So, this morning I went to make myself some coffee. We have a Keurig and I tend to stay away from the K-cups and get the coffee that is ground up for me; the coffee tastes better to me this way. Well, my daughter purchased this new kind of coffee and I wanted to try it. My coffee finished brewing and I went to go crab my “cup of joe” – it was late in the morning and at this point my mouth is watering and I am craving this cup of coffee because I knew that this day was going to be a long day. Not to mention, I VOWED to be productive and not spend all of my time on social media. This cup of coffee was going to give me to boost that I needed. Why wouldn’t it? I had already had my quiet time, dropped my two youngest kiddos off at school, and now it was time for coffee and productivity!
Well, as I approached my cup of coffee my mouth dropped! Picture it, here I am with my mouth wide open, and I am pretty sure my eyes were bulging out of my head. To my surprise, my coffee mug was filled only about 1/4 of the way. I just couldn’t understand why this coffee maker was malfunctioning at a time like this – I HAD THINGS TO DO!
As I was frantically trying to figure out why my coffee mug was not filled to the brim with amazing vanilla flavored coffee – I asked my daughter if the same thing had happened to her, and she said, “Yes.” She suggested that maybe the Keurig wasn’t working right, and I had come to the conclusion that maybe it was how the coffee was ground up, and the water was having a difficult time passing through the coffee grounds when the coffee was being brewed.
So, my next step was a desperate one, and I am pretty sure I committed a “Keurig Coffee Maker ethical violation”, but to my defense I wasn’t thinking straight; I decided to just hit the button on the Keurig again – without adding new coffee, basically using the same coffee grounds as before. Again, I really didn’t care at this point, I just wanted coffee. I figured if I press the button again, and if it only fills up my cup 1/4 of the way again, then it should fill my cup up half way. I am no math genius, but I do know that 1/4 + 1/4 = 1/2….right?
Well, next thing I know there is coffee spilling out over the coffee mug, onto my counter, and then onto my floor. Again, picture me with my mouth wide open, eyes bulging out of my face, and me screaming. Apparently the Keurig is not very good at fractions because my cup was overflowing with coffee – I started out with having a cup that wasn’t even half full, but ended up with a cup of coffee that was overflowing.
Can we just pause for a moment and thank God for all the little moments in our life where He speaks to us? The more I started thinking about this moment that was happening in my life – a random, everyday, type moment – God spoke to my heart.
After this happened I just kept hearing Holy Spirit whisper, “press the button again.”
Press the button again? What button?
That’s when I knew I needed to press every button again. Whether it be the JOY button, or the GRATITUDE button, the GRACE button, or the LOVE button, and maybe even the FAITH button. I needed to press those buttons again.
You know, people unknowingly “press our buttons” and a lot of times the buttons they are pushing aren’t the good ones, either. When these “buttons” are pressed our mind go to things like fear, hurt, anger, hate, distrust, and so much more. All I have to do is turn on the news and my buttons start getting pressed. I get distracted, and when my mind is focused on all of these negative moments, thoughts, and feelings my life is not overflowing with anything – I feel like an empty vessel with nothing more to give.
The coffee mug filled only 1/4 of the way is exactly how I feel when people, the news, and even the enemy begin to “press the wrong buttons.”
The lesson I am learning today is the only way to grow, change, mature, and learn how to live a life of JOY is to press the JOY button again, and again, and again. Pressing the button just once isn’t going to change the way you think, or how you perceive the life you have. When we continue to press the JOY button in our life, that is when our life is overflowing with the JOY of the LORD!
So, today I am intentionally focusing on the things that have brought me JOY this month, and they are:
- We got a new air conditioner: I know it’s fall, but where I live the weather has not gotten the memo; in fact, the hottest day this year actually happened this week. We have spent most of our summer months in a house where the a/c unit was not working like it should. I have no complaints about what we had to endure this summer – seriously, life could be so much worse – but I am so grateful that we were ablate install a new a/c unit at the beginning of this month. Hopefully this means we are one step closer to selling our house and moving very soon!
- Becoming a Mary & Martha consultant: People keep asking me what my “why” is for becoming a Mary & Martha consultant and honestly I give them a huge list of reasons why I signed up on September 8th; however, it’s really so difficult to put into words why I began working as a Mary & Martha consultant because there are a lot of reasons. But I think the main reason why I decided to embrace becoming a Mary & Martha consultant is that I am embracing the season of life that I am in, and it all goes back to pressing that JOY button. Today, I was finally able to put into words “why” I became a Mary & Martha consultant, and I want to share it with you all: Life is difficult, and the past several years have been full of the moments in life that you don’t want to live out, or write about on your blog, or tell your friends when you meet up for coffee. The world is full of sadness, and difficult paths that so many people take. So when I look at my home, I see a place that is a sanctuary from it all. Is my home perfect? No. However, taking time to build a place where my husband and my children can find peace, rest, and belonging is important to me and that’s why I became a Mary & Martha consultant. In this season of life my focus is on my family and my home, and this business brings me JOY while I am stewarding all that God has given me, and all that is important to me. So there you go, that’s my “why” and becoming a consultant has truly brought me joy this month!
- God is Faithful: Just yesterday I woke up feeling overwhelmed with how faithful God is. Sometimes it’s really easy to focus on the disappointments in life, or focus on who is and who isn’t in your corner. There are injustices surrounding everyone, everyday – some people suffer more injustice than others. However, every injustice is unfair and difficult to endure. But I am so grateful that God is faithful; He has always been there, and He will always be there for me, I’m truly counting on it. This truly brings so much JOY in my life because I don’t have to ever worry about being alone; He is always walking this life out with me.
- The Group I Have Been Assigned to in Class: Raise your hand if you like doing group projects? Anyone? Yeah, me neither. This may seem small to y’all, but in one of my classes it is all about groups. We learn about groups, our main project is a group project, we write about groups, we read about groups. It’s all about groups. So, when I learned that I was going to have to be in a group to do a group project I started PRAYing. Again, God is faithful. I am so excited about the topic my group is covering, and I am very pleased with the members of my group, too. This does bring me JOY!
- New Connections & New Friendships: I am always so thankful for being able to expand my circle of friends and my network of online peeps. It truly brings me JOY, and when this happens it always reminds me to focus on God’s faithfulness, and to be grateful for the people who are in my life instead of being upset about those who aren’t. God is good, and I am grateful for that!
I hope you all had a beautiful September; and remember, keep on pressing that JOY button in your life – make a list and praise God, it’s the most practical way to find your JOY!
Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross.