Hibiscus & Cranberry tea

How lovely to have you here for a time of quiet reflection…have you got your beverage & tasty treat…you do, let us begin….

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The main ingredients for my tea blend today are rather unusual; Hibiscus, Apple pieces & Cranberries. I was introduced to this tea last month, a small pack was included in a birthday gift, our twin 3 year old grandsons proudly marched up to me with big smiles on their faces, jointly holding the gift bag for Nanny! Very cute!

As I brew this interesting tea blend in the beautiful cup & saucer of pink, white & gold, also a part of that gift, I am reminded of two things, seasonal & generational change. My tasty treat is a home baked savory cheese & herb muffin with a blob of butter, slowly melting upon its oven warmth, placed on a scalloped, gold edged plate. This tea is a sweet mellow blend, a very enjoyable combination, I can detect the individual ingredients as I sip. It is a perfect accompaniment to my savory muffin…

Reflecting upon seasons & generations, they both signal change…Don’t they…. we are experiencing seasonal changes that come with our Australian Autumn, the cooler weather has begun leaving the sweltering hot summer days behind. It is most welcome, with cooler nights comes a cosy & more restful sleep!

As the generations change, there are some precious things that thankfully don’t… we are left great pearls of wisdom & encouragement by those who have already done the hard yards of life. I was reading one such ancient transcript this morning…It was wisely informing us to take courage & not to be afraid of the things in life that seem overwhelming, because there is always one who is near to help. Let me set the scene for you for this ancient pearl…

Those following Immanuel had gone on ahead to cross the large body of water, they were approximately halfway to their destination when a huge storm suddenly surrounded them, they struggled against the overwhelming power of the storm, wind & waves that fiercely tossed the boat to breaking point….

In the mean time Immanuel, having had an exhausting day, teaching & miraculously feeding five thousand people a delicious picnic, from one child’s lunch, stayed behind to assure all the crowd left safely. As He waved them goodbye, He took time to commune with His Father, before it was time He too was on His way. He left the shore…Walking towards those in the boat, who were now exhausted in their battle against the power of the storm.

Those in the boat saw a figure coming towards them, walking upon the water, they were overwhelmed with terror, as they thought it was a spectre… when Immanuel called out to them, they recognized Him. He calmed both storms, the storm upon the water & the storm of terror in their hearts as He entered their boat. Ref

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As you may have gleaned by now, this ancient wisdom is very real & relevant for us today. There are seasons in our lives that seem overwhelming struggles against storms that toss us into places of terror. These storms can come in the guise of financial struggles, chronic health issues, mental health challenges, difficulties in relationships, the loss of a loved one or something very significant in our life, maybe the consequences of unwise choices or behaviors.  We see Immanuel walking towards us, which may add to our battle anxiety, as we perceive that He is something different to who He is!

He is calling out to us dear friend not to add to our anxiety but because He cares. He has come to calm the storm in our hearts, minds & spirits. Our part is to allow Him to do so… you see He will never force His way into our lives, He is the ultimate gentleman…we need to allow Him into our boat (life) just as the ancients did. What ever condition or circumstance, whether we have known Him for a long period or dont know Him yet, He is the calm for the storm we are battling…

Well my savory muffin is now reduced to only a few crumbs left on the scalloped gold edged plate, my tea has been totally consumed with the taste of cranberries left upon my tongue, until next time…

Jennifer

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15 thoughts on “Hibiscus & Cranberry tea

  1. This tea sounds lovely. Today I have been sipping on elderberry tea to boost my immunity to shrug off a bout with my sinuses that arrived with the strong gusty winds and sharp drop in temperature we experienced a few days ago.

    Your reflection speaks of so much peace! How often we need to return to these stories and truths in the midst of our own storms and challenges. Thank you for drawing our eyes there!

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  2. Jennifer – you were right!

    Your post goes along with my post from this week’s linkup… but it showed me a different facet of the story that I did not see… and LOVE!! Thank you so much for letting me know about it, and thanks for participating in our linkup! Come back often 🙂

    Blessings,

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  3. He truly is the calm in whatever we are in the midst of, the Immanuel, God with us, when we are surrounded by circumstances beyond what we think we can bear, and so much more. I am so glad I came back here for being reminded just Who and What Jesus is at any point on our path is vital to staying straight on that which I have been called. May we stay near to His heart. ~ linda

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    • Absolutely Linda, things in life can be so scary & overwhelming at times but when we see Him approaching we know peace, serenity, strength & ultimate joy will follow even in the face of tragedy. I can attest to this time & time again.
      Blessings…

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  4. What a good reminder for us to cast our cares on Jesus, because He loves us so much! He is always ready to forgive and help us through our journey of life. I’m so glad He is faithful and is always with us. Blessings to you! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the #LMMLinkup.

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