A cup of tea with Jesus…

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Into the silence of a Sunday afternoon sleepy comes the gentle sound of pouring. Water as steam wafts heavenward. Near darkness broken by a single soy flame called Enlightenment.

And a simple song of praise sounds from my lips.

I exalt Thee…

So I pour a cup from the Asian teapot Christmas new and hold the hot matching mug of Sencha in both hands warming and my heart drawing and Him.

Just Jesus and me home alone.

Drinking deep from His word my soul swallows grace and the candle flickers but my heart beats steady.

Tea flows in genteel gurgles and I lift my cup missing handles and He handles me with tender care calling me to come for He is waiting. And His presence encircles me like a band of gold never ending.

And there is peace.

And this is Love.


Nearby my earthly love is hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

We went two days ago but today is chill and damp and dreary and I am tired. Full week with holidays and cooking and visiting capped off by a beautiful wedding where the minister likened marriage to the incarnation of Christ. I never heard it that way before and am still pondering those words full of wonder.



So I stay and he goes and I share a pot of tea with my First Love, thanking Him for His lovingkindness that is everlasting.

Turning pages worn of the love letter often read and the word that became flesh sweetly kissing my soul.

Nevertheless … He remembered His covenant for their sake, and relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness. He also made them objects of compassion …
Psalm 106:44-46

O may Your lovingkindness comfort me according to Your word to Your servant. May Your compassion come to me…
Psalm 119:76-77

The Lord is my strength and my song.
Psalm 118:14

And my praises mix with His word and He dwells within and with me. And He will dwell with you. Inhabiting us with holiness.

Especially when life crowds and the light dims and the din is deafening and the soul faints from the tedious and the testing overwhelming.

He is there.

Wherever we are He is there.

And when we seek with our whole hearts becoming holier day by day we always find.

So my soul cleaves and He revives me and I cling and He enlarges my heart.

And this is what changes our lives over time. Time alone with Him.


And Him never changing even as shadows dance in the soul first this way then that and often back again. And the wind through the trees rustling and pain tugging but His word a living voice crying in our wilderness.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations…
Psalm 119:89-90

Word whispering.


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P.S. I love my new teapot. You might like it too.

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16 thoughts on “A cup of tea with Jesus…

  1. “And this is what changes our lives over time. Time alone with Him.”
    This is what I’m seeking more of in 2015 . . . more time along with Him.
    You express yourself so beautifully, Sheila. Blessed by your place here.

  2. Such beautiful pictures and beautiful thoughts, Sheila. I hope your love had a great time on the Appalachian Trail. And how wonderful that you were able to spend time with your 1st Love! Blessings to you in 2015, friend!

    • Thanks so much, Linda. Yes, we were both duly blessed in our individual pursuits. And today we were out together again walking in our beautiful Hudson Valley!! All the best to you and yours and your blogging in 2015. 🙂 xxoo

  3. This is a beautifully written post…
    I love my sweet times of one on one devotion with Jesus – He refreshes our soul 🙂
    Blessing to you and Happy New Year
    Stopping by from #raralinkup

  4. You have such a wonderful way with words – I love how you write. It is such a joy to read 🙂 I am thankful that you have experienced Christ in such a close, wonderful way! God bless and thank you for linking up at #raralinkup! 🙂

  5. Meeting with Jesus alone with a cup of tea warming your hands as you visit with Him. Those private times with our Lord are moments when we enjoy His presence and bask in His glory – – and it is then He speaks to us sharing His love. It is good your husband can enjoy a hike, even when you are tired. My hikes are a walk around our yard. 🙂 The wedding cake is fabulous and the ministers likening to the marriage with the incarnation of Christ is a new concept to me as well. Thank you so very much for your lovely comments on my Story site and for sharing with us here at “Tell Me a True Story.”

  6. What a beautiful post, Sheila. This blesses me at the end of my day, as I feel weary myself. Your post draws me into Jesus’ presence, and I’m already looking forward to my special time with Him tomorrow morning. Thanks.

  7. I love these soul whispers today. I felt such peace reading your words and hearing God gently whisper through the images you created. Sitting still with your first love and His word is the best gift we can give ourselves. Thank you for this prayer today of just being! Happy New Year!

  8. Sheila, thank you for bringing us with you into the presence of Christ. This is an amazing place to be. You bring us into the moment with ease. Thank you for this and thanks for joining us on the RaRaLinkup!

    • Thank you, Kelly, for your sweet words. And thank you for hosting and being such a good cheer leader!! Blessings to you and yours in the New Year. Looking forward to getting to know you better.