Wanting less

[caption id="attachment_1765" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Not my drawer - but it could be!"][/caption] Blogging is a vulnerable act of radical writing. Never underestimate how terrifying it is to bare your soul for anyone who happens to put in the right search words to Google. This is one of those vulnerable posts where those of you who know me may snicker to yourselves and make some snide comments. Go ahead: I'm going to deserve it! But I have also learned that stating…

Vulnerability

Have you ever read your child's first attempts at writing out loud while they watched? I remember the girls: their little tongues would stick out of their mouths as if they were feeling all over again the angst of getting the words just right. It was hard work for them to stand and listen as I read their words. On their faces would flicker first pride then embarrassment. I remember well standing in their little places, too, as my writing…

Bloggy Link Love: what I am reading

You will be the same person five years from now except for the places you go, people you meet and information you read. Wow. Good reminder to be intentional with your reading! Having said that, I thought I'd let you sample a few of the "nuggets" in my own personal Google blog reader today! From my friend Ed Bahler comes this interesting discussion of mega churches. As I am firmly entrenched in Christ Fellowship, which qualifies for but really dislikes…

The future of Coffee Shop Journal

I am in a post-Maxwellian overload. If you've been to any major thought-provoking conference, you know what I mean. Ideas are pouring past my poor brain faster than I have time or energy to write them down. Now some of that  may be due to caffeine overload (probably is!), but not all. This Maxwell conference has impacted me more than others I've been to, perhaps because the emphasis was less on leadership and more on personal goals and -- quite…

Practice creativity

Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God. This celestial Voice remained ever present with the Creator, His speech shaped the entire cosmos. Immersed in the practice of creating, all things that exist were birthed in Him. His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light -- light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazing through murky bottoms. It cannot, and will not, be quenched. -- John 1:1-5, the Voice translation…

Coffee Shop Journal gets a new style!

Coffee Shop Journal is trying out a new style! What do you think? David and I are not finished tweaking the re-design, but I couldn't wait to "live in the new space" for awhile. I'd love to hear your comments as we work through this process, so please comment and register your opinion. At the moment, these are some things that I'm pondering: I don't have enough coffee here! My java-loving heart wants to see some more coffee cups or…

Coffee Shop News

Hello everyone! I've missed you! I deliberately took most of Easter week off from the blog in order to practice the concept of Sabbath, resting, allowing God to speak into a space of time and energy. But I'm back and brimming with tidbits that don't fit into whole posts. So enjoy the chatter around the coffee shop today. Last year I went to a conference called Q. At the time, I knew Q was having an impact on my life,…

Blog Art: Wordle again

I love to do this every once in awhile to see if I'm writing about the the things that matter. Today I was encouraged! I wonder what a Wordle Art of the words that actually come out of our mouths would look like? Wow...now that's a wee bit convicting. Wordle Artwork can be found here.

Where does your blog fall in the rankings?

I've been pondering my bloggy life today. There are weeks when it feels like each day I have something really important to share. I can't hardly wait to write! And then there are times when I have a few days in a row when nothing really jumps out at me. Some days I feel incredibly coffee-ish, and other days it's the community that sparks my imagination. Some days I just wonder how you all put up with me! (And I…

What blogs do I read?

I thought it would be fun to take a tour of some of my cyber friends. A little link love for a change. I know it's weird to call people I've never met friends, but I do. Here are some of mine, and what I have learned from them. Boo Mama writes a fun, lighthearted and zippy blog. What I've learned from Boo Mama: be yourself! People enjoy your personality, miss Boo Mama, and that's what keeps them coming back…

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