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life is short coffee

One of the perks of being an admin. for a pastor is that I get to clean my boss’ coffee cup which I am staring at right now.   After many times of washing it, I have finally stopped to read the words on it:

Coffee Break, n. 1) a break from life for coffee, a pause, etc. 2) an oasis in a sea of insanity 3) five minutes alone 4) fifteen minutes with a friend 5) a moment < Starbucks

Something about this just struck me, I guess maybe it was the concept of time and how we all need more of it. What if we did get more time, what would we do with it?  Would we stop to have a cup of coffee, and I mean really enjoy it just for the heck of it, not a grab, run, go? Would we use the extra time to just sit with a friend and share life, or curl up with that book we swear we’re going to read someday, or maybe just do nothing but stare at the nature around us?  Somehow I doubt it, with the addition of more time we would add longer working hours in order to obtain financial stability so that way we could someday enjoy more time.  We humans don’t make sense.

This past week I’ve been listening (yes, listening) to the book, The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston. In it he explains that one of the reasons people lose hope is because they are doing too much.  Hope gets lost in the busyness of life.  More people suffer from stress related illness than any other illness.  Do you feel like you lack hope in your life?  If so, reevaluate your priorities and give yourself that needed coffee break!  Who knows, that  brief oasis may just give you more time.

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?  Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. –  James 4:14 (NLT)

 

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I played my best for Him, pum rum pum pum pum…” the music played on. It’s definitely the Christmas season. As I sat at Starbucks surrounded by shiny red bags filled with Christmas blend coffee beans, I watched the people hustle and bustle in and out while the baristas worked diligently to keep up with the orders. There was a fun homey atmosphere in this small town Starbucks. People greeted one another and if they didn’t know each other they would by the time their order was ready. Christmas cheer was in the air.

Every Christmas season is a challenge as to what special unique gift I can find for my children. This is the one time of year I splurge for them because I love to see their eyes light up and dance with excitement as they open their gifts. As a parent, this is the best gift of all, to make my children happy.

As I sat listening to the sounds of coffee makers and conversations, I wondered, does God feel the same way about giving His children gifts? CLANG. CLANG. CLANG. The sound broke into my musings. I was about to experience my own Christmas Carol – God’s Style. Just that morning, I felt troubled about a list of needs that were beginning to accumulate. As I poured my heart out to my Heavenly Father, I was transported through the portals of Christmases past. I remembered one December, when our treasurer had to break the news that the church was not able to pay the full month’s salary. After everyone went home that Sunday night, our family stayed at church and prayed. That is one Christmas I will never forget. Every need and even desires were taken care of. Every day was filled with anticipation as to what God was going to do next! And then Christmas day came. We had told the kids not to expect much, but we were wrong. As the kids came running out into the living room, they stopped wide eyed. The abundance of gifts surprised us all! How did God do it? Only He knows. As I relived the moment, a quiet assurance stole over me. God does enjoy meeting our needs and surprising us!

RING. RING. RING. The phone rang. This call transported me to the future. Most everyone worries about college education, retirement, and the future in general. As I looked into our future, I often felt apprehensive about these things. That morning we received a phone call, a man was burdened to start preparing for a future need that our family would have. Earlier that week, we had received a different phone call that someone else was preparing for another future need for us. I sat stunned. God was with us in the past and God is already there in the future, so doesn’t that mean God is here in the present?

SOB. SOB. SOB. I was back in the present feeling so foolish. When will I ever learn not to worry? God is here in my present. He had just burdened someone to slip a white envelope into my hand one Sunday morning. He had just impressed someone to shove a folded up check into my husband’s hand that night after service. That Sunday evening, our family again bowed our heads in thanks. God had just payed off our medical and heating bill.

Does God enjoy meeting my needs and giving special surprises? Through my Christmas Carol experience, I can confidently say YES! God is my Father and loves to spoil me!

Is God your Father? If not, He has given you the greatest gift of all, His Son Jesus Christ. In two weeks, we will be celebrating Christ’s birth. Because He was born, died, and rose again, you are given the opportunity to call God your Father. All you have to do is accept His sacrificial gift by repenting and putting your faith in Christ alone.

Christian, you are loved by your Heavenly Father. There is no need that is too small or too great that God can take care of. This Christmas season, take time to reflect on all the beautiful gifts that your Father has given to you!

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door l will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7: 7 – 11

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