Tea Break

I think it’s time

It’s time for tea!

I hear the kettle calling me

So why do I labor to write this poem?

My gut has replied

It’s starting to groan.

“Type faster! Type faster!”

“It’s time for tea!”

The kettle keeps calling “Please come join me!”

“A cup of my finest will do you some good.”

“So why the delay?”

“Have you misunderstood?”

I think it’s time

It’s time for tea!

I hear the kettle calling me

So why do I tarry when tea would be nice?

A bit of cake?

A slice of life?

“Type faster! Type faster!”

“The day will soon fade.”

“It’s time you paused to take a break!”

“Okay, Okay, some quiet now!”

I’m coming, I’m coming!”

“I’ll shut her down.”

Tina S.W. 

March 6, 2020

The kettle wasn’t truly calling. This is an imaginative poem, but the truth is that I don’t take enough tea breaks. Other good habits have also been broken or just haven’t been given enough attention.

The kettle isn’t the only thing that calls us. Jesus calls us to spend time with Him too. Apparently I can ignore these calls. Sometimes being stubborn can be a good thing. Other times not so much. A bit of space can be a good thing, too, and other times not at all. It’s never good when that space grows between us and God. It definitely disturbs my peace. Thankfully, He reminds us that He will keep us in perfect peace.

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].

Isaiah 26:3(AMP)

I haven’t been feeling peaceful. Both Andrew and I have been struggling. I feel like I’ve been hit by a tidal wave and I’m having trouble getting my bearings. One minute I’m laughing at something. The next minute I’m losing it emotionally and I’m afraid that I’m going to sink under those waves. Suddenly I’m not loving metaphors.

It really is time for a T-break. What I mean to say is that I need a little space to get back into those good habits. I know that I can’t do this while I’m blogging. It’s just too distracting for me. Consider this a compliment. It means that I enjoy your company. However, God must come first. I won’t be good to anyone, including myself, if He doesn’t come first.

Research shows that it takes a minimum of 21 days to form a new habit, but likely a lot longer for it to stick. I don’t know for certain how much space I’ll need to get back to where I need to be, but in the past I’ve taken two weeks minimum. Right now two weeks seems like forever, and it’s very possible that I’ll need three (sigh) but time flys. If I must take more than two weeks l’ll post a note and maybe a poem or something light.

Speaking of time flying, I recieved an email from my eldest brother last night with this wonderful photo attached. I think he may have been born with a camera in his hand. He’s always been an avid photographer.

Until I return from my break, stay strong like a good cup of tea. I’ll miss you all till we share words again. ❤ Don’t go anywhere! Unless, of course, you need to re-form some good habits or bridge some gaps as well. ❤ ❤ ❤ I’ll be praying for you.

–Tina


“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The LORD will be a light to me.”

Micah 7:8

(Title Photo credit goes to Pixabay.com user TerriC)

23 thoughts on “Tea Break

  1. Love your poem and your musings. Yes, we really do need to put Jesus first if we want our lives to be in order and to be of any good to others. I pray the Lord will wrap you up in His arms and take you where He knows you need to be. Drink in His presence like a good cup of tea and soak up all of the benefits that He offers in that time with Him. God bless you Tina.

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  2. May His presence continue to wash over both you and Andrew. May His peace envelope you in its embrace. May His face shine upon you and be your warmth. May His love replenish weary bones and revitalize drained emotions. Love ya gurl.

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    1. Um, what? The other side? You mean the other side of my blogging break, right? ‘Cuz otherwise it sounds like you’re talking about heaven, and what? I am coming back from my blogging break. I always do. I’m not vanishing that I know of. Are you?

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  3. Tina, I’m both sad and glad that you’re taking a break – sad because I’ll miss you, but glad because I know how much you need this. Have a lovely and refreshing rest, and lots of quality time with Andrew. 🙏💞

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    1. I’ll miss you too, Lesley. I was very torn about taking a break, but I definitely need to do this. I’m going to come back stronger, though, God will see to it. I already believe this in my heart. You’ll be in my heart and prayers. ❤

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  4. Sweetest Tina, you take all the time you need! I understand completely where you are coming from. Here lately, the spiritual realm has been rife with strife which always means a lack of peace. I have found that purposely playing praise & worship music and soaking in His presence has broken through some of that. Sometimes it’s just quiet time spent allowing Him to love on you.

    Whatever it is that you need right now from the Lord and this quiet time, I pray you will find the peace, understanding and wisdom you need to do what God is calling you to do. I command the storm in your heart and mind to be quieted in the name of JESUS. I call into God’s perfect order all that concerns you, including that of your home and your marriage.

    Rest my friend. Rest is good. We will be here when you return. 🤗

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