One of my favorite gifts from God is coffee. Another one of my favorite gifts from God is you!
Coffee and God: Last Sunday of the Month Coffee Chat
Last month, I began a series for the last Sunday of the month where we can just bear whatever is on our hearts. You can post today about anything. It doesn’t have to be about God. You can vent, tell stories, and take a coffee break. Say what you would if you were having coffee with your best friend (or me!). This is your place to just be.
My Coffee and God Thoughts of the Month
The last few months I’ve been struggling with my weight and hormones. I just want to be healthy and feel good.
I’m praying for my kids as they all go back to school. That they settle back in and do well in their studies.
I’m praying my body holds up to what I put it through every day.
I’m praying for more sleep. I currently average only 5-6 hours, and I need more.
I’m praying I can maintain all the demands on me: my jobs, my kids, my spouse, and all the other roles I fulfill. I’m praying for strength and energy mostly.
I’m praying I can figure out my diet as I age and as my hormones do whatever they feel like doing each month.
I pray for all of my animals (one of my kitties is in kidney failure and is dying), so hoping her last days with us are full of love, happiness, and are pain-free.
Finally, the world is on my mind. I pray in general for people everywhere, other nations, etc.
I hope you enjoyed my thoughts. I’d love to hear yours so share away! Follow me on Pinterest if you’re so inclined.
One final thought: remember your blessings and be grateful for what you have. Remember you don’t deserve any of it. Remember what you do deserve, and your day will be brighter!
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen is a must-read 2003 Newbery Honor Book. It follows the story of Roy Eberhardt, the new kid in school who has just moved to Florida. He’s picked on by bullies and hates the heat. But when one day he sees a boy about his age running out the bus window, Roy’s life changes. The boy is not wearing any shoes, not carrying a backpack and not carrying books. Who is this boy?
When strange things start occuring on a new pancake house’s construction site, the whole town is interested. Alligators show up in the porta-potties. Snakes start slithering around. Stakes are moved. Seats removed from heavy equipment. What is going on?
Roy eventually catches up with “the running boy” and learns the pancake house is about to be constructed on top of a protected owl species who burrows in the ground. And the running boy is the only one doing anything about it. Roy, wanting to help both the boy and the owl, gets involved and discovers the Environmental Impact Study done by the pancake house is missing from the courthouse, and the pancake house claims no owls live there.
When the dedication ceremony day arrives for the pancake house, Roy hatches a plan. He enlists the help of his school friends, and they form a protest. The running boy buries himself in a owl burrow, and when an owl lands on his head, no one can deny owls live there.
The theme of the book is stated nicely by Roy’s mother: “Sometimes you’re going to be faced with situations where the line isn’t clear between what’s right and what’s wrong. Your heart will tell you to do one thing, and your brain will tell you to do something different. In the end, all that’s left is to look at both sides and go with your best judgment.”
Great theme of standing up for what’s right even when others say you’re wrong, fighting authority when authority is wrong, and following what your heart says to do. Excellent book. Laugh-out-loud funny (like when Roy comments how adults lie to make themselves look more important). Easy to read and a quick pace. And who doesn’t love owls?
Matthew 6:6: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
I wanted to end this summer on the power of prayer. Keep praying no matter what! God hears. God answers. He rewards those who faithfully pray to Him. He knows all especially your heart. Pray, pray, pray! Only in prayer will you find the answers you seek.
Jeremiah 23:20: “The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly.”
Note: God has a heart just like us! He cares. He feels. He hurts. He rejoices. God’s purposes will be accomplished whether we see them on this side of heaven or not. As we grow older, we begin to see more and more of God’s threads intertwine and make sense. God will fight till the end. That’s what we need!
Galatians 6:9-10: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Sometimes it seems as if only bad/evil people lead the good life. Not true. Remember we work for rewards in heaven. And whether we ever see it here or not is not important to God. Work for eternal rewards. Always do what’s right. What Jesus would do. Always.
Please remind me through your Spirit of your nearness and your care. In my moments of struggle and doubt, please make your presence known. It is so comforting to know that my words, thoughts, and emotions are all presented to you through your Holy Spirit. Father, there are times that I feel inadequate and unworthy to approach you. Thank you for giving me the assurance that you will always hear me even when I can’t find the words to say.
Father, I know you love me. You have done so much to bless and save me. I deliberately place the cares, the worries and concerns of my heart in your hands… Father, I also want to thank you for the many ways you have blessed me over my life…Now, dear father, please fill my heart with your Spirit and my mind with the sense of your presence and peace.
Search me, O God, I know that my heart is not always pure and my ways are far from perfect. Search me, O God, for I need your purifying presence. Search me, O God, for I want you to set the course and the destination of my life.