Coffee, conversation, and reflections are where we share life and laughter while sharing God’s provision and goodness. 

Coffee, Conversation, and Reflections: November Issue

Welcome! 

Dearest Reader, 

Coffee, conversation, and reflections are where we share life and laughter while sharing God’s provision and goodness. 

Welcome, grab a mug of something warm and let’s get started!

Coffee and Conversation

I love the sound of frost crunching beneath my feet as I walk Lola early in the mornings. My hands are wrapped around my coffee as I gaze at the vastness of a predawn sky. Lately, more often than not, it is sprinkled with stars while the moon plays hide and seek.

Afterward, I open my bible, and journal, spending time with God.

I whisper the words:

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 (ESV)

I’ve been reflecting on Ezra and Nehemiah as I write through them. 

Namely, seeing God’s steadfast faithfulness and love through the pages. With each word, I fall in love with Him more every day.

Coupled with our distractedness and spiritual ADD, we tend to pass over the words, not taking time to digest the stories. Let us never forget these are real people with real stories, not so different from you and me. They don’t have the answers or know how it’s all going to end.

Sound familiar?

However, we have their stories, real-life stories, in His Word. We have the advantage of seeing God work in there lives, therefore, we can have confidence He is working on our behalf. But, if we are not daily in the Word, how can we know?

Coffee, Conversation, and Commentary

My parents and siblings, with a smattering of nieces and nephews, are coming for a visit. I am excited beyond myself. However, can I tell you my next thought?

Immediately I went into overdrive! Our Wilderness Place is small and humble. I’m in the process of writing my second book, which means all manner of procrastination is happening. Cleaning, purging, reorganizing, and a stack of good books are calling my name.

Thus, any extra space in our humble abode is currently a work in progress, in other words: “MY HOUSE IS A MESS.” And, true confession, when it comes to cooking, that season has passed. I am clearly in survival mode. Whatever heart-healthy meal I can dump in the instant pot is my go-to.

And, that leads us to the commentary:

The past few days, God has brought Luke 10:38-42 before me.

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.'” (ESV)

In verse forty-one the New Living Translation says it this way:

But the Lord said to her, ‘My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!'” 

Finally, my heart caught up.

My hands and eyes have been caught up with the details while my heart longs to be present.

Dearest Reader, are you like me, more concerned with the details than being present?

Are we more concerned about presentation and perfection? Performance? All. Those. Details?

It’s a battle, isn’t it? I am weary with performance and so tired of my perfectionist ways, and my need for order. Longing to be present, I want to be different. I want to be holy. I want more of Him and less of me. (John 3:30)

However, this passage is clear. We cannot, nor do we have to “do” our way into anything. Our heavenly Father gives us everything we need when we accept Him into our hearts. In our pride and arrogance, we feel the need and ability to add to what God has already done for us.

As a result, we get sideways, off track. We move farther away from the very One we are longing for. We’re not so different than the Israelites, are we?

Therefore, as we close our November issue of Coffee, Conversation, and Reflections, may I offer a prayer of Thanksgiving on our behalf?

Heavenly Father

As we move through the days ahead, we invite your presence in.

We confess our independence, self-reliance, and our need for perfection.

Father, we confess our bent towards details and juggling all the things because we believe we can.

The truth is, we are nothing apart from you. It is only through you and in you, we are here.

Create in us a pure heart, O God.

Compel us to choose you over the approval of others.

Urge us to choose presence over performance.

Grace over perfection.

Fill us with your grace.

Cover us with your mercy.

May all that we say and do reflect your goodness to others.

May we love you for who you are: Almighty God, Abba Father.

You made us and we are yours.

You are our Refuge and our Fortress, our God in whom we trust.

We give thanks to you, for your love endures forever!

Amen

“We redefine our wilderness with who God is.”

I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness. You can comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,

 

*Catch up on Ezra here.

*Scripture quotes are from Bible.com

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word