Welcome to the Easter addition of At Home With Jemma where I am sharing the good news that indeed He has Risen! I am no Theologian, I am just a gal who loves Jesus and dove chocolate! So Happy Easter and Passover Dear Readers, Friends and new subscribers. It has been awhile since we have chatted and I want to share my heartfelt thoughts with you on how Easter ignites my heart and helps me to re-align some old ways of thinking and doing. Also I’d like to share with you that there will be a brand new gardening and recipe post arriving in your inbox this week.
I am so thankful for the blessings of our sweet Savior and for this time of the year when I am personally called to Savor Every Moment of life. Easter is sort of reset for me as I re-focus on trusting the Lord’s timing while remembering He also wants me to have a cheerful heart.
Do you ever find yourself doing some serious soul searching and you come up with a cup that is a little empty? Well this past week has been a soul searching week for me. I was a little under the weather earlier in the week and while I had to sit still, with time on my hands, I began to look ahead and then I began looking back while really wondering how I arrived at this spot in life. Mentally, spiritually and physically.
It then dawned on me that I share quite a bit about living in the present moment and yet I often times struggle with doing so. I am a perfectionist worrier who is always planning, searching, seeking more… out of life, when in reality I should be fulfilling the moment that I am in and be grateful. I sort of had an Aha moment on Good Friday when Afton, my granddaughter who just turned 12, asked me this question as she rocked back on forth in our wooden rocker while her blonde pony tail bobbed along with each return of the rock.
“Do you like living out here in your new home in Rockwall better than you did in your old home in Southlake.”
Her question caught me off guard just a little. “There are some things I like better here and some things I liked better there.” Afton nodded and that was all that was said.
However when I got up this morning I thought about Afton’s question more and I realized no place is perfect and I have not been counting my blessings as much as I should be. My normally optimistic attitude is a bit of at a all time low. Truthfully, I had high hopes for my garden in Rockwall and I have been running into some obstacles that I had not planned on. I have been feeling very disgruntled over high winds that dry out my garden soil, the siege of ticks, random snakes slithering by and poor soil for flower growing. I have not been a patient or grateful steward, I have been a critical one.
This is when I turned to prayer and one of my favorite authors.
“Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment “as to the Lord.” It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.” -C.S. Lewis
So on this day, one of the most precious times of the year I will settle down, eat a few more Dove chocolates, pop open that sparkling water and ask only for what I need. Be present in the moment and count my blessings. I shall cultivate an optimistic attitude just as I cultivate my garden and I will grab my gardening shovel too. It’s time to start fresh and live with a grateful heart knowing that God has my life in control. It is indeed a time to rejoice for He has Risen!
Happy Easter with Love,