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Coffee and God: Living Life on God’s Terms

Hey all!

Last Sunday of the month so it’s coffee and God time.

As I was running this morning, I kept thinking about our lives right now.

Everyone keeps saying how this will change our lives forever. I say only if you let it.

When the Spanish Influenza hit, everything went back to normal. So too after the Black Plague and every other disease humans have battled for millenia.

We humans have a very short memory. This, too, shall pass.

I don’t think this will ever happen again. That is why the stay-at-home order have been extended in some places. No one ever remembers (again, our memories are short) Newton’s Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. No one thought we’d enter a recession to rival 2008. No one thought we could come close to a depression like The Great Depression. Therein lies the problem: no one thought; they only reacted.

All that aside, my point is this: you can’t stop people from living. Our lives on this side of eternity are but a blip in time. God snaps his fingers faster than we live. Our days are numbered, and no one knows when God calls us home except God.

You can’t stop people from living life to the fullest every day they are given because for all we know, it could be our last. And do you want your last day to be stuck in your home because a government, which is intangible, tells you to? Or do you want to live your live on your own terms, taking risks and chances, hugging people and loving people? Or do you want to stay 6 feet apart for the rest of your life?

Pretty sure I know God’s answer to that one.

The fact of the matter is this: God calls you when He wants you. Whether that’s from a virus, a traffic accident, or from old age, we don’t have any control over the matter. We need to let go of the need to try and control viruses and life. Give it to God. That is His job. Our job is merely to reflect His glory in living. Can we do that shut up in our homes, not at church, not in the community, not at our jobs, or not even walking our dogs?

Taking precautions are necessary, but not to the point where life stops. Humans were meant to live for however many days God grants us. And no one can say otherwise.

God bless each and every one of you!

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Coffee and God: The New Year

Hey all!

I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays, had a Merry Christmas, and is looking forward to the new year. I know I’m excited about what God will do in my life in this new decade ahead. It’s hard to believe we’re approaching 2020 already!

I’m excited to see how God will use me. I’m excited to see what goals I accomplish. I’m just excited to grow closer to God with each day.

I’ve learned as I continue to age (as we all have) that you need to maximize the moments you have been given. Life is too precious to waste.

So how will you maximize your moments this year?

Happy New Year!

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Coffee and God: Thanksgiving

Hey all!

Thanksgiving is almost here. This is one of my favorite holidays because we get to be with family and thank God for another year of life. It is important to be thankful on this day even if your year has not been so smooth, or you’ve lost a loved one. Life is too precious to waste being bitter or depressed. Thanking God every day for the breath you breathe can be transforming in your life.

This week, remember all of the blessings you do have in your life. Thank Him for them. And just enjoy having precious time with your family.

God bless, and stay safe!

Coffee and God: Patience

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Hey all!

It’s the last Sunday of the month, and today patience is on my heart.

I’m notoriously impatient. For example, my oldest daughter is learning to drive, and when she’s driving, I’ll tell her to speed up if I think she’s going too slow. Part of my impatience is that there’s just too much to do in my world and not enough time. Furthermore, I hate wasting time. As I age, I’m extremely cognizant of the fact that my time is limited here on the earth, so I have to make the most of it and not waste it. Look at what Jesus accomplished — all by the age of 33!

I sometimes feel the pressure of accomplishing things in my life. However, most of this is from myself. I have a lot of goals in my life and achieving them is top priority.

However, looking back on my life this past year, I’ve realized I’m achieved a lot — all because God was patient with me. I have a job that I like. I am physically where I need to be (although my weight is not where I want it). I am spiritually calm and growing. Mentally and emotionally, I’m in a good place. I can’t complain financially. My kids are growing rapidly, so I’m full-blow into the teenage years and all that that brings. My extended family is doing well — no major illnesses. Life is just truckin’ along — all in God’s patient plan.

So where are you seeing God’s patience in your life and where do you need God’s patience?

Coffee and God: Perfection

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Hey all!

It’s the last Sunday of the month, and today perfection is on my heart.

The reason for this is two-fold:

  1. I am struggling with my weight. I’ve gained 10 pounds, and I don’t like the way I look. I eat right. I’m exceedingly healthy. I have no health problems. I still look good, but not in my own eyes. I’m working with a nutritionist, and I still am not happy. I see no change, and I’m getting very frustrated with it all.
  2. Proverbs 31. I just finished reading Proverbs 31 (which is Lesson 25, Day 5 for those of you wondering). This is the passage of The Wife of Noble Character in the Bible. I feel like I am most of those things, but I definitely fall short on some of them most days. I could definitely fear the Lord more, be more generous, and be more instructive with my tongue.

The definition of perfect is without defect. However, when I Googled, this is what I got: “having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.”

“As good as it is possible to be.” I think this is what we need to keep in mind when we strive for perfection.

Is it wrong to strive for perfection? Let’s put this another way: Is it wrong to strive to be like Jesus?

In our hearts, we all want to be perfect. Why? Why is this human desire there? Because Jesus was perfect and in the hearts of all people (whether they are a believer or not) is this desire to be perfect, to be like Jesus.

Should you strive to be perfect? Should you strive to be like Jesus? Duh, of course you should strive to be like Jesus. And Jesus was perfect.

Hence, I will keep up the battle. Because I don’t like to fail. And I don’t like to be defeated.

Food for me is a daily battle, and there are days when I feel like giving up. Let’s be honest: every day I feel like giving up.

Being like Jesus is a daily battle. Because most of the time I’m selfish and dislike doing things for other people, especially people I don’t know. It’s a daily battle to see with the eyes of God and give with the hands of Jesus.

Will I ever look perfect? No.

Will I ever be perfect like Jesus? No.

But I can be as good as it is possible to be. And that’s my new goal. What about you?

Coffee and God: What’s On Your Mind Today?

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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!

God bless and have a happy week!

Coffee and God: Last Sunday of the Month Coffee Chat

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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.

Have an incredible blessed Sunday!