It’s been one of those weeks…

Welcome my friend, I know I’m a little late this week but come on in & we’ll enjoy a cuppa together.

I’m having one of those weeks, you know those weeks where everything seems not to go to plan.

Where it doesn’t matter what you do or how hard you try, it just doesn’t go the way you thought it would!

I know you know what I’m talking about, as everyone has them right?

Although I don’t have them very often… It seems this week in particular is making up for it!

My week shared…

It was going to have a lovely start to the week with seeing a dear friend for lunch.

However, we’ve had torrential rain & flash flooding recently.

And with dark clouds on the horizon that day we decided to postpone our lunch date for another time.

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Then a dear loved One has been very unwell, watching their decline is emotionally torturous. Although they are receiving the best of care.

This is a particularly raw experience on-top of losing my mother only eight weeks ago.

And…adding to this,

Two of my daughters & one of my granddaughters, who all live interstate, were impacted by the severe flooding in their state last week.

Their properties were flooded but thankfully their houses were spared being elevated above the flood waters.

And to top it off my Fibromyalgia has been flaring for months!

So this all sounds rather depressing doesn’t it…

But I believe there is always sunshine behind the darkest of clouds!

I know, I know I’m a glass half full kind of gal & not half empty.

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Mind Cultivation

You see it’s all about how we cultivate our minds, like a garden, it’s what we allow to be planted & cultivated that will give the greatest harvest.

I recently planted new seedlings of trust into the flower beds of faith.

I’m looking forward to the growth that will come & to enjoy the full blooms of harvest.

But there are different types of weather to experience before those blooms can grow.

Sometimes that weather can come in torrential downpours (like above) & other times there are Sunny days when life just seems to go wonderfully but they all work together for His purpose!

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8: 28 Refer II

Framing our minds

It is said that a garden will either be perfectly enhanced by its framing or be drained of its vibrancy.

Isn’t that interesting! For I have found the same with the mind!

If we have a positive frame of mind, any situation is enhanced but if we have a negative frame of mind then everything is viewed through that negative lens!

In other words how we view every circumstance will depend on our attitude towards those circumstances.

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So while my circumstances may look & feel a little overwhelming at the moment.

When I remember that Jesus Christ is still the Shining Light in my life those dark clouds suddenly become as gold!

How is your mind framed at the moment my friend?

Until next time,

Jennifer

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  1. To my beautiful sister in Christ my heart is heavy with your heart and all it’s holding…saying prayers over all of you my friend…I thank you for sharing the silver lining in all of this as it had to have been hard to share during such a difficult time…I genuinely want you to know your post really helped me out of the slump today…it woke me up & re shifted my focus. Your post filled me with a spark of joy, love and hope to not give up & the most important takeaway, we need to praise Him in the storms because they ALWAYS bring beauty at some point, so so true …Who would have known God is using you all the way in Michigan…so so cool! I thank you always for being so raw, authentic and real…I can relate on so many levels which in return makes me feel so less alone…always so many God wink’s in your emails I just look forward to them so much… It has been an honor following you…as you have been a true beacon of light and hope and a true inspiration from Jesus. You’ve made my lonely health journey a lot less lonelier…sending love prayers & good vibes your way…please please take care of yourself the best you can right now! You need it…you deserve it! I won’t stop praying and sending love from artic Michigan  Peace ’Love’ God bless, Carrie 

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  2. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
    I posted these verses because so often verse 8 is quoted without verse 9. I think that verse 9 really gives us an understanding of what happens if we focus on the list in verse 8. We will have the peace of God with us. May it be true for you.

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  3. Jennifer, my heart and prayers go out for you my friend. You have had a lot to deal with. But you do it in God’s strength and always looking at a glass half full. May you feel our loving Father’s arms wrapped around you in peace and strength. Love, hugs, and prayers 🙏🏻♥️

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  4. Ahhh, Jennifer. I’m sorry you’ve had so much “hard” going on these past few months. I’m glad your family didn’t lose their home to flooding. Reading all of your hardships paints a poignant picture for the message in your post.

    It seems like I’ve had a lot of weeks lately that haven’t gone according to plan. But you’re right. How we frame our circumstances in our thoughts will have a definite impact on how we respond when plans change.

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  5. Jennifer, I am so sorry for the hard paths God has chosen for you, dear friend. It is never easy to walk those paths, but I love your testimony of planting seeds of trust in flower beds of faith. Truly though God’s hand seems heavy, his heart is good and kind and we learn to trust him to redeem everything for our good and his glory. Praying for you dear one!

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  6. I am so sorry to read that you are having a rough week but you are right we do all have them. I too think how we look at those problems makes a big difference; not that we should always be happy obviously since we are human and have a wide range of emotions for a reason.

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  7. Jennifer, sorry you’ve hit a rough patch; but I love your thought of “planting seeds of trust in flower beds of faith.” That is exactly the best thing to do … but it’s also the one we feel less like doing! Reframing our thoughts is so helpful. I, too, like Philippians 4:8 for that purpose.

    Praying for brighter days for you soon!

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  8. Jennifer, I am so sorry for the challenging days you have had. I am also grateful you shared as I needed to reframe my own thoughts. It’s been a hard few days and the I am not sure what the week ahead will hold. But I am grateful there is One who not only knows but has gone ahead of me. Praying for you to soon have better days! Thank you for sharing!

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