Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Coffee Mug - A Dose of Encouragement 1



I have a very annoying habit 

             -  according to my husband Fred.  


     You see everywhere I go in the house, I leave a trail of coffee mugs behind me.  Well really I think it's only in our bedroom and study and the living room, but I suppose that's bad enough.


      
Admittedly I do love my coffee in bed on a Saturday morning (compliments of Fred) but then Fred enjoys his tea and toast too!   

      Now my coffee has to be made just right, and sometimes for a treat some cinnamon added and it all frothed up in the mug, a home-made cappuccino.  

     



Anyway I do tend to take a mug of coffee with me to the study when I'm working at the computer and I never really drink all of it.



So you've guessed it - Fred found a mug of coffee in the study the other day which had congealed and was (according to him)


         "considering becoming an experiment for new life forms".  

He was not amused. 

"How can you ever drink out of that mug again?"  he said,

as he carried it at arms length into the kitchen.  

     Well to me that was no problem because I am a great fan of boiling water and dishwashers.  I left the offending mug to soak in boiling water planning to put it through a couple of cycles in the dishwasher later. 


      A few hours later I was passing the mug when I noticed how all the gunge had come away from the sides and bottom of the mug and was ready to be poured out.  

     Suddenly it struck me that exactly the same thing happens to us as we sit and soak in the presence of the Lord each day - all the ugliness that has caught hold can be gently drawn out by God's Spirit.  Then as we confess to God and accept His forgiveness we are made clean and pure again just like the mug when it was finally taken out of the dishwasher.  But you know what the good thing is, with God it doesn't have to take as long as the mug soaking and going through the dishwasher.


                  Now guess what is sitting beside me as I type this - 




Yes!  


Another coffee mug
   and I will try to remember to take it with me 
when I leave the study this time.





Thanks for dropping in today and remember 


God wants to make us clean.



Are you a coffee fanatic like me?

I'm thankful God loves coffee drinkers like me, are you?


Each Wednesday I will be doing "A Dose of Encouragement" spot so why not drop in regularly and we can encourage each other.

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Titus 2 Tuesdays
WholeHearted Wednesdays




87 comments:

  1. Sandra, thank you for this dose of encouragement!!! Indeed we all forget somethings which we should be doing each day as we walk with God as you have said as we build the habit of sit and soak in the presences of the Lord each day we can overcome all the odds.

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    1. Hi Lilian my friend, I am so glad you are reading this and I hope you have signed up for the reminder emails to join me in these doses of encouragement

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    2. Hi Sandra,

      I have sign in.

      I will be checking this side.

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    3. I'll enjoy writing it even more when I know you are reading it Lilian, love to the kids

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    4. Sandra @ Sandra's Ark5 January 2014 at 21:51

      Hi Lauren Ann, lovely to meet you, please drop by for more doses of encouragement in the coming weeks

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  2. I'm not a coffee person. I am however a tea and toast person :) Here's my SS:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2014/01/spiritual-sunday-not-for-moment-1514.html

    Colletta

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    1. Sandra @ Sandra's Ark5 January 2014 at 21:56

      Hi Colletta, thanks for dropping by. My husband is a tea guy so you are accepted too.

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  3. What a great visual! I love my coffee too, so this one struck home with me :-). Thank you!

    Found you via Faith-Filled Fridays!

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    1. Hi Megan, lovely to meet you another coffee lover.

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  4. Hi Sandra, this was really encouraging thank you and I will be joining you every Wednesday for coffee (well tea for me) and a dose of encouragement!
    I was thinking the other day because it is new year and a time for resolutions and new beginnings for many. Some try and put the past behind them and start afresh but unless the past is put into God's hands then a new start will not last for it is only in Him that we have a real new beginning.

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    1. Hi Amanda, so glad you managed to get your comment through this time. I think you expressed your thought very well there, but then I suppose that's the writer in you.

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  5. I do enjoy my coffee, too. I just looked up to see if I had any coffee mugs near my computer... Great analogy!

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    1. Hi Esther Joy, lovely to meet you I do hope you'll come back and join us for more doses of encouragement throughout the coming weeks and months. There are 3 mugs beside me at the moment, all from today - looks like I've been on the computer too much today.

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  6. I am also truly thankful that my ugliness doesn't turn God off or cause Him to think less of me. Thank you for this great illustration about how we can always be clean through the "dishwasher of forgiveness" that God runs! I am visiting from Gratituesday over at Heavenly Homemakers! Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Ruth nice to meet you and thanks for dropping in. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another dose of encouragement and on future Wednesdays. I like the "Dishwasher of Forgiveness" phrase.

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  7. This is a wonderful post! I'm so glad you shared it, it was fun to read while I'm sitting here drinking my...coffee ;) I don't leave a coffee cup trail though, only because I have a very special cup that my very special son gave to me and I keep a close watch on it! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words & encouragement Jody. Hope you can join us for the rest of the series over the coming weeks and months - with your special mug of course.

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  8. Oh, my, yes! Guilty! I do like my coffee hot hot, unless it's iced in the summer. And I get busy reading, or writing, or whatever and that bottom 1/4 cup of tepid coffee just doesn't cut it.
    What a wonderful illustration you've drawn for us. I'll be remembering this word picture, and will be sharing it with my husband and son the next time one of them happens by a cup left behind.

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    1. Hi Linda thanks for visiting, come back again as I am sure coffee mugs will feature in future Wednesdays on A Dose of Encouragement because they feature a lot in my life.

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  9. I had to chuckle while reading this - of course, there are about 2 different coffee mugs on my bedroom desk that need to be returned to the kitchen and I'm sure there's one at least one other place in this house. So you are definitely not alone - and, yes, it drives my husband absolutely batty! I love the analogy that you made. It never ceases to amaze me how awesome God is and how much a cleaner-upper He is!

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    1. Hi Michelle, yes He is awesome and the best cleaner-upper. I just lifted 2 mugs from my study this morning to the dishwasher yet again before I sat down at the computer!

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  10. Thanks for the encouragement! Now I just wish I had coffee to go with it! I love the stuff too. So glad you shared this at The Party On The Porch hope to see you again! Blessings, D

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    1. Thank D, glad to be able to encourage others and also to have a look around the Party on the Porch.

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  11. Such beautiful encouragement. Soaking in the presence of the Lord brings all the muck and mire right to the surface! Visiting from the TWW!

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    1. hi again Barbie, The presence of the Lord is the best place to be.

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  12. I am trying to only drink water so that I can be healthier for my family. Thank you for linking up with Motivational Monday

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    1. Glad you can see the analogy even if you are not a coffee drinker. My two drinks are flavoured water and coffee and I enjoy plenty of both.

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  13. Hi Sandra,
    that is bad enough?
    That depends on how many rooms you have
    and how many cups you have. hahaha
    What would we be people without coffee?
    Happy Evening, Wieczora (◔‿◔)| My photoblog

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    1. Hi there, yes too many rooms and I have found myself doing a quick scan of quite a few of them when I'm loading the dishwasher.

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  14. Nice analogy!
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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    1. Hi Mel, thank you. I was very pleased to find your bog and trying to get round to read everyone who linked up to Essential Fridays.

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  15. I love this analogy...now I need to go get a cuppa coffee!

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    1. I just sat down with mine Charlotte, sipping away as I type. Have had a very busy week but Hubby has just left for France today on a business trip so I've got a quieter day & I'm not worrying about my mugs today.

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  16. This is great, Sandra! Yes, I too, am a coffee fanatic. I'm also a slow drinker so have invested in a stainless steel mug that I brew my coffee in so it stays hot longer, etc. Hmmm, I'm thinking there might be an analogy there as well, LOL! Have a blessed week!

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    1. Hello June, since we lived in the US 20 years ago I have always had a couple of travel mugs which get carted off in the car with me. For Christmas I bought my husband a stainless steel self-stirring mug which I thought was hilarious because he is always swirling his tea around in his mugs, but he was not as amused as I was. Thinking I might do a post on all the special mugs we have in the house.

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  17. What a great post: I too love a HOT cup of coffee, and my cup next to my computer has gotten cold. I enjoyed your soaking illustration and this is what soaking in His presence does for us. Gets the crud out and flushes away the impurities. Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

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    1. Hi Hazel, I was very happy to find "Tell me a Story" because I love true stories and I know I will enjoy reading the ones posted there each week.

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  18. Oh, I love this! ---laughing throughout! Because, well, this could be me! I love a hot mug of coffee to accompany my devotional reading and journaling in one room and my blog writing work in another, and my household desk work in another... And as many times as not, the thing sits there and gets cold and forgotten because I get engrossed in whatever I'm doing. I love your analogy about the... uh, really forgotten mug and its gunk, and now I'm quite sure the next time I encounter, somewhere strange, one of my own in a similar state, at least it will give me a spiritual lesson!

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    1. Ok Sylvia who's house are you talking about here? Sounds very much like you are in mine. My husband thinks I'm strange because I like to do different things in different rooms like you.

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  19. Oh I think I found a new friend! I do the same thing, leaving half drank cups sitting on the counter or bookcase next to my favorite chair. I suppose, however that my wanna be OCD doesn't let me leave it long enough for it to morph into something else. I love how the Lord can take something as simple as a cup of coffee to share with us about his redemptive power. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Lori, I love the simple things and seeing how God works through them. I think I understand more about how He can actually care for each one of us when I see His hand in these small moments of our day.

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  20. Coffee is God's gift to us!!! Drink up!!! Enjoy that cup of brew. That little trail of coffee mugs must tell a story.

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    1. Hi Tammy, true I do have other stories coming from my coffee mugs so come back on Wednesdays for the others.

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  21. I am not a fanatic, but I truly do enjoy a good cup. But mostly I am stopping to comment because I love the imagery of how God works in us! (Stopping by from the Pintastic Pinteresting Party.)

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    1. Hi Sara, I think the imagery of how He works in us helps us to grasp His presence in our lives and remember those things He wants to teach us

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  22. This morning encouragement put a smile on my face...as I sat here drinking my coffee. I think I have had a few of those science experiments in my house over the years too... :) Isn't it lovely when someone you love brings you coffee in bed.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Ah now Lorelai, my husband may not agree with my mugs around the house but he does agree with my enjoyment of breakfast in bed on a Saturday morning so he does that for me each Saturday even after 36 years of marriage.

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  23. Stopping by from the Thought Provoking Thursdays blog hop to say Hi! I am just as guilty with my cups too, only I'm a tea drinker. I need to show this post to my husband to let him know I'm not the only one!

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    1. It may be hard to convince him Stephanie because these husband s do not have the insight that we wives (who love our cuppas) do.

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  24. Great analogy, Sandra... It cracked me up and I can totally identify. My beloved hubs left a cup of water with a lemon on his nightstand. I didn't find it for several weeks, but when I did I was convinced that it would give any science fair project a run for it's money :-)

    So thankful that God washes us clean with new mercies everyday. Thanks a ton for linking up with #Everyday Jesus and I hope to see you back there next week! Blessings, sister.

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    1. Oh there's a man like me Sharita, I am so surprised. Say hi to him from me. Enjoyed linking up and definitely will be back

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  25. Ok, I laughed when you said that about leaving coffee mugs everywhere because I do that too, the only thing is it bugs no one except me, since I live alone currently lol! Thanks for sharing these thoughts <3

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    1. Well Lauren I must show these comments to my husband to prove I am not along in the coffee mug game. Thanks for dropping by and come back for more stories about my mugs in future weeks

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  26. Very thought provoking! I've had many a grungy coffee cup and a few too many grungy attitudes, etc.

    I followed your link-up at My Freshly Brewed Life.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, you are right it is so easy to have the grungy attitude too, something God has to work us all about

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  27. Thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Monday. This made me smile because I do not have the coffee cups, but ice tea glasses all. over. the. house. SO glad that He forgives. What a great picture of grace!

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    1. Hi Angie, I see there are another group of people then who are the glasses people, are they the ones in warmer climates. We lived in the US for 3 years a long time ago and my husband started to drink iced tea but here in Northern Ireland he never thinks about that.

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  28. Sandra, thanks for sharing this strong dose of encouragement with Thought-Provoking Thursday last week! I've had a crazy busy week, but I am so thankful that I finally made it back here to read your post. This is a good word. :)

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    1. Thank you Lyli for the encouragement.

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  29. Thanks for the fun story about the coffee and the encouragement that we are made "clean" again with Christ. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Becky, nice to meet you, I just went through and added you to my circles. Glad you enjoyed the coffee cup incident come back and join us for the rest of the series.

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  30. Sandra...Your post tickled and encouraged me. I am a coffee drinker but I don't usually drink more than one cup a day. I also enjoy tea, which I drink more during the day. However, I use only one glass. And how humbling we serve a God of mercy. Thank you for sharing your post with us at WJIM's Monday's Musings. Have a good week.

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  31. I discovered this post on Whatever Wednesday. I do love my coffee as well. My cup doesn't usually move much though. It gets filled up then sits on a stand next to the couch where I do my writing. When it is empty it gets rinsed out and sits next to the sink to repeat tomorrow. My problem is I will take several hours to drink the same cup of coffee and it drives my husband nuts. I have gotten used to drinking cold coffee, but sometimes I will reheat in microwave too.

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    1. I am so sorry for the delay in replying but thought I had done so when I published this comment.
      You sound so like me, I am very thankful for microwaves and my husband often opens ours to find a half drunk mug of coffee inside it, he is patient with me over my coffee drinking and the places he bumps into my mugs. Thanks for dropping by.

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  32. Cheers but with a cup of tea! Thanks for sharing on Whatever Wednesday at Thank You Honey! Have a fabulous weekend! Hope to see you next week!

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  33. I am not a coffee or tea fanatic but love how you weaved in the story! Thank you for linking up with us at the #WWDParty and sharing it! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  34. Now I"m with Antionette I not really drink coffee although I have been drinking chai tea lately but I do love the spiritual lesson you manage to illustrate with your story. Thanks for linking up with The Friday Five at The Watered Soul.

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  35. Not a coffee drinker, but my hubby's 'muggings' fit your description! Nice segue to your spiritual message♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/cloud-a-scope/

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    1. Hi again Laurie, I knew I wasn't the only one. Thanks for dropping in.

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  36. I drink tea and coffee! But I do love what you shared with us today! This is a beautiful lesson. We are living in such difficult times and it so good to find others who share our faith. I am happy I stopped by and I wish you a beautiful week.

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    1. Hi Anne, I am happy you stopped by too. Yo ar quite ight it is lovely to find lots of bloggers sharing their faith.

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  37. I`m a coffee drinker too, and as I read your post I realised that I`m making the same thing. But this post is so great! Now I will surely remember not to leave the coffee mugs all over the house.

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    1. Hi Cristina, coffee and cake together - yummy. thanks for dropping in.

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  38. What a cute link for the letter C.

    I tend to leave shoes behind me.

    Then, whenever we want to go out, I am frantically trying to find shoes to wear.

    I think I'll start leaving coffee mugs behind, too. That will really keep my husbands blood pressure steady!

    (grin)

    Thanks for linking.

    A+

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  39. I too am very very guilty of leaving mugs, cups and glasses all over the house as well as shoes too. Drives hubby mad :) thanks again for linking up to #GoldenOldies via www.mummy2monkeys.co.uk

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    1. Nice to find Golden Oldies and go back some months again.

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  40. I'm more of a tea and toast girl here but lovely post! :)

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    1. Hi Emily, lovely to met another UK blogger. Thanks for dropping in.

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  41. I will never look at a moldy cup of coffee the same way again! #goldenoldies

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    1. Another UK blogger, lovely to meet you too. Just added you and Emily above to my circles.

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  42. So nice and inspiring to read! Oh and my husband leaves the mug everywhere too =P #GoldenOldies

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    1. Hi Merlinda, tell your husband I said he's in good company, that's what mugs are for. Thanks for dropping in.

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  43. My husband is the same a trail of mugs everywhere

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  44. I LOVE this Sandra! Taking the time to "sit and soak" instead of throw it out or throw it away. I have so many "random" messes in my life and I love the fact that I can be intentional and bring it before the Lord to have Him give me a fresh start! :) hugs and blessings

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  45. Great analogy! Love coffee too! Thank you for sharing this encouragement on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

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  46. Love this analogy! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! From a fellow coffee drinker :)

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