Showing posts with label coffee mug. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coffee mug. Show all posts

Monday

I Wish People Would ..... - Coffee & Conversation


If you are a regular reader here or have stopped by my blog a few times then you may well know how much I Love Coffee & Chocolate.

Well at the moment I'm trying to cut down on the chocolate but ....  well not so much on the coffee.

I enjoy a large mug of coffee to sit and sip on when I'm checking my emails and sorting my ToDo lists in the morning & you also probably know how much I Love Lists and depend on them.

I do a lot of reading which is another Coffee Break Time and a lot of thinking so I thought I might do a new series on 






where I just talk a little about what is on my mind.



Today I'm starting with some things that  "I Wish"  about people.




I often WISH that I could recognise how all the people I meet are feeling so that I can understand them better.


So I PRAY that God will help me to understand people better and that He will help me do all those things I have mentioned in my little rant above.




Do you wish this about people? 


Do you pray this about yourself? 




Wednesday

Your Next Coffee Break - A Dose of Encouragement


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I had 3 large Galaxy bars of chocolate which were almost out of date and I didn't know what to do with them.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




Another Coffee Mug! - A Dose of Encouragement



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 lady’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 she informed me 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 lady 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?