Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Your Next Coffee Break - A Dose of Encouragement 67


Easter time two years ago.


I had 3 large Galaxy bars of chocolate which were almost out of date and I didn't know what to do with them.



Gee what a problem!!


               Eat them of course.


                                 
 But not when we were trying to lose weight & cut down on cholesterol.




       

My friend had called round the day before.


                Maybe I should have given them to her?


                                But wasn't it bad for her health too?








Maybe I should have taken them to the kids in our small Sunday School Class?


But they had already got lots of Easter Eggs from everywhere they went and should they really be eating too much chocolate?


 I know they were too young to be disciplined enough not to tuck in quickly to any chocolate they get.






Is it a sin to throw out chocolate?


                                           I don't think so.


                                                             But did I have the willpower to do it?


                                                                                       Yes, they went into the bin!














My will power is not always this good with chocolate, is yours?


There are lots of other things in our lives that we really need to throw out but ??????????


There are things that clutter our homes.

Then there are also things that clutter our minds.

These can be very difficult to get rid of.


But as a Child of God we are not alone and when we take the first steps to decluttering our minds so that they are freer to concentrate on

the Bible Study we have been planning to start into for months,

                or the one we have started and not continued with

                                or the extra time we had planned to take to pray;

God will be ready to meet with us.


God will be ready to meet with us

Yes it is us that have the cluttered minds and are not ready.

But

My will power is not always this good, is yours?

So let me offer a little suggestion to help us get started and throw out some of this clutter from our minds.

Instead of grabbing a novel, or an ipad or even your phone when you are having your mug of coffee or tea in the middle of the morning or afternoon,

why not



Make your next coffee break time for you & God


39 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this! God is good...and so is coffee and chocolate. :)

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  2. Love the encouragement. My mind is always cluttered with thoughts, I definitely need to spend my next coffee break with God.

    PS- I don't know if I would have been able to throw out the chocolate!

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    1. Oh yes you would have Michelle. :)

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  3. Discipline = a very hard discipline to learn! Visiting from TWW today.

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    1. Hi Susan, yes very hard so I think we need little reminders and things to connect to.

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  4. Sandra, oh how I feel you. Willpower is definitely not one of my strong suits. I love the idea that the next time I break for coffee it will be with me and God!

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  5. Yjat is HARD to do! This made me smile too! Thanks!

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  6. I love having coffee with God! Such a great start to the day!

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  7. Not sure I could throw out that chocolate. I probably would have eaten it and then exercised. Good for you! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this encouragement. Meeting with God is always time well spent.

    Blessings to you and yours.

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    1. Well Heather I probably would not have exercised enough if I had eaten it.

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  8. Love my morning coffee and time with the Lord! Although it's getting harder for me to pop out of bed at 5 a.m. - I definitely need willpower for that! #LiveFree

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    1. Oh no 5 am - I definitely do not have the willpower for that

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  9. Yes! I love this. Even though, my beverage of choice will be hot tea. I am going to start making those tea breaks with God a habit. :-)

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    1. Oh I have a tea lover here too so I'll forgive you for that.

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  10. Loved how you integrated the coffee mug into the graphic-- very cool. Yes, it takes a lot of work for me to part with chocolate (and Facebook.) But God regularly convicts me and brings it back in check. Appreciate this reminder.

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    1. The funny thing was that I thought I would have a coffee and consider what kind of graphic to do and that was the mug I lifted from the cupboard and then as I waited for the kettle to boil I had the inspiration of focusing on the mug so I made the coffee and grabbed the camera

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  11. Can I have tea? I love the smell of coffee -- just can get past the taste! Seriously, I loved this gentle reminder to throw away what is harmful and spend time with our Heavenly Father.

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    1. Pamela you are very welcome to have tea as long as you have the right addition with it.

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  12. The first thing I do in the morning is have coffee with God. Love this!
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!

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  13. So difficult to toss out those distractions, especially the good ones like chocolate, that keep us from God's best. Yet so necessary if we want to grow closer to Him and fulfill His perfect plan for our life! Linked up with you at The Weekend Brew -- hope you'll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,
    Laurie
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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  14. God, Coffee, & Chocolate are my favorite combination. A gracious reminder that indulging in God as our source of nourishment and retreat each day is always good for our health.

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  15. Throw away chocolate? Is there enough will power in the world?

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  16. Love it! I'm tweeting it later today! I am your neighbor at a linkup at #raralinkup ~gina

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  17. I love this - bravo for your self-discipline in tossing the chocolate! I probably wouldn't have. :/ Stopping by from Grace & Truth.

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  18. Oh no - throw out chocolate - NEVER. We ration ours out. I have some Hershey kisses and we get three a day with our afternoon coffee - - until they are gone. Now throwing out clutter is difficult for me. I think perhaps I might need it later on. But then why not pass these things not being used to someone else who needs them. Our city has a New Hope Center (and also a Salvation Army) that accept good used items. Cluttered minds - - I do hope that is not me. Coffee and God now that is a good way to start the day! Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  19. Lovely Sandra,
    Yes I need to stop typing, and go be with God. And if it is dark chocolate that is really good for you. But the other stuff has too much sugar and needs to go in the bin.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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  20. Don't think I could throw out the chocolate. I am working on opening my Bible with a cup of coffee--before I do anything else.

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  21. Sandra...This is a good word today. Decluttering the mind and heart so that there is room for God. I love this. Visiting from Renewed Daily.

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  22. It is really important to have some time reflecting about what God has given us. It would make us happier and even be more grateful too. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  23. Loved your blog. I couldn't throw it out either. I'd stretch it out over a few days. Nothing like digging in the gold mine of God's Word though. Oh the gems you'll find.

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  24. I am not a chocolate fan, in fact I don't like sweet stuff at all, only occasionally, but I am a big coffee consumer !

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  25. I am not sure I would be so brave o toss the chocolate away! Sigh...but you did the right thing! Always a good visit here. Thank you for taking your time and sharing with all. Have a blessed day!

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  26. Great post. I need one of those coffee breaks.

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  27. Sandra! As always your beautiful words make me think! I don't think I could throw chocolate out. Now, perhaps I could throw out old broccoli instead!

    Thanks for sharing your bounty of blessings for the letter B.

    A+

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  28. There are definitely toxic thoughts I need to throw out. Thank you for this reminder. Neighbors from #RaRaLinkup. Happy Tuesday to you Sandra.

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