Tea party of Life…

Welcome to my abode, I have prepared a special tea just for the two of us today…I love having a special time around tea, it is so calming & refreshing…

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Shall we begin our time together, for those of you who prefer coffee I do have some interesting coffee blends on hand…vanilla,  salted caramel or white chocolate are your options. Our treat of deliciousness is a Gf lemon syrup cake made from our own home grown lemons shown in My neighborhood….

Things in Life can feel like a tea party at times don’t you think… it starts with a thought that grows into an idea, which before you know it has morphed into a plan & invitations have been sent out. Excited anticipation turns into pressure with a touch of anxiety for everything to fall into place…for a special time around tea & niceties…

In other words what starts out as a simple thought & pleasurable idea soon becomes an anxiety inducing & overwhelming pressure…

These thoughts & ideas may include…a new career move, a sea or tree change, new relationship, marriage, parenthood, renovating your home, writing a book or blogging…& the list could go on…

Just like the  preparations for the tea party, if we don’t keep things simple…they can become unnecessarily complicated…

An example of this can be seen in the planning stage… if I have too many beverage & food choices…this not only creates an enormous amount of work for me but my guests will become overwhelmed with too many options…

This can happen in life too, we can take on too many commitments, which in turn leads to stress that leads to anxiety & ultimately depression…when in actual fact we need to be simplifying our lives not complicating them…Then life becomes doable & enjoyable… Life is too short to be taking on too many commitments that take us away from the important things in life…spending time with the Lord, spouses, family & friends…

We need to prioritize the following when making new plans for our lives;

  • Our present capacity in life…energy,  finances, health, season etc..
  • Timing for these ideal plans to be fulfilled.
  • And present commitments that are already filling our capacity!
  • Have we prayed about the above, are these ideas actually God’s plan for us…

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare & not for calamity,  to give you a future & a hope.”  Refer

We can make our lives overly complicated & stressful when we take on too much or don’t weigh the wisdom of our thoughts & ideas for a new direction.

May we be mindful of God’s timing & direction for us, as in my experience in Flight delay, life delay… & may we be considerate of each individual’s capacity, as you enjoy Berry tea & expresso coffee….

Until next time dear friend…

Jennifer

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Flight delay, life delay…

My eldest daughter & I had enjoyed morning tea with a delicious Gf caramel nut slice at the airport café… Having arrived early for my scheduled flight home, after visiting with family who live interstate…we walked to the boarding gate where I could see our aircraft through the windows, I had an uneasy feeling about this aircraft…mmmm…

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We all boarded the aircraft efficiently & effectively having hugged our loved ones farewell at the boarding gate, we sat in our allocated seats, buckled up, happy the flight was on time to travel to our destination. Over the intercom came the call for certain named passengers to make themselves known to flight crew. I wondered the reason…

As passengers we smiled at each other, strangers & yet companions in travel…chit chatting together while pulling out puzzle books, magazines & crosswords to keep ourselves occupied on the flight. Another announcement issued over the intercom this time from the Pilot…two people had not boarded the aircraft but their checked baggage had already been loaded…which meant that with new security laws, the baggage now had to be located in the hold & unloaded before we could take off, a 40 minute delay would ensue. The lady next to me muttered about inconsiderate people as we sat in our seats on board doing our puzzles & crosswords. I wondered what may have happened to these people…who had already checked their baggage but had not boarded…

Then the following thought crossed my mind…there is always a reason for delays, interruptions to our schedules or a change in plan…especially when we have committed the day to the Lord (my daughter, grandsons & I had prayed together that morning)…Sometimes we get to know the reason & other times not…

As I sat in my seat & pulled out my Gf sushi lunch I had in my handbag, grateful for something to eat while I waited as it was now past lunchtime…the Pilot once again was announcing over the intercom…apparently while unloading the baggage from the hold, an issue with the outside of the aircraft had been spotted, which had been missed in preflight checks, that needed urgent rectification by the Engineers before we could fly!

Ahhh, there was the reason, the lady sitting next to me, commented that this changed the situation entirely & I replied,

“Praise God for people who don’t turn up with checked baggage already in the hold!” She nodded & smiled…

Our flight was uneventful once in the air with a perfect landing & while 70 minutes late, not one passenger complained…rather…all were grateful to be safe, alive & well at our destination & thankful for the delay!

We often get impatient for the delays that are in our lives…Don’t we…We think things should happen in our timing or according to our schedule rather than God’s perfect timing in the situation…

We can’t see the beginning or the end but God can…He is not restricted by our timing…Just as delays may be necessary for safe travel, life delays may be necessary for the timing, circumstances, attitudes or Others to align for the journey to be fruitful…

Let us not be so focused on our timing…rather… May we focus on faith, trust & hope that God is working on whatever we have committed to Him…though we may not be able to see it…The Great Engineer is rectifying the issues before we can fly!

You may also enjoy Blueberry tea time… (click on the green text)…Until next time dear friend…

Jennifer

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My neighborhood…

G’day from wintery Australia! Today we are going to stop & smell the roses…meaning we are going to take time out from the busyness of life with all its  tensions, expectations & anxiety of performance…to enjoy a time of stillness, quietness & refreshing of the soul within the beauty that surrounds us…

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Let us begin our walk…but first let me show you some exciting things in my garden that my husband has been cultivating…the Azalea (above) is magnificent this year…

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Our lemons are ripe & ready for harvest on our dwarf lots of lemons tree & in the background are strawberry plants loaded with strawberries, not yet ready for harvest…

As we stroll down the road & turn the corner, a view of coastal bliss greets us…

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Reaching the waterfront we observe the wind skimming across the surface of the water creating distinct smooth & choppy effects, steering the anchored boats in the same direction…

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We observe the Pied Oystercatchers as they scour the rocks for oyster delicacies…with their striking colors…of black & white with bright orange legs & beaks…as we trudge through the sand…

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We come to a timber seat, we sit….enjoying the wind upon our face, the warmth of the sun upon our backs…the sound of the waves lapping the shore entwined with the melodious song of the native birds above our heads & as the tide recedes….our soul quietens, the tension ebbs & peace flows, we sense His Holy presence…we savor the moment…for He, the Spirit of God is with us…

We eventually amble back to enjoy a hot cup of  Hibiscus & Cranberry tea (you can enjoy your cup by clicking on the green text)…as we sip our tea we focus on the following truth observed by the ancients…

“…since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through that which has been created…” Refer

It was so lovely to have you drop by, I hope you enjoyed our walk around my neighborhood & our Hibiscus & Cranberry tea time together dear friend…until next time…

Jennifer

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