The Secret to Life

What we do when our lives have inexplicably changed is important, not just in the present situation but how we travel through the coming months & years…

This is what we will be pondering today in our time of tea & reflection my friend, so grab a hot cuppa & get comfy.

I’m sitting at my desk, in my study with a beautiful sonata playing in the background from our Classic FM radio station. This is part of my updated daily routine. I have a cup of Ginger & Apple tea with a small piece of Coconut Date slice beside me.

Are you settled with your cuppa? You are! Good let’s begin our time together….

Wise Words 

I watched a TV interview several weeks ago when Australia’s CoVid19 lock down first began. It was an elderly lady of 94 years being interviewed, who lives in our region, she is Jewish & a survivor of the Nazi Camps.  

The interviewer asked her how she was coping, faced with this new crisis at her age, as she lives alone in her own home independently.

This lovely soul who has survived the most unspeakable horrors looked into the camera & wanted those watching to know that she will be fine & that we will all be okay, for this too shall pass, we will survive this, she answered.

The interviewer enquired as to what she thought of those who were hoarding supplies & causing shortages, she answered that people can be very selfish in hard times, she had witnessed this in the Holocaust.

But she also stated that the very best can be seen in the most unexpected places & through the most sacrificial generosity of others in times of crisis too.

She was then asked what she would be doing during this time of isolation to keep herself busy. She answered that while she would miss her family & friends in the isolation, she would continue her daily routine.

But get out into her garden more often, listen to her music more often & make sure her family & friends were coping, as this is very good for the soul when faced with a crisis…She stated.

orange tulips in bloom

Simple but inspiring wisdom… 

Our daily routine becomes a very comforting norm in times of crises

I also found this practice comforting while walking beside my late husband in his battle with brain cancer & then in my journey as a widow. And over the last 14 years in running this chronic health conditions marathon.

The familiar is very comforting indeed. To have some normalcy in the everyday in a daily routine is extremely important. This dear little lady had learnt this through the most horrific of circumstances…

Her experience bought additional wisdom though, by adding more of the calming joys to her day.  More of her music, more time in her garden & making sure she had companionship when alone, by contacting her family & friends to care for them from a safe distance.


What does music do for our wellbeing? A great deal of research has been conducted on this subject. However I like to see what God, who after all is the Creator of the music & songs of nature, has to say…all creation is constantly playing a Symphony around us;

When the morning stars sang together…all the angels shouted for joy…”

Job 38:7

[…all of creation sings for joy…before the Lord, for He is coming…]

Psalm 96:11-13

The word joy instantly stands out in these verses. Music & song is for God’s glory & our enjoyment!

I personally enjoy instrumentals rather then lyrical music…Although I do enjoy Celtic folk & praise songs.

Did you know that God sings His rejoices over us, we are told this in Zephaniah 3:17. Creation is full of musical notes & songs, listen to the birds of the air, the beasts of the earth & the creatures of the sea!

Nature’s symphonies soothe, uplift & bring joy to our spirits. Did you know that God has music & singing in His throne room of grace, Revelations 5:9 tells us so.

Over the last 12 months I had gotten out of the habit of listening to music on a daily basis, it is now reinstated & I am truly grateful to this little lady who reminded me of the joys of listening to the music I love daily.

Enjoying the beautiful symphonies which are inspired by the songs of nature has really added such wealth to my day!

In the Garden

We were created to walk, talk & till the earth with God in His garden, being outdoors, is not only important for our physical & mental health but also our spiritual wellbeing!

While I’m not a great gardener (thats hubby’s gift & joy) but I do enjoy pottering in it. I also love God’s natural garden that surrounds us.

I love walking along the waterfront enjoying the sea breeze upon my face, the warmth of the sun on my back & the beauty of this unique bushland shore.

Enjoying the beauty, fresh air & scenery of nature revitalizes the heart & brings praise for our Creator!


Sharing the love

There also needs to be room in our daily routine to fill our cup with His love, that’s where our quiet time with Him comes in…which fills our emotional & spiritual cups to overflowing, so that we may in turn share that love with others.

Even in this time of isolation we can do this. Sharing love in communicative & practical ways is important.

This has two main advantages; 1. it blesses those receiving the love, connecting us with those who are near & dear to us. 2. Sharing His love brings a unique energy & healing to our weary souls.

Most of all, echoing Paul’s words…

“...I have learnt to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and having need. For I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4: 11-13

How are you emotionally fairing in this pandemic dear friend? Do you find yourself calm & peaceful or are you getting anxious, worried & teary when you least expect it?

woman in black coat sitting on brown wooden bench

It’s important to know where our emotional & mental health is at, in this time of isolation.

Because it’s an important meter as to how we are coping overall not just in this present time of isolation but to be able to traverse the times ahead.

Do you need to chat with a Professional Counselor or maybe your Pastor? Both are just a phone call away if you find yourself needing reassurance & some practical coping tools. Pick up that phone & make an appointment. We all need this at times & this is a particularly difficult one to go through…

Until next time,




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  1. What encouraging thoughts dear one. Music and gardening is part of my daily routine. I love to start my day outside with a cup of coffee and the only sound is birdsong symphony . It is a great place to “be still” and listen! Blessings sweet friend

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  2. Thanks for some important reminders Jennifer! I find being able to have a somewhat normal routine to follow comforting also. I am grateful that this is all happening during the time of year when we’re planting our garden. Watching our little plants grow gives me so much joy, and of course, the bonus is that we get to eat what we’re growing. It also gives us the chance to share with our neighbors – we may have to distance ourselves from them, but at least we can leave some fresh lettuce on their porch. 😊

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  3. Wow! Though this crisis is traumatic, I just can’t imagine the horror of a Nazi camp. And I admire how she now gives people today encouragement and such wise advice. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing this story and yours and your encouragement. It’s a time of emotions all over the map for so many. The bright, cheery tulips breathe hope into my soul. Nature’s sights and symphonies help me a lot. 🙂 What a blessing that you can walk along the water front! Love and blessings to you!
    P.S.You have mentioned coconut date bars before and I’ve been meaning to ask you if I may have the recipe. 🙂

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  4. I am so grateful that our church is giving us several opportunities each week to connect in various small groups using Zoom. The Friars recognize that our faith is even more important right now and needs extra feeding. I am generally ok with occasional “wobbles” of intense sadness over being separated from those I love. The phone is a poor substitute for actual meeting.

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    1. It’s heartening to hear your being cared for spiritually Elizabeth. Yes, its hard not seeing our loved ones & I agree phone calls are poor substitutes but what delight when we can meet them face to face again! 😀

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  5. What an amazing and inspiring story! The 94-year-old woman certainly has accumulated a lot of wisdom in her lifetime. I agree with her (and you) on the benefits of music. I must admit, I am remiss about turning on some music to enjoy during the day. Thank goodness I have my hubby here who remembers. I also love listening to the songbirds in our yard, especially at this time of year. We have a little woods behind our house that is alive with birdsong in the spring. Thank you for sharing the verse from Philippians. It is one of my favorites!

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    1. You’re welcome Laurie! She was very inspiring, especially in such a time as this!
      We have the opposite to you, as we have a Bush reserve across the road from the front of our property where the bird life, some koalas, little marsupials & reptiles are profuse. 😀


  6. What a wise lady. Thanks for sharing Jennifer. We are faced with change but it is bringing a sense of community to daily life that was missing and hopefully people will be closer when we come out of this pandemic! Congrats on the publication of your book, wishing you much success and happiness.

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  7. Having daily time in God’s word and in prayer has, again, proven essential and so helpful – in order to already have an established foundation (or normal) that I can build upon and even change as needed. But that foundation is always in place. I have enjoyed the extra time in my day to dig deeper. To sit longer and be still. I pray that as our restrictions are slowly lifted in the coming days, that I will remember how that closeness feels – and I will continue to long for it.

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  8. Excellent! My own blog is rather similar this week. I often see how our Father has many of us write about similar themes each week. I take that as confirmation that someone needs to hear it and that it is straight from His heart.

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  9. Beautiful article, Jennifer! Loved the thoughts from that dear elderly lady. The reminders of the simple everyday activities and pleasures are so timely. I find after a hectic day at work, when my emotions are tried, the things I long for most are exactly that: quiet walks, time spent in my garden, bird watching, music and sitting with those I love. These are the things that breathe life back into my soul! The Secret of Life-couldn’t agree more!

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