Hibiscus & Cranberry Tea

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

The main ingredients for my tea blend today are rather unusual; Hibiscus, Apple pieces & Cranberries. I was introduced to this tea when 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 this 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 for my savory muffin…

The signal of change

On reflecting about seasons & generations, I realized they both signal change. We are experiencing seasonal changes that comes with our Australian weather at the moment, the cold weather here has heralded a very rainy season at the moment.

As with generations, change is inevitable with each new generation. But thankfully there are some precious things tha don’t change…

We have been left with great pearls of wisdom & encouragement by those who have already done the hard yards of this life.

I was reading one such ancient wisdom 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 of beautiful wisdom…

art beach beautiful clouds

The overpowering storm

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 really had a struggle 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 Himself, both teaching & miraculously feeding five thousand people with a delicious picnic.

All miraculously multiplied from one child’s lunch, had stayed behind to assure that the crowd left safely.

As He waved the last of the people goodbye, He took time out to commune with His Father, before He too was on His way. He left the shore…

Walking towards those in the boat who were out at sea & were reaching exhaustion point in their battle against the power of a storm that was raging around them.

As those in the boat saw a figure coming towards them, walking upon the water, they were overwhelmed with absolute terror, as they thought it was a ghost…it wasn’t until Immanuel called out to them that they recognized Him.

We can get to that point too dear friend when were in the midst of fighting the battle. Exhaustion can lead us to misunderstand God’s intention & will for our lives. 

Calming the overwhelm

But in that moment of recognition that it was Jesus with them. He had calmed both storms, the storm upon the water & the storm of terror in their hearts as they allowed Him to enter their boat (You can read this account in Mark 6:42-52).

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, as in this present CoVid 19 pandemic…we struggle against the storm that tosses us into places of anxiety & fear.

Storms can also 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.

When we see Immanuel aka Jesus Christ, walking towards us, which may even add to our anxiety, for we perceive that He is something different to who He actually 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 & perfect gentleman…

We need to allow Him into our boat (life) just as the apostles did. What ever condition or circumstance we are in, whether we have known Him for a long period or are yet to know Him, He is the calm for our storm…

Until next time…dear friend…


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      1. Your tea sounds delicious. I enjoy the deep red color and the flavor of the hibiscus.
        I would have loved to have seen a photo of your beautiful tea cup. Your word picture made me want to put an image to the ideas.

        Blessings to you and yours, and thank you for your thoughts

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  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 🙂


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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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    1. 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.


  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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  5. Hi Jennifer. One can never hear enough encouraging stories like that where God honours our outright faith and obedience. Great encouragement. I found you over at Recharge Wednesday bloghop.
    God bless

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  6. Thanks Jennifer for your blog today. The photos are beautiful and your words are full of loving care. I can almost taste your tea! Thanks for sharing your heart.

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  7. Jennifer,
    So nice to pop over to your place for tea and a reminder that Jesus walking toward us is a good sign. He is the only one who can calm the stormy seas, or if He doesn’t calm the seas, He will calm our hearts with His presence as we ride out the storm.
    Bev xx


  8. I’m glad you linked this over with Mandy’s Legacy Linkup today. This was a post of yours that I had not read. And it is so good to remember that in every season, He is with us. The storms come during those season changes, but even then He comes to meet us! Thank you for this beautiful reminder, dear friend. Blessings to you!

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  9. He is definitely the calm in every storm of life. If only we would stop and recognize who He is and the abundant love, grace, salvation and blessings that He offers.

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  10. Jennifer, I enjoyed our “visit” today, such good advice and reminders to turn to Jesus in the midst of our storms, no matter whether inward or outward! Thank you dear friend!

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