What makes you smile?

It’s Springtime here in Australia, blossoms are blooming, Azaleas are in flower in a range of glorious colors with the scent of Jasmine, honey blossom & Gardenias are in the air.

Today, I have prepared a tea blend called Orange blossoms & ginger.

Our tasty treat is a Gf strawberry muffin made with homegrown strawberries, freshly picked.

Shall we go out to the garden to sit & enjoy the sunshine, surrounded by blossoms & the intoxicating fragrance of Spring.

The fruity taste of both the tea & muffins are a perfect combination absolutely delightful in this warm spring setting.

Now we are seated & comfy, shall we enjoy our time of reflection together.

Driving through the countryside

On my way to an appointment the other day, I decided to take a quiet drive on the back road that winds through the countryside, rather than the busy direct route via the highway.

As I was driving through the undulating hills & farmland.

Passed grazing horses & cattle with newly born calves & goats, with their new kids frolicking.

The aroma of the countryside combined with the scent of the live stock & seeing the farmers working their fields.

I found myself smiling inwardly & outwardly.

orange flower with butterfly

My mind had flooded with sweet memories of working on the farm with my late husband.

The familiar aromas of the countryside & farm animals had evoked memories of a time in my life when I had had good health & bountiful energy.

Working alongside my man, as we worked the farm together, on the days I wasn’t counseling.

I loved every minute of that time! You may enjoy reading about it in Home sweet home & Tea by the sea….

It was a sweet drive enjoying the moments of a time that are forever etched upon my heart refreshingly evoked by the aromas of the countryside that passed by that day.

I arrived on time for my appointment, feeling greatly energized & revitalized.

At times the past is not so far away, bringing an unexpected blessing, with it’s sweet fragrance, to the present & before we realize it we find ourselves smiling!

Have you ever caught yourself smiling lost in thought to sweet memories.

What causes you to smile dear friend?

Until next time,


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  1. Jennifer, autumn will be approaching soon…it is my favorite season. I have so many wonderful memories of my mom and I still miss her terribly after eleven years. But thinking of her baking all of her fall goodies in her kitchen brings smiles.

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  2. It’s delightful that we move into opposite seasons and I get to hear the promise of another spring as we enter into the fall (my favorite season)…hopefully we will have a beautiful one, but at present it looks and feels like summer. I love when the Lord brings a sweet memory unbidden to re-experience. It causes me to smile as well. This week that happened when I revisited a 2013 journal. I was looking to see how the Lord began to move me toward retirement the following year. (He began speaking to me in 2013.) I found that, but I bumped into a journal entry from October 2013 that I had totally forgotten. In it I had been talking with Him about what the season of retirement would look like. Among other things, I sensed Him clearly speaking to my heart, “The book is within you. It is you who have not believed. The vision has not been about one thing only, but has been about courage and belief to use what I have placed in you and not bury that gift.” I shook my head and smiled because I had long since forgotten this. The Lord did not nudge me to write my newly published book until very early spring of 2015 and now in 2018 it is here despite more than a few obstacles. I felt Him gently reminding me I don’t have a clue of what He has in mind for me often and He looks at the long game while I see only a short part of the path ahead.

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    1. Journals are a wealth of past blessings…& as we read them a blessing in the present & causing us to smile, aren’t they Pam…Also to get a glimpse into God’s bigger plans for us & how He has led us into those plans.
      Thank you for sharing that part of your writing journey… it is always encouraging to hear God’s leading… 😀 !

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  3. I love this sweet remembrance and the truth that the past really isn’t so very far away. This week I had a lovely dream about a friend who passed away after a long descent into dementia, and it felt like a gift to have a “visit” with her again.

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  4. Ah, for the love of spring… Autumn is fast approaching here on the farmstead in Maine. Each season has its beauty and I’m smiling as I ponder your spring drive along country roads. I often like to take the back way just for the restoring power of and serenity found in a quiet time with the Lord–he who makes all things beautiful in their season. Late summer brought many smiles for me–two monarch butterflies emerging from their chrysalises on the porch in late August had my heart leaping with joy and praising God for the wonders that abound. ❤ xo

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  5. This post was lovely. It always amazes me how a smell or a sight can bring back a memory and bless our hearts at just the right moment. Your photo is just beautiful. In New England, autumn is upon us and the colors are a bit slower in turning this year. Yet the smell of autumn is present and reminds me that our God remains constant through every change in life. Blessings!

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  6. It snowed Christmas Eve – that made me smile! Also – I’m adding a comment for your Coping post – and my question is how do you live joy in the heartbreak? In the hard? When people you love suffer? I’ve been on a quest for that answer for a few years! Shalom, Jennifer! ~ Maryleigh

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    1. Shalom! Snowing on Christmas eve is definitely a smile event!
      In heartache, difficult times & situations Maryleigh (& I have had many) I continue to walk in the following premises, ‘the joy of the Lord is my strength for His strength is my joy.’ I know joy is many things to many people. However that is the emotion of joy which changes with the wind! Emotions are fickle things 😉

      However, the Joy of the Lord becomes a way of life rather then an emotional feeling, when we walk in His strength through all situations. For it’s in His strength the joy of our salvation & relationship with Him is found. So, in whatever circumstances we find ourselves faced with or our loved ones are faced with His strength does not change, therefore having the joy of Him with us does not waver.
      I hope that gives you food for thought on your quest 😀


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