1. Quilts and ThrowsThere is just something about them that never fails to evoke a sense of warmth and comfort in me...The sight of them draped over a chair is enough...the knowing it's there should I need it. I have a hard time turning down a good deal on yet another fuzzy throw or quilt.
There is a large thrift/antique mall in my area that I love to frequent. I have found many an unbelievable deal in that place. Yesterday as I was in there strolling the aisles for items to use in my Thanksgiving cornucopia display for church I spotted a small quilt for thirteen dollars! I immediately picked it up, hugged it to my chest and sniffed it. It smelled clean...fresh. I actually said to myself aloud, "Thirteen dollars? They only want thirteen dollars for this?! SOLD!" It is now draped across the loveseat in our living room.
And several months back I found a full-sized quilt in the same place for the bargain price of twenty dollars. It lives on the guest bed upstairs...
2. Southern Soul FoodI grew up on fried chicken and okra, pinto beans, cornbread, sweet tea, chicken and dumplings, and the list goes on... I am a little more health conscious now but with moderation, I still savor all those fattening, stick to your ribs foods I grew up eating and I always feel at home, no matter where I am, when I eat them.
Proof that food was one of my first loves lies in this old photo of my little baby self caught in the act of stealing my mother's pork chop right out from under her nose...
3. BooksI just love having them around me. They have much the same effect on me as the quilts and I always flock to them in antique stores and thrift shops. Just as I do the quilts, when I'm drawn to an old book, I always pick it up and smell it (call me weird) before checking for an inscription and I can almost never turn one down if it has one...
4. My Front Porch SwingIt has been in my life for eighteen years, moving with me two years ago. I gave it a paint job and we finally got around to hanging it here back in the spring. I can't even look at it, much less sit in it, without a flood of memories blanketing my soul.
5. The CrossYou will find them here and there throughout my home and each one of them, no matter how I came to possess it or how long it has been in my life, brings me the greatest comfort I know.
The cross is a reminder of how to live, how to be, how to love ...a reminder that our homes here on this earth are so very temporary and that our souls will one day experience a joy and a comfort that we cannot even begin to imagine...And all because He first loved us.
What brings you comfort?