Encouragement is like oxygen to the soul. -- Julie Mullins

Advent Conspiracy and How I am Like a Christmas Tree

I'm not sure when trimming the Christmas tree dropped out of the top ten Christmas activities in my opinion. Somewhere along the line I lost the magic of transforming the green bush into the sparkling personification of Christmas. It may have been, now that I think about it, back in high school when I realized my mom was tricking my friends and me into doing "her" job by offering pizza and cookies. It was a brilliant ploy, and one that…

Me. And You.

What an amazing weekend! Some of the details will have to wait for another post, but I was so privileged to go and tour a completed and running safe house for girls rescued from trafficking. It is the only Christian safe house in the state of Florida. And while I was humbled at the dedication it takes to run the house, I was also overwhelmed by its simplicity. You see, this wasn't a huge home. It was pretty average. And…

Less is More: choosing the theme for your life

I've already sensed the trend for 2011 in my life. I'm fighting it, but I know that I'll give in eventually. Here it is: Less is More Not a novel idea, and not my own idea. John Maxwell kicked off our year at Christ Fellowship (as he always does) with a series of messages on finding our fresh start for 2011. This one point, a sub point at that, leaped out and grabbed me by the throat. Less is more.…

Breaking my silence…

[caption id="attachment_1546" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem"][/caption] You may have noticed how quiet Coffee Shop Journal has been for the past few weeks! I've sat down to write more times than I can count, but the peace and quiet only lasts for a few moments these days. And above all else, I need silence or white noise when I write. Honestly, there's been another reason to be quiet, as well. David, Jillian…

400 Yard Sales in Palm Beach County to stop human trafficking

This past weekend Christ Fellowship hosted over 400 garage sales all over the county. We did it to raise funds and awareness for the issue of human trafficking. So in our own yards, in our own neighborhoods we all did what we could. In the end we have raised thousands and thousands of dollars that are going directly to help free people kept in slavery all over the country and the world. That's pretty amazing! What amazed me more, is…

Seeking Justice…

It's been kind of quiet on the blog-front this week, hasn't it? Life has been moving along full tilt for me and mine these days. In brief: This week we are preparing for a yard sale, something I promised NEVER to do again! But Christ Fellowship has chosen to stand strongly against the tremendous injustice of human trafficking. As a way to raise both funds and awareness, church members are hosting yard sales for Freedom this week. The idea is…

Super Bowl Party for the homeless…and the rest of us!

[caption id="attachment_1530" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="David teaching one of our homeless guests how to play Bingo"][/caption] The Super Bowl for the City party is in the history books, and though I may not remember who won it in a few years, I'll remember how I spent this Super Bowl. It turns out that hanging with the homeless for the game is a whole lot more fun than my usual guest list! The first few minutes are always the toughest. That's when…

I’m pretty sure Jesus will be at my Superbowl party!

Kind of a dramatic statement, isn't it? But inbetween the cheering, the commercials, the dips and the wings, Jesus is definitely going to be at my Superbowl party. Why? Because David and I have decided not to throw our own party this year. Instead, we are going to Christ Fellowship's Superbowl in the City party. It's an outdoor event with an even mix of guests and volunteers. And oh yes, the guests are the homeless of West Palm Beach. With…

The missing New Year’s posts…

I tend to go MIA around New Year's for no other reason than I am a stubborn person underneath my calm (!) exterior. It's the same reason why I won't go to the gym today even though I'm craving a little exercise. I just hate to do the thing that is expected of "everyone." So you haven't read any end of the year retrospectives, or best of 2009 posts. No lists of what's to come in 2010. At least not…

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