If I could have coffee with God . . .From Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and welcome back to this new series, “If I Could Have Coffee with God . . .” I’m so glad to know that I know that I know that He cares about all that concerns us. Let’s grab our coffee and go to that quiet and comfy place and thank Him for that truth. 🙂

I have so much to thank Him for that it’s hard to know where to go next. 🙂 Do I go back in time or – hmmm, let me talk about something that just recently happened and we’ll see where we wind up.

I think if I were to have coffee with Him again, I would thank Him for always speaking to me in my language. What I mean is He knows just how to get my attention, and in what way to speak so I’ll know that it was from Him. See, I don’t know about you, but many times I have to be hit over the head with a cast iron skillet kind of voice, so to speak, to get my thoughts to come to a halt and for Him to get my attention. Because I understand that about myself, I ask for specific signs from Him to let me know I’m on the right track, especially in this writing journey that has led to so many different tracks/directions that I have to stop quite a bit to let the noise go by and listen for directions.

I just have to thank Him for the signs He’s given me in the last few days that have spoken quietly louder than all the voices that tell me, in love and concern, of course, that I’m doing too many things and I need to slow down. Here’s one of those signs that was definitely from above! Last week, during a book signing, I was online checking my email and I received a notification that something about Evinda had been tagged on Facebook so I logged in to my account and sure enough, someone from Riverside whom I don’t know had posted a comment that said she was reading “Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power, A Cup of Encouragement for the Day” by Evinda Lepins and she was on day 2 of the friendship series! 🙂 I got so excited and I felt so renewed with purpose. I felt like giving God a high-five and sort of offered one up to Him mentally.

But then that same day, at the end of my book signing, something gave out in my low back and I looked like a crooked, walking pencil and I couldn’t stand up straight. The comments to slow down came faster than a tornado all around me and again, I looked up to ask Him what He had to say about it, since He allows all things, right?

The pain has almost overshadowed the joy of His answers to me, so I think I also need to apologize to our Father for minimizing and almost forgetting the countless times He has given me major diamonds of encouragement and direction in a way that I needed to hear so I wouldn’t give up. But He’s so very patient and forgiving because just a few days later, I was picking up my monthly supply of hormones and the pharmacist told me she had purchased my book and was really enjoying it! 🙂 I was so excited to receive another cup of encouragement for the road from Him.

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit to you that within hours, I was complaining of my pain and inability to do what I’m used to doing. I still wasn’t getting what He was trying to tell me. I guess the cast-iron skillet wasn’t big enough, that is until the day before yesterday when ever so quietly I heard “5:30.” It only took me a few minutes to realize what He was trying to say and I realized that all those voices telling me to slow down, well, they were partially right; I do need to slow down and practice what I blogged months ago about seeking Him for guidance for every task before I jump to the next task and not try to accomplish everything in one day. There’s no race entitled “Let’s see who can get the most done in a day for My Kingdom.”:)

So I guess if I were to have coffee with God, I wouldn’t need to ask Him why He allowed this back problem because I can see all kinds of good stuff that’s come from it. See, one of those loud voices was my husband and I finally realized that when he gets home, he doesn’t want to see me spinning and he would like some of that energy and attention for himself. So 5:30 is quitting time, and I’m sure there will be days that the hours need to be extended, but I’m trusting that He’ll let me know when that’s okay.

It’s so ironic how you can get so caught up in doing Kingdom work that you lose the right direction. Oh, how thankful I am for His traffic signals. 🙂

So in my coffee hour with God, I’d thank Him in as many ways as I could for the many ways He speaks to me, corrects me and loves me. And I’d also have to thank Him for the truth of His Word in Romans 8:28 that promises us that “ALL things work together for good to those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Take time to think about the ways in which He’s encouraged you in your journey.

Humbly,

Evinda

 

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3 Responses to “If I could have coffee with God . . .From Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power”

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