Coffee Date

It is no secret that I adore coffee. I love the taste, the coziness of drinking a warm drink with a friend, and I love the trendy coffee shop in our little Mississippi town. It brings genuine joy to my heart to share a cup of coffee with a dear friend as we open up and share our hearts with each other. So think of this as a virtual coffee date. I deeply desire for this blog to be a place of encouragement for everyone who reads, as well as a place for me to share my journey... the good as well as the mess. I never want people to come to Oh Simple Thoughts and think, "Man that girl is so full of herself", or "Geez, she has got it all together"...I want you to see me, the real imperfect, impatient, sinful me. That is my heart behind this post, being real with you as my readers, and tearing down my desire to portray myself as "all put together" on this blog.

So grab some coffee, or tea, or whatever makes you happy and come talk with me. You can grab the button below and link up to your blog. No rules or obligations to link up, just link back to this post and enjoy some sweet encouragement. 
Okay, so If we were getting coffee in real life, I would probably suggest for us to meet up at 929 coffee bar here in Starkville. It is my favorite spot in town, and is walking distance from our house. I would suggest their Americano or Caramel Latte... and then we could go downstairs to a cozy (and insanely large) booth and we could just relax and talk. 

I think the first question that is always asked over coffee is "how are you doing", or "how are things going"...some variation of this question. Can I be really honest? I am terrible at answering this question. Terrible. I tend to answer quickly without giving much thought to my response. I find myself being generic and vague... I am learning that generic and vague do not work for deep and meaningful friendships. So here goes nothing... "How are you doing?"

Well, I am doing pretty well. I was away this past weekend and was able to spend so much time outside. It was glorious. I am finding myself more and more amazed by the Lord's creation. It is just so beautiful and I cannot get enough of it. It has been sweet for the Lord to stir my affection for him through Creation. Honestly, I have felt so distant from the Lord lately, I think it is due to my struggle with "keeping up"... I wrote about this a couple days ago, read about it here -> Joy vs. Shame. I really have struggled to figure out how to serve the Lord and seek him without falling deeply into the trap of guilt and shame. I find myself often weary with the journey rather than filled with joy. Yet, the Lord patiently pursues my heart and draws me to himself. He has been so kind to reassure me of his unconditional love in so many ways lately. He really is good. 
  (Answers like this are so uncomfortable sometimes, admitting that I am without answers or struggling is difficult, especially on my blog, but it is always so sweet to see the Lord work mightily throughout honesty and vulnerability for his glory)

How are you friend? Are you weary? Are you barely stumbling along? Are you filled with joy and rejoicing in the Lord? Are you overwhelmed? I want to connect with each of you, to bear one another's burdens and to encourage one another together. I would love to hear from you in the comments below if you feel comfortable sharing or via email ( I would love to pray for you, to read your thoughts, to just intercede for you. I think that sharing our stories and journeys can be so glorifying to the Lord... they force us to come face to face with our hearts and the reality of our weakness. When we become aware, truly aware of our inability and weakness, then and only then, are we totally aware of our need for a strong savior God. 

So here are a few other questions I tend to ask my close friends over coffee. Answer if you would like to, maybe this will just get you thinking.

What is the Lord teaching you? 
How is your marriage?
How are you doing in managing your household?
Are you finding yourself joyful in the Lord lately?

On another note...I love music. It stirs my heart for Jesus. Have you heard Sovereign Grace Music's latest album? It is incredible. And this song in particular has brought me a deep peace and joy in the story of the Gospel. I pray you listen to this song and are encouraged by the truth of this song. 

"To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 1:7 

"But exhort one another every day, as long as it's called today, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." Hebrews 3:13

How is your heart today friend? Praying that vulnerability and openness will bring us to our knees in praise before our mighty and perfect Father God!

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Much Love,