Posts made in October, 2015

Pieces

Pieces

My mother gave me a special coffee cup for my birthday years ago that had a handle shaped like two open hearts. Over the years I’ve received many gifts with that emblem because of my Valentine birthday. But I treasured it because it was from her and was decorated with my favorite design—hearts. Several years later, I made coffee and searched for it, but couldn’t find it. I asked my husband who said he had no idea where it was. A few days later, while sweeping the kitchen, the broom flicked a fragment of the handle from beneath the edge of the cabinet. I picked it up and set it on the counter. When he came home, I showed it to him. Sheepishly, he admitted he’d dropped it and disposed of the evidence, hoping I wouldn’t notice. Unimportant to him, irreplaceable to me. In a similar way careless acts and critical words shatter heart bonds. In the moment of offense, the wounded person might appear uninjured, leaving the offender oblivious. Once the two go their ways the pain pushes to the surface, ruining established trust. Left unrepaired, the relationship might end up discarded. Although I love to encourage people, sometimes I’ve blown it and said stupid, hurtful things. The New Testament says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” When I blow it, I clarify my offense, admit it and attempt to make amends. When I detected a rift in a friendship, I try to repair it, following his example. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. What do you...

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What Do You Brew?

What Do You Brew?

I confess that I’ve fallen in love with my pod-style coffee maker, a gift from friends several Christmases ago. My addiction to the convenience was immediate. Those who share my preference know that the makers of these machines not only accommodate our desire, but create multiple ways to increase it. Flavors, seasonal and year-round, abound. From a small menu of choices only a few years ago, we find our appetite tantalized with increasing varieties available from grocery stores to Bed, Bath and Beyond. And let’s not forget the handy online ordering with deals offered on a regular basis. Right away, I honed in on Vanilla Biscotti, which remains a favorite, although I’ve ventured into caramel and alternate vanillas. I maintain pods of regular coffee and have tried several brands there as well. Because I’m naturally a bit “wired,” and too much caffeine makes my heart dance erratically, I keep decaf on hand at all times, so I can make and sip at a moment’s notice without “overloading my circuits.” Over the years I’ve followed a similar pattern with Bibles. Psalms tells us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Blessed to be in a country where multiple translations with a variety of study helps are available, I’ve tried many and found delight in them. As a result, I tend to center my reading and study on tried and true favorites. However, like new flavors of coffee, I never fail to experience insights from the Lord when I read different ones. This year, I chose a less familiar one to read through as my primary text in order to fully explore God’s voice in a fresh way. No matter which I choose, I start my day with “The Lord’s brew.” So what’s your...

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