Tea by the sea…

Welcome, we are sitting overlooking azure waters of the bay today, the sun is shinning, the birds are chirping & the waves are gently lapping upon the shore, let us begin our time of reflection…

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I have brewed my all time favorite tea blend, Earl Grey. A black tea with bergamot added, a leafy herb that was used as a tea by the early American Indians for sore throats, stomach ailments & colds. My tasty treat is a chocolate covered organic bite with coconut & candied citrus pieces.

Earl Grey tea is the one blend I keep coming back to, I enjoy it everyday mainly with breakfast.  It’s like an old friend, you know exactly what to expect & it never disappoints. Especially in that early part of the day when you need that true & trusted cup that is part of a comforting routine, as you prepare for the day.

I must admit I do find routines very comforting, I particularly realized this after my late husband passed away from brain cancer in 2002. I was living & working on our farm as a wool grower & also as the region’s clinical counselor when he died.  The big drought had just started… Going out to hand feed our large flocks of sheep & checking their water troughs each morning was comforting. I knew what I had to do, to keep my husband’s life work going & I was determined to honor his memory in this way…

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In greener times

After a while though I realized, although these routines were comforting & my intentions honorable, they had also started to be emotionally draining. As I was living another’s dream, my late husband’s, not my own. I came to a point where I knew that I needed to get out of the routines that had initially bought comfort & live the life I had been created to live. His greatest desire for me before he died, was for me to go & live an abundant life after He had passed into glory…I had to ask myself was I living that abundant life?

After much prayer & soul searching, for this was not an easy decision to make, I made preparations both to hand the farm over & to head for my dream & God’s clear direction for my life to the mountains by the seacoast! A short time later I found myself living in the most beautiful seaside paradise, that has been so very healing & restorative for my soul.

So, while I still enjoy comforting cups of Earl Grey tea as part of my morning routine. I no longer try & keep someone else’s dream or life’s work alive but live my own life, abundantly. Trying new tea blends & new little experiences that are healthy for my soul as I go…like starting this blog!

While we are in reflection, ask yourself…are you living the abundant life you were created to live or are you trying to live a life that is or was someone else’s dream for you or them? Yes, it may have started as a comforting routine or a great idea at the time but it has now become unhealthy…

My Earl Grey tea is now finished & the chocolate bite was absolutely delicious! The tide has come in & my shady spot is no longer shady…Until next time…

Jennifer

 

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24 thoughts on “Tea by the sea…

  1. Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dear husband! I have begun to ask myself this question almost every day – am I living my life abundantly? It is a great question to start my day with and to end it with. Thank you for your gentle post.

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    • Thank you for your kind words Patricia.

      Yes, we need to step into the special life that we were created to live. And when we do, it is so abundant in every area even in the harder times!
      I know you will find your abundance.
      Jennifer

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  2. Dear Jennifer,

    Thanks so much for inspiring us and for sharing your dreams, past and present. As our lives change, so much our dreams and goals. Earl Grey, Lady Grey and English Breakfast Tea are among my favorites for getting the day off to a great start. This afternoon I’m sipping on a cup of Irish Breakfast tea and munching on home baked cranberry, walnut, chocolate chip cookies as I reflect upon changes in my own life, present, past and future as I follow my dreams. Years ago when our daughters were growing up, we raised Shropshire sheep and grew vegetables on our 40 acre farm in Southern Maine. It was a wonderful place and time filled with so many memories. Since then, we’ve traveled and worked in several places across USA, now retired and back to Maine, but this time the central part of the state. Dan, my husband of 50 years still enjoyed his gardens and cutting firewood; but, for me, I most enjoy those comforting day trips to the coast, where the sea and air always seem to open their peaceful arms to me.

    Blessings and love,
    Bette

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    • Your cookies sound enticing Bette, yes, our tastes do change & mature as time passes, don’t they…I used to take my tea black, sugarless with a hint of lemon before I had my first daughter. Now I take most teas with milk & sugar…

      It is lovely to get to know more of your life, which sounds a full one.

      We had Merino sheep, wheat & oat crops on the property, my husband was a farmer when we got married…I had a veggie patch in our homestead paddock, granny smith & crab apple trees, huge 100 year old sweet naval orange tree (made beautiful sweet marmalade).

      I do agree, the sea & the breeze across it is just so intoxicating. I love it too…I loved my time in the country on our farm (6 hrs road trip from here) but the coast makes my heart sing!
      Have a blessed week,
      Jennifer

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  3. Visiting from Faith ‘n Friends. This is such a beautiful post. And Earl Grey a favorite tea of mine as well. The abundant life to me is about coming to know more of the fullness of the Lord’s love for us even in the hard times and being willing to follow Him beyond the darkness. Sometimes we can be blinded to His abundance for our lives by our pain or striving. I am so glad that you recognized the abundant life you were created for and are choosing to live it. Thank you for sharing this. Sweet Blessings to you!

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    • Lovely to have you here Cheryl! Thank you for your compliment & its a pleasure to share a little of my journey…
      Yes, walking in the life we were created to live is a learning curve for each of us, it also takes a choice to take that step towards it, doesn’t it… & to live abundantly… keeping focused on His leading & direction, especially when the challenging times confront us…pain & striving can blur that focus if we allow it…
      Sweet blessings to you too!
      Jennifer

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  4. Thank you for gently calling us to examine the dreams (ours or another’s) we’re living out. I’m sorry you had such a terrible season of loss, but I’m inspired by your brave pursuit of moving toward your own dreams. I love what you’re doing here! Oh–and I love Earl Grey!

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