No Ministry? No Problem

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“I need a bigger table before I can host a girl’s brunch.” As I look at my small table with four chairs, I realize I can’t fit a lot of friends around this thing. I need one of those long farmhouse tables. It must be perfect and have lots of room.

I’ve been saying this to myself for a few years now. Waiting until I have the perfect place to invite groups of people over. But one day I saw a quote that allowed me to see I already had a place.

“You don’t have to lead a ministry to be a ministry.”

Christy Wright, Business Boutique.

I realized that I don’t have to wait for the perfect size table. I already have a table and chairs. I have the tools to host people in my home. To invite others to enjoy a home cooked meal and some great conversation around the dinner table. I do not need a large table to turn my home into a ministry to the outside world.

My husband and I decided to invite several co-workers and friends over to our house for a dinner and game night. Since our dining room table is small we decided to pull out our 8-foot plastic folding table. I added a table cloth that transformed our generic table into an inviting place to sit.  When I friends came over we played games, ate dinner and had a lot of laughs. Never once did the type of table I had come up in conversation.

I am happy to say that in a few weeks I am finally going to host the lady’s brunch. I still don’t have a nice big table but I will make do with what I have. I’ve met so many women lately who just want to connect with others. That’s what I hope my plastic table can help do. I really want my home to be a place where people come to relax and feel loved. I even had my friend Heather make me a sign for my dining room. It’s from a David Crowder song. When I heard the lyrics I knew that’s what I wanted in my dining room.

“Come sit at the table, come taste the grace.”

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I think it’s easy for us to assume we don’t have the right materials to impact others. But God never said we needed things like a perfect dining room table to bring people together in his name. All we need is to offer what we have to those around us. Whether that’s serving meals to our guest on fine China or on paper plates. Use what you have. If you remember you remember when Jesus was dining at Simon’s home when a woman broke open expensive perfume for him. She used what she had to show Jesus her appreciation.

“She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” -Mark 14:8-9

What do you have that can be used to help others? Are you waiting for the perfect time or place to host a small group? I say don’t wait. There are people in this world who need to see and hear how much God loves them. It’s amazing what a warm meal and good conversation can do to help show that to others.

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How to make a Capsule Ornament

If you’ve read my review on Datebox then you may have seen the capsule ornament provided in the box. I would love to say I thought of it but I can’t. However, it is a new tradition my husband and I are adopting for the holiday season.

Here’s how you can make your own capsule ornament.

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What you will need:

Plastic ornament that comes apart. (Splits in half)

• Paper

• Pen

• Glitter

• Glue

• Craft writing pens

These are the items that were given to us. You can always use other craft items as well.

My husband and I kept our décor basic. I also made sure to write the year on the inside of the ornament. Remember to just decorate the outside. Or make sure the inside is dry before placing your message inside.

After you’ve decorated your ornament it’s time to write a message. This can be really anything. I wrote a letter to myself. I wrote out goals I want to meet in 2018 and I wrote a quick note to my family. If you have kids then maybe have them draw a picture if they can’t write yet. Or maybe put hand prints on some paper. Then next year you can compare how much they’ve grown.

Since this is the first year for us we won’t be able to do the whole reading last year’s note. But next year we plan on reading our messages in Christmas Eve. Then writing a new note to put inside.

Another cool thing to do is get a scrap book. So each year you can put the messages in the scrap book. That way in years to come you can go back and read them. Another great way for your kids to read their old messages when they are olde. You can keep the scrap book with the Christmas decorations to make it easier.

For foster parents this would be a great idea to incorporate in your home around the holidays. You can either keep the ornaments after the kids make them or let the child take them. I know some kids are in homes for a short time but it could be something to remember them by.

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How To Drink Coffee From Around the World for Free

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I LOVE coffee. It is one of my favorite drinks in the world. So when there is a chance to try different coffee for free I am all over it. How? It’s an event called cupping.

Cupping is where you come together as a group to taste different coffees from around the world. That’s what my family and I did today. Here’s what you can expect.

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Theta Ridge Coffee is a local coffee distributer where they sell different types of coffee from places like Brazil, Indonesia and Africa. This particular coffee distributer travels to personally pick out coffee from these countries. They spend time with the farmers and really get to know them and their product.

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If you’re a coffee drinker that has to have cream and sugar then just be aware that you will not find that on the cupping table. I am one of those people. However, this experience wasn’t as bad as I feared.

Kevin, the owner and our coffee guide, sat out 5 different types of coffee. The grounds were in tiny glasses. Our group traveled around the table to smell the fresh grounds, trying to figure out what the flavors are. Next, Kevin poured hot water over the grains. A grain crust built along the top. We then went around with a spoon slowly moving the crust that released the aromas of the coffee. It was amazing how different some smelled once they were in hot water.

Next came the tasting. Kevin removed the grains off of the top. Then we each took our spoon and dipped it in the coffee. Then slurped. You can either spit out the coffee or swallow it.

The cool part about the cupping experience is getting a chance to taste coffee that you may not be able to normally afford. Today we were able to taste a Brazilian coffee called Jaci, a coffee that sold at auction last year for $58 a pound. I’ve never tasted coffee quite like this. Starbucks watch out!

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The experience lasted about an hour. We even brought our 19-month old along with us. No, she didn’t drink coffee, but she did work on her slurping noises. It was a great way to meet others while doing what I love. Drinking coffee. Once again this was a free experience. Many cities do have this option available. New York City actually has a big cupping experience. Professionals taste about 250 different coffees a day. I’m not sure anyone can just join in on the fun, but it’s worth looking into.

So if you’re a coffee lover and are looking to learn more about your favorite drink then I recommend you try cupping.

Have you tried this? What did you think? Would you try it now?

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