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tales from the bottom of the cup

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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” ~ T.S. Eliot


I love when I see the bottom of a coffee cup because it means that something good has just happened.
Have I had a conversation to catch up with a good friend? Have I been sitting down to breakfast with my family? Have I had some honest time to rest and relax? Have I been drawn into writing another story? Maybe I’ve been in early-morning prayer, reading the Word, or just still before Him…

If the cup is empty, then I’ve landed in a better place somehow. I could be on my beach, in the pew, in the corner coffee shop, or in my mother’s kitchen – regardless, I know that by the time I’ve made it to the end of that cup, I’ve already been blessed.

     “Come to me, all you who are weary and 
      burdened, and I will give you rest.Take 
      my yoke upon you and learn from me, for 
      I am gentle and humble in heart, and 
      you will find rest for your souls.For 
      my yoke is easy and my burden is 
      light.”  ~ Matthew 11:28-30

I’ve been busy lately. (Oh, you too?)

So the fact that I have been blessed with a few days of rest for mind, body, and spirit this week is a welcome departure from this mom’s “business-as-usual”. I can tell you that I’ve been weary for a while. I’ve been looking for some rest. I’ve been sleep-deprived and caffeine-charged for sure. I’ve been on the lookout for the bottom of the cup.

And so, I’m taking a break.

At least once a week, we have “Unplug Saturdays” in our family. My husband and children know that I’ll take a break from writing, from social media – no FaceBook, Twitter, not even texting – one day a week. Sure enough, I’ll make time for a much needed coffee break. And when I get to the bottom of the cup? You guessed it. I’m sure I’ll have a tale to tell. As soon as the prayers find their way off my tongue, I’ll find that peace I’d been looking for. I’ll find communion. Rest. A place to receive gentleness, and oh my yes… time away in the peace I’ve been so needing.

Go grab a cup of coffee. (He’ll wait. And so will the rest of the world.) 

Now that you have it, take a seat and stay a while.

Unplug. Rejuvenate, restore…

Spend some time. Relax. Pray. Maybe just breathe with each drink… Remember that He’ll give you rest. In the midst of the bills, the uncertainty, the jobs, the kids’ activities and the hustle and bustle of this life – our true rest comes in close communion with Him. And by the time you’ve come to the bottom of the cup? You can smile – something good has just happened.

With Joy,

Kristy Initials