Found this shared by a friend on FB. Let us start buying suspended coffee, it won’t cost us too much. Please read on…
We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter: ‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ . They pay for their order, take the two and leave. I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?” My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”
Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’.
While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café.
Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks ‘Do you have any suspended coffee?’
It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafés or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients… I am sure many of them will like it.
Happy New Year is what we always say to each other. nothing is wrong with that. But the new year will not always be a happy one. In fact, the new year was met with tragic accidents and homicide around the Bay Area, some actually happened while they were trying to be happy. Quite ironic huh?
Also, since I am a believer of the power of spoken words, I will have to alter the greeting a bit to make it more meaningful and a blessing-BLESSED New Year, Everyone!
My last year was full of plans and resolutions and hopes and dreams. It was also full of frustrations, disappointments and stress. A year ago, a plan was conceived but it didn’t progress the way or speed that I hoped it would be. It left me unhappy, stressed out, bitter, frustrated, did I say unhappy? It’s been a roller coaster of hopes and stupid expectations. Every waking morning would be full of grunting, complaining, crying. So naturally, this morning when I woke up (like any other morning) I prayed or murmured “I am unhappy Lord, so unhappy I don’t even know what to say to you anymore. I have stressed and lost sleep over this ….and nothing is happening yet. If this isn’t what you want for my life, then get me out of this situation already, provide an escape plan..whatever!” And I just cried silly.
Typical rebellious impatient believer.
My relationship with the Father is such of a confused teenager (ha ha), that He responds like a typical firm but loving dad. I got up, got my iPad and mindlessly browsed through the podcast titles. Guess what? Today’s preaching presented itself to me like an expensive gift on Christmas morn,
Title: Waiting on God’s Timing
I have provided the link to the preaching so anyone needing guidance will also benefit from it. Again, spoken by a loving Father to a whiny child, God reminded me that His timing is perfect. He couldn’t reiterate it enough and said “wait and wait and wait and wait“, I kept asking “why, why, why and how long?” I flipped through the pages of my journal and checked my prayer requests sometime ago- I stared at it, let out a sigh and calmly drew a close subset on all the items and scribbled this:
God’s timing is perfect, I know that. I don’t see it now and I have questions, too. I am writing this down so I can come back to this later and be able to share with you the “whys” and the “how long”-as soon as I get Daddy’s answer.
Meanwhile, I just have to wait.
I have a friend, and although I love her I am scared to talk to her. She talks and talks and talks, and I could butt in and say something totally irrelevant and unrelated and she wouldn’t notice it. When she calls me on the phone, my ear burns. I could go to the bathroom or watch TV and she would still be talking. All I need to do is say “uhumm..” every now and then. Even when and if f I don’t pick up, she would leave messages as long as the Great Wall of China. She would be talking for a good 5 minutes and still not get to the purpose of her call. Can you relate?
I have been reading the books of Ecclesiastes and although some say this book is dark, whiny, negative and must be written by Scrooge, when you thoughtfully read and dissect Solomon’s words-it is a breath of fresh air. I even asked some friends to explain a passage on my FB account,because no matter how often I read the book, this still offers new insights and instructions.
Chapter 6:11 is the inspiration for this blog.“The more the words, the less the meaning”, Solomon says. Some people think that the wordy you get the better the story becomes. Some think that one sentence is dull or lame,and they are compelled to add to it or embellish it. By the way, while I was reading, another friend called me and told me a totally different story that I allegedly said. Of course not! , but it was done so by whoever told her to make the case intriguing and dramatic. What irony huh?
There is still beauty in simplicity.When we are succinct, we lessen the risk of misunderstanding, misinterpretation and therefore no one gets lost in translation.
Even when talking to God, Solomon warns us not to be quick with our mouth or be hasty in our hearts. “Let your words be few” does not in any way discourage us to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit when we talk to God, it was a reminder to come to the throne with a purpose,with specifics and not to blabber believing that a lengthy, wordy petition is any better.
When words are few, we open our listening ears and our hearts to what God has to say. Our Heavenly Father sits on the throne, not the psychiatrist’s chair.
I had an experience when I was a teenager, we were at a camp and we were doing “popcorn prayer”. A group of 8 praying randomly was like playing Russian Roulette lol. Each wait for anyone to pray ( oh boy that was some wait), and I remember one camper who prayed for everything and everyone and every activities and every congregation, the whole world and the universe…and I fell asleep. It was embarrassing but that is the risk of wordiness.
Praying over meals could be tricky too. The Sunday following a youth retreat I attended, our pastor’s sermon was about how to pray efficiently and effectively. I guess he noticed that all of us were too hungry to pray for healing for the sick, and salvation of souls when we just wanted to say grace before grubbing. It was funny because at one time during the retreat, although it was unspoken and unplanned, one friend volunteered to pray over meals and as he started saying “Heavenly Father..” we all said ” Amen” in unison right away. We found out that was exactly what he was planning on doing, just say “Heavenly Father,thank you for the food, amen.” That was a juvenile act but you know what I mean , haha.
I hope I made my point clear, I could go on but that would be doing the exact opposite of what I am sharing. Stay warm everyone.
TV church is great, but it should not replace corporate worship and fellowship. Just saying that when our circumstance calls for staying home, we can worship and do church nonetheless. In fact, if you are usually shy to sing and dance you can do so with abandon in the privacy of your room, just you and The Lord hanging out and having a spiritual good time.
What instructed me this morning was what Dr. Jeremiah said that to be thankful , we have to look back over our shoulders and remember the past and reflect on how The Lord worked in our lives at a given situation and time.
To be able to thank we must be able to think first, he says. I couldn’t agree more. I did just that after the segment, and you know what? I couldn’t stop thinking and enumerating things I should be thankful for. Doing that made me realize that I am really not wanting more because He has been faithful in fulfilling my needs!
He also said that being grateful is not a silent game. We need to declare, confess and say it over and over. Expressing gratitude through verbal account and recollection allows for our memory to be refreshed and is in fact what the Scripture tells us to do.
One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
We say “thank you” for affirmation and to let the other person know that we recognize and appreciate his work and effort. We should do the same thing when we think of the past and God’s faithfulness in saving us, healing us, forgiving us and supplying all our needs. After praying and thanksgiving, I opened my eyes and the TV screen read:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,present your requests to God. and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
To me that is God listening and communicating, as I read it I was shaking my head and just saying “wow”. His mercies are new everyday, He doesn’t stop wowing me each time I spend time with Him. I am always in awe, smiling, crying and just simply saying thank you!
Like Ptr. Jeremiah, I urge you to look back, think and reflect on God’s goodness. Our Heavenly Father deserves affirmation, praising and glory, don’t you think so?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
- In your workplace or church or school, or wherever applicable, can you think of someone you try to avoid? Why?
- At a gathering, do you excuse yourself when someone starts talking or shows up? Why?
- When someone suddenly appears at the hallway, cafeteria or the mall, do you say “uh oh”, or do you wave excitedly and make room for the person so he/she can join you? Why?
- When caller ID shows a certain name, do you let the call go to voice mailbox or do you excitedly pick it up? Why?
- Also, can you identify people by the perfume or cologne they wear?
How does answering the questions make you feel? Do you even have a “nickname” for these people?
Yesterday morning my devotion kind of put me in a “how-come-I-never-read-of -this-before?” reaction. I must have in the past, but it probably did not make an impact or wasn’t relevant at the time.
Paul, the Shakespeare of the Scriptures ( at least to me) was always sincerely longing and genuinely concern about the spiritual condition and physical welfare of his friends. He writes lovingly and speaks fondly of other people. Tender but never sugarcoat the truth.
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul was explaining (not complaining) about his life as a missionary in Christ. At some point, he went on to say that Christians can either be the smell of death or the fragrance of life. -2 Corinthians 2:16
When I read this, I thought to myself “hmm, I wonder how people smell me?” Hence, the title and the questions. Like a flashback in a movie, I started remembering people who I tried to avoid because they were either toxic, stressfully overbearing but at the same time, I also thought of the people who I really enjoy spending time with -online or real life.
This kind of introspection does not authorize us to justify our indifference. It is a reminder to always smell good and release a pleasing fragrance. Like a popular air freshener are we “motion activated”? Do we automatically spray a delicious scent or an offensive stench? You pick.
The most thrilling part of what Paul said is this:
Our Heavenly Father delights and is pleased at the aroma of Jesus through us, is such an honor to be remembered that way. It is like smelling fresh brewed coffee in the morning (sorry, that’s the best I could do). We wake up and are drawn to the aroma of coffee and God is the same way, He is drawn to us!
As you seek the Lord today, ask for God’s help and guidance for ways to become the fragrant of life, instead of the smell of death. May people see us and be drawn to us because we “smell” of Christ and no one else.
Have a good one.