Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tea and Books Saturday #9 - "Teacups Full of Treasures"


Teacups Full of Treasures
By Mary Grace Birkhead
Integrity Publishers, 2006


A couple of years ago I was browsing some racks of used books when I came across a delightful little gift book I'd never seen before, Mary Grace Birkhead's "Teacups Full of Treasures: Let the Names of God Be Your Source of Strength." It's a devotional book in which the focus is on the Old and New Testament names for God. Its pages are illustrated with photos of teacups (the author was inspired by her grandmother's teacup collection), and of course I thought this was simply a great idea!

Since many of the women I meet in "tea-dom" are involved in ministry, whether it's one-on-one or in an official capacity at their church, I thought some of you might like to be on the lookout for this book, which would also make a great luncheon gift (if you could find enough of them!) or speaker gift.

Years ago, I took Kay Arthur's Bible study on the names of God, and I have to say it greatly enriched my prayer life. Instead of just going to God with my never-ending laundry list of requests, I love that I can reflect on *His* character during my prayer times. A friend's father had a heart attack this week, so I ask Jehovah Rapha (the Hebrew name meaning "The Lord our healer") to take care of him and heal him. An old friend from high school is still in dire need of a job, so I acknowledge that God is Jehovah Jireh ("The Lord who provides") as I ask Him to meet that very real need in her life. I like to read through these names of God periodically to remind me of the many ways God is able to meet our needs, and a teatime devotional on the names of God is certainly my cup of tea!

15 comments:

Susan said...

very inspirational post! I need to
re-think how I pray !

parTea lady said...

This lovely book is in my tea library also. The Kay Arthur Bible study on the names of God was one of the best I've taken.

Thanks for reviewing this book and reminding me how useful a tool it is for study and exploring His character, not to mention that it is also a real visual treat.

Linda J. said...

Thanks for a lovely post. I will look for this tea devotional book. I am attending a ladies weekly Bible study at my church and will ask the leader if she is familiar with the Kay Authur Bible study. It sounds like one our group would be interested in.

devonaz said...

What a wondeful book,,,I will be adding this lovely book to my shelve and use it to when I pray..as like you I like to change things up when I pray and not sound like a broken record..thanks so much for the insight..have a blessed weekend..
Devon

ChaChaneen said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea of teacups and daily devotionals! I will definitely keep an eye out for this one! Thanks so much for sharing! I am lurving your Saturday series this year!

my cup of tea said...

I will be on the lookout for this lovely book. Thank you! I look forward to your posts!
~Donna~

Ginger said...

This sounds like a lovely book my Mom would love.

sweetjeanette said...

Oh I have that book! I found mine at a book outlet on one of my trips. It's a wonderful book!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post! I will be on the look out for this book.

This is a great series you have - I look forward to reading it.

Have a great weekend and thank you,
Joanie

Carol said...

I like that idea a lot. Makes sense too! When you're praying for someone to be healed, use God's healing name. When you ask Him to provide, use His name that is specifically for that purpose. I'm going to start doing this, but first I gotta find me a copy of that book! Thanks (once again) for the heads-up, Angela.

Jane said...

Thank you for sharing this book. I will look it up.

BB said...

Thanks to your post, I was reminded of how great our God truly is --- My stepfather is in the hospital. Both my son and cousin are looking for jobs. BUT, nothing is impossible for Jehovah Rapha/Jehovah Jireh! You are probably familiar with this book, but another folks might enjoy is Tea Time with God published by Honor Books.
How about this for comfort? Since Emmanuel means "God with us" and Jehovah Shammah means "God is there" we are covered! He is with us in the here and now, and He is already there in the future. That's about as good an insurance policy as we could ask for! B-)

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Marilyn said...

Another tea book I haven't heard of. You are just full of new ideas for tea books. We could open a tea book library I think.

kimberly shaw said...

This looks like a wonderful devotional book and your post is so encouraging on using God's names when praying for others. Thanks with hugs!!!