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Here are some old blog posts from my first devotional blog, Latte Lover Devotions. I created a tab for them here for safe-keeping. Enjoy!

Monday
Feb092009

God delights in you

I found a great word of encouragement the other day, in the most unexpected place. I was reading in the Old Testament book of Zephaniah about God’s wrath and judgment on the world. In the third chapter of this rather depressing book, I stumbled across some amazing words of blessing. In chapter 3, the prophet Zephaniah tells the Israelite people that, even when the rest of the world faces ruin, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with signing.” (Zephaniah 3:17). What words of promise! If you have ever doubted yourself or your ability, take heart that the Lord is mighty in power and in majesty. He is there to rescue you from whatever battles you face, and to remind you of how much he loves you. In fact, he loves you so much that he “rejoice[s] over you with singing.” You are a work of art, created precisely the way God wanted you to be (See Psalm 139). So greet the world with confidence today, for you are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Lord, thank you for this reminder that you rejoice over me, just the way I am. Help me to live every moment for you.

Thursday
Jan082009

Peppermint lattés and envy

Here's a devotional I wrote back on 11/22/08. I stumbled across it today and thought I'd post it online. Enjoy!

Today I sit with a wonderful espresso creation called “Peppermint Patty.” It is warm and rich, so good that I’m wondering how it could possibly still be sugar free! As I sit sipping my drink, my thoughts turn toward the holiday season. With the Christmas season around the corner, my list of wants is starting to grow. For Christmas is the time of year when I have the possibility of getting all the things my friends have. As long as it makes the Christmas list, and enough hints are given verbally to my family, I stand a good chance on getting that new sweater or electronic device I’ve been wanting for so long. Greed and envy are big nemeses of mine. In the 21st century I am surrounded by the material day in and day out. Anything and everything I want is only a credit card away. Instant gratification is key.

Wow, I’m painting a really poor picture of myself here. A picture of a greedy, envious woman who would stop at nothing to get what her friends have. And this is what I would be like, where it not for the saving grace of God. He is the one that has to rein me in from time to time and remind me of the kind of person I could become. Consumed by envy and greed, I could live my life feeding on instant gratification, never really happy or fulfilled. But I’m not.

As Paul writes in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” What a promise. He will take care of me, not necessarily supplying all my wants, but my needs. God knows the difference between the $100 sweater I want and the boots I actually do need to keep my feet warm this winter. And he will continue to provide for me, reminding me of that wonderful chapter in Corinthians where Paul talks about real love. Paul writes that love does not envy (I Cor. 13:4). What a reminder to me, when I start to envy things my friends own. Instead of envying, I need to somehow learn how to love? But learning how to love will have to wait for another day. For today, I’m praying that God will create a new heart inside of me. One that is not consumed with what I do or do not have, but is thankful for the things he has given me, such as peppermint lattés.

Tuesday
Jan062009

Can you stop wiggling, even for a second?

I am one of those people with an extreme urge to wiggle. It’s been there ever since I was a little girl. If I’m standing, I’m leaning back and forth, shifting my weight from one foot to the other. If I’m sitting I’m likely playing with the pen in my hand, tapping it on the tabletop or twisting a strand or two of hair between my fingertips. I cannot sit perfectly still. I honestly think it’s impossible. My hands, my feet and my mind never stop. I’m a world-class multi-tasker.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be Still and Know that I Am God,” hard words for a girl such as myself. Even so, this is an area that God constantly calls me on. This may mean physically laying still, face flat on the floor before my God. Or it could mean slowing down my mind and basking in the presence of God.
Sure, there are things I want to fix in my life, things I wish I could change, but God is calling me to be happy in this moment. To praise him for everything I do have, and pray about anything that may be bothering me. To be still, I need to push the pause button on my life and get a reminder about who is really in charge. I need to stop wiggling, just for a moment, and listen for God.

Wednesday
Dec102008

Might I give you a little salt with your tea?

Yesterday I had one of my first hostess experiences as a newly married woman. I had a friend of mine over for an afternoon of tea, chatting, and cookie baking. All was going well until my friend asked for some sugar to sweeten her tea. I pulled the container out of the cupboard and the dear unsuspecting soul deposited several heaping teaspoons into her cup. The first sip had her gasping for water and leaning over my kitchen sink, laughing hysterically. I had given her salt instead of sugar. My friend thought that the incident was very funny, but I had trouble finding a smile. I was so embarrassed. Who mixes up salt and sugar?
In my limited knowledge of baking, I have found that salt and sugar are unique ingredients in their own way. Without salt a meat dish would taste very bland. Without sugar a cake would taste bitter. While salt makes tea taste horrible, sugar can bring out the natural flavors in the tea and make it the perfect warm drink for a cold afternoon.
Isn’t it great how God thought about things such as seasonings? He doesn’t have to give us anything, but he has chosen to give us such a bountiful supply of different food groups. Different types of food explore a wealth of seasonings and herbs found in nature around us. What a God!
Although my first hostess endeavor didn’t come off as great as I would like, I am starting to laugh about it. And next time, I’ll test the container to make sure it really is sugar.

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