A NOTE TO MY DEAR READERS…

No fancy pictures, or colorful font…just some plain talk today!
Today is my last post here at StoneGable.
Sorry, this is so sudden. But when God tells you to move, we better move! And I am a little slow in listening!
Moving from this blog is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I love it so! But I maybe love it too much! 
Some of you know that I am a bible teacher and a Christian speaker and I feel this is the real reason God has put me here on earth. My real purpose is to speak God’s love, salvation and Word into the lives of others. Sometimes blogging has gotten in the way of doing that! More and more of my time has been given to blogging and less and less to the God I serve. More of my worth and affirmation, as of late, has come from blogging and my worth as a precious, desired and adored child of God has seemed a little less bright. How foolish of me!
It should be an easy decision… to obey God. God says it, we do it! But sometimes it is very painful, even if we know that God is always right… that He loves us more than we could ever imagine or think. He tells us that HE has a plan for our live. A good plan with a good outcome! I believe that with all my being and want to be in the mainstream of that plan. I don’t want to go it alone, be out of His will or miss this good plan and all the blessings that go along with it. I am all in! I belong to Him!
For sometime now I have know that my focus has been too much about my blog and not enough about His plan. So I am not off-roading any longer! I am getting on the right path. As hard as it is, I know that the path God has planned out for me is where my blessings are… and where I will meet Him!
One last thing…
Thank you for your friendship!
The biggest joy of blogging is YOU… and is what I will miss most. Thank you for reading, supporting and being so very kind.
I wish you all a holy and blessed Christmas. May the Author of Christmas, Jesus, find His manger in your heart this year! I pray that your best Christmas gift this year is HIM!
With love from StoneGable,
Yvonne

Comments

  1. says

    o MY, BUT YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TOO….THE LORD IS INDEED MORE WORTH THAN ANYTHING. SO I WISH YOU THE BEST AT RECOVERING YOURSELF WITH HIM…YES AT TIMES IT IS HARD AND WE TEND TO LOSE ARE PLACE NOW AND THEN BUT THE GOOD THING IS THAT YOU REALIZED IT AND ARE GOING BACK TO WHERE YOU SHOULD BE…i’M NEW AND I WILL MISS YOU I HAVE ENJOYED COMING BY NOW AND THEN TO VISIT…I HAVE CONTEMPLATED AT TIMES WHETHER TO CONTINUE TO BLOG FOR MORE THAN ONE REASON…JUST A QUICK THOUGHT YOU COULD DO YOU WITNESSING HERE ON THIS BLOG. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT…BUT IF NOT THANK YOU FOR THE LITTLE TIME I WAS GETTING TO KNOW YOU MAY GOD BLESS YOU CONTINUALLY AND KEEP YOU STRONG…WITH LOVE jANICE FROM MZ WITHERSPOON’S @ SPOONWITHER.BLOGSPOT.COM
    TY

  2. says

    Oh Yvonne, I definitely understand. Blogging is a lot of work and does pull you away. I enjoyed your blog so much! I hope you will keep it up for some inspiration. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

  3. says

    Yvonne, your blog has always been not only an inspiration from all of your decorating talents, but you have always shown your love of the Lord and shared His love with all of us. God Bless, you will be so missed, but I will always cherish the friendship that you so easily give. Thanks and much love, Marty

  4. says

    Yvonne, You must follow your own heart and the Lords path for you but I can’t help thinking that you were in some way doing the Lords work with your blog. I am not a religious person but I always read your Sunday scriptures and making good food is a gift of love from God. God speed on your new path. And thank you for all of your great recipes!

  5. says

    Oh Yvonne I am going to miss you!! I totally understand your decision. Blogging does take up a lot of our time and can make us feel overwhelmed at times to keep up! I was blessed to have gotten to know you and now you are going to bless the lives of so many other lucky people! A Blessed Christmas to you and your family my friend, Martina

  6. says

    How blessed you will be Yvonne! His plans are best and obedience is always rewarded…I admire you! Truth be told blogging keeps most of us from the more important things in life; God, husbands, children, home, and others. Many blessings Yvonne, for you, your family and your ministry!
    Cindy

  7. says

    Dear Yvonne — I will miss you dearly sweet friend! I am always thrilled to see you’ve visited me BUT that said, I TOTALLY understand and support your decision. God always blesses our obedience, so I know you will be blessed beyond measure for your very hard decision.

    Merry CHRISTmas!
    Gail

  8. says

    I will miss stopping by but I do understand your need to refocus. Your love of God has shined through your blog. You have reached out to so many folks through your posts. will be missed. May God bless you and keep you as you take your new path.

  9. Anonymous says

    You have been such an inspiration and blessing to me. I have only been reading blogs a little over a year and have so enjoyed yours. I will miss you, but I am excited for you on the next step in your journey. God bless and keep you. Isa 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. Peggy
    zortman2@skybeam.com

  10. says

    Yvonne, I’ve enjoyed your blog full of inspiration so much, when voices talk we must follow. You’ll do great work wherever He leads you. You’ll truly be missed. We’ll be here when you return. May God Bless you and your family this Holiday Season and through out the year. Many many hugs ~lynne~

  11. says

    You have been a blessing in our lives Yvonne right down to your chicken soup recipe which has warmed my body and soul more than once. I think each of us changes our direction from time to time according to what HE wants for us, you will be missed.

  12. says

    Oh Yvonne, I will miss you so very much, but you need to follow your heart & your purpose on earth. Blessings to you as you spread your joy & love to everyone you touch.

  13. says

    Yvonee – I totally understand where you are coming from. Which is why you see me blogging in spurts. I will blog a few weeks and will disappear for a few weeks. My wake up call was one afternoon I was putting up a blogging post while my Grandson kept asking me to come play with him and I actually said…”I don’t have time right now, Grammy has to get this blog post up.” I actually stopped and said. “Lord what have I become?” Be Blessed and share the love of God. I will miss your blog, as it is by far one of my favorites. Maybe every now and then you can drop by to say hello. Hugs, Barb

  14. says

    I’ll miss your blog — it is beautiful and inspiring. And your love of God came through in your posts so it has been a channel for God’s goodness as well. I only blog when I am “inspired” so my followers are few but the outlet is for me so it works out well. But I certainly do understand how much time it can take if you do it regularly and put as much creativity into it as you have done. God bless you.

  15. says

    I am so going to miss your blog but understand that when God sends a message you listen to it!

    You have been one of the inspirations and reasons that I started blogging!

  16. says

    I will miss your beautiful and inspiring blog…..you are such a great Lady, homemaker and hostess, which in itself is a reflection of Heaven. I know there are proverbs I could quote but I am too upset right now. Your deep faith came through on your blog, never did it not shine like a beacon. Take good care, and there is a void in Blogland that won’t easily be filled. ((hugs)) xo

  17. says

    While this saddens me greatly, I know that you have given this great thought. I will think of you every time that I look at my new china and what a wonderful gift, both tangible and spiritual gift you have given me.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  18. says

    Yvonne,
    Dear child of God…I so understand your priority and service to HIM!
    I will so miss your “layers” of dishes. You have inspired me with so many ideas and gorgeous pictures. Your sweet comments have always been gracious and kind! You have been ministering as well with your blog..I always thought it was wonderful you shared God’s word and you posted a Scripture on Sunday. When our Lord tells you His Will for your life it is so important to listen. You will certainly be missed as your blog is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. Merry Christmas and God Blessings to you!
    Miss Bloomers

  19. says

    You have been blessed, and so it should be. I have enjoyed your blog and will miss it…but, you have been so blessed to have heard and to have responded to that voice within, telling what shall be done. God bless you. You have been blessed. Susan

  20. Karina Russell says

    I just recently found your blog and I’m sorry to see you go, but understand following God’s word. May God bless you and your family. Best Wishes to you all.

  21. says

    Dear Yvonne, I truly understand from the bottom of my heart. You are a truly gifted lady and God will use you mightily in this path He has chosen for you. It has been a joy seeing your talents in at Stone Gable. Be Blessed in ALL that you do. Because you will definitely be a blessing to others. You will be missed.

  22. says

    Yvonne, you will be missed, but you must do what feels right to you…thank you for the many posts I have thoroughly enjoyed…
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  23. says

    I can understand the pulling of the blogging world. But I will tell you that you have been a source of spiritual inspiration to me. You held Him up for all to see in your blog, and I was often time moved by your devotion. To read a blog written by a devoted Christian, to see and read your ups and downs. Perhaps someday you will feel Him lead you back to the many in the blogging world that may not be very social and need Christian connections in this thing we call blogging. May God use you in your next endeavor as He has used you here, at least to me. God bless you.

  24. says

    Boy, do I ever understand. I wrestle with this very dilemma every single day since I started my blog.

    It almost became a god to me at one point, a false idol, so I totally relate to your feelings, and admire you more than I can say for making the decision you have made.

    God bless you, my friend!
    Hugs,
    Anne

  25. Amy says

    Dear Yvonne,
    I have enjoyed your blog so much and feel very sad that I will no longer be able to stop by to enjoy your beautifully decorated and welcoming home pictures, delicious recipes and menu ideas, and your mentoring on how to be a gracious hostess. Through your blog you have been a blessing to me. Thank you! Peace be with you, Amy

  26. says

    I am so sorry to hear that you are leaving your blog, Yvonne! I have thoroughly enjoyed your sharing of your creativity through your tablescapes, decorating and menus. Please don’t think that you haven’t done good through your blog. You have reached out and touched many people through it, even if it was just to bring some beauty to our day.

  27. says

    Yvonne, your blog has always been a great encouragement and a wonderful source of inspiration! I admire you that you serve God and chose His will over your desires. He will bless you abundantly and fulfill your life through other streams. It is true, blogging could take up a lot of time. I respect your decision to answer the call of God and follow His direction.

    May God bless you and your family,

    Lidia

  28. says

    Yvonne, I will certainly miss you and the inspiration you gave to so many but I understand completely that you must obey God and follow where He is leading. Obedience very often is not the easy choice but it is always the BEST one. Blessings to you as you follow Him!

  29. says

    Hi Yvonne, I will sure miss your blog. I’ve enjoyed participating in On The Menu Mondays, and seeing what you and all the other participants are cooking up.
    Your blog is beautiful and has been an inspiration. Wishing you all the best on your new journey. Take care and Happy Holidays!
    -Lynn

  30. says

    Dear Yvonne…blessings to you as you start this new phase of your life. God works in mysterious ways…he must need you for something big. I will miss you. Will you be leaving your blog up? It’s a part of you and such a source of inspiration. I’d be grateful if you would consider it.
    Joyeaux Noel…

  31. says

    You have used your god-given talents and passion for a wonderful good. But I can only imagine having to balance both paths. I know you are following your heart, but you are breaking some others. Your blog is a prize winner! Bless you dear.

  32. says

    I know exactly what you mean. I was getting overwhelmed by my etsy shop and actually caught myself wondering how many orders I could get done if I didn’t go to Wednesday night Bible study! It was a real eye-opener.

    I do have to say though that has been told me many times. “All things in moderation.”

    A blog can be used to serve God also and can be used to reach a wide range of people who are isolated or that you maybe would have never impacted if not for your blog.

    I, for one, would love to be able to hear your lessons and studies that you teach. Maybe you can channel your blog in a different direction.

    I always have to tell myself, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Maybe a revamp is what you need.

    But I know you will make the decision God intends and you will be greatly blessed!

    Love,
    Colletta

  33. says

    You have shared so much with us..i loved your Sunday Scriptures..I thank you for everything and understand your decision..I feel it is a loss for all the bloggers..
    It will be sweet for you now that you have made the decision..So much work! You put your heart into it..
    It was a pleasure getting to know you..and again thank you.Take care..keep well and God Bless you:)

  34. says

    Dear Yvonne,

    I can related very readily to your situation. I have gotten so off track from my original purpose for blogging. I’m blogging less, but just can’t seem to bite the bullet and stop. I’m actually pastoring a rural small-town church, but find myself distracted by keeping up with my favorite blogs, facebook, etc. I am wondering if the Lord is not speaking to me to do the same. Must spend some muc-needed time in prayer to discover His will for my life.

    Blessings to you in your future endeavors,

    Charlene @ A Virtuous Woman

  35. says

    Yvonee,

    I understand your reasons but I must say I am so very sad. I think you may not realize how you bless so many peoples lives through this blog. You have touched many and always be it through your decor, recipes, or just your words they shine with the Lord. I hope in time you will find a way to come back to us, to be able to fulfill everything you need too. Know that the Lord gave you the talents, your way with words and your loving soul for a purpose..and I feel this will come to be again with your blog. Know we love you and will miss you so very much and I hope and pray our paths will cross again through your bloggin!!
    Love and prayers,
    Margaret

  36. says

    Yvonne, I have started each day reading your blog for a very long time now. Your faith and testimony have always found my heart and it is one of the reasons I have followed you for so long. Please know how VERY MUCH I, personally, will miss you. But also know that I totally support you in your journey, no matter where it takes you. Be blessed and continue to bless others. May your family and friends surround you with love and may His Peace fill your heart always! God bless and keep you, my friend.

  37. says

    Yvonne, God Bless you for your decision. You have been a true blessing to others here as well. However I certainly respect your decision.
    I have cut way back on posting on my own blog because of the time involved and not enough devoted to God. I have also been very ill, which may have been God’s way of waking me up! God Bless you!!

  38. says

    Have a blessed Christmas and may He bless and order your steps in the New Year. Maybe you can share once in a while what God is doing through your ministry…God Bless!

  39. says

    Yvonne,
    I should be sad…but I am not. I am filled with JOY at your decision!!!Will I miss your sweet presence in the Land of BLog…more than you will ever know! I feel that God is calling you into a deeper relationship through His service! God bless you, dear friend! May you know that you have reached many of us by your continued encouragement, inspiration, support and friendship!!! My life has been fuller by having had the opportunity to communicate with you! Blessings to you and your family!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  40. says

    Oh my dearest Ivonne, I am going to miss you and your excitement about life that led you to have such a wonderful and inspirational blog…I for one am very sad and I’m shedding a tier or two, but when there’s a calling by HIM there’s a calling!… nothing better than your heart’s desires and nothing else can fill your heart, but our Lord. I admire you and I will miss your faith and testimony, I’ve read in my one year of blogging. Wish you a lot of blessings in your life for you and yours. Thank you for all you’ve sharede with us. I will never forget you my friend. FABBY

  41. says

    To everything a season. For a season our loving Father has allowed us to be touched by your appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us. You helped point that out in so many ways. He obviously has new plans for you–or perhaps just a widening out of the way he has been leaning. He is faithful and will do it. It goes without saying that you will be blessed as you walk in obedience to his promptings. Love and best wishes.

  42. says

    Yvonne, I have enjoyed your postings so much.Hope you will leave it up for those of us that still want your ideas and recipes you’ve already posted. Your witness for the Lord has come through your writings.You will be missed greatly, but when the Lord impresses us to follow Him, we have to. His plans are the best. I love the scripture Jer.29:11-14.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a joyful new year!

  43. says

    I was just reading this morning about Abraham and his willingness to obey God. When God asked him to leave what was comfortable and set out for a foreign land, he willingly followed. And because of his obedience, he was known as a “friend of God”.

    Be blessed in your God adventure, my new friend!

  44. says

    Dear Yvonne,
    Your blog was always full of inspirations, good ideas and a testimony of your faith to God. There are certainly more important things than blogging, but everywhere you can serve God. We must accept your decision and will miss you. I wish you all the best with all my heart.
    Blessings, Johanna

  45. says

    I just got home from church and read your post. I was shocked! If someone like you, who has put so much time and effort into creating and continuing a beautiful and informative blog, can walk away from it to follow the Lord’s calling, maybe we should ALL take a look at how blogging has affected our lives. Indeed, one of my first thoughts was that God was speaking to ME through YOUR decision. Certainly, your blog has been an inspiration to me with not only your gorgeous tablescapes and delicious recipes but also through your dedication to God. While there are many positives to blogging, there are also many negatives and though I try to block out the feelings of “coveting, materialism, consumerism and how my time could be better spent, after reading your post, I think maybe now is a good time to reflect. May our Lord give you the strength and comfort you need as you move forward. Thank you, Yvonne for your sacrifice which is allowing me to face my shortcomings when it comes to my service to God.

    DD

  46. says

    Your blog has been such an inspiration and I am so going to miss it!
    But of course we all understand and wish you the best!
    I hope you leave it up in case you ever want to come back and share.
    Plus I haven’t read all your posts yet!
    Christmas Wishes,
    Cindy

  47. says

    Yvonne, you are such a wonderful example of a woman of God! I saw that the moment I “stumbled” across your blog! I was in a place where I was looking for God’s goodness and it showed in a way I was not expecting, through your blog I was inspired, uplifted, and ministered to. I am so blessed to have found you when I did. May God continue to bless your richly. I know that everything you touch will be blessed, because of your obedience!!! Thank you again for being such an example!!!

  48. says

    I am devastated because I so look forward to seeing what’s on the menu the coming week! This is one of the best picture blogs I read.

    I totally agree that you must do as our Father leads you. Let’s hook up when we get to Heaven, OK?

  49. says

    What a blessing that you are willing to obey whatever it is that the LORD is requiring of you.

    I understand. When my children were young I felt God calling me to give up the fiction that I loved. It was a stronghold on my life and I felt that God wanted me to spend my time on more worthwhile reading. I’ve never regretted that and 20 years later I still don’t read fiction

    I know that you must follow the LORD’s prompting, but your blog is such a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement. I hope that you will be able to leave it up so that those of us who have just recently found you can glean from your talent and knowledge.

    May God bless you!

  50. says

    Dear Yvonne,
    I know the decision you made is the best one because it is for the Lord. Still, we will miss you. Your door was always open to us, never felt like an intrusion to your world but a welcomed guest. I could stay as late as I wanted just having to remember to turn the light out when I was ready for bed. You made blogging fun and my home a lot prettier. I miss you already. Dear, I will keep you in my prayers and heart.

    xox
    Darlene Payan

  51. Anonymous says

    Yvonne, my heart is breaking to know that your beautiful blog will no longer be here for us but I do respect your decision. I do hope you realize that your blog was also a testimony and blessing to many of us. Making our homes better for our family, sharing meals as a family, reading your Sunday scriptures..all of these things can be a testimony. Please leave all your posts here for us so that we can read and re-read if that is at all possible. I wish you many blessings.

    Joyce

  52. Anonymous says

    I will miss visiting your blog so much. It was such a bright spot in my day and please know that you did minister to people here. Many blessings to you and your family.

  53. says

    Yvonne,

    I am going to miss you but thank you for your example of obedience in quitting your blog. I’m sure the decision was very difficult but came after much prayer and struggle. Should we not cross paths here on this earth, I look forward to meeting you in heaven and sharing a good meal!

    Love to you and your family,

    Barbara

  54. says

    Yvonne,
    You are a blessing, and your obedience is, too! I hope your blog stays up so we can peruse it, and I am glad we got to see the beautiful kitchen re-do.
    Have a blessed, joyous Christmas!

  55. says

    Yvonne~ I will so miss your creativity, delicious recipes and your beautiful posts! I certainly respect & understand your decision even if it makes me sad…and your talents are certainly God given! Wishing you & your family a Wonderful & Joyous Christmas.

  56. says

    Hi lovely lady.
    I will miss your beautiful and inspiring blog. I wish you all good things. You have been blessed, and so it should be. Thank you Yvonne for this blog. Thank you for all your sweet comments sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane

  57. says

    Yvonne you are wise in your priorities and a great example to the rest of us. It is easy to get too involved in our blogging–it’s so much fun and can eat up time. Thanks for the reminder to keep a balance. Your blog was filled with such beauty and wisdom and tips and recipes, inspiration … (I also wonder if you will leave it “up” as a resource). I know God has used you through your blog, but obviously has redirected you now … and you are obeying which is all important.

    Blessings on your Christmas, your Bible teaching and speaking and all that you will be able to do now that you aren’t blogging. Thanks for all your great posts and friendship. Hugs, dotsie

  58. says

    I’ll really miss reading your wonderful blog, discovering all those delicious recipes & your gorgeous tablescapes. Blessings to you & thanks.

  59. says

    Yvonne,
    What a beautiful outpouring of love and what a testimony to the Christian walk and example you have had here on your beautiful blog. You have truly been a blessing and a wonderful role model in my life and I thank you kindly for that gift. You have so many gifts and talents that the Lord has given you. I still teach a Womans Bible Study and a Children’s Story Hour. This will be an example to me to always keep the Lord and his will first in my life. May our Lord bless and keep you always as you carry His message of Good News. Thank you for all you have given me.
    Peace and Joy,
    Miz Helen

  60. says

    OMGoodness, I am in shock!!!! But, I totally understand and respect your decision. I know this matter has been laying heavy on your heart and you have to follow your heart. I will SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO miss your gorgeous pots, fabulous recipes, and amazing, amazing talents!!!!!!!!!!! I feel BLESSED to be your friend and able to keep in touch in REAL LIFE!!!!! I know you will be rewarded for your decision. God bless you and your family in this Christmas season and always. I will always be your friend. XOXO, Pinky PS, I hope you keep the blog on here for INSPIRATION to so many others……

  61. says

    I have enjoyed your blog very much and am sad to see you go. I understand your reasoning though, and if God is speaking to your heart to leave your blog behind, then you must follow your heart. You will be missed. God bless.

  62. says

    Blessings to you in focusing on the life God is directing you through each day. I’ve enjoyed visiting and appreciate the time you’ve blessed us with.♥♫

  63. says

    I was surprised by your news, like so many of the other readers. but then my heart welled up with joy as I read more about your decision to follow our Father’s leading…what a wonderful testimony for all of us. I have been struggling lately with finding a quiet time to just be still before the Lord…we have so many distractions and blogs, no matter how inspirational, can take up that precious time that God gives to us. Thank you for your example set before us and may God continue to bless you as you serve Him….

  64. says

    Goodbyes are always bittersweet. I have loved your blog and the ideas and recipes. I have also loved that you were always clear on your faith and the importance of it in your life.
    So long , but thanks and Godspeed!

  65. says

    Dear Yvonne, you will be deeply missed. I have loved getting to know your kind a generous spirit. I think blogging is a treacherous slope. It can easily rob a person not only of time but self esteem. Quite frankly, I love the creative process of writing my blog, but there is a lot out there that bothers me. It takes courage to follow the path you are on, and I applaud you. Thank you for your wonderful inspiration!
    Love,
    Lisa
    the enchanted oven

  66. says

    I knew by your title what your post would be today as soon as I saw it. You are a wise woman to follow God’s will and pursue him wholeheartedly. God bless you richly as you continue to serve Him more fully. You will be missed but you will also be doing His will. Love and best wishes to you. Pamela

  67. Mary E says

    Yvonne:

    Your posts have been a true blessing for me this past year. I must admit I have been “addicted” to your blog….wonderful design, recipes, decor, and a faithful witness to our Lord Jesus Christ. I will definitely miss your posts but I admire you more for your decision to go where He leads. May God bless you!

    Mary

  68. says

    I just discovered your blog four weeks ago and have shared so many ideas and recipes already with others, but TREASURE your priorities and am SO excited to know that God has your heart completely. Enjoy the great adventure of following Him in this next calling. In Him,

  69. says

    Yvonne, I am so sad for us…but so very excited for you. God is going to pour out His richest blessings on you and your ministry outside of your blog. I hope you realize what a beautiful ministry you had here through StoneGable as well. You were a tremendous blessing to your readers in a variety of ways. I too, hope that you leave your blog up for access to recipes and decor inspiration. I wish you and your family the most fabulous CHRISTmas, and a future rich with the promises of God!

    Bless you dear friend!

  70. says

    Yvonne,
    You have been such an incredible source of faith, creativity, making a wonderful home via your cooking and tablescapes…sharing snippets of your every day life with us. I treasure the fact that our paths have crossed.

    I do understand your decision. God should be #1 in our lives and everything else after. I’d love to know about your teachings if that would be something you might share.

    Also, I would love it if you would leave your blog as is. There are soooo many wonderful recipes and ideas as well as it would still be a link to you. :-)

    Wishing you peace, joy, love and blessings for this holiday season and for every day thereafter.

    xo
    Pat

  71. Anonymous says

    I will greatly miss visiting your beautifully inspirational blog. I have learned so much from you sharing your gift of hospitality. Last Christmas my girls and I made Simmering Christmas potpourri and and the salt scrub to give to friends and neighbors. This past spring I picked strawberries and made your jam recipe with my daughter. In October we hosted my daughter’s dance team for dinner. I decorated with your black and white checkered color scheme for the tables. Your gift has allowed me to pay it forward to others. I am thankful God used you as an instrument to inspire me in doing HIS work. Peace be with you.

  72. says

    Yvonne, you will be missed! I agree, you must do what you feel you need to and God will let you know what is right. I have enjoyed your friendship. I have to agree, that besides developing skills and talents the friendships I have developed have been the greatest part of blogging.

    The news would have you believe that we are all depraved and choosing the lives that Hollywood depicts and corresponding with loving women who value family and home and God has been so heart warming to me. There are so many marriages out there that have lasted decades. Women who devote themselves to good. That is what I have loved most about blogging too.

    Have a wonderful Christ centered Christmas this year.

  73. Wendy says

    Yvonne,

    I found your blog about a year ago and have been so blessed by your posts. Your gracious spirit, and love of the Lord ministered to me through your writings and amazing photography. Your gratefulness for all your blessings and the wonderful way you shared them with all of us has been truly inspiring. I’ve learned so much about grace through your beautiful approach to living. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Wishing you happiness and continued blessings in the days to come.

  74. says

    I have enjoyed your blog so very much Yvonne. Your beautiful photos and tablescapes, delicious recipes and gorgeous decorating has been wonderful. Thank you for that! Blogging does have a way of taking over our lives and keeping us from pursuing real life pursuits. I struggle myself with just shutting it down. I admire your courage to listen and act on what is important in your life. You will be sorely missed my friend.
    xo Delores

  75. says

    Yvonne — you will be very missed — so many of us have been touched by your thoughtful and inspirational posts. However, you MUST go where God is calling you to be. May God continue to bless you and your witness to Him. Certainly when you are called in a new direction, there must be exciting blessings in store.

    Martha

  76. says

    Oh my word! I’m so shocked! I would be lying if I didn’t say I was so disappointed. But I do love your blog and find so much inspiration here. I was hoping to finally get to see your kitchen. :( But I totally and completely understand. You are a strong woman for doing this and I know you’re doing what you need to do. God bless. :) I’ll keep you on my blog list *just in case* you decide to pop in every now and then. ;)

  77. says

    I am so saddened to see you go as it has just been the last few months that I have found Stonegable and gotten to know you. Yvonne, you are a servant of the Lord. I saw it here in your blog and that was one of things that drew me here. I truly felt you sharing the Lord with us, His Love, His Caring, His magnificent sacrifice for us with His atonement for all of us. Your blog reflected HIM and YOU, as that of being an INSTRUMENT IN HIS HANDS.I hope that is what my blog will become. You gave hope, love & beauty that reflected your life and HIS as you testified of Him by the written Word, actions and art and especially the wonderful LOVE that you gave to all of us. Thankyou from my heart. You have a magnificent Soul and a kind and gracious heart. Your life testifies to all that YOU ARE HIS and are willing to do what you are commanded at all cost. May the Lords continued blessings be upon you now and forever. With Sincere Love, Nancy (Nann)

  78. says

    Yvonne… I’m going to miss you and your blog very much! You have always been my “go to” person if I had a question! Its hard to find balance sometimes, I know.
    Sounds like you made peace…
    Love and Light
    Always
    Rainey

  79. says

    Yvonne,
    You have been such a wonderful servant of God’s for all of us. We will miss you so much! Your tables, recipes, encouragements, suggestions, examples, and Christian life have influenced so many people. I hope you will know how many you have touched. You will be missed so very much. But you are truly a child of God’s and you are listening to him speak to you. What a wonderful example that is in itself. God bless you as you embark on a beautiful new journey…may your daily walk be oh so glorious! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I will think of you often as I see something that reminds me of you, cook one of your recipes, or ATTEMPT to make a table look fabulous.
    Big Hug to you,
    Tanya

  80. says

    Oh my dear friend! I have to say that I have a tear in my eye as I write you this letter of love and appreciation.
    I fully understand. I have not been visiting as much as I have been curbing my blogging so that I may instead spend the time in what I hope are more noble pursuits.
    I do hope you will leave you blog up as I often refer to your decor magic and recipes.
    You are a dear and special person and have richly blessed me.
    I hope to visit you this summer in Pennsylvania.

  81. says

    I will miss you, Yvonne. I understand and have wondered about myself of late. Sometimes this hobby can be a little unbalanced to other parts of your life.

    May God bless you in all you do!

  82. says

    We will miss your wonderful decorating and recipes so much but I admire your obedience and faith. It is so hard to find balance in life. Blogging is a wonderful hobby but can be very, very consuming. With your blog being so popular, I’m sure it was more time consuming that many of us will ever know. Wishing you all the best! xoxo

  83. says

    Yvonne, His timing is always the best. Sometimes we ignore that “still small voice” and He allows it. But He keeps calling and in our heart that He has given us, we know what He wants most. You have been and will continue to be a witness and blessing to all the lives you touch.

  84. says

    Oh Yvonne. I’m saddened to hear your news that you’ll be leaving the blogosphere but at the same time I’m happy for you to be doing what you know is right in your heart. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your blog parties and reading your blog with food envy. It was very beautiful.

    God’s richest blessings to your and your family for now and the future.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  85. says

    Yvonne, you have given much joy and inspiration to all of us through Stone Gable. I will truly miss signing in to this place of love. All the best to you, dear friend.
    ~ Sarah

  86. says

    Well said. I know it will be a mixed blessing of relief and missing the online friends you’ve made but wow…to know that you are stepping in His will…..there is nothing better. I hope to get to hear you speak sometime soon.
    Hugs,
    Becky

  87. Yoly from Miami says

    Dear Yvonne,

    I will miss your blog but I will be praying for all of the wonderful things God will have you doing. I love it when He moves and stirs His people and more importantly when they respond to His promptings because big things happen.

    Thank you for sharing home and your heart with us. We have been blessed!

    A good friend of mine always says “I hope to see you again this side of heaven, but if not, we will have all of eternity to catch-up”.

    Thank you and God bless you and family!

    Yoly from Miami

  88. says

    Yvonne, Your blog will truly be missed, but I so admire you for following the Lord’s leading, even when it means discontinuing something you love. I know that you will be blessed beyond your imagination for following His plan. I hope that your blog will continue to be available, as I’m sure I will often refer back to it for inspiration. Shae

  89. Anonymous says

    Oh my gosh, Yvonne, I can’t express how sad I am that this was your last post! I go to your posts several times a day. You are such a wonderful talent, and your love of life/family/and your love of God have been so inspiring to me. I hope you will leave the site up so we can enjoy your archives – and who knows, maybe one day you will want to let us know where your path has led. I hope you know how much of God’s love you spread through your beautiful blog.

    Terry in Milwaukee

  90. says

    Oh no Yvonne!! Well, I mean, I totally understand and you must follow where God leads you. I just mean that I am really going to miss you. Please don’t remove your blog because there are tons of things here I need to save so I’ll have them. I think you can keep the blog even if you are no longer posting it. Oh my, I am so sad. May He richly bless your obedience, but as I say that I know that He will.

  91. says

    So sad to see this post but most definately understood. Truely, I have been so inspired by your blog. Your Sunday Scriptures will be sorley missed as all your other posts.
    Wishing you everything of the best and know that you have touched many lives.
    Christmas blessings from South Africa.
    Shel

  92. says

    I have enjoyed your blog. You will be missed but you have traded something good for God’s best and I know as you step out in faith you will be so very blessed. Love and Prayers go with you as you serve our God. Thank you for the example you are to us who love and follow Jesus. xoxo Wanda

  93. says

    Yvonne..I am so totally blessed with your act of oberdience. Oberience is not easy but what a witness you are to me. I will miss your wonderful blog soooo much but then I know God will fill that vacancy in me as well.!! Just wish I could sit in on your Bible teaching! He must have some great things planned for you!

  94. says

    Yvonne, like everyone before me, I will miss your presence in blogland very much. It is obvious by the number of disappointed ladies commenting, that you are loved, respected and admired by so many whose lives you have touched. Sometimes we don’t realize the influence we have by the life we lead but you through your beautiful blog have been an example of a gracious, generous, talented, faithful servant of God. Won’t it be fun when all of us get to heaven and get to continue our chats? Boy, I’m thinking that will be a noisy place! Good luck, Yvonne and may God use you in a mighty way!——– Shannon

  95. says

    I will miss reading new posts from you and I hope you will keep your blog open so I can browse through your old ones from time to time, but I certainly understand why you feel the need to stop. In my opinion, this world would be so much better if people put the Lord first in their lives. I know I fail at this more than I succeed. May God bless you. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  96. says

    I have a long list of blogs that I follow and yours is the ONLY one that I get a sunday scripture from and even talking about God at all. It set yours apart. I understand your decision and it makes me want to try harder, but if you didnt have this blog I wouldnt even be trying to do better. I will miss it.

  97. says

    Yvonne- Oh to hear the heartbeat of God when the world is clambering so loudly with it’s noise. I have been thinking much of the beloved (John) leaning on the breast of Jesus. You’re hearing the beat of His heart in this, hard as it is.

    God bless you dear friend which I know He is and will continue to do.

    I wonder if He is whispering to me the same…..

    bee blessed
    mary

  98. Debbie says

    Thank you, for being a huge example! I don’t know you, but I have enjoyed your blog and today I found a sister in the Lord. Be Blessed, you are a gift. Fix our eyes on Him, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow no matter what the current trend in the world is, it is so much better to grow with the Lord.

  99. says

    Yvonne, I enjoyed following your blog for a few months – your recipes and beautiful table settings were truly inspirational. I understand your obedience to follow God’s call and I think you sharing this important decision with your blogging friends has made an even bigger impact – so we can do some introspection and see how much we have allowed blogging to overtake out lives. God is indeed more important and He will bless you for being obedient and pour blessings on your life.

  100. Anonymous says

    God bless you…beauty and grace you have bestowed upon us – you will be greatly missed!! Your blog has enriched my life more than you will ever know. Judy B. Texas

  101. says

    I wake up with your blog each morning. It is the only one I follow. Your class,recipes,warmth and touching quotes have made my day during a difficult year. Remember you have touched souls here you have yet to meet. Love,Susan

  102. says

    I cannot understand, what exactly, God has to do with your blog, but anyway, you know better.

    I am not less christian than you, (as you said, you are a teacher) and I believe that God, is everywere…
    I cannot understand really…

    I had a pleasant time here, and i am gonna miss you!

  103. says

    WHAT???? Nooooooo!!!! ~~Rettabug stamps her feet & wants to cry~~

    You can’t leave us completely!! Take a break…take a vacation…hire some staff to help you (*wink*)…whatever it takes, but don’t go away completely, please???

    In all seriousness, I fully understand your decision but I selfishly don’t want to accept it. You have been such an incredible source of inspiration & friendship, that I will miss you terribly if you go away completely.

    Don’t ever think that you weren’t doing the work of the Lord through your kind sharing of your talents & softly spoken encouragements in your comments. You show, through your example, how to live the life Christ wants.

    Maybe I could just move to Lancaster, PA & live next door to you, so I could visit regularly?

    Mega supportive {{HUGS}}
    Rett

  104. says

    Yvonne: I can understand your decision to stop blogging, although it is breaking my heart. When you hear God speaking, the wise ones listen and answer.

    I am going to miss checking in on you every day. You are one of my core “go to” blogs”.

    I know I speak for others, can you please leave the blog up? I have so many notes filed away for recipes and other ideas and I would hate to lose such a valuable reference. If for some reason you decide you need to delete the blog can you warn us ahead of time so I can at least copy some of the recipes down.

    Your grace and beauty will be sorely missed.

    Jean

  105. says

    God Bless You, what a wonderful lesson to leave with all of us, your readers. You will be missed.
    A Blessed and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for sharing your heart.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  106. says

    Hi, Yvonne

    You have many gifts and talents and I am so grateful you shared them on this lovely blog. Many of us are sad to see you go, but if God is calling you to the next step in your life then you are right to follow. You have been a Blessing to many through your blog and we will all miss your inspiration and all the love you put into this blog. Thank you so much for sharing, encouraging and inspiring us to create a lovely home. God Bless You and your family. Have a Merry Christmas.

    Vanessa

  107. says

    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. You’ve been a huge inspiration to many. While your departure saddens us we honor and respect your decision. Be Blessed and Be Well.

  108. says

    Yvonne,
    I’m truly sorry you won’t be blogging anymore! I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog, your wonderful creativeness, your sharing scriptures, everything about your blog has inspired me on! Your love for God has come thru and touched me. I admire you so much for giving up what you enjoy doing in blogging and following God’s plan for your life. God has been speaking to my heart too about spending too much time reading my favorite blogs and not enough time reading his Word and spending time with Him. He comes first and we must give Him what is due Him.
    I will miss you very much but am praying for you as you carry on for our Lord!
    Mary

  109. says

    Your blog is lovely Yvonne, I wonder if you have considered using for your ministry? You have literally thousands of followers and reach many more people from all over the world through blogging. Could it be a talent that God has given you for His glory?

  110. says

    I’m sorry to hear this Yvonne as i always look forward to the Menu and your decorating schemes. I’m so glad I stumbled on this blog and also glad I made those fabulous short ribs you posted. We loved them :) Seriously though you are a wise woman who listened to that still small voice that so many do not and you took the road that you knew was speaking to you. Best of everything. You have many talents that God has given you.
    Nanci

  111. says

    Yvonne, you will be missed. I’m certain this was a very difficult decision for you and I’ve am having issues with the time blogging and staying connected with other bloggers takes away from time that could be spent on doing other things myself. I very much respect your decision and wish you every happiness. You are a wonderful teacher and your gifts will be welcomed wherever you take them.

  112. Dixie J says

    I am not a blogger, but I can imagine how much time a quality blog like yours must take. Again, you inspire me – this time to look at the time that I spend with the Lord. You will be missed and thank you.

  113. Marilyn says

    We are going to miss you so much. You have such a following and are the perfect mentor in so many ways. I hope after reading all of these comments that you will consider staying. You have such a large following and perhaps you could combine your religious calling into your blog in some way. Whatever your decision we will understand. I also am one that hopes you will leave the blog up so we might continue to be inspired and study.

  114. says

    Oh, how sad,I have never commented before, but have so enjoyed your blog. As a daughter of The King, I understand. We spend 10 days every year in Strasburg Pa.I would love to share a cup of tea with you. You feel like an old and dear friend. Blessings as you walk closer with our Dear Lord, Dawn E. Brown bdbrown105@gmail.com

  115. says

    Yvonne, I feel so selfish in saying that I’m so sad to see you go! I understand your struggle and wish you the very best. I hope you realize that all this time you have been doing the Lord’s work. You are a blessing to all of us and I can personally say you’ve added much needed joy to my little life. I hope too that one day you can see your way back to your blog. You’ve really touched so many people! So Godspeed Yvonne, many blessings and peace to you and your family. Lorie

  116. Jennifer Savannah Ga says

    I’ve never commented before either, but you must know how many of us you have touched with your inspirational blog. It was like I told my husband, “OH,NO! my favorite blogger is shutting down her site!” I’ve even sent friends the Stonegable site saying, “You must follow this beautiful blog site.” You have been doing the Lord’s work daily, and it has been a blessing to me. I will miss you.

  117. says

    Understand your decision. Have enjoyed your blog tremendously since Oct 2009- will have the go through your blog and gain and save some favs. I feel blessed to have “known” you and wish you the best.

  118. Anonymous says

    Yvonne: You have meant so much to me! I will miss you and pray God’s blessing on your ministry. The harvest is plentiful (Matt 9:36)and you have planted only seeds of joy for me. Take care my friend.

    Where He leads me I will follow…
    Marti

  119. says

    I completely understand as I know how unselfish you truly are. I wish you would find a way to change the focus of StoneGable…maybe in time you will. With the holiday season upon us this seems the perfect re-beginning for doing our Lord’s work. Everything else seems frivolous, doesn’t it?
    You know I will always keep you close, blog or not. And, I am just sick I won’t be able to see what you would wear to Tina’s virtual Christmas party. May the hovering of angel wings surround you now and forever. Sending love, my precious friend….

  120. says

    I am saddened that I will not be able to visit here each day. You have been much appreciated resource and inspiration. I wish you much success and happiness in your new “venture”.

  121. says

    Oh, geez, Yvonne…this is sad news on the one hand, but happy on the other. I hate to see you leave the blogging world because you have a wonderful talent to share. On the other hand, I understand having to follow your faith and do what you feel God needs for you to do. I’m glad that you are listening and following as your heart tells you. Best wishes to you and to your family. May God bless and keep you, and Merry Christmas!

  122. says

    You have shown grace, love, and elegance through your blog. I even read the blogs about your son!! I will miss reading them. I hope you will give us a little time to download your recipes before you sign off. You are a very talented woman and He will use that talent in mighty ways.

  123. Tammy Reese says

    I’m not one to comment alot on the blogs I read but I so love yours…more than all the rest…because of your Christian comments and outlook. It is an inspiration to me and to others. I wish you the very best in your decision! I’ll miss seeing new posts from you but I hope to spend a bit of time revisiting some of your past posts and spiritual insights. God bless you and thank you for reminding all of us to put HIM first all the time!

  124. Kathy says

    Yvonne, I admire you for knowing when to quit, but I will miss that ray of sunshine that StoneGable brought into my life each day. Thank you for sharing your talents with us for as long as you did. Many blessings to you and your family.

  125. says

    I am so sad that I will not be able to see your beautiful tablescapes, wonderful menus and most of all, your love for Christ. You will be missed! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration over the years.

  126. says

    Yvonne, there is no greater blessing than finding your joy in life and using it to make life better for others. God is the greatest joy, and He is there for all.

    I will miss you, and I hope you stay in touch. You have my e-mail address. Love to you, dear friend.♥

  127. Anonymous says

    Like so many others, I am saddened you won’t be sharing scriptures, your faith, hospitality, recipes, and so much more at StoneGable. Having retired a few months ago, I’ve just discovered reading blogs, and I’ve so looked forward to your posts. They showed me I could stay home, enjoy homemaking and cooking for my husband, and feel I was doing something worthwhile. I wonder if you realize how many people have been touched by your witness? I certainly wish you the best as you follow God’s path, and I will miss visiting with you.

  128. says

    Yvonne, Sad to hear you will not be continuing your blog, but I have the utmost respect for your decision. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas and recipes. I hope you will leave your blog online for us to reference and review. I often look search back through your archives for ideas. Thanks for the memories and may God bless you on your future endeavors!

  129. Anonymous says

    Yvonne,
    It has been a privilege to read your blog and share your talents and gracious spirit. You are an ‘elect lady’– one of God’s choicest. You have inspired many of us and helped us become better people. Thank you

  130. says

    Yvonne, I sent you an email expressing how sad I am! But I am also happy for you as you are following where the Lord is leading you. Much Love to you! Will you consider leaving your blog up, so that I can continue to visit for recipes? Love, Christie

  131. says

    Yvonne,

    It has been a pleasure reading your blog since it has been so inspiring to me! You are a very talented person, wish I could have met you in person when I lived closer to your area….Best of luck to you in your new endeavor!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  132. says

    It has been my pleasure to get to know you and read your lovely blog. I, like the others, will miss you dearly, but respect your decision. Thank you for sharing your life and Stone Gable with us.

    May God bless you and your family.
    Sam

  133. says

    Hello Yvonne,

    First, I know you will be greatly blessed by your obedience to what God is calling you to do. Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring. I have a small blog and often wished I could do more with it, but I agree with you that God takes first place in our lives. The friendships that are made are such treasures and I know you have been a great example of Christ’s love to many. God used you to inspire so many of us for such a time and now He is leading you to move on. Your friends will always be here. Thank you for your dedication and inspiration to all of us. May the Lord richly bless you! Merry Christmas and may the New Year be filled with much health and blessings that cannot be contained.

    ~Marie

  134. says

    I respect your decision, Yvonne.
    I will miss you…hope you will drop in every now and then.
    I also hope you won’t delete your blog. I think your kids and grands will enjoy it someday. Have a book made of it and then you can delete if you want to.
    The best of luck,
    xo bj

  135. says

    I respect your decision, Yvonne.
    I will miss you…hope you will drop in every now and then.
    I also hope you won’t delete your blog. I think your kids and grands will enjoy it someday. Have a book made of it and then you can delete if you want to.
    The best of luck,
    xo bj

  136. says

    Yvonne, your blog was one of the very first ones I began to read regularly when I discovered the blogging world. I barely have time to read the blogs I love, let alone do one of my own so I can appreciate the time and talent you gave to your blog! What a blessing your creativity, recipes and spirit and faith were to me. But, I’m thankful for you, that you know that when God’s tells you to do something, there is blessing in obedience! It would be fun to hear and update of what all God does in your life. And should God ever say, “start up that blog again”…..you know you will have an gaggle of instant, eager followers! God bless you,

  137. says

    I have never commented before, but have read your blog often – I found it through my daughter-in-law, Rachel’s (Atwood) blog. I have enjoyed your tablescapes, recipes, and just your sweet posts. You are an amazing woman and I know the Lord will bless and use you.

  138. says

    Yvonne, I will miss you and your blog. But I completely understand your feelings and convictions. Sometimes I think I spend too much time in Blogland and perhaps have my priorities wrong. You’ve definitely given me something to think about.

    In the meantime, I wish you much joy and happiness.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Pam

  139. says

    Dear Yvonne,
    I will so miss your lovely posts, but I do understand very well what you are saying my friend. When the lord speaks, we must move – you will be blessed for your obedience. You have left us all with a wonderful collection of recipes and homemaking tips that all of us will treasure.
    Your Sunday Scripture will be missed the most, but you taught us to draw closer to Him and that is the most marvelous gift of all.
    Blogland has given me a precious friend in you, and we will keep in touch. i look forward to when we can have a Bible study via Skype.
    WIll talk soon!
    Love,
    Mimi

  140. says

    Yvonne – follow your heart. This post means a lot. You are a treasure and will return when you are able and it fits into HIS plan. You are gifted and you need to share those gifts based on HIS guidance. Blessings to you.

  141. says

    Yvonne, I do understand as I’ve had to cut way back on blogging. I cannot serve God and serve myself with this blog. I understand your commitment.. I will miss you horribly. you have been a tremendous inspiration to me personally. I really will miss you with all my heart. xo marlis

  142. says

    I will dearly miss visiting your blog. However, your path has been laid out before you and you have chosen to follow it. May God bless you.

    You will be missed!

  143. says

    I will truly miss you Yvonne! I have loved your blog, your kindness in sharing your God given talents for hostessing, decorating, cooking and energy for organizing! You without a doubt are amazing. I hope in your calling you can continue to share your talents!

    Mary
    From Virginia

  144. says

    You are a woman of many talents andI thank you for sharing them with us on your blog. I will miss my daily visits to your blog – although I will still visit for all your great ideas. My all time favorite post was your red and white tablescape – it is my families favorite at Christmas time although mine is not quite as nice as yours – it never would have been possible without you. Thank you and God Bless You. p.s. Any chance you would consider a weekly or even monthly post to help us StoneGable addicts ease into this decision you have made? :) You have been ministering to us all along – although you may not realize it. Thanks.

  145. says

    Dear Dear Yvonne, I am stunned by the news, but something wonderful will be waiting for you as you dedicate yourself more fully to your ministry…I hope that you will know that you have touched so many people and brought so much joy to so many families sitting around the table. But of course I understand the time commitment Stone Gable Blog has required of you. Sending you my love & a hug and hope to keep in touch~

  146. says

    Yvonne, how special you must be to our God. I know He treasures you. Your blog is gracious and beautiful and you have always been nothing but a lady….so kind and gentle.

    May God bless you greatly in your ventures.

    Sending my blessings to you,
    Barb ♥

  147. Anonymous says

    OH, it was so nice spending some time with you and all your creative talents that God has blessed you with, and in turn blessed us with in more ways that one! May He continue to shine on you and bless you for your faithfulness! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  148. says

    I read this today and thought of you.

    Today’s Seed ™ Daily Message
    Dec. 5, 2011

    Those who sealed it were: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah. Zedekiah, Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah, Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, (Neh 10:1-5 NIV)

    Prayer: LORD, those names mean little to me, but they played a role in Your plan. I know You have a purpose for me too. Few may ever know, and my name may not be written anywhere like this. But what You have for me to do matters to You and to (only You know how many) others. Help me live every day knowing that I am important to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  149. mjny says

    You have touched so very many lives with your beautiful blog. I am another who has never commented before but you need to hear and I have to say that you have nourished my heart, my body and my soul and you will be missed by me and oh so many others. You are truly gifted in inspiring others by your simple words and beautiful photos. We have all embraced the joy of hope and grace we can bring into our lives. We were blessed by your decision to start this blog. And now, if your journey towards God has you going in a new direction, I and I am sure, many others, wish you Godspeed. Thank you for gracing and blessing our lives. I will miss you. Much love~mjny

  150. says

    I will miss you and your blog, your wonderful creativity, your sharing and beautiful photos. Your blog was my only “destination” blog that I made a point of visiting regularly. It will be sorely missed. I hope your change in paths brings you the joy you seek.

  151. Anonymous says

    Yvonne, I am just so saddened that you will not be posting any more – you have no idea what your blog meant to me. It reminded me that staying home and taking care of my family was still a noble thing to do! Your beautiful tablescapes, delicious recipes and wonderful choice of scripture have been such an inspiration to me. You have been ministering to so many – you have no idea! I hope you will take a break and come back to us renewed! Will you leave the site up so we can enjoy it???

  152. says

    A wonderful friend just told me about your blog and I, like many others, am so blessed by your gifts of faith, creativity and teaching! My prayer is that what God wants is for you to be WILLING to let it go so He can bless you and this very special blog even more richly! ( I am reminded of how Abraham trusted God when He asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac………and you know the rest). Whatever the outcome I know God will be in it. Thank you for blessing all our lives in so many ways……

  153. says

    Yvonne, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and been inspired by your designs. I admire your steadfastness in leaving an activity that brings you joy but distracts you from your true calling. Blessings to you as you rededicate yourself to teaching. ~Roberta

  154. says

    Well, as much as I would like to tell you this is the wrong decision, I would never tell you to dismiss what HE has told you to do. So, that being said, I will miss your posts terribly, but will be happy to see you keep us updated on Facebook. Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your life!

  155. says

    Yvonne, I greatly admire you for being obedient to what God is calling you to do. It is our loss but God has a greater plan. Many blessings as you pursue Him.

  156. says

    Hello Yvonne, Oh dear, I have so enjoyed your site, and like many others, have just recently found Stonegate & look forward to exploring your lovely pages. I too have a rather large & busy web site (not a blog) and as I’m also a believer, applaud your decision to follow the Giver of Life, He will show you the way to Joy, sometimes we get a little off the track, we wandering ones… One plea, will your site stay up and available for those days when I’ve a moment and can catch a cup’o Earl Grey and take some time to rest and relax and enjoy the gift He has given you?
    Prayers for His best in your life,
    terry
    http://www.foxglovedesignerpuppies.com

  157. says

    I’ve always cherished that our loving Abba Daddy blesses us with such beautiful gifts…even if but for a season. I have been blessed with a season that has involved learning so many wonderful inspiring things from you. Every time that I see the Southern Home Decor black and white placemats, I’ll remember you with a little prayer. I pray that our mighty God will pour his favor on you as you obediently yield to His loving call on your life in this next season. I pray that we’ll meet again prior to the time when we’ll see each other before that only judgment seat where there is no condemnation. We are so blessed! Cherry Kay

  158. says

    My heart just sank :-( Even though I respect your decision I hope you will reconider and just give yourself time to get back where you want to be, but perhaps will find some time to share yourself again. You have so much to offer. Perhaps restrict it to once a week and not feel so much pressure to put new postings out. Take care and I hope you will find that God will let you share yourself once more.
    Hugs, Liz

  159. says

    Yvonne, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you what a blessing your blog has been to me. Particularly last summer, as I was confined to bed following a difficult back surgery while my mother languished on a ventilator thousands of miles away, your blog was a balm for my soul. Your gracious hospitality here helped me find the loveliness I craved and provided a bit of the mothering I needed. May God bless you in whatever He has planned next. And if you can, I hope you will stop by for a visit from time to time.

  160. says

    I’m sad but I respect your decision. You have been a great inspiration to me and I will truly miss your words and beautiful pictures. God’s plan for you will always be the right move. I look forward to following your journey on facebook.

  161. says

    Dearest Yvonne,
    Only the very special ones on earth hear the call of God. I’m so honoured to know you through blogging and you will surely be missed my me and everyone else.
    Thank you for all your wonderful and caring comments. Blogging has brought all of us together and I know it consumes our time, but I know it is worth it. Please remember, that if you happen to change your mind and return to us, we will be here for you.
    Good luck with your mission and how blessed are the people you will be spending your time with now!!
    We will miss you my friend, Merry Christmas and may your 2012 be a wonderful, happy and joyous year.

    xxxxxxx Coty xx

  162. says

    Yvonne,
    You have touched so many of us with your inspirations and creativity. You will be truely missed. Thank you for all that you have done, and most of all, for inspiring me! I just love your blog!! God has a plan and could not have picked a better person to fullfill those shoes.
    May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and God bless, my friend.
    Andrea

  163. says

    Yvonne, I am sad for me and countless others who have come to count on you and your fabulous blog for the MOST AMAZING recipes and MOST BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRATIONAL tablescapes!!!!!! What will we do!!!!! I will miss you and your blog sooo much. Will it stay up so we can pour through old posts?
    Now putting my own selfish needs aside, I commend and applaud you for being so noble and true to yourself, and your inner calling. Bravo to you for doing the “right thing” and listening to your heart and following the path you know you are meant to follow. Who knows maybe at a later time it will take you back to bloggig, maybe not, you are right though blogging can take a lot of time and its easy to get very involved in it for hours at a time. I wish you the merriest and happiest of holidays, all the very best in the new year, may 2012 bring you all the clarity, truth, light and fulfillment you are seeking. You sound like you are well on your way. You will be sorely missed. Thank you for the blessing of your beautiful blog, that was a true gift!
    All the best to you and your family.

  164. says

    I have truly enjoyed your blog work. You have inspired me greatly. And as much as I love checking your blog to see what new and exciting idea you have for us, I am much more excited and inspired by your decision to give up blogging in order to concentrate on your teaching and speaking. I am not mourning the loss of your blog, I am rejoicing in your love of God and His will for you. What could ever, ever be more inspiring? Thank you for all that you have shared. Peace be with you.

  165. Anonymous says

    Dear Yvonne, Please do not feel quilty about your blogging or leaving your blogg! Both actions were accepting God’s will for your life. I do not think for a moment that you would not have been the author of such an uplifting, warm and God praising blog if it had not been His will! You shared the wonderful gifts that were (without a doubt) from Him in such a giving way! I know God has used you to help many (one of them me) and for that I say, “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up His coutenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26. You will be in my prayers!

  166. Anonymous says

    Yvonne, oh, I am sad and happy for you at the same time. Your blog has been such a blessing to me, and I enjoy reading yours son’s blog tremendously! I will however, want to look you up when we get to paradise, and get to know you better. Thanks for everything, and if at all possible could you leave the recipes up for a while so that we might go through and print what we should have earlier? Candy

  167. says

    You will be missed for sure. Maybe just a post here and there? I know exactly how you feel. Blogging can be demanding and addicting if we let it. I’ve learned that if I need to take a break, it will still be there when I get back. God Bless you!
    xoxo,
    Kim

  168. says

    Yvonne,

    It is hard to believe that you will not be here. I have enjoyed your blog tremendously and love your stories, photos, recipes and tablescapes. You have inspired me to stretch and create more beauty in my home. Your love of the Lord is inspiring, as well. I wish you well dear friend.

    You will be missed but your legacy of beauty in the home will live on.

    Cynthia

  169. says

    Wow, Yvonne, I missed this post earlier. So so sad to see you go, but totally understand. I just happened to feature your kitchen tonight at Wow and someone said they were sad to see you go so I popped over here and read your post. You have to follow your heart.

    Love ya,
    Kim

  170. says

    All these comments are a testament to your God given talents! You will be missed greatly, and one day you may find your way back here if it Is His will.
    I totally understand your decision, and wish you the best!
    I don’t do FB as I felt that was a time stealer too, so I will have to ask someone who does to keep me up to date on you!
    God bless you, and I wish you a joyous Christmas!

  171. Anonymous says

    God has used you to minister to me through your blog. I believe God uses many venues in life to teach us, and maybe you didn’t realize it, but your blog was/is a wonderful source of inspiration. You remind me of the “older women instructing the younger” in the Bible. All being said, I respect your decision, but am secretly hoping maybe you will find a way to come back on a smaller scale.

  172. says

    l have really loved your blog and your generous sharing of your thoughts, delicious recipes etc.

    May you be as blessed as we all have been by your presence in our lives

  173. says

    Yvonne, can it be possible to admire you even more? I respect you and your decision but selfishly wish you and your blog would still be available. Good luck to you and your family and God bless you.
    Have a Merry Christmas.
    Mary Ann

  174. says

    I’m so glad I read your post today. I used to subscribe but knew I had to keep blog reading in control, so I unsubscribed. I do enjoy what you’ve shared. I hope it will still be available to peruse. You obviously have made the right decision. He must be our priority in life! Thanks for your example to me and so many others!

  175. says

    I’m sorry to read this but respect your decision. Your talent has been so inspiring. You have that special touch in decorating.
    My prayer is that He will continue to lead and guide you into all truth. May your path be blessed and ordered by Jesus!
    Blessings,
    Tammy

  176. says

    i have to be honest…
    the best part of me knows that you have made the best choice. but a big part of me says “oh no…!!!!”
    your blog is my favorite of all i visit and it has inspired me in so many ways.
    please know that you have already been doing that which you are leaving to do. God has used you mightily in the witness you have been through your blogging. your love for Him and your sweet spirit has permeated what goes out over the internet, and i’m sure you have touched many.
    i will take comfort in the fact that your blog content will remain for me to visit again and again as one fequently opens a treasured book. thank you for giving me many moments of visual beauty, wonderful recipes and inspirational ideas. God bless!

  177. says

    Yvonne, I’m so sorry I didn’t see this post before now! You know how much I have treasured your friendship as we have both traveled down our blogging journey. I will miss your weekly menus, your beautiful tablescapes, and your wise words, but I wish you all the best as you venture forward in your life! You have a calling, and there is no greater gift than to follow that calling and share your talents with the world. You have shared so many talents here with us, and I hope that we can stay in touch. I know that you will find happiness since you are following your heart!

    xoxo Kat

  178. Anonymous says

    OH NO!!!, your blog was my MOST favorite because of the fact that you do post Christian post and include your belief in all you post! I will miss you terrible! Hope you reconsider! but understand too! God Bless you and your family1

  179. says

    Yvonne you will be terribly missed her ein blog land, but you must folow your heart and soul and be the Lord’s messenger as he has annointed you! Many blessings as your spread His Holy word. May you and your fasmily have a happy and blessed Christmas and New Year!

  180. says

    Hi Yvonne, You have such a beautiful, professional blog. It is obvious that you spend a great deal of time on it and I understand what you’re saying. It is easy to get caught up in blogging and visiting and be at it for hours each day…it is easy to get out of balance in our lives. I respect your decision but am sorry to see you leave blogland, Yvonne! God bless!
    Hugs, Beth

  181. says

    I can so identify with your decision. I did a blog post on my Spiritual Journey blog just on this subject of God speaking and us obeying. Blessings will follow as you are obedient. My prayers are with you for your journey, xo Debra

  182. says

    There is nothing better than serving the Lord. I know He has plans for you, more than you could ever think or imagine.

    Blessings to you…may the Lord give you His peace that passes all understanding.

    xx

  183. says

    oh my goodness, NO!

    i understand, but take a break – a vacation, but don’t leave forever. yvoone, there’s no doubt the amount of time you’ve put into this gorgeous creation of a blog! you are just amazing & you have such a vision of lovely creations that God has given YOU! please don’t end it!

    i’ll miss you terribly.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    kellie

  184. says

    I have just gotten to know you. but you must feel the sence of urgency to move on. I will truly miss your posts and inspirations. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and God bless.

  185. says

    OMG! How sad that we won’t have the opportunity of having your lovely blog to visit. You are an inspiration to all of us. We will miss you greatly Gracious Lady.
    You must go where your heart leads you. GOD bless..
    We hope that you will consider leaving your blog up so that we can find inspiration and remember such a Gracious host………

  186. says

    Oh my! I’m just seeing this and I do understand and respect what you are saying and doing, but I will miss you. Maybe you will have time to share an email or two just to stay in touch. When we started these blogs (at about the same time) it was such a joy to find someone I seemed to share so much in common with. I watched your blog grow quickly, while mine moved at a slower pace. So many times I have caught myself thinking, “how does she do it”? I just wouldn’t have been able to do such detailed posts as yours so frequently, unless I turned it into my “job”. Every time mine started to really take off, we would have a crisis that made me step away and I finally figured out that “growing the blog” just couldn’t be at the top of my life list. I stopped posting so often, I read what I can when I have time and I went back to doing it just for fun, instead of because Thursday meant I needed to have a tablescape. I took the pressure off myself and accepted that I would never be “The Pioneer Woman” or get rich from my blog. I’ve been much happier.

    I hope you find what makes you truly happy. You certainly will be missed in Blogland and by me.

  187. says

    Yvonne, please know that you have touched so many lives through your blog and through God. You have been doing his work all along! All the best to you!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

  188. Anonymous says

    Yvonne, I keep checking your blog, hoping you realize how missed you are and what a true gift you have in blogland! Like so many others, I hope you will leave your blog up, as I still go to it every day to get recipes or to get an inspiration for my table setting! I have been printing recipes, but I love your photography and you have such a gift in the way you present your recipes. Thanks for all you have done for us!!!
    Terry in MIlwaukee

  189. says

    Wow Yvonne. I will really miss this blog. It has become one of my most favorites. You are talented and sincere. You were so helpful when I emailed about one of your recipes and asked for clarification.

    I know your decision will bring you much joy. This is a very bittersweet goodbye.

  190. says

    Yvonne, You’ve been such an inspiration and I’ll miss you. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. God bless and keep you.
    Babs

  191. says

    I cannot believe that I am just seeing this now Yvonne. I understand why you are leaving and will miss you and your beautiful words and photos. Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best for the new year. xo

  192. says

    Yvonne, so glad to have found your site just a few moments ago while following a Pinterest link to your apple primer! Wonderful that you are following Him forward … oh, the places you’ll go! Sometimes we don’t know how Jesus has used us to bless others … know that He used you to bless me as I am at a bittersweet crossroads on my Journey as well. He encouraged me a few springs ago with Isaiah 43:18-19 & last year, with that word “bittersweet” knowing my love of dark chocolate … sweet with that unexpected, lingering tartness … bittersweet indeed! A new/unfamiliar leg of this journey in Him may seem tart for a time; but, it is sweet nonetheless. Taste & see that He is so good. You are in my prayers. EnJoy a Merry Christmas!

  193. says

    My dear friend,
    I have been struggling wth the same thing. I see all the beautiful tablescapes and want more dishes. Then I have to stop and ask “These are just things, do I need them”? When is enough, enough?
    I admire you to give your blog up for Jesus. I know it is hard but you will be rewarded.You are blessed and have blessed all of us with your wonderful and beautiful posts. I thank you for all you have taught me. I wish you peace, happiness and joy in Christ! Stop by once and a while to let me know you are well.
    Blessings to you my friend and have a Merry Christmas.

  194. Michele/Ohio says

    Dearest Yvonne,

    WOW. I have tears in my eyes – for many different reasons. But most of all for the courage and strength it took to do this.

    I admire and respect (well always have since I found your blog) you very very much and wish you the very best, from my heart.

    May God keep you in the Palm of His Holy Hand and lead you to where it pleases Him most.

    God bless always.

  195. says

    Well, I am very late to leave a message but that is because I have been focussing on my family these last 2 weeks and not so much on my blogging! My kids are on summer vacation and I want to devote as much time to them as I can.

    I can really see where you are coming from Yvonne and I truly admire you for making this very difficult decision. I know you must have prayed about it and that you must feel this is the right thing to do. We will all miss you, of course, but I am quite sure that if you ever decide to come back to blogging we will all be back here quick smart!

    Take care and I hope you and your family have a blessed and happy Christmas.

    Blessings and best wishes,
    Natasha.xo

  196. says

    Ahhhhh you are such a blessing to so many women Yvonne! You will truly be missed in blogland!!

    Hope to see you on Facebook!

    Please keep us posted if you decide to return or start a bible study blog :)))

    Have a blessed Christmas!!

    Hugs,
    Kay Ellen

  197. says

    I had to come back over to say that you have blessed me many times thru your blog..and I know you have blessed others.
    I’ve known right from the start that you were full of God’s love and you spread it around.
    Just wanted you to know that your recipes and decorating posts have been wonderful…but my blessing came from your heart. So, you HAVE reached people thru your blog….you HAVE spread the good news and the good word.
    Bless you, Yvonne..and much luck in where HE takes you.
    xo bj

  198. says

    I had to come back over to say that you have blessed me many times thru your blog..and I know you have blessed others.
    I’ve known right from the start that you were full of God’s love and you spread it around.
    Just wanted you to know that your recipes and decorating posts have been wonderful…but my blessing came from your heart. So, you HAVE reached people thru your blog….you HAVE spread the good news and the good word.
    Bless you, Yvonne..and much luck in where HE takes you.
    xo bj

  199. says

    Hi Yvonne…

    Oooh…all I know is…God must have something GREAT for you in the days to come, dear friend! I know that you have a ministry of teaching the Word of God and you must be obedient to His call, but I do hope that you know how much of a “light” that you have been for Him right here in this blog. Just saying…because it is something to rejoice over…not feel bad about. Know what I mean? The Lord has a time and season for all things. Yvonne, I appreciate you so very much! I appreciate and thank you for allowing God’s gifts to flow through you. I have sooo enjoyed your beautiful…beautiful blog and I have enjoyed our friendship! My prayers and blessings go with you, sweet lady!

    Love ya,
    Chari

  200. says

    Yvonne,
    I was just getting to know you, and have certainly enjoyed your blog albeit for such a brief time.

    I know there is life after blogging, just like there was before! I wish the best and please send an email if you ever go back to it.

    In the meantime, enjoy your beautiful kitchen, loved ones and friends!

    Wishing yoiu a very Merry Christmas!!!
    xo,
    ~Rebecca

  201. says

    Yvonne, I have loved your blog and will miss it. I do hope it will still be available. it has been such a wonderful source of recipes, tables, tutorials…had thought they would always be there to ref to.
    god bless you as you return to the most important duty in your life.
    cynthia

  202. says

    Me animo a escribir hoy, nunca lo hice antes por no hablar ingles ni escribirlo pero sus imagenes hablaban por si solas. Queria decirle GRACIAS..! gracias por haber transmitido el amor de Dios en este blog, en el tiempo dedicado en compartir a todos los que la leemos su grandesa a traves de sus imagenes. Porque Dios es amor le dio el don de plasmar en este hermoso rincon su familia su amor en cada cosa que realiza y compartia enseñandonos a valorar muchas cosas, pequeñas y grandes en detalles.
    Que Dios la siga bendiciendo y llenando de amor y tiempo para seguir transmitiendo su palabra y su infinito amor para todos nosotros, sus hijos. Gracias y hasta pronto.
    un gran abrazo
    Hilda Perez

  203. Bonnie says

    What a wise woman you have become! Your faith and dedication to witnessing are so much more important than a tablesetting. Know that we all thoroughly enjoyed your sharing with us.

  204. says

    Hi Yvonne…I’m a long time reader, first time commenter. Words cannot express how much I have enjoyed your blog. I’m always happy to see a new post from StoneGable, and it saddens me to see your blog slip to the bottom of my list of blogs.

    I understand your decision and respect you for it. Judging by the number of comments from other readers, you will be greatly missed. God has given you many talents…your fabulous creativity as shown in your outstanding tablescapes (better than any I’ve seen in the professional magazines) as well as your warm and Christ-like personality which comes through in each post.

    I don’t think you realize how much ministering you’ve done via your blog. As life takes you in a different direction for now, I do hope that someday you’ll be back online spreading your belief in God, family and life…even if it’s only one post a month. Take care and always remember that there are many people out in the blogosphere missing you and your special gifts from God…me included!

  205. Anonymous says

    Yvonne…as I read the past post, I hear great sadness, and also support. As one of your many followers I will miss your blog. It had become my gift from God to myself, everyday. I would wake with a cuppa of tea, sit down and be inspired. I have noticed only one other follower felt selfish, well here is another. I too will miss your style and grace,creativity. Go do your mission, take a break, leave your heart open to returning. For this blog well this is your gift and it needs to be shared…not taken from away. So please keep it up for those morning cups of tea. As I have that tea I will say a prayer that our Father in heaven is missing those tablescapes as much as I am, and he will request you to beautify the world once more. thank you Cacklin Hen

  206. says

    Hi Yvonne!
    I’ve wanted to write here all week…
    My blogging has slowed way down with school starting in September, the kitchen project and L I F E in general ~
    I must tell you that your blog has always been an inspiration to me ~ not only is everything here lovely, but your gift of hospitality is just that A GIFT to all.

    I know that this gift is alive and well in your home, your community and in serving Our Lord. I wish I could attend one of your conferences. Please tell me if I am anywhere near one. {from the capital region of NY}

    I will still enjoy seeing your pins on Pinterest {just love that place on the net} It’s a great place to share ideas!

    I do hope you keep your blog available for visiting. It’s a beautiful resource…and will certainly be visited often by many.

    God bless you dear ♥
    ~Maria

  207. says

    Oh, and I just found you today! How wonderful that you listen when God speaks, and then act on it. I certainly could improve on that. :) May God bless you on your journey. I will enjoy reading your past blog posts.

  208. says

    You have answered the greater call, Yvonne, than the call to blogging. I so understand how it can get in the way of walking a daily walk. I applaud you for your courage because I know this was not an easy choice. God will give you much better rewards than any of our words ever could. Blessings- Diana

  209. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    Your blog has been such a source of inspiration to so many. We will miss your wonderful posts, but as a Christian woman and pastor’s wife, I know the importance of obeying that ‘still small voice.’ God bless you, my friend, and I pray that you will continue to be a blessing wherever He sends you.

    Merry christmas,
    Sandi

  210. says

    I have enjoyed your blog since finding it just a short time ago. But I,too, have heard the call of God on my life this year and so I understand and admire your decision. Blessings and peace to you as you move in another direction. Mary

  211. says

    Yvonne, you have been a blessing to me in the blogworld. I always appreciate someone who is sold out to God and sharp in other areas as well. I heard someone say “Represent God well in all you do, so that people look at you and know Him because you just brought God into the room when you came…even without speaking a word.” Blessings to you in all that you do…I know God has great plans for you…Jeremiah 29:11
    Merry Christmas,
    Debb ie

  212. says

    I came back just in case you go in your blog, to wish a ownderful Christmas, filled with happiness, joy and best wishes for you and your family. I know you’re already blessed by the Lord. All my love.
    FABBY

  213. says

    Yvonne,
    I’ve been gone so long from blogging, that I totally missed this surprising announcement. I do hope you still receive this comment. I just want to express to you what a delight it has been to follow the recipes, decorating, hostessing, and housekeeping of such a lovely woman of God. You have been a wonderful Titus 2 woman through your blog. Thank you. I understand your need to move on, but I simply ask that you still keep in touch somehow. I count you a friend, strangely enough. As a pastor’s wife in a military town where people move in and out so rapidly, I have very few friends who live right here near me, so your blog has been a sort of constancy in my life and I have visited it like a woman visiting with a friend over tea. I will miss you more than your blog.

    Please keep in touch and maybe one day I can get you to come out my way to speak to the women of our church. I’ll have to budget for it, but I think I’m willing to do that if you are interested. Maybe you can still stop by my blog occasionally to say hi. Best wishes to you, sweet friend, and may God bless your obedience richly.
    Love,
    Kay

  214. says

    Farewell Friend, but not goodbye. I can feel wonderful things in store for you. Possibly a blog of another nature. Interesting how we let things get in the way of what we know in our hearts is not leading us toward our true path. I too am blogging intermitantly for much the same reasons. Be well and Enjoy this wonderful season. Perfection is a journey, is it not?
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  215. Anonymous says

    That is about the silliest thing I have ever read. God does not take things away that you enjoy. Good things that others enjoy… it’s really too bad you find God so selfish.

  216. says

    I debated for a good while about posting my thoughts on this, I have enjoyed your blog for quite awhile. Please don’t ever think that you haven’t ministered to people by doing this blog. You have personally given me great joy in reading your blog. I have just found out that my cancer has returned and most likely this time it is terminal. Sometimes it is the little and different ways that one gives to another, you have spread happiness to me and others, I think that is certainly ministering love and goodwill to others, maybe not in the conventional way, but it is still an extremely valuable gift to me at least. For that I thank you, hopefully your blog will be left up so I can go thru it and enjoy it as I go thru this hard time in my life.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    Judith

  217. says

    Yvonne, I applaud you for your decision to do what you know God has called you today. Your rewards will be so great and you have given so much to us all out here in blogland. Sometimes it is hard for us to listen, but once we do and once we make the decision, all is well with our soul. God Bless you for what you are about to do for the eternal kingdom. happy new year,
    kathysue

  218. Anonymous says

    Yvonne,
    You have reached out to others who would normally NOT seek and find His word. You have been helping others discover his love – why is that not His will? I don’t understand. You were touching the lives of some who do not make the conscious decision to regularly follow Him. Is it because of the technology? Did that taint the labors for you? Our society is going to continue to evolve. And technology will be a part of it. Think of all the people you can / have reached with your blog. I feel as if God gave you a talent – you are SO talented. A musician scores, a novelist writes, a painter sings with his brush. Why is your gift any different?

  219. ~m says

    I keep checking in just to see if you have given us the occasional “fix”. Miss your inspirational table settings and recipes. I also continue to hope that you will see what you meant to all of us and come back.

  220. says

    Dearest Yvonne
    This is my first time to your blog.
    I love God too and Jesus.
    Because I was looking for comfort this evening I found your blog. Nothing is coincidence in our God ordained lives. You are being a joyful testimony on your blog. I would say, do NOT quit blogging. Unless it is taking up too much ‘home’ time and doing normal chores, and taking care of others. So many bloggers use blogging to reach kindred spirits, and I am amazed at how many there are. I have a handicap son, and I would go NUTS if I didn’t have an outlet to be myself in blogging. It is my escape and it is an inspiration at the same time. And a person can be just as much of an inspiration on their blog and maybe reach even MORE people than they can ever dream of WORLD WIDE.
    ‘All things work together…’ you know the verse I am sure.
    Maybe you will find that blogging gave you more opportunities to encourage ladies (and guys) than you really realized.
    Maybe I am your angel for tonight.
    God’s magic is everywhere…even in blogging.
    Have a blessed rest of the weekend and may your choices be blessed.
    I will be at my blog waiting…
    Teresa in California

  221. says

    Hello, Yvonne
    Thank you for stopping by my blog too.
    I know, sometimes there are stop signs in our lives and they are usually from God. And we grow some more and learn. Maybe it wasn’t what we had anticipated happening in life, but it was something God wanted us to to in His time.
    Well, looks like I gotta go for now. It’s over to my brother’s house for some fellowship and dinner.
    I will keep in touch.
    I have received a blessing from a gal named Salle J. Sandlin who posts messages via email once a week. You can probably find her on a blog search.
    May you have a blessed week!
    Teresa in California

  222. says

    When we stand before GOD, its not about our material possessions we acquired here on this earth but its all about the souls we lead to Christ and now we honored Him. I am sure your books in heaven will show many souls, and the ones where you planted a seed and someone else watered it.

    You have been a blessing to many and I pray you will be an even bigger blessing and lead more souls to the Lord.

    You are sure to hear these words from the Lord when you see Him, “Well done my good and faithful servant”.

    GOD bless and keep you safe.

  223. Anonymous says

    I surely do miss you and your wonderful blog. It was ALWAYS a lovely way to begin a Monday!
    Hope all is well with you.

    Sable

  224. says

    God Bless you, Yvonne.
    I remember reading this one day and thought for sure I had commented, went up and down through this extremely long list of lovely, heartfelt comments two times yet do not see my comment!

    So I am stopping by today, prompted by Joy’s post to tell you I am thrilled you are coming back — we are all so blessed!

    Enjoy your Sunday.
    xox
    Alison

  225. says

    I have just stumbled in here and would like to tell you that reading your blog speaks to me. You reaffirm goodnesses and I feel happy that I saw this today.Unknowingly, you’ve touched another. Thank you, Yvonne.The goodness you share wasn’t lost on blogland, it was a toSunny109ol. Have a wonderful next path.

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