Saturday, May 31, 2008

Caffeine isn't everything...is it?

At our church leadership retreat this weekend, my husband and I walked to a nearby coffee house (the hotel coffee has hideous!) and look what I found and my husband was so kind to get for me....
It is so me!! I can drink coffee 24/7 and I love it. I can probably say it is my addiction and I dread the day I have to let it go! Check out the inscription.....


Can you read it? If not, it says "If it weren't for caffeine, I'd have no personality whatsoever". I got the biggest kick out of it as I know how I am until I get that first cup of coffee each morning made with a shot of creme-de-mint & chocolate syrup, a little bit of sugar and topped with cool whip!! Now that I think about it....it's kind of a sad statement....that caffeine would have that much control in my life.

The speaker/facilitator at this leadership retreat gave us the following writing. It was found on the wall of a pastor's home in rural Africa, the author is quoted as "unknown". It has nothing to do with caffeine but it is too good not to share with all you beautiful women seeking to serve God more fully!

I am part of the "fellowship of the unashamed." I have Holy Spirit power. The dye has been cast. I've stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, y present makes sense and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chincy giving and dwarfed goals!

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by Presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, and my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won't give up, shut up, let up or burn up till I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up and stayed up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop and preach till everyone knows. And when He comes to get His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me...my colors will be clear. That makes it clear, doesn't it?

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. ~2 Timothy 4:1-2

Chew on that for a few days!!




Okay! What do you think?!?!?!? A big THANK YOU to Kelley at aromaofjoy.blogspot.com for making this new blog for me!! Slowly but surely I hope to learn this art too!!

11 comments:

Yolanda said...

From one coffee drinker to another....bring it on!

And, what a powerful writing on the walls of Africa!

Love,
Yolanda

Laura said...

Wow! That is a mouthful and a mindful! I'll be chewing on it for a while...
Can't wait to see the new look of your blog!
Laura

tiggerdaisy said...

Oh, I think I'll have to try your way of making coffee in the morning! I only put in sugar and cream...hmmm????...I don't know if my husband could stand to be around me if I drank that first thing every morning! :) :) I love the coffee cup...it's SO ME!

Can't wait to see the makeover!
Prayers and Blessings!
Rebecca

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Beautiful makeover.

I'd love to know how Kelley does it.

Laura said...

Oh, my goodness! Be-u-ti-ful!!!! Does Kelli need another blog to redo?

Sonya said...

This is great! I think we all love coffee and the writings today. Your new blog spot is to be envied (but us christians don't do that!)

I'm coming over from Lysa T's site. I hope to meet you at She Speaks.

Lelia Chealey said...

OH wow that is awesome. Thanks for taking the time to type that out and share it with us.
Love the new look of your blog gilfriend!!!
Blesings,
Lelia
17 more days!!!!!!!

Lelia Chealey said...

Love the cup too!! :) Make sure to bring it to the conference so we know to avoid you in the morning if you don't have that in your hand. :) LOL...just playing!
Love,
Lelia

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Love the new look! What an amazing friend you have in Kelley.

Love the poem. I've read it before. It's so convicting! Hope you are enjoying the rest of summer. I'm not. Summer is my BUSY season.

peace~elaine

tiggerdaisy said...

Oh girl!!! Your blog looks GREAT! :) Kelley did an outstanding job! Whoo-Hoo!!!! I know you are excited!

Prayers and Blessings!
Rebecca

Joyful said...

Your blog looks amazing!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! Isn't it fun to have a new blog design! Kelley is such a wonderful friend.
Enjoy!
Joy