Chocolate, chocolate everywhere!

Welcome my friend! At this time of the year Chocolate is seen everywhere here in Australia. There are chocolate eggs of all sizes, filled, unfilled, decorated & undecorated.

There are chocolate bunnies, chickens, Bilbys, Platypie & the list goes on. So, I thought for our cuppa & reflection today we would explore this annual phenomenon.

It is a delightful autumn day here with the sun shinning & birds singing as I write but when you read this I will be recovering from eye surgery. So I have written & scheduled this post beforehand to make sure we celebrate Easter together.

We are seated at my dining table looking through our large sliding glass doors onto our front garden. I have prepared a gf Carrot cake & Choc peppermint tea for us.

Now we’re settled sipping our cuppa & enjoying the sweet taste of our cake let’s begin…

Chocolate

I must confess I’m not a fan of chocolate, I know, I know I’m kinda weird! The only variety in the chocolate family I find okay to eat, as a very rare treat, is White Chocolate. But I have a hubby who loves his milk & dark chocolate.

In fact within our combined family of six adult daughters, their spouses & our many grandchildren we have many chocoholics! Yes, I’m the odd one out!

Even as a child my Chocolate Easter Eggs would sit in the refrigerator for months & months after the event! Finally being eaten by the chocoholics in the household who couldn’t stand seeing them sitting there any longer. Lol!

What’s in Chocolate that makes it so addictive?

The main ingredient in all chocolate is Cocoa which contains Tryptophan, an amino acid, which is linked to the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in our brains that produces feelings of happiness & contentedness.

Other factors…

The fact that chocolate melts in the mouth is perceived as a very pleasing sensation. This sensation is passed on to our brain which also triggers the production of endorphins.

The eating of chocolate often contains a positive emotional experience. When children we were often given chocolate as a reward for being good & accomplishing something great or as a special treat.

As adults, when eating chocolate those pleasurable moments from childhood are recreated, reinforcing the enjoyment, comfort & pleasure.

And the fact that it is often so comforting to the emotions, chocolate becomes the go to comfort food! That chocolate lovers reach for when feeling stressed, hurt, sad or just needing that little bit of extra comfort in their day!

Why do we have Easter eggs?

In the early days of Christianity, the symbols of eggs were adapted by early Christians to replace their old practices & festivals, as was the term Easter. As eggs are the source of new life representing new life in Christ.

Chicken eggs were also used to represent Jesus being in the tomb for 3 days (as chicks are in the egg for 3 weeks before hatching) & Christ breaking the power of death through His resurrection.

Even to this modern day in many parts of the world real chicken eggs are cooked, decorated & exchanged at this time to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

As seen above,, chocolate with all of its pleasing attributes has replaced chicken eggs in many parts of the western world becoming an all time favorite gift of  exchange for celebrating this special time!

As you enjoy your chocolate goodies this weekend feeling that neurological comfort, let’s remember the following…

The Passover sacrifice was for you & me!

John the Baptist declared that Jesus was,

“…the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of this world!”

John 1: 29

You can read the full Passover story in Exodus 12

However for our reflection today we will focus on Jesus, who was the last Passover lamb sacrificed for mankind, for all time.

What is sin?

It’s actually pretty simple, sin is ignoring God & His direction for our life.

You see when our many × Grandpa Adam & Granny Eve ignored God’s direction in the Garden, regarding the tree of knowledge of good & evil, a great separation in the relationship between God the Father & mankind happened at that point.

However, we are not innocent inheritors of this legacy that separated mankind from this relationship with God. Because, if we’re truly honest we keep it going!

“Really?” You may ask…

Let me pose the following to you my friend, how many times have we ignored God’s love, presence & direction in our life? Believing we knew better than He at the time!  Hmmm?

God keeps His promise

However, God loves us so much He sent His only Son Jesus to bridge that separation.

That’s why Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit, lived, taught & walked amongst us. And why He was crucified on the Cross as the last Passover sacrificial lamb, saving those who believe in Him from eternal death. His resurrection demonstrated His power over death for a resurrected eternal life with the Father.

For you & me!

God has done His part, He kept His promise in the Garden of sending us our Messiah, Jesus. Our part is to believe & accept Jesus, as our personal Savior.

We can then enjoy that intimate relationship with God, calling Him our heavenly Father through our Savior Jesus. And let me tell you He is relentless in His loving kindness!

For His love is the ultimate comfort for our life!

So while you’re enjoying Easter celebrations, eating that enjoyable chocolate or special Easter goodies remember Jesus’ sacrifice for you.

And don’t wait another minute to enter into that personal relationship with Him or return to His loving arms, if you have wandered away!

He’s spiritually knocking at the door of your heart, patiently waiting for you to allow Him in! How to open the door Here

Happy Easter my friend! He Is Risen!

Until next time,

Jennifer

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  1. Jennifer, Easter blessings to you! I pray your eye surgery was successful and your recovery uncomplicated. I, like you, am not a fan of chocolate! So no temptations for me in all of the Easter candy. Thank you for this thoughtful post reminding us that Jesus is our true comfort!

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  2. Did you also have cataract surgery? I seem to have missed a reading from you. I am getting new glasses in two weeks and all will be well. My eyes are completely healed. Thank you God. I also don’t like chocolate much. In fact in a tour of a chocolate factory(my husband’s idea) I actually made the mistake of telling the person offering free bits that I didn’t like it. She couldn’t figure out why I was there!
    Happy Easter. Our second at home, but He is risen just the same.

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    1. Yes, I had my second cataract surgery Elizabeth the last one was done two years ago.
      Praise God you’re all healed! 😀
      I will need new prescription glasses too once the healing process is done.
      He is Risen indeed!

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  3. Mmmm…I AM a fan of chocolate! We have chocolate everything here in the US too, but not chocolate platypuses. I hope your eye surgery went well and we hear from you again before too long. Thank you for the reminder about what Easter is truly about. Happy Easter!

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  4. Hope you had a lovely Easter! Most of the shops here sold out of chocolate Easter eggs this year! Last year they had lots left after Easter because of the pandemic so I think they all under-ordered this year and weren’t quite ready for the demand. I did manage to get some though!

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  5. We weren’t allowed to eat chocolate as children – my mom thought we were allergic to it. However, we love and eat chocolate now! Happy Easter Blessings to you and your family! Rejoicing that He redeemed us!

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