I Always Turned to Coffee

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Coffee and Jesus. My favorite phrase in the english language. 

I got up today, like most mornings.

Thankful the kids let me sleep a full 7-ish hours without me having to give them the “look” to go back to bed and let mommy sleep. 

Shuffled my way into the kitchen, bumping into the kitchen counter as my eyes were still not quite fully open and finally making it to the object of my morning obsession – the coffee maker. 

Oh it’s dark colored liquid of yumminess is comforting to my soul and vital thinking skills. 

In the mornings, I turned to coffee. Late nights out or in, I turned to coffee. Long hours at work, I turned to coffee. 

The coffee maker made it’s last pot of coffee this morning. 

Coffee and Jesus

Opening the lid of the coffee container, carefully measuring out the grinds and water – I finally push the “on” button. 

Can you smell it? Fresh brewed coffee. Oh, pure heaven!

With my first cup down, I’m more awake and ready for conversation, but still decide for one last cup of the day. 

Yep, I’m a 2 cups of coffee a day kinda person. Don’t judge me. 

I pour my last cup and add a splash of cream. The perfect blend, in my opinion. I go to take a careful sip of this hot liquid gold and IT IS COLD! 


I’m so confused. I check the machine to see if someone went behind my back and turned off my coffee maker, but no. It was still turned on. I’m frantically turning it off and back on. I unplug it and try a different outlet. The thought of dealing with a bad outlet could not be worse than a dead coffee maker, right?  BUT NO! The outlet was working just fine. 

Oh, the disappointment!

My Coffee Maker Died. 

Coffee is the start to my morning routine without falter. 

Coffee First! Super Important!

Oops. Did you see that?

I said coffee was first and super important in my life. 

There is nothing wrong with coffee, but as I was half way freaking out, I felt God nudging my heart – time for a lesson.

No matter how long and hard I work on my relationship with God, He still gives me these teaching moments. 

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We never “arrive” as Christians. 

Coffee and Jesus

Imagine a kid rolling her eyes, slouching her shoulders and saying, “Oh fine”.

Yep that was me. Spoiled. Bad attitude. Not in the mood. 

Hello, my coffee maker just died!

But knowing I’m not in control and MUST listen to the lesson God had for me, I submit. 

My conversation with God went something like this… 
God: Do you put me first?
Me: Of course! I try to. Really I do. 
God: Do you love Me more than coffee?
Me: Yes! Of course. 
God: Is your daily time with Me a routine that you fight for without falter? 
Me: Of course our time together is very important, but I see what you are getting at. 
God: Would it concern you as much if you missed one day of us being together?
Me: I understand, Lord. 

I must put God first – unquestionably – first in my life. 

Instead of our first thoughts of the day to be about coffee, our long to-do lists, our children or our husband; it should be to God – thanking Him and worshiping Him. 
God in all His grace and love, used my silly coffee moment this morning to remind me to check myself, thoughts and schedule to make sure that I put Him first in ALL I do. 
Indeed, this is nothing new to me, nor any other christian, but life and coffee seem to know how to distract us at times. 
It’s good to be reminded that God cares so much for me as to have this moment of encouraging me to keep Him at the forefront of my mind, actions and life. 
He has the same love and grace for you! 
Much love, 
Starla J. 


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  1. Alicia

    February 17, 2016 at 3:51 am

    This is so true, for me as well ! I love your illustration. Thank you for the gentle reminder that even something as seemingly small as coffee shouldn't distract us from the Lord first.

  2. Jen Stults

    February 17, 2016 at 4:21 am

    I'm not a coffee drinker, but I think we could each insert our own "thing" here and find the same conviction! Love this post. 🙂

  3. Shan Walker

    February 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Ouch. This is SO good and thought-provoking. Much appreciated this morning.

    The How to Guru

  4. Earlybirdmom

    February 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    As I sip away on the first of my two morning cups of "liquid…yumminess," while reading your delightful post, I'm nodding my head in agreement. Yup, I like my comforts, and when they are interrupted, as yours was, it's disconcerting. God is so good to use everyday moments to speak truth to us! Thank-you for the reminder to seek Jesus first. Wendy Munsell

  5. Shakeira

    February 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    This is so true. I am a cappuccino girl and it really is a no brainer in the morning. I need to make sure that my time with God is my top priority. Thanks!

  6. HungryForGod (Andi)

    February 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    God's gotta be first in our lives every day 🙂

  7. Betsy Cruz

    February 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Beautifully delivered conviction today, Starla. A punch in a velvet glove. 🙂 That is a powerful point about how it would be "easier" for most of us to forego morning time with God than our morning coffee. I join you in wanting to continually put Him first.

  8. Hi, I'm Susannah!

    February 18, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Oh goodness, I thought you were going to say that your coffee pot made its last pot of coffee because you were giving coffee up. I was going to tell you that you were amazing. 😉 BUT… You're also amazing because you're recognizing that you need Jesus more than you need coffee! <3

  9. Leigh Powers

    February 18, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Love the way God speaks to us in our circumstances sometimes. Thanks for the challenge and the reminder.

  10. Melanie Redd

    February 25, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Oh, I love my morning coffee too! I would have had a hard time also if my coffee maker had died!!
    Thanks for a fun and thoughtful post today!
    I'm going to share it!
    Hope you have a blessed day willed with at least one good cup of coffee!

  11. Rhiannon Rae

    February 29, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I must admit I was saying, "Ouch" and "Amen"
    Throughout this post. I definitely need to put this lesson to heart. Am I as upset over not getting my morning cup as I am when I'm unable to be with my Father? Serious food for thought.

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