Coffee + Faith + Jesus

You've seen this photo from me many times + probably almost every other Christian girl you follow. 
This year I'm in a mentoring program at my church called Flourish + my goal is to do my quiet time in the mornings instead of at night. In order to do this, I've claimed one of my roommate's cute chairs {barely seen under blanket} for my devo time.

Another thing you've seen from me often is my love of coffee + this leads to a choice I have each morning.  I can reheat what's left of yesterday's coffee + start my quiet time or I can wait for the new pot to make. Most mornings, I need the coffee immediately {how else would I focus} + opt for the quick reheat.

When I choose to reheat yesterday's coffee, I have to reheat it a few times to keep it hot + then it really quickly turns lukewarm. And by that point the new pot is made. I've heard many sermons, teachings, + preachings on not picking what is instant gratification when something better is coming in the long run. Many times we don't know what is coming, but in this situation I do - its fresh, piping hot coffee, y'all! I know its going to be so good!

And here's where I've learned my lesson.

I don't like day old coffee, but sometimes I think I need it to satisfy me. Same is true with my faith. I can't rely on yesterday's faith to get me through today. Each day is so different that it needs new faith. Spending time with Him each day allows me to continue to brew a stronger relationship with Him. I know anytime I spend with Him will create that fresh, piping hot feeling of new coffee that I get excited for each morning.

Revelation 3:15-16 says "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Why do we want to be lukewarm? Each day we are called to daily take up our cross to follow Him {Luke 9:23}. Everything about our faith is a daily thing. Yes, our faith builds today on yesterday, but if I / we keep relying on day old faith, we run the risk of becoming weak. I don't like weak coffee...I don't want a weak relationship with Him.

I guess this creates a new Grace Tip!

Don't let your faith live on day old coffee. 

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Grace Tip #5 - Plant a Garden

The day before my 25th birthday, I came up with a list of 10 reminders for the next year. I just re-read them + want to share one of them with you. I've talked about one in Grace Tip #3 - "Always be a little kinder than is necessary" - J. M. Barrie.

I'm sure there are many people who feel stuck in a job or life stage + are wondering what's next.
No? Only me? 

When I lived at home longer than I wanted to I finally came to terms with living where I was planted. At first I really didn't want to. Like, really didn't. But then I decided to choose joy + to not only live where I was planted, but to water those roots. It made so much of a difference in my life + my attitude. I was so ready to get out of town, but after planting roots, it was really hard to leave. The time I spent with my parents, friends, girls I coached in cheerleading, Clemson church family - all of it, is so precious to me + is part of who I am

My Grace Tip #5 comes from Audrey Hepburn, such a classic lady. 

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow"

Did you know God asks us to plant gardens right where we are? 

Many people use Jeremiah 29:11" 'For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope + a feature'" as their banner verse when going through life changes. But I want to bring attention to the background of the story. 

The Israelites were in exile when this verse was written. It was a part of the "Letter to the Exiles." Let's start with the beginning of the letter. 

Jeremiah 29:4-5
"This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 'Build houses + settle down; PLANT GARDENS + eat what they produce.'" 

We can stop right there. The Israelites were not in a place they imagined they would be nor were they in a dream situation. However, God told them to build houses + plant gardens. Audrey Hepburn understood that when you planted a garden, it meant you were planning on being in the same place tomorrow. Why would you plant a garden and then leave it to fail? 

So, I'm encouraging you today - plant a garden, and water it. 
You may be surprised at what He allows to bloom there! 

Feel free to use this as a reminder :-)