and I'd tell you about my Sunday kind of love.

Embrace the simple, little lovely things in your life.
And think... do you have that Sunday kind of love?
'Cause ya can.




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  1. such a beautiful reminder of what's really important in life.

    love that pretty mug!

  2. Make mine with milk :) Tea really does help make things better. Hope your week got better!

    Love reading your blog, always makes me happy

  3. You always put things into such a beautiful perspective, Erin. I so appreciate that. Tea certainly soothes both the stomach and the soul :)

  4. I love that mug. And you're right. THat book seems way way better than any other book out there these days. I hope you saved it for your future little ones! I love that Sunday morning love. There is no better feeling than sitting in church just worshipping God.

  5. Amen and amen. what a beautiful post. and random but I LOVE your nail color :) so pretty.

    It's funny ...I just wrote a post on how I am in love with worship at my church - especially because my husband is on the drums. :)

    love your blog!

  6. Aw sweet friend... such an excellent post. Don't let the world dictate to you how your life should be... don't let what you don't have keep you from what you do have, and what you can't do, keep you from doing what you can do. I so wish I could come over for a cup of earl grey with cream and a hint of sugar. :) It would make my day. Happy monday friend!

  7. Love this! I was reminded of the song oh the deep deep love by sovereign grace ministries.

    That should be the song. :-)

  8. So true. I'm so glad that you found encouragement and comfort amidst life falling around you! Praise Jesus for tea, sweet vintage books, and the prayers of friends.

  9. First of all - I cannot wait to hear more about your project! :) so exciting!

    And this right here:
    "And it got me thinking about love and life, and how we so often make it complicated...more complicated that it really is, or needs to be."
    Seriously SO TRUE. I had a conversation about this last night actually!

    I just get so excited when I see that you have a new post up, by the way!

    PS - I've been trying to drink less coffee and more tea and I have to say - I'm loving it!

    Happy Monday, sweet girl!

  10. Oh Erin, I just love you girl :) I have that Sunday kind of love! It feels awesome to be able to say that! We MUST have tea some day and talk about life, love, and that Sunday kinda love :)

    Love always,

  11. What a beautiful, encouraging post! Just this morning while running I was listening to a sermon by an awesome pastor in New York (Tim Keller). The sermon we titles Meditation: What is It. It touched on truly, deeply, and intimately lovig and experiencing God too. So when I read your post it was a double reminder for the morning! Maybe God is trying to tell me to draw closer to Him? Hmmm...thanks again!
    Alesha <3

  12. I never thought about brown sugar in my tea. This may change everything... I just made a fb page this weekend, too! Look at us, being all real-blogger and whatnot :) Found you through Nicole's Girl party. Can't wait to get to know yoU!

  13. *sigh* I would love to come have a cup of tea with you, erin. :) I hope your week is sweet...just like you!!!!


  14. I love your pretty tea cups. I also enjoy relaxing with a hot cup of tea. Your bible verses really inspired me. Your blog is so encouraging I loooove it.

  15. Your posts always make me want to try tea- and then I realise that I don't like it :P But anyway, this post really struck me as lately everything seems to be overly complicated in my relationship, way more than just saying 'I love you' and smiling, and I really think that it is important to keep the beautiful simplicity of love :) (ok, so that rambled and probably didn't make any sense but I hope you get the idea lol)

  16. Your posts always bring me comfort. You sure are a wise girl! Hugs!

  17. Hi Erin, I saw you on my blog and thought I would check yours out.

    I love what you said about simplicity. After a day of running around with two little kids in tow, I couldn't help but think that if thinks were simpler (if I made them more simple) life would probably be a lot sweeter.



  18. This was super encouraging! Thank you for sharing.

  19. Loved this post! I SO wish I could sit down for a cup of tea and a long chat with you.
    I have that book! Or I did when I was little. I'm sure it's still at my parents' somewhere in a box of my books. I should find it the next time I visit...

    xoxo Alanna

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  21. Truly inspiring. You wrote truth. I will definitely be checking back.:) thanks for stopping by my blog.

  22. lovely post. i love the photos

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  26. i am in love with the way you write! xo

  27. Love this post! I'm new here, and I just adore your blog! I'm off to stalk the rest of your site... Have a wonderful weekend, sugar! xo

  28. Hey lady! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Yours is super cute too :) I hope that you'll come back soon!


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