Tea for one or two, maybe more? These Valentines are great for coworkers, neighbors, book club members and Downton fans going through withdrawal! They are easy to assemble, and little love or encouraging notes can be simply inserted as well.
LOVE finding great deals at garage sales! I would say finding fifty yards of white wire edged ribbon for 25 cents and a cute red basket for a dollar was an absolute thrill.
Found a great new use for CD/DVD clear plastic sleeves that can be ordered from PSI Media Supplies. They hold the beverage napkins just perfectly! Now the stage is almost set for serving out Twinings and Stash tea with decorative beverage napkins.
So all you need is . . .
* Beverage Napkins
* Favorite Tea
* Clear Plastic CD/DVD Sleeves
* Love Notes
* Tissue Paper
* Swiffer Duster (This is if you use burlap or have any other little fibers that might have a static attraction to the sleeves)
Simply slide beverage napkins in sleeves and place the individually wrapped tea of your choice in the corner. You can add little love messages on back or inside as you wish. Have fun playing with the ribbon to get it just how you like it on the basket. Fill in bottom of basket with tissue paper to help Valentines position well.
That's it! Now you have your Valentines ready to go with love, in a hand basket!
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends...
1Corinthians 13:4-8 (ESV)
I was heading out for a walk, when a young girl from our neighborhood ran up to me and excitedly said, "Here, this is for you!" I looked down and saw a small stone in the shape of a heart. I thanked her for the very cool gift and have kept it now for several years. There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about the condition of the heart. In Ezekiel, there is mention of a heart of stone makeover. Since I enjoy room makeovers, I see clearly that God loves doing heart makeovers on people!
Turns out there are many parallel principles happening with both room and heart makeovers. First of all, the person with the room comes to a point where they realize that they need help. The current room leaves them feeling overwhelmed, depressed and uninspired. I can relate to feeling this way with a certain room, and also in my own personal life. I've heard many people talk about a room before a makeover, and describe it in a way that reminds me of how someone shares about their life before encountering Jesus.
Secondly, the person with the room has to let the right person in to do the job. Makeover professionals don't come into a house uninvited and Jesus operates the same way. However, the one who knows how to do the best job is very persuasive in trying to convince the home owner to let them come in and help. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." Now, as great as it would be to have a top interior designer come to my house and help me turnaround a room, it is with great wonder, that leaves me in awe, that our Creator wants to come into our hearts and bring about a wonderful new transformation!
Whenever I have helped a friend with a room makeover, it is important that they can trust me with some major decisions. For example, I listen carefully to understand their dilemma and then let them know what needs to go, what can be repurposed and what brand new items are needed. God does that with us! He listens carefully and then lays out His master plan for our own good. For example, He said to me in my spirit, "Tina, these things you are holding onto have to go! They are hurting you and keeping you from Me. However, there are some things in your life that I can repurpose for your future. In addition, I'm going to give you some special new gifts for your heart and I know you will love the outcome. Can you trust me?"
It is fun for me to watch makeover shows, when I find the chance, because I see spiritual themes being acted out in the natural. At first, the home owner is so relieved to have help, then there is this struggle and reluctance to let go of some items that they are chained to emotionally. Watching someone finally release control of a room and it's contents over to a professional reminds me of that place we all hope to find ourselves with our creator.
The best part is always at the end, where the new room way exceeds the home owners' expectations. They are in tears as they look over the room and see all that the expert has done carefully on their behalf. As they see all the love and details put into their room makeover, they find themselves overjoyed! Then they tell everyone what an amazing transformation has taken place and how they feel so happy and inspired. They give all the credit to their designer!
Okay, cool side note. I took a break from writing this post to go run some errands. While out listening to Victory 91.5, the radio host talks about the new heart that replaces the heart of stone mentioned in Ezekiel! Wow! I love it when He does that! It has happened more times than I can keep count. Love that He is real, personable and intimate, willing to spend time with us!
The very best part about a heart makeover is that you can have that transformation inside of you and take it with you everywhere you go! He keeps our hearts fresh and updated as long as we give Him full access.
Here is a link to my heart makeover and another link to get started.
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