Listening…

“Are you still there?” asked the voice on the other end…our mobile signal here at home is poor & intermittent…but this wasn’t the issue….”yes I am still here, I was listening to what you were saying” I replied…..”Oh, I thought we had lost the signal” said the voice…

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Today I am having a cup of Lf café latte…a treat I often have when I am out & about…it is accompanied by some Gf sweet almond bread. We are sitting out over the water at a village restaurant which is on the marina. I can hear the gentle lapping of the water under my feet & the squawking of the seagulls in the background, it isn’t busy at this time of the morning, so it’s quiet & relaxing…I have found a table for us in the sunshine looking out over the bay…shall we begin our time of reflection together…

Listening, communicating & conversations are different elements that successfully work together to bring clarity for understanding between two or more parties & nurtures relationships. But what happens when one or more of these elements aren’t functioning properly, like our mobile signals at times, we either get disjointed understanding, frustrated emotions or a break in connection…

Listening also involves complex high order cognitive functioning & processing of what is being communicated…& involves high levels of energy…..since having the demanding tenants take up residence…shared in Vanilla Rooibos Tea…I have struggled with energy levels, combined with the malady of what is known as “Fibro fog”…which is a brain haze that interrupts quick & effective cognitive processing especially for communication & language (we can’t think of the word we want to use or lose concentration in the conversation etc)…just like a bad mobile signal…fibro fog & low energy levels have disrupted my ability to converse on the phone, most days.

Just to add another ingredient in the mix…I am a listener & have always found listening much easier than talking (that’s why I enjoy writing, I can take time to process what I want to say! And if you have read my Meet Jennifer page you will know that my career involves professional listening!). Thus, if the other on the phone enjoys talking, I can listen while energy levels permit….but if the other is a listener,  then this creates a huge pressure…inducing stress to keep the conversation going…which in turn impacts the fibro fog… causing anxiety & my cognitive processes to overload & stall! Agghhh!

pexels-photo-355296.jpegHow to work through this overwhelming issue is one of the daily challenges we face…as there are many who experience brain fog in their chronic illnesses…the following is to share how I am addressing this malady;

  • Firstly, I have learnt to be kind to myself in this mind malaise, as I can not change the situation, there is no cure for the demanding tenants that have taken up residence (although I am definitely open & hoping for a miracle anytime!). In the meantime I am doing my best but I need to listen to my body’s capabilities each day. Otherwise the demanding tenant called Fibromyalgia will take its revenge tenfold.
  • I have shared the situation with family & friends, as best I can. Trusting, they have some understanding when I can not make or take calls…but that they are still very loved & cherished!

However, keeping the lines of communication open with family & friends is very important to me & I still desire a two-way connection with them otherwise isolation, dissociation & ultimately a disconnection can creep in…so…

  • I use other forms of communication to keep in contact…mainly in written format through mobile text messages & emails…until I have the opportunity to see them face to face & spend quality time together.

So, if a significant other in your life has chronic health issues, that have irreversibly changed their lives, please be kind, patient & compassionate with their new normal…they really are trying to do their very best in the daily challenges they face…they aren’t rejecting you, they are still who they have always been, they can still be who they are in these challenges….but they do need that understanding from you…

If you are the one facing these challenges, be kind to yourself! I would love to hear what your coping strategies are with the challenge of brain fog.

Well, the restaurant is much busier now & our lattes are finished, so it’s time for us to leave…until next time…dear friend…

Jennifer

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Home sweet home

I heard what I thought was a knock at the front door, I opened it…sitting on the mat before me….is my big Russian Blue cat, Bobbie…& my work dog Polly…

How lovely to have you drop by for our time of tea & reflection together…I am reminiscing today…

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We have traveled back to 2002, I have prepared an Australian Afternoon tea blend, its a strong black tea which I water down with extra boiling water on the side, as its a little too robust for my palate & fresh delicious Gf Lamingtons await us…

We are sitting on the side verandah of my homestead with the sun warming us in our comfy chairs & a small recycled table nestled between us. We are looking out over the paddocks down to the creek that weaves across the front of the property, birds are singing & sheep are bleating…

Present reflection….around this time each year, I go deeper into thought & become a lot quieter than normal, my husband asks if I’m okay, I then realize…its that time again…when my sweet gentle late husband was diagnosed on April 30, 2002 with brain cancer (Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4 ~ was the clinical term). We only had 12 weeks together after that diagnosis to his final passing on August 3, 2002.

You see our subconscious minds have a memory of past traumatic events, which quite often precedes our conscious memory….this has an effect upon our emotions & on our behavior!

Back to Bobbie on the doorstep in 2002, he has been rather naughty & stayed out all night…Polly, my Australian Kelpie, being part of the family decides to have her say in the situation by barking her “talking bark” which is quite comical. They have a love hate relationship these pets of mine, each morning they lovingly greet each other than have spats for the rest of the day!

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My thoughts now wander to when my late husband had passed away a few months beforehand…now living alone in our rural Homestead on an 800 acre working farm. We have reduced the stock to 800 head of fine merino sheep from 1200 & are debating over a cuppa, on this same verandah, as to whether to sow this years crops or not. As we are in the beginning of a drought (that would last for years) & are already hand feeding sheep each morning, from our grain storage & Lucerne hay stores. “We” are my late husband’s eldest son & I, it has been a traumatic & devastating few months, we are still trying to come to terms, each in our own way, with this death. He the death of his Dad…me the death of my beloved husband & work mate!

It was comforting to be in our home that we had created together, it was lovely to go out & work the farm each day, have my pets as little companions… Polly beside me working the sheep & Bobbie to greet me when I came home but there came a time when change would inevitably come & a new home sweet home would become a place of sanctuary…in a different season of my life…enjoy Tea by the sea…

Death & loss, grief & sadness, healing & wholeness are all a part of life…this life…it’s how we handle it for our continued wellbeing, is the main thing…I handle mine with God…in His strength, wisdom & healing…please read Mending brokenness

We don’t get over the loss of a loved one but we can come to a place of acceptance…it is okay to remember them & enjoy the happy memories & be kind to ourselves when the sad memories come…for they will surely arise especially at significant times like anniversaries that you shared together! It’s just a part of being human & what we have been created to be…emotional beings!

Well I hope you enjoyed our Aussie tea & Lamingtons on the verandah…thank you for journeying with me back to a difficult time in my life that is now remembered with fondness & kindness…I truly appreciated your company!

If my story has triggered memories for you of your loved one who has passed, enjoy the happy memories & be kind to yourself in the sadder ones…however, if your life is being significantly impacted by grief, to the point where you can’t maintain your normal life…then please seek professional help…God’s help comes through others too…

Until next time…

Jennifer

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Mama Guilt…

A Mama malady of our time is the topic of reflection today…It is so lovely to have you here…shall we begin our time together…

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I have prepared a special tray just for us, it has vintage cups, tiny sugar bowl, a tiny milk jug & freshly baked Gf scones with homemade strawberry jam for our treat. We are sitting at my dining room table which is positioned in front of a double sliding glass door that looks out onto our front garden.

Our tea blend today is an unusual one that I think you may enjoy, it is called Orange Pekoe, I have the teapot, so, as I pour our tea or would you prefer coffee…we will begin reflecting on today’s topic…

Mother guilt seems to be a malady of recent times, although, it may have always been… I have observed this in Mamas both young, old & across different cultures & whether they are birth, adoptive, step or foster mothers.

Let me explain what exactly Mother guilt is; it is the feeling we have not done or doing enough for our children. 

It is a very unpleasant feeling for any Mama…who has & is doing her absolute best for her children, whether they are young or now adult….within the knowledge, life experience, circumstances, health & energy, resources & maturity she has…at any given time along the way!

So….why do we feel this way… It comes down to what we either continually expect of ourselves (I am guilty of this one) or the pressure of expectations that are continually placed upon us….or maybe a combination of both…

Over the past 50+ years media in all its forms has had a huge part to play in this malady & the expectations that are placed upon motherhood…I grew up with movies & programs…where the mother always had the perfect house, her children were always clean, neat, well mannered & well behaved all the time…she was the perfect mother, wife & cook, always had a smile on her face & the perfect words on her tongue for every occasion…she did everything perfectly to keep the family running smoothly…

The actual reality of motherhood, of course, was never shown…that imperfection, exhaustion & messiness reigns with raising children….in all its glory!

Conversely, mothers who fell outside of this perceived “normality of perfection” were judged & found wanting! Which I am here to tell you…is all of us Mamas! As hard as I tried & I can tell you…try I did! I could never attain that level of perfection… I was not the perfect Mama… My children may have started the day clean, neat & tidy…but by the end of the day they were not…I taught them good manners & what was acceptable behavior, I gave them a solid foundation of God’s love but children are children…they mess up, just like us adults do!

While of course we want to do our very best for our children…absolutely & without question! The main thing they need & want from us is….relationship!

pexels-photo-341378.jpegThey want to be with us, spending quality time with us, watching us go through both the good times & the challenging times…so they too can learn what a real role model of resilience looks like…imperfect & messy but trying….& in observing us…meeting & overcoming the challenges of life…they learn that they can too….going on to lead their best lives in the good & the challenging times that will inevitably greet them as adults!

So, Mamas let us who have done & are still trying to do our very best for our children, whatever age they may be & whatever capacity we may have…do away with Mama guilt in all its manifestations & see the real priorities…spending quality time with our children & grandchildren when we can…& enjoy the precious moments of relationship…for what it is…imperfect & messy……but loving each other within it with kindness, patience, respect & tolerance!

I hope you enjoyed our time together & the Orange Pekoe tea…until next time

Jennifer

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Mending brokenness

Today I am brewing an interesting blend its called Russian Caravan tea…welcome dear friend, how lovely to have you drop by…it is just about ready…come let us begin our time together…

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I have some delicious gf Macadamia shortbread to accompany this tea blend. I was introduced to this tea many years ago…it isn’t readily available in our area, so it’s a lovely treat to have for our time together today…As I sip the taste is smokey & ricey, very interesting & quite enjoyable, combined with the shortbread it really makes for a delightful treat!

I have been reflecting upon brokenness…

Have you ever suffered a broken heart? Or maybe a trauma so great that you felt completely shattered emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically…I am sure all who visit here have experienced some type of brokenness in their lives…

But you know what…to truly understand brokenness we first need to go through the process of healing…& that dear friend…can be a painful, scary & anxiety inducing process…but ultimately very rewarding, restorative & transformative…to a healed wholeness for a greater purpose in our lives.

In my life I have experienced many such times of brokenness…A great deal of restoration has been done but there is yet more to accomplish…I have not done this work on my own though…I have had the great Restorer, God Himself & those whom He has sent along the various crossroads in my life to accompany me on this journey of healing transformation…

Recently…while I was walking along the beach & thinking about this, an image of what God’s healing & restoration process looks like came to mind…a vase was laying on the ground, where it had fallen, broken in pieces, some larger & others completely shattered…our brokenness can look similar….Then God approaches us, as explained in Hibiscus & Cranberry tea …& if we will allow Him…picks up each broken piece delicately & then examines each one carefully with us…as part of His healing work…restoring the larger pieces with the clear glue of His love. But some pieces are so shattered that instead of restoration He replaces those areas wholly with Himself….in a transformative way.

Then the transparency of His love allows His light to shine through those transformed areas! So, that through our mended brokenness others may see the light of His love & strength in us….beaming forth..as living beacons of hope…

pexels-photo-275852.jpegThose who allow God to do His healing work in them will each have a unique pattern to His shining light. Though this does not mean that they are perfect, they are still being transformed in other areas of brokenness…but it does mean they are looking to Him for their lives….

While we are still reflecting together…shall we ask ourselves…What pieces of the broken vase are we still holding onto deep down…that we know only God can heal, restore & transform…with His love, strength, patience & kindness…so that we may uniquely shine His light in this darkened world…

Well our time has now come to its end, our tea & treats are finished, until next time dear friend…

Jennifer

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Views…

Today we are journeying down memory lane to share some special times together…

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I have brewed strawberry tea & today’s treat is my own homemade Gf banana muffin (Recipes), warmed & spread with lashings of Lf butter which is slowly melting upon its deliciousness…

On sipping the tea it is a refreshingly sweet peppery blend which is mellowed by a mouthful of the banana muffin, a very satisfying combination! A ‘mmmmm’ is heard as it involuntary leaves my lips…shall we walk down memory lane together…

Several years ago my youngest daughter invited me over to her home for afternoon tea, it was Mother’s day. When I arrived my grandchildren met me at the door very excited. As I walked into the house I could see why…a beautiful setting was set before me, my daughter had prepared a delicious High Tea, there were two double tiered servers laden with delicious treats! Mini quiches, petite triangle sandwiches, mini cupcakes, cookies & picklets with homemade strawberry jam.  There were several choices of tea, beautiful antique cups & saucers, teapots, sugar bowl & milk jug & bunches of my favorite flowers placed on the table. She had gone to a great deal of effort freshly baking all the treats herself, bought & borrowed serving items & planned this special surprise gift for weeks…

We enjoyed the delicious treats, tea & special time of love together as we chatted & laughed over silly family things. I felt so blessed that she had planned this out & had done all this work to specially honor me on Mothers day. When I left to travel home later that afternoon, my heart was full of joy & gladness…

I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do the same for my dear friend….You may like to meet her in Heart matters!.. as a gift for her 60th birthday. I prepared all her favorite treats…I set the table in our front garden under our pergola with my best linen, antique crockery & silverware…All was set & looked amazing! I was so excited to finally have all the planning & preparation done!

She arrived &….we started this special birthday luncheon…but things didn’t go as planned…it was a really hot February’s day & our neighbors had decided to locate their compost bin right beside our front outdoor seating area, on their side of the fence & place very smelly kitchen scraps in there just before we sat down to enjoy all our goodies!

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We ended up having to transfer everything indoors because of the offensive odor & the plague of flies that were attracted to it…but it actually ended up being cooler indoors & we continued our time together feeling less harassed by the heat & the flies…

After she left I sat….feeling rather disappointed at the chain of events that had unfolded that morning, feeling that it had not been the special gift I had envisaged & planned to give to my dear friend on her birthday…

While I was sitting there reflecting,  I heard a message come in on my phone, it was from my friend…thanking me for the time spent in creating the High Tea luncheon, stating that she felt so honored that I had made her birthday special & how much she had enjoyed it!

Sometimes things don’t go as planned…do they…no matter how much planning, organization, effort, desire, passion or prayer we have put into it…Life just doesn’t go as we had hoped…We can get understandably disappointed in the outcome or we can choose to see it through different eyes…You see, my friend had not known what plans I had had for the experience…apart from the smelly compost…she didn’t know it had not gone as I had envisaged! But viewing it through her eyes it had been an absolutely enjoyable success!

What are we viewing through our own clouded perceptions that have become burdensome…Just like the hot sweltering day & smelly scraps….We can’t control the world around us, but we can control our actions, reactions, attitudes & behaviors to every & any situation in our lives…it’s all in the way we view it!

I pray that the eyes of your heart will be enlightened, so you may know the hope of His calling… Refer

Until next time….

Jennifer

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French tea time…

Bonjour! It is lovely to have you drop by, let us begin our time of tea & reflection together…

This particular blend was given to me as a Mother’s day gift. It is Earl Grey blended with lavender & rose petals. As I place the tea into the glass infuser which fits snuggly into it’s companion teapot, allowing it to steep & infuse in the steaming water…I proceed to remove a blue & white mug from my shabby chic dresser & place a Gf toasted fruit bun with strawberry jam on a matching blue & white plate.

As I sip this very tasty blend with its lavender & rose petals, the taste & aroma instantly transport me to a movie scene I saw many years ago filmed in France…

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A naive young woman goes to Paris to learn Fashion photography. She finds romance while there with a handsome photographer but realizes that the romantic ideas she has for a man back home has not left her.

After seeking advice from an older lady she goes on a quest to find herself in Parìs..she takes long walks, journals while sitting in quaint cafés, photographs scenes of Paris & has new adventures…a growth & transformation has begun…

On returning to her hometown, she arrives transformed as a very sophisticated & beautiful woman, gone is the young girl…but sadly the naive notions of romance for this ideal man has remained.

When the man of her dreams sees her…he initially doesn’t recognize her..so she sets out to make it happen…she soon realizes that this ideal soul mate, is but an allusion… he has never had any romantic desires for her…until…her new look! Another man on the other hand, had always seen & recognized her true inner beauty & had always thought her beautiful

With twists & turns to the story, the Other becomes the One…as she finally realizes that he has always seen her true qualities, the very essence of who she is which had only been enhanced by her growth & transformation from a girl into a woman…

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This has me pondering…on our hearts… We can have ideas, ideals, notions & thoughts on what desires we have in our hearts…can’t we…we all do it… Then we consciously or subconsciously set about to make these happen, in the way we think they should happen! We think that these will make our lives… better, healthier, richer, more blessed, easier or a little more perfected. These can be quite innocent things initially either with…people, experiences, careers, position, wealth or lifestyle…

But these can also become obsessive hunts for an allusive treasure…while convincing ourselves that these quests are absolutely valid, as after all, this is the true desire of our heart…& it will be so wonderful to have…….

Over the last 30 years, especially in my professional life as a clinical Counselor, I have seen so many people give their hearts to pursuits that end up being extremely unhealthy for both them & their families.

The wisest of men said… where your treasure is, there your heart will be also! Refer

Let us ask ourselves…what treasures are we pursuing in our lives…that we have convinced ourselves are all important…are they actually taking away from the true treasure of our life…the lover of our soul…Who is the One… who has always seen our true beauty & qualities…which He created & will only be enhanced in growth & transformation in relationship with Him…

Until next time dear friend…

Jennifer

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Tea at Easter…

All was hushed, there seemed to be a sacred expectancy to this event… Welcome  to our time of tea & reflection together…

As we waited, with the cold creeping into our bones & the deafening quietness of our surroundings, all feeling tired from the two hour hike in the dark but also excited…it began…

At first there was just a glimmer, then it grew brighter with hues of orange against the dark sky giving a breathtaking contrast in spectacular colors of blues & purples…we were on the mountain top looking across the bay for this special sunrise…the water below reflected & magnified the effect… it was easter Sunday…watching God create a new day in all of it’s breathtaking beauty, from a mountain top perspective was amazing…& one I will never forget…

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Then as the dawn turned into morning, we enjoyed hot tea boiled in the Billy on the campfire, as we thawed our freezing bodies beside it & awaited breakfast of bacon, eggs & toast cooked over its hot coals.

As we drank our iconic Australian Billy tea sweetened with sugar & taken with milk, & chewed mouthfuls of our delicious breakfast, we reflected upon the reason for our time together upon this mountain. We were all Missionary & Bible College students, we varied in ages. But that morning we were there to celebrate that special morning long ago that changed the course of mankind, forever, when the tomb of Jesus was found empty.

That Easter mountain top experience was many years ago…You may ask the following….Why does Jennifer believe in Jesus & His life, death on a cross, resurrection & ascension to heaven & in His love for her? Is it because of the following…evidence?…tradition?…knowledge?…experience?

My answer is; No none of those is the reason, although all of them have credence! I believe & accept Jesus as my Lord & Savior through faith, because He first loved me & because of His sacrifice for me…I don’t just believe but I also live in God’s amazing love, grace & forgiveness through His Son Jesus.

I am not perfect, I do screw up at times, I am still living this side of heaven but I live in His love because of His continual kindnesses to me…please read Wisdom. He is the bridge to an amazing relationship with the Father through His sacrifice & resurrection. Our many times great grandparents created a huge gap in their & our relationship with the Father through their deliberate rebellious choices at the beginning of our family history. We inherited their legacy but through Jesus we can once again enjoy a personal relationship with God the Father & Jesus the Son through being born anew in His Spirit!

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It is totally an individual choice to have this relationship…However it doesn’t just happen automatically…You need to choose, believe, accept & open the door of your heart to Jesus & His Spirit to be born anew…asking for this new life & acknowledging Jesus’ work for you to Him personally (Refer). I did this in quiet prayer 38 years ago…

Have you ever thought of where you will spend the rest of Eternity? Did you know that each one of us are already living eternity, as death is not the end of our existence (this I not only believe but have also experienced in a NDE). It is entirely your choice as to where you will spend the rest of eternity…please choose wisely…enjoy Blueberry tea time…

Well it’s now time for my afternoon tea with a cup of Chai & some fresh apple chips, until next time…

Blessings to you this Easter dear friend & may you know God’s amazing love & grace for you,

Jennifer

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Heart matters!

We are having tea with a difference today, I have been able to travel to the ferry terminal, not far from my little village, to cross the Harbour to a quaint Italian Cafè to meet with an old friend. These outings are particularly precious these days…

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She is waiting…we order a Chai tea Latte made on almond milk & a flat white coffee. We both decide to have the Vanilla Bean Panna cotta with Berry sauce & strawberries.

We have known each other over 32 years & have been through the changing seasons of our lives together, giving & receiving much needed support along the way. This dear friend brings great joy & laughter to my heart. We have mutual respect for each other & can laugh at the silly things in life.

Our order is served by a friendly young man, as we sit looking out across the Harbour as huge ships sail into port, people amble past & the occasional squawk of a seagull can be heard. We happily chat, drink & eat the delightful Panna cotta which is creamy smooth with the contrasting tartness of the strawberries & the sweetness of the berry sauce…making a delectable combination. My Chai tea latte is particularly good.

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I share that recently I made a comment to a fellow blogger, about being heart broken in a particular situation..my words were “it absolutely broke my heart“. We have a lot of sayings about the heart….don’t we…as mentioned above this friendship brings great joy & laughter to my heart. I have also heard statements like; heart attitude, heart ache, heart glad, desires of the heart, wears their heart on their sleeve, put their heart into it, makes my heart sing…& the list could go on…

What are all these statements actually trying to say? It’s a way to convey the seriousness & depth of the emotion we are feeling behind the words. If it involves the heart, the very core of life itself, than its of the utmost importance! The Heart is what keeps every other organ alive! It keeps the flow of oxygen & nutrients to nurture all within….without it, there is no life, it is crucial to life itself!

Recently, one particular statement has stuck with me, as I seem to be hearing it at every turn…

Being true to one’s heart”…

What does this actually mean…we ponder….

It means… following the core values, convictions, beliefs & choices of one’s life. Being true in how you live your life, within the choices you have chosen. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement, I need to live my life to the values & beliefs I have chosen…conversely I need to also respect the right for others to do the same & they too, need to demonstrate that mutual respect in return!

We agree that God has given every person the freedom & right to choose how they will live their life & what they will do with their choices of their hearts. It doesn’t mean they have to come & join us in ours nor we in theirs.  This is what mutual love & respect for others is…join us in a cup of Iced Wine tea…

Of course I am not talking about any type of criminal behavior here, no one has the right or freedom to bring any type of harm to another whether physically, mentally, emotionally, socially or spiritually! Ever!

What we need to remember though…my dear friend…is that each of us, will face the consequences of our heart choices. Whether these will bring eternal blessings…will be seen…when each of us gives an account for the chosen values, beliefs & convictions of our individual lives…

We need to ask ourselves…are our heart choices nurturing our spirit for eternal blessing…

Well I am now traveling back across the Harbor, having said farewell to my dear friend. I am enjoying this ride on the ferry with its rhythmic rocking across the waves, people quietly chatting around me & the sight of passing bright colored sail boats. Until next time…

Jennifer

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Blueberry tea time…

Welcome dear friend, it is so lovely to have you drop by for our time of reflection…

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Blueberries, flavouring black Ceylon tea is my choice today, taken with Lf milk & a touch of raw sugar.  A Macadamia & honey bar is my treat of deliciousness.

Blueberries are great boosters to our immune system & make this particular tea blend very satisfying & healthy at the same time! I have a little Blueberry bush growing in my garden, the bush gets full of plump juicy little dark blueberries, just ripe for picking, when a sneaky little Wattle bird decides to have a feast & I am left with only a few! Oh well, she finds our garden a haven in which to raise her chicks, so I don’t really mind. We also have a Macadamia orchard in the area, these trees flourish here in Australia, my absolute favorite in the nut family, combined with honey this sweet bar is perfect with this tea blend…

We glean so much in childhood from the positive examples around us…don’t you think….I grew up in a home that followed God’s principles & was taught in schools that gave reverence, awe & respect to Him.

The positive legacies left to us from those who have gone before are also very important & influential (enjoy reading Ginger tea time…)… Some of the blessed legacies I gained from my grandparents, were knowing my father’s parents met at a church picnic. And observing my mother’s parents loving & honoring God in their lives. I was fascinated to hear the story of my great Aunt spending her adult life helping & ministering to those suffering from leprosy on a remote Island in the Pacific, where she ultimately gave her life, surrounded by those same sufferers, who had grown to love her.

While these examples & legacies are very positive signposts for us on the road of faith…we were created for a unique relationship with our Creator & each of us has an invitation to go on our own spiritual journey to find that personal relationship with Him…this search may take some to exotic destinations (mine was to Penang Island, Malaysia), some will experience distractions & get side tracked, some will of their own choosing take alluring detours along the way, while others will remain in safer locals….or procrastinate…

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But the name on the ticket to this adventure is your’s alone, it is not transferable & remains an open ticket only for the time that is allotted to you, it’s your individual journey to choose to travel or not…

A point to reflect upon though…is….none of us know the date, time or place of our final departure, my advice to you my dear friend…is…don’t wait or procrastinate too long. The invitation & ticket for the adventure of your life is there waiting, it has already been paid with a great high price…whether you have got distracted, side tracked, detoured or are yet to begin the journey…He is calling out to you….please enjoy a Hibiscus & Cranberry tea

I can attest that it will be the greatest adventure you will ever have (poetry Wisdom)…Just like the Macadamia & blueberry plants…you too will grow & flourish….When planted in His care…

The honey of the nut bar has my fingers all sticky & the blueberry tea is but a drop in the bottom of my cup now…Until next time…

Jennifer

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Ginger tea time…

How lovely to have you drop by, shall we begin our time of reflection together….

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The aroma of ginger triggers pleasant memories of a time with my father in childhood. When I was 5 years old he taught me how to tell the time with a toy clock that had movable hands. Each night after dinner, he would sit & help me to understand what the numbers & the various position of the hands meant. I eventually came to understand the concept through Dad’s patient tutelage… Dad would often enjoy a Gingernut cookie, an old favorite of his, with a cup of tea at this time.

Ginger root, apple pieces, white & red hibiscus & licorice root are the ingredients for this tea. The tasty treat for today is an Gf Orange & Poppy seed cake with orange sauce. The ginger in the tea is definitely fiery upon the tongue with the first sip but then quickly mellows. It is an enjoyable tea blend & the cake is so moist & delicious…this treat reminds me of my paternal grandmother who would always have delicious freshly baked goodies for our visit.

The passage of time, is a topic that has come into the spotlight in my life… time is such a strange concept to grasp & experience…don’t you think…it seems to go slow & speed up depending on what activities we engage.

I remember many years ago when my grandmother turned 80, I asked her how it felt to be that age. She said that she still felt like the young woman of 25 in spirit but her body just would not cooperate anymore. Adding how incredibly fast that time had passed! I was a busy young Mum back then, so I didn’t understand this concept of time…but now as a grandmother myself with my eldest granddaughter living & working overseas, I grasp exactly what she was conveying & experiencing in the passage of time. I can now attest to the same sentiment! It has gone amazingly fast!

While I have not yet reached octogenarian status, a way to go yet,  the unwelcome tenants (introduced in Vanilla Rooibos Tea)   have caused a rapid increase in how time has affected my body… my hair once deep strawberry blonde is now white, my skin has lost most of its elasticity. Energy & resilience has massively decreased while muscle, joint pain & stiffness have majorly increased. To be able to have a verbal telephone conversation is now on my personal most endangered list!

However, time marches on, it stops for no one…. we need to ask ourselves…. What are we to do with the time that is left to us? This is the great question…isn’t it…

We can look at our circumstances & spiral downward into a thick blanket of despair, spending precious time focusing on the negative or we can look at them from a positive perspective…

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As I look in the mirror, I can choose to see a rapidly aging woman who’s life has been turned upside down by nasty tenants & wonder what time is left to her… or I can look at the reflected image before me…choosing rather to see a woman who has triumphed over many tragedies throughout her life (shared in The Marie Antoinette tea Tea by the sea…  ), one who has been faithful in following her Saviour, encouraging others to also experience His amazing love. A woman who is definitely feeling 25 in spirit but who’s body just won’t cooperate anymore. And if I look very closely I can see past & present generations reflected back at me….

What positive aspects can you chose to see in the image that is reflected before you as you look in the mirror?

You see we leave a legacy… in what we have done with the time that has been given to us…it will be either a legacy of blessing or not, for those who follow.

Have you thought of the legacy you will leave behind……thought provoking isn’t it!

Once again my tea is delightfully consumed, my taste buds are tingling with citrus tangyness & our time has now come to its end…until next time…

Jennifer

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