Easter Thoughts and A New Attitude

April 01, 2018
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,


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  1. I love the way you shared this season of your life with us.

    C.S. Lewis ♥️

  2. Dearest Jemma, as I sit here in my brightly lit studio, enjoying the last day of my spring break before I go back to school, I am enjoying the quiet fellowship with you. I am grateful for the artistic mind God has accorded me, because I tend to see life as a metaphor for spirituality. The rocky soil of which you speak, the strong winds, the snakes, REAL this is in regards to every day life. We have our dreams, and I'll be the first to admit, I live on dreams. But we both also engine our dreams with our realities, and the obstacles that we face are those very things that make us STRONG. I have had to learn this the hard way, over the last five years. CS Lewis is right here in my book; we live in all grammatical tenses. Without the past, we'd be fooling ourselves, for everything we do and say becomes a story. What we hope for and will do is totally important, for we must prepare. But it's the present moment that we can evaluate, improve and find new ways to develop our dreams. I've had to do this for many years now.

    My beloved sister, I just know that God is continuing to work within us so that the ultimate product will be total thanksgiving to Him, for Him, by Him, and forever in Him.

    KEEP GOING! And, I just saw two bunnies in my garden!

  3. mickie mclaughlinApril 1, 2018 at 4:31 AM

    What an uplifting blog today. It is after all Resurrection Sunday. HE LIVES. I, too, feel the need to focus more on the present....enjoy the moments of sunshine (even though snow showers are predicted for tonight), the flowering bulbs that have burst forth after this tough winter, the red buds on the ends of the maple tree branches, but I am most joyous to hear the singing birds.

  4. Well written Jemma. I am like you a planner and worrier and put everyone first before myself. That can tire the soul so I too try to be present and think about what is happening with me today and where can I find joy and peace. Great words to live by. Somedays are harder than others but I try to keep the in the forefront of my day. Hope you have a great Easter with you family today.
    Big Hugs,
    Happy Easter,

  5. Deborah M FischerApril 1, 2018 at 6:10 AM

    Amen and Amen!!!!
    Thank you for the reminder. It spoke loudly to my heart!

  6. Happy Easter dear Jemma😘😘😘

  7. What a beautiful post. This touched my heart. I hope you will find peace in this season.

    I battle with staying in the present, not thinking what if, if only & daydreaming ahead, while wasting life today. Here & now needs attention, although some planning is necessary.

    I loved the C.S.Lewis quote. You’ve inspired me to go read more of his works.

    Happy Easter Blessings to you & yours. ❤️

  8. Well said, Jemma! I think we all have moments like that where we reflect on the past and the present and wonder how we are doing. It is good to do that and we are called to constantly search our souls to be sure we are doing what our Lord put us here to do! Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

  9. Jemma, what a lovely heartfelt post that I am so glad you shared. This sentence ...(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) resonated with me loudly.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I needed to read it.

  10. Dearest Jemma, you have spoke volumes to me today. I have been disgruntled and living for the future instead of for the present moment by moment. Thank you for this reminder. Time for an attitude adjustment. Thank you for being honest and real.
    Hugs, Cecilia

  11. No wiser words have ever been shared on Easter or any other day, my friend. The moment is all we have -- challenging and trying or outrageously glorious. It IS. And we ARE. The moment may be frustrating and it's OK to acknowledge that and be with it -- just so long as we remember the things of the day that are good. And there is always something, one little thing, maybe hundreds that are good. You are so smart to see it.

    And so gifted to share your beautiful Easter settings in your home. They are filled with cheer and the joy I hope is lifting your heart.

  12. Your words always touch a part of me, Jemma. Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. Well Jemma, of course you know your heart better than anyone, but from where I stand you most definitely live your life grateful for the beauty that surrounds you, for your gorgeous family, and for your creative soul. I sense you don’t take any of these things for granted. What you described is something we ALL feel from time to time. That’s called being human. Feel it, embrace it, then get down to business ;).

    Now about those snakes?! Yikes! That would make me give up gardening altogether!

  14. Thanks for the reminder Jemma to be grateful for what we have and live in the moment. I too need a new attitude! Big hugs. Loved this post. Hope to see you soon so you can rub some of your joy off onto me!

  15. Lovely thoughts, Jemma - thank you for sharing with us! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and blessed Easter.

  16. Dearest Jemma, I am trying to catch up this morning with a few blogging friends and just so you know, this morning was the morning that I caught up with you. Only God could have ordained the timing of this for me. I needed desperately to read your words this morning. Love CL Lewis words. So very true. God has truly touched my heart this morning dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy


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