Monday, February 23, 2015

a coffee date...

If we were on a coffee date, I would order a grande non-fat flat white. No sugar, no fat, no carbs. Welcome to my life (again).

If we were on a coffee date, I would ask you how you are doing, really doing. There is such a beautiful simplicity and power in talking about our day-to-day lives, and I want to embrace that with you.

If we were on a coffee date, we would talk about all my adventures in substitute teaching. This week, I was called in as a weeklong substitute for 8th grade U.S. History and Bible. We spent half our week in the library and the other half in class writing research papers. I loved having the opportunity to spend a week teaching, because it gave me a better picture of what it would look like to teach full-time (outside of grading and lesson planning). These students are also so fun to be around all the time; they think my necklaces look like seaweed, that my classroom smells like marijuana, that “carnal” is an ice cream topping (mistaken for caramel), and that I am so pretty that I should be married (because I am a Miss not a Mrs.). Also, they are doing research papers on 9/11 which happened when I was in 6th grade, so if that doesn’t make me (or you) feel old, I don’t know what does. And then they asked me if I was going to go see “50 Shades of Grey”… WHAT? Since when do 12 year old people know what all of that is? Jaw on the floor, friends.

If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you that I found the most beautiful top at The Loft the other day and almost bought it… Until the sale didn’t apply to the one shirt I chose to pick out; so instead of it being 50% off, it was full price, to which my bank account said a firm “NO”. But I am telling you, I daydream about that blouse, in every color. For the love of everything beautiful, I need it in my closet STAT. And then I would tell you that I got an amazing burlap print and new teal patterned bath matt for less than $20. And, not to mention, the Target dollar bins are great right now... Wire baskets, flowery Post-It notes and to-do lists. RUN, DON'T WALK. 

If we were on a coffee date, we would talk about how American Sniper got the short end of the stick at The Oscars this year. Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Chris Kyle, and America deserved better. 

If we were on a coffee date, we would probably talk about legacys and generational effects of sin and obedience.

If we were on a coffee date, we would talk about God’s faithfulness and about the Israelites and faith and prayer. We would talk about the painfulness of trusting in the Promised Land after years of bondage, about how God is always for us, and about how sometimes, we pray for the same things over and over because we think that if we don’t, God will somehow forget. What do you think He’s forgetting?

 *Image source: Kristi Howell's iPhone*
*These posts are inspired by this lady. She's a new favorite.*

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