It’s the last Sunday of the month, and today complaining is on my heart.
I know we all complain. It’s human nature. However, the things we complain about the most shouldn’t really be complaints. For example, the schools our kids go to (at least they get to go to school), co-workers whom you feel aren’t doing their jobs (at least you have a job), driving in the snow (at least there is moisture to water our world), flying (at least airplanes exist), the toilet that isn’t working (thank God for indoor plumbing), or traffic that made you a few minutes late to work (at least we have cars).
My prayer today is for all of us to see the positives in this world instead of the negatives and to be grateful for the little things we “complain” about when in truth we have nothing at all to complain about in the 21st century.
We have God, and we have the Bible. Everything else is inconsequential.
With Thanksgiving still in the air, I’m feeling pretty grateful today. I have nothing to complain about. I have a great husband who takes care of me, three amazing kids who are growing way too fast, a job I love doing, financial stability (which has been a long time in the coming), a life where I pretty much get to do whatever I want whenever I want, my health, my family, two dogs, four cats, a couple of fish, a nice home, vehicles than run, and I have God and I have Jesus.
On Friday, I got food poisoning from Thanksgiving leftovers. Luckily, it was over in a few hours, but none of it was fun. It hurt. I hurt. It was exceedingly unpleasant.
It reminded me to be grateful for my health. I can run. I can walk. I can move around easily. My body is healthy. I have no ailments to speak of. I can do lots of things others cannot.
Today, what are you grateful for? Do what I did and make a list of all of your blessings in your life at this moment. It can be as simple as a steaming hot cup of coffee, a few hours away from the kids, a perfect, quiet morning just you and God and the cats who fight over your lap, or it can be for bigger things like a new home, a new job, or a new beginning, or a new love.
On Friday, I was grateful for indoor toilets, running water, and a hot bath.
We are so very blessed. Remembering your blessings and thanking God for them will help you get through the silly irritations in life that have you in a tizzy.
One final note, I’m so very grateful for you all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have donated to my blog. I’m humbled beyond words — and sometimes in tears — from your generosity. You all are my strength when I am weary at times. I can come here and pray for you. You all inspire me.
These are quickly becoming some of my favorite posts — where I can talk about anything and everything under the Sun.
On my mind today is beauty. Specifically, beauty all around.
Our lives are pretty routine. We wake up, get coffee (perhaps the most important thing you’ll do the entire day), and immediately go into morning routine mode. Shower, wake kids, drive kids, go to work, pick up kids, grab items at the grocery store for dinner, make dinner, drop kids off at extracurricular activities, finish laundry, etc. Before you know it, the day is gone.
Sure, you probably got a lot of tasks done. But at the end of the day, that’s just what they were — tasks.
Did you accomplish anything real? Did you notice anything going on in the world around you?
I am super guilty of this.
I’m a pretty focused person. When I’m engaged in a task, that’s all I think about. This is usually a good thing. I get a lot done — a lot of “tasks” done. But what do I really accomplish?
Did I notice the leaves falling to the ground all around me? Did I breathe in the fresh air and marvel at the miracle of life? Did I notice the bald eagle in the tree he or she always sits in? Did I truly see the 6 raccoons in my tree? Did I appreciate all my body accomplishes — a lot of it without my thought?
Did I listen to my kids tell me boring stories about their day? Did I look into my dog’s eyes and appreciate the unconditional love (probably the only kind I actually have here on earth)? Did I call a friend who may not be feeling well? Did I call my parents?
Most importantly, did I pray to God today? Did I feel His love? Did I thank Him for all that I am, all that I have, all that He has for me, all that He wants me to do, and for my family? Did I pause and take the time to appreciate God, to stand in awe of Him, to worship Him?
Today, I’d just like to encourage you to notice the moments of your day. To appreciate the migration of Canadian geese, the hibernation of the trees, the deer that graze the meadows, and the water that falls from the sky that nourishes the world around you. But most of all, take the time to appreciate God and all He does for you.
This doesn’t have to be a 30 minute prayer session. It can just be moments here and there in your day. That’s all God wants. He wants us to pause, thank Him, and go about the blessed life we live.
It’s time for our last Sunday of the Month Coffee Chat where we talk about anything and everything that’s on our minds.
Today for me it’s giving, sharing, and asking.
“Ask and it will be given to you.” Matthew 7:7
Our time is valuable. Our resources are valuable. Our energy is valuable. That’s why putting in the time to study God’s word through Bible Study Fellowship and other Bible studies or on your own is so important. God wants your time. He wants your effort. He wants your resources.
Twice a year I post on donating to my blog. It’s a tiny button in the sidebar on the homepage of my blog.
This blog is a labor of love. It started inauspiciously over 10 years ago and has grown to what you see now. I spend a ton of time researching, compiling resources, maps, and facts–all with the goal of helping you know God more.
If you find anything here useful and helpful, a small suggested donation of $25 would be much appreciated, but feel free to give whatever God leads you to give–from $1 to $5 to more. There is also an option for a monthly contribution as well if you don’t want to do a lump sum. Clicking on ads helps in a very small way as well. Every little bit helps support this forum as it continues to grow. I have made big changes this year and your donation goes to making this site bigger and better and hopefully able to reach more and more people for God’s Kingdom. That is my goal anyways, as small as it is in the Internet world.
If you choose not to donate to me (perfectly fine!), please consider another charity close to your heart. We are so very, very blessed in the 21st century, and we are called to share that with others. Give of yourself, your time, your resources, your energy. Life is so much more fulfilling when you give away your heart.
Thank you in advance, and I look forward to what God will lead us to learn this year and many more to come!
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!
As I’m sitting here brainstorming ideas for this blog, my coffee is steaming. Its delectable aroma and satisfying smoothness soothe me like little else in this world.
Like everything in this world, coffee is a gift from God. He wants us to be happy and what else gives us such daily pleasure as coffee?
Coffee and God: Last Sunday of the Month Coffee Chat
Most of this blog is all business: God’s business. We chat about Bible Study Fellowship’s studies and questions. We pray for one another here. We come here for help with our BSF questions as we seek God’s answers. We may even come here for poetry and inspirational quotes and the occasional book recommendation.
Starting today, I want to “lessen our load” a bit by providing a forum for idle chit-chat. The last Sunday of the month I’ll post what’s happening in my mind and you can post what’s happening in yours. About anything. It doesn’t have to be about God or spiritual attributes. This can be where you vent or share an inspirational story from the month or just take a “coffee break” and relax and read what others are thinking. This is your place to just be.
My Coffee and God Thoughts of the Month
Today has been dominated with thoughts of this blog as I am anxiously awaiting the start of BSF’s study of the People of the Promised Land Part 1. I created a Pinterest account and a page specifically for Bible Study Fellowship’s People of the Promised Land Part 1 study. I am brainstorming lots of ideas to make this site easier to navigate.
I want to add more links in the sidebar to helpful resources for you during the upcoming study by BSF.
I’m brainstorming post ideas before the study so we can all jump in running when Bible Study Fellowship finally begins again in the Fall.
Other Random Thoughts Running Through my Brain…
I’m enjoying the lessening of the sunlight and the darker mornings.
I’m looking forward to the massage I have scheduled later today.
I’m petting one of my kitties!
I’m praying this week is God’s.
I hope you enjoy this inaugural edition of Coffee and God and add your thoughts as you’re sitting with God over coffee on this amazing Sunday morning, enjoying his blessings and gifts in our lives that we so very often overlook.