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Steeped, Not Stirred

I saw this sign a week ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

The words spoke to me because I want to be a “steeped, not stirred” woman.

When tea is steeped, the boiled or heated water coaxes the flavour and nutrients of the dried tea into the water. It really doesn’t matter whether this is done in a cup, mug, teapot, pitcher or urn. The context can change but the goal remains the same – infuse the water with the tea and the result is a rich, consistent, full cup of joy.

Steeping is an art form in itself.

Tea connoisseurs can taste the difference between a cup of tea that has been steeped and a cup of tea that has merely been stirred. Steeped tea is fully developed, thorough and patient. Stirred tea is impulsive, incomplete and instant.

There’s no comparison.

I desire to be steeped and settled by Jesus, not stirred and agitated by the world.

I want to be strong, not tepid. Mature, not quick. Strengthened by adversity, not destroyed.

For me, life is a full-fledged, long steep.


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For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grown, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1.3,4





  1. Well said, Diane. You’ve put into words what many of us would like to be.

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks, Cynthia. I like to think in “tea” terms! 🙂

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