“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” -Ernestine Ulmer

This may sound strange, but I love to eat cookies for breakfast.  Wait, don’t alert the health police just yet! I make these cookies myself and they’re quite healthy. They look like regular peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, but their ingredients are very different from what you’d expect: ALA Omega-3 peanut butter, wheat germ, pure honey, stevia powder, and the list goes on. They’re cookies that make you feel like your indulging in a “ships to your hips” treat, but in reality, they’re filling your body with goodness. Ok, back to my story now. I LOVE waking up to these yummy sweet treats in the morning. One giant cookie with two cups of strong, bold coffee is just what I need in the AM to revive me from my zombie state (I am NOT a morning person). But wait, there’s more to my breakfast time delight. Yep, the most important part of my morning is…*drum roll*…the Holy Word of God! This glorious holy Book makes me bouncy in the morning, too :). I love reading God-breathed Scriptures – words energized by my loving God – to help guide me throughout my day. It’s more vital to my breakfast than the cookie and the coffee combined! Ingesting God’s Word is like filling your car up with gas. This morning, I read Isaiah 26. Part of this chapter is as follows: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock” (Isaiah 26:3-4). See what I mean? It’s incredible! These words spoke wisdom to my soul this very morning. They reminded me that if I trust in the Lord – my strong, unwavering Rock – with my whole heart, He will grant me perfect peace. Wow! That’s good stuff! I encourage you to dive into the Scriptures yourself. Pray that God will guide you to the Scriptures that He wants you to read as you flip through the pages of His Word. His Spirit lives in those pages. The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1-2).

In closing, I want you to know that I am praying for you today. I know God has great things in store for you and that His blessings for your life are beyond what you can even comprehend. Call on the Lord; yes, call on Him. You will never ever be disappointed.

Fill Their Cup

Coffee has become somewhat of a universal beverage. It has also become symbolic of relational warmth. How so, you ask? Well, when you visit someone, what is usually one of the first things they ask you? Yep, you got it: “Would you like some coffee?”. Offering someone coffee, bringing someone coffee, pouring coffee into someone’s half-empty mug – all of these gestures can be symbolic of friendliness, thoughtfulness, etc. Well, I wonder, what else should we offer to others? What else should we “pour” into people’s lives? The horrific situation in Haiti has sparked much thought in my mind. I see the pain and desperation of those affected by the great earthquake. It truly breaks my heart. Hence, I pray for them. I pray to Jehovah Jireh that He will provide for them – provide help, hope, healing, whatever they need. While thinking about prayer, I thought about how prayer is something vital that we should be pouring into each other’s lives. When we pray for each other, we lift people up to the One, Yahweh, who can do all things, knows all things, and can mend, restore, and heal. Praying for others releases God’s power into their lives – and into ours at the same time. When we give out selfless prayer for another, God’s power manifests itself even more strongly in us. Indeed, we cannot even fathom the difference we are making in the receiver and the giver when we pray. I encourage you today to pray for someone. And, I want you to know, I am praying for you.

Published in: on January 15, 2010 at 8:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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It’s Complicated…Or Is It?

Have you ever noticed how many drink combinations there are at Starbucks? What may have originally been called “tall white mocha” on the menu can end up being individualized into “tall one pump extra hot no whip white mocha”. I’ve always admired the baristas at Starbucks that can so easily decipher their customers’ many drink “codes” – it’s like a coffee morse code! Well, have you ever noticed how life can become really complicated, too? I’m sure you have. What began as a normal, friendly relationship with a coworker can become romantic, then breakup painfully; and then, suddenly, you can’t even stand being around that person anymore. Or, you think your career is going great. You’re moving up the ladder and nothing and no one is slowing you down. Then, poof, you lose your job.  Now you have bills you can’t pay and a wounded spirit. Wow, life can become so complicated. But, you know what’s not complicated? God’s love and provision. And you know what He promised He would do in every painful, complicated, confusing situation? Be right beside us and give us victory. I can think of so many complicated, gut-wrenching situations that I have faced – situations that I thought I would never be able to handle. Yet, I chose to trust God. I decided to lay the situations at His feet instead of trying to carry the burden on my shoulders. And guess what? He never failed me. He guided me through the valleys and fought my battles for me. When I look back at these tough situations in my life, I can see God’s hand so clearly. He moved the boulders that could have crushed me. He shielded me from arrows that could have killed me. He can do the same for you. Give Him your troubles; lay down your cares at His feet and ask Him to help you. What have you got to lose? He wants to be your warrior.

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 11:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beyond Espresso

Since this is a coffee shop, you might have guessed that I like coffee – a lot. I drink a bold brew in the morning with breakfast, drink some kind of coffee drink in the afternoon, and then brew another pot in the evening. It’s like a little piece of heaven for me – that extra boost to propel me throughout my day. If you’re a coffee-lover like me, you know what I’m talking about. Well, have you ever had a day when you weren’t able to drink any coffee? Maybe you were on the go every minute and coffee was simply passed by. You reasoned, “Well, I don’t really need it; I’ll be fine.” Then 3PM comes around. How do you feel? AWFUL! Your head hurts, you feel sluggish, and you realize that your body is crying out for a caffeine boost. Well, I had one of those days not too long ago and it got me thinking. If my body cries out for coffee when it doesn’t get any, are there bigger, more life-altering things that it could be crying out for? When I’m feeling depressed or angry for no apparent reason, is my body – or rather, my soul – crying out for something or someone? Well, I read this little tid bit the other day, and it shook my mind up, to say the least: “When I was in great pain, I cried out to the Lord. He answered me and set me free” (Psalm 118:5). Wow, the Lord can set me free? I just have to cry out to Him? So, I tried it. I cried out to Him. And, you know what? He did set me free. He set me free from my past, he showed up in my present, and He promised that He would bless my future. And, you know what the best part is? He loves me. He really loves me. Turns out, He hates pretenses and charades just as much as I do. Yep, He’s the real deal.

If you’re having a bad day, a bad year, or well, a bad life, I would be more than happy if you just spilled your guts to me. Tell me what’s happening, who you’re mad at, what you want to change – all of your “issues”. I would consider it my privilege to cry out to God for you. I will be your advocate. I will be your intercessor. And, I would love for you to cry out to Him, too. He loves to hear your voice, you know.

Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 10:47 am  Comments (2)  
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