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.
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.
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.