Several weeks ago I was brewing my pot of coffee listening to the sound of the bubbling water, the faint hissing of the steam, and the water pouring into the pot. I created another masterpiece inside one of my beautifully crafted mugs and started to pray for the day. I prayed for my children like I usually do. I prayed for my church, my family, my friends, for those that I knew were sick or struggling with something.....and then my prayers of supplication turned into a deep out loud conversation, and it was as if Jesus were sitting next to me at my kitchen table listening to my every word as I spoke, hand gestures and all. He was intent on letting me spill my heart out over this amazing cup of coffee and joined me with every refill. I did this for what seemed like weeks and every time I brewed my coffee I expected Him to show up, and He never let me down. He had been trying to speak to me for a while but I had been so caught up and busy with life outside of my home that I wasn't paying attention to my own life and the struggles I was going through. I was too occupied taking care of and praying for others that I neglected to take care of and pray for myself. When He spoke to me about this, I was compelled to listen. My heart had been breaking for a while, I was hurting physically, emotionally and worse; spiritually. We were talking like the best of friends do, no time had passed between us and He picked me up right where we left off with each conversation. And then one day He gave me something so good that I grabbed my phone, opened up my Facebook application and was compelled to share it with everyone. His word rang true, spoke to my soul and not only was I bursting with joy over this message but I knew He was using me for a purpose to create something bigger than myself.....a movement, His movement.
Why did He choose coffee? I think it's because I had to wait for it to brew and all he needed was a few minutes of silence to catch my attention and I was instantly hooked. I took pleasure making my coffee and fashioning things like chocolate caramel - hazelnut lattes and it was the perfect opportunity for Him to say, "That smells and looks amazing! May I join you?" I would never deny anyone to indulge in any of my delightful creations, let alone Jesus. And, I am gratified and filled with joy when others are just as excited and enjoy what I have made. God was teaching me something through all of this - He felt the same way! He has all of these gifts that he wants to give me and it fills Him with the same joy when I take a drink from His cup.
I started to use the hashtag #coffeethoughts or #justcoffeethoughts when I would share things on my personal Facebook page that God had given me to encourage the masses. I noticed that I got several likes, more so than usual, and it Hit me. People were listening and His message was being spread. The more conversations over coffee Jesus and I had, the more He started opening up himself to me, and the more I had to share. He sprung a well within me and it was overflowing so I opened up my Bible and went deeper into the Word of God. The more I read the more I had to write, the more I wanted to explode and yell from the mountain tops of this unending, unfailing Love that is Him. Unfortunately I live in Kansas and, well, we don't have mountains tops here. The next best thing I could think of was writing a blog about my personal relationship with my Savior as well as sharing some things He is teaching me along the way, and here we are. I pray that you will be encouraged, inspired, enlightened, and uplifted with my stories.
May the Good Lord bless you and keep you always. - April Nicole