Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Another Coffee Mug! - A Dose of Encouragement 8



Many years ago while we were living in America (1992-95) I bought some mugs to have to give as gifts to friends who I thought might need some encouragement. 


They had a picture of a cute little bear with the words


 “Smile! Cause God thinks you’re special and so do I”

                                                                                                  printed on them. 


When we came back to Northern Ireland I had only 
3 left, 
and shortly after that only 
one.  

That was when I decided that I was going to keep the last one for myself because sometimes I need encouragement too.

I brought it out of its box and thought about where to put it.  

You see in the unit in our lounge we had some mugs which the boys had got at the Boy’s Brigade over several years, another from Wales with our daughter Linda’s name on it, one with a picture of Peter Rabbit our son was given as a baby, and others that my husband Fred has accumulated from working trips abroad.  These are all deemed to be too good or too impractical to actually be used so they are treated as ornaments. 



I could have made a space there for this mug but somehow 
that didn’t seem quite right. 

Then I decided that if the mug was to be an encouragement to me, I should see it often and the best way to do that would be to use it regularly. 

So that is what I have done.  

It is now 2014, and I still have this mug.


It really is nice to make my coffee in this mug and smile 
when I look at the words on it.

Some may think it strange but it brings me a lot of joy to use this mug not only for the message it reminds me of but for the memories of the good friends I had to whom I gave the rest of the mugs. 



          Then one day I was in a girl’s home when she showed me some bibles which she was very proud to have.  She told me the story associated with each bible, why they were important to her and how she liked to keep them in very good condition, even though one of them was more than 150 years old.  

The problem was, each of these bibles was wrapped carefully in a plastic bag and put away only to be brought out occasionally for someone else to hear the stories.  


This was the only way for her to keep them clean and in good condition.  

I found it very sad to think that even though this girl held fond memories of the people she had got these bibles from or the places from which she had received them, and had a special high regard for these as old books; she didn’t read them and she didn’t make use of them so she couldn’t be encouraged by the words within or come to know the joy of meeting the Saviour they offered her.  


It was like my mug. 


If I had kept it ‘good’ I would not have got the enjoyment and encouragement from it that I have got by using it regularly; 


and would I smile and remember that I’m special to God?



I am thankful that my special mug has lasted so long and I am thankful that it brings such good memories and encouragement and joy to me.
Do you have something that does this for you?

 I believe you are special to God too.  Do you?




58 comments:

  1. I love the fact that you are USING your special mug - that makes it all the more treasured!

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    1. Hello Susan nice to meet you, yes it is best being used.

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  2. Beautiful lesson, Sandra! And God keeps us out, let's us get banged up and used well, all for His glory.

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    1. Hi Tresta nice to meet you, thanks for the encouragement.

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  3. About the only thing I have in my house that I don't use are decorative dish towel which end up getting used anyway since my boys cannot graps that idea:) I have a teacup I gave my grandmother - and I could put it on a shelf to remember her by - but it is so much nicer to fill it with some tea or cocoa or coffe - it keeps the memory alive:) Joy is not designed to be kept on a shelf!

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    1. Hi again, yes nicer having the memories kept alive and having a smile on our faces

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  4. Good blog! First time for reading anything of yours! Like your perspective! I am a Christian blog writer & would like to follow yours!
    Thank you

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    1. Hello Sheri, nice to meet you, glad you dropped in and why not sign up for the emails and then you can read the posts regularly.

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  5. Great post, Sandra! I enjoyed reading each sentence! Happy Friday!

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    1. Hello Yonca, nice to meet you and I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my post come back and join us again soon

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  6. This is great! A fantastic reminder that special things should be used, especially our faith in God! :)

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    1. Hello Alyssa nice to meet you, so many new commenters today. Thanks for the encouragement

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  7. Loved this! Makes me think of the Sweet B mug a friend gave me (I wrote about it a while back) because she said it make her set more complete sharing it with friends. I now use that mug every day and it always makes me smile. :)

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    1. Hi again Beth, yes sharing things makes them special and adds to the memories too.

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  8. ahh!! so good!!! the best Bible is one that is weathered!

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    1. Hi again Robyn, yes the one we are reading.

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  9. Great idea. I have a tendency of making things for other people and then never keeping anything for myself. What a great reminder for yourself. Plus you get to remember all the people you gave these to.

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    1. Hi Michelle, nice to meet you. Just hopped over and added you to my circles. Sometimes it is good to think of ourselves to enrich our memories and enjoyment.

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  10. I love that mug! And you are so right about the bibles. I am kind of guilty of the same thing. I have a few bibles that I keep on a shelf but I do have a couple that I use everyday.

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    1. Hi again Charlene, The important thing is that you are using one regularly to read His Word.

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  11. Great reminder. I used to have sentimental things tucked away but they do bring more joy if they are used. I don't have a lot of unused things in my home anymore (it makes my mother squirm because she is such a collector lol!). Even my kids have asked questions about certain things and I get to sare with them that the item itself only matters because of the memories tied to it. Today they asked about a stuffed animal that my favorite aunt gave me when we visited her in the Netherlands before she divorced my uncle and how I'll never see her again but will always cherish the memories. People are always more important than things :)

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    1. Hi Tessa and you are quite right people are more important than things. Thanks for dropping in.

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  12. What a great point, there is really no point in having something if we aren't going to enjoy it, and if it is hidden away so that it stays in pristine condition, are we really enjoying it? Let alone, as in the case of the Bible, learning from it? I think about this often with my own journals and Bibles, I'd rather them be worn and used, even though I so love the look and feel of new...

    Thanks for linking up with Cozy Reading Spot!

    Marissa

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    1. Hi Marissa, yes I like books to look like new too but used is so much better and then treasured in our hearts.

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  13. Sandra, this post was popular on Cozy Reading Spot, and will be featured tomorrow! I hope you can stop by and grab a featured button and link up again. I love reading your insights!

    Marissa
    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Marissa and I'm delighted that people enjoyed the post. I will definitely be there tomorrow I love the link up because I love reading.

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  14. Absolutely love this post, Sandra. You share such an important truth! The sweet gifts (like your coffee mug) should be used and enjoyed to the fullest. Thanks for that encouragement :-)

    And thanks for connecting with #EverydayJesus! Blessings to you.

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    1. Hi again Sharita, I just love the way we can have everyday things to encourage us

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  15. Sandra, thank you for encouraging us to get off the shelf and pour in the good stuff. So glad you linked up at Thought-Provoking Thursday! :)

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    1. Thanks Lyli for encouraging me again.

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  16. Loved the story of your mug & don't we all have something we keep on the shelf or in the drawer! May we enjoy the gifts that have been given to us, today. And share them with others too. Loved that you nudged me! Blessings.

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    1. More encouragement, thank you Joanne

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  17. Such a sweet analogy!
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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    1. Thanks for reading again Mel and for the link up

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  18. Thank you for sharing your beautiful mug story with us here at "Tell Me a Story." Your mug is a precious reminder that you (and us all) are special to our Lord Jesus.

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  19. I enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing this encouragement to be in the Word. Thank you for linking up at Words of Life Wednesday.

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  20. Hi Sandra,
    I am following you from Playdates. I love this - Words that I have on my wall - Dance like no one is watching - I want to change to Dance Like Only God is watching.
    Blessings
    Janis

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  21. Good job, my friend. Encouragement isn't encouragement until we use it.

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  22. What a wonderful mug!
    Blessings,
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  23. I love that you use your special mug to encourage your heart! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Brew!

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  24. I felt the same way about my great grandmother's quilt. I told my mom it would be much happier living on my railing than in her closet in the box, and it is!

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    1. Oh you will have the joy of seeing it all the time and remembering....

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  25. Love your article! Inspirational! Would like to follow your blog!

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    1. Hi Sheri nice to meet you. Look forward to hearing from you again.

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  26. Wonderful post and photos for M ~ You are special your self ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  27. I think that mug not only encourages, but it brings back special memories at the same time. That's a true blessing.

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  28. This post reminds me to use the good china every day and not just on special occasions. Why? Because we are special. Thanks for that reminder.

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    1. Yes you are quite right Pam - WE ARE SPECIAL

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  29. Apologies to all those who commented in March/April. I published the comments and really thought I had gone in and replied, but must have got distracted from the computer.

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  30. I think you're smart to USE your mug so that you can appreciate it every day.

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  31. I like to think he's keeping track of us...

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  32. Great post. I am glad you have your special mug. Even though sometimes we all need a little reminder.

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  33. Yes, that's the difference between being saved and being used...as a Christian are you worried that you may not be equipped to be a witness? Or are you being that useful vessel for Christ to show off God's glory. May the Holy Spirit guide you in all your endeavors♪

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  34. Comforting words to warm your heart as the contents warm your tummy!

    Thanks for a marvelous link for the letter M.

    A+

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