Monday, October 10, 2016

Coffee Date || 29


If we were on a coffee date, it would be afternoon and we'd be sitting outside since it's no longer 102 degrees out, but we're not yet in the cold of fall and winter. This would make our time shorter because we'd both be thinking about the work we have to get back to, but the reprieve would be blessed and encouraging in the midst of a Monday. 


If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you I'm studying the bible again. I would confess it's been long since His word and I have had much of an interaction (part of that is blamed on vacation, but mostly it's on me). I've finally decided to stop "giving myself grace" and start "putting in the work" because sometimes work is necessary. While I'm thankful His grace doesn't end, I'm thankful for the chance to stop being so graceful it borders on excused laziness with myself. I missed Him. I missed Him a lot. 


If we were on a coffee date, I'd share that I'm thinking about entitlement this again month. Because I haven't stopped thinking about it since two months ago when I mentioned how it seems to add to my struggles. There's been a lot of removing the paint from the walls of my heart and letting the bareness be enough, but this process is deeply freeing. 


If we were on a coffee date, I'd have a present for you. It would be in a craft paper bag and I'd insist you open it. It'd have Ghirardelli's sea salt chocolate cashews in it. I would really hope that you open them and that we can guzzle them down together because they are delicious with an afternoon coffee. (Also, I buy them at Target and they do not cost $12 there.)  


If we were on a coffee date, I might brag a bit about my reading challenge. Okay, I would definitely brag that I managed to read 52 books in the first nine months of the year. I'd want to tell you the one I LOVED and the one I hated and then I'd ask about your reading habits. You'd probably ask what I'm going to do now that the challenge is dust and I'd say, I upped my total goal to 70 and that feels really ambitious. (But then Rachel wrote this and I was like YES I CAN DO IT.) 


If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask how you make transitions easier. I've realized transitions go smoother when we expect them, when we think about them, when we acknowledge that they're coming. Moving from the heat of summer to the coolness of fall has reminded me of how important it is to be honest about our place in time. Honesty, acceptance, and seeking out little spots of loveliness are vital. 


If we were on a coffee date, I'd want to celebrate our wins this week with high fives. Football season is back and it puts me in the high five, "go team!" kind of spirits. I'd want to share in that overexcitement with you and then I'd ask if you have a team you're rooting for this season. I'd tell you we're Chargers fan (which sort of hurts my soul), but that I'm also a big fan of you. 


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