Coffee Chat

You know what I really love to do? I love trying a new cafe with my husband or a girl friend, grabbing a couple lattes and having a good chat. A catch up, a “deep & meaningful”, a “what is God teaching you right now?” kind of interaction. I love it. I could probably do it multiple times a week and not run out of people to hang out with or cafes to try.

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I am more of a one-on-one or small group person than a big group, party kind of person. Big parties actually kind of overwhelm me. Thus, why I love these one-on-one Coffee Chats.

So I had this thought…let’s have a “coffee chat” online and answer a question that we should all be asking each other often – what has God been teaching you?IMG_9852IMG_9852IMG_9852

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If we were sitting down for coffee right now, and you asked me “what has God been teaching you lately?” This is what I would say…

God is teaching me to process emotions and reactions before responding in situations. If you read this post about my moment a few weeks ago, I feel like this sort of routine has been occurring lately. Normal, everyday things happening and God stopping me for a few moments to really think it through, reflect and then respond appropriately. Respond with grace and patience the way you only really can after receiving it from God first.

I am learning of my own “humanness” – that I often feel things deeply but sometimes they reflect areas of my heart that need to be carved out a bit more, not an injustice or wrongdoing on someone else’s part.

I am learning that God wants us to think through where someone is coming from when they made that remark or didn’t do that one thing. God wants us to think of others and not just how we feel in a situation.

I am learning that God’s grace is more abundant than I think I’ll ever fully comprehend. That He is available and desires to move in and through us when our own humanity seems to be getting in the way.

I am learning that the Bible needs to be more present in my life. Not that it’s not present right now. I have a Bible and I definitely read it. I feel I need more and more of it, though. “The more you’re in it, the more you want to be in it” right?

I am learning that there is a lot of warfare over our calling – subtle but devastating attacks the enemy desperately wants to bring to us to keep us from doing what God has called us to do.

I am learning that maturity is doing something because it’s good for you, not because you necessarily “feel like it” and often you won’t feel like doing the things that are going to help you the most. I am learning that we can be super inspired by messages, podcasts, and books, but we cannot depend on that alone for our growth. We need to make choices…good choices.

So I am learning…it’s good. I am unbelievably thankful for God’s patience with us. That He’s so willing to continually teach us, even if it takes 10 tries before it truly sinks in. God is so good.

As we are having our “virtual coffee chat”, respond in the comments section about what God is teaching you. I’d love to hear :)

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  1. Tina May 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Ashley that was a great post. I like online coffee chats, although I am not drinking a coffee at the moment….
    Something God is teaching me lately is that I can truly find my security, identity and value in Him. I am starting to really understand this matter at new depths. I am starting to understand that God is Always for me and that He is My Biggest fan. I am understanding more and more that how I perform, my ministry, my friends, past, etc. do not dictate who I am and what my value is. Myvalue is in Him alone. He is not dissapointed in me but is always cheering for me and championing me. I am finding myself so much more at peace with who I am and what my purpose is. I find that I am getting better at not reacting in situations, rather taking a moment to respond appropriately. I am by no means saying I am perfect at this but I have seen an improvement.
    God’s grace is sufficient for me, for us. Always. I don’t actually need to have freak out moments or make exceptions to my reacting rather then responding to people and situations. God’s grace is sufficient and His love is enough. God is so good. :)

    • Ashley Willingham May 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Tina – this is so good! I love when we can have actual coffee chats, but I also like to see your written style, too! You’re such a great friend and so inspiring – love you! Xox!

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