I’ve thought about doing this for years, but I just never got around to it. I’m a paper and pen kinda girl, so I wrote my thoughts on paper and wasn’t really sure I wanted to share with the world. I love writing short devotionals, but inevitably after they were done, they would end up in a drawer, where no one would see them. I tried sharing them with a pastor one day, and he smiled at me and told me it was too bad I was a woman, or I could share them from the pulpit. Yup, that day was fun. And so the devotionals piled up, unseen and unread by anyone but me and perhaps a close friend that I dared to share them with.
Over the course of the past few months I really felt the Lord Jesus was telling me to start a blog but I didn’t want to. Frankly, I’m lazy and I have commitment issues. And worse, what if no one reads my blog or people say terrible things to me. I’m a blog reader however and I know that everyone, even those who have wonderful recipes, great crafts, awesome tutorials and amazing things to share, get rude comments. I guess it’s just par for the course. You put yourself out there and not everyone loves you.
So here goes. My first blog post. I pondered on what to call it and finally decided on the name cards coffee and God. I wanted the g in God to be a capital but they wouldn’t let me. It is however the God of the universe, Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords that I am referring to. And it is from His word, the Holy Bible and His Holy Spirit that I will share my thoughts and revelations from.
So you might be wondering what do cards and coffee have to do with God? Well, every morning when I get up, after I feed the cat who shall be called Jack hereafter, I go into a room that is set up as my craft room. It is my sanctuary because it is also a place that I pray, read the Bible and yes, drink coffee. Every single morning, coffee. Sometimes more than one cup. I love to sit in this lovely room, with a window overlooking my deck, where I see birds and trees and sunshine, and create beautiful handmade cards out of paper. Most of my supplies are from Stampin Up but I’ve been known to cheat on them and buy things from Hero Arts and Tim Holtz and heaven forbid, even Michaels and Hobby Lobby. This little room with a view is my relaxing place, my place where I shut out the world and play and refresh myself. It is a place of peace and rest and joy, great joy. For it is in this place that I so often hear His voice, feel His presence, find answers to my questions, and find His peace. And it is from this wonderful room that I come to you today to share with you my heart and my thoughts. I will leave you this morning with this word from Jeremiah 29:11-13.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
These verses are pretty profound when you think about it. God has thoughts about you, and they are good thoughts. Not bad ones, not evil ones, not I’m going to give you a disease or destroy your home, or kill you thoughts, but good thoughts. He wants to give you a hope and a future. He wants to bless you. But notice that He says that once you realize that His thoughts are for good toward you, that the responsibility is now on you. You need to go and call upon Him. You need to seek Him with all your heart. You need to search for Him. And it is then, when you search for Him with all your heart that you will find Him. Be blessed my friends. And don’t forget to spend time with the Lord. He wants to share those amazing and wonderful thoughts with you. But you have to ask.