Coffee Date No. 13

If we were on a coffee date, I’d be drinking an iced caramel latte. And I’d have to ask if you say care-amel or car-amel. I am in the first camp. Anyway, I’ve been on something of a caramel kick lately. And I might add a pump of vanilla. I’d let you choose whether we sit inside or outside, because I could go either way.

 

If we were on a coffee date, I might tell you that I’ve been feeling pretty restless lately. First, practically speaking, it has just been a busy month. We’ve seen both sides of the family, C has had a lot of projects for work, and I feel like we haven’t had dinner at home in ages. Honestly, a staycation never sounded so dreamy. But then, I’ve also been feeling restless in my soul. Do you ever feel that — like you’re not where you’re supposed to be (or not where you thought you would be), but you can’t quite pinpoint the why? I have a nagging feeling that my why has to do with discipline. So I’m praying through some small changes I can make in order to feel more at peace.

 

If we were on a coffee date, I’d share about the sermon series we’re in at church. It’s called “No Ordinary Family,” and it’s all about how God calls the Church to be different: diverse, unified, and living into the tension of being made well. I’d tell you that every single Sunday has just gotten better. Each sermon has made me love the Church more, which is honestly saying a lot, because sometimes that is hard to do. And I’d ask you what you would want to say to the Church if you had the chance?

 

If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I’m praying for renewed faith. I want to run after Jesus harder than I ever have before, and for the power of the gospel to really transform my life in practical, tangible ways. How are you seeing your faith growing, and how do you want it to grow?

 

If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask you what you’ve been reading lately. This weekend, I finished “Letter to My Daughter” by Maya Angelou, and let me tell you — if you haven’t read it, you need to. I have loved Maya Angelou since my junior year of high school, when I was chosen to recite her poem “Phenomenal Woman” during our poetry unit in American Lit. Her words are just so lovely and unpretentious, dripping with wisdom and grace. Her thoughts about America are so relevant, even a decade after the book was published.

 

If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask how your heart is, and I’d try to really listen. Because I think we all just need someone to really notice us. And we would probably laugh and cry, both of which are more than okay, because life is funny and sad and beautiful and really really hard.

 

What would you share on our coffee date?
Link up your own post below or tell me in the comments.

 

  • I was such a car-mel person, ignoring any A… until I got lectures by a Party-lite consultant about the proper pronunciation
    Thanks 4 hosting again.

  • Erin, I’m praying that you can find your renewed faith. Even having that desire sounds like God is already working to bring you into that deeper place! It’s great you’re loving your church at the moment – that sermon series sounds wonderful. We’re starting our new church in about a month, and it’s both exciting and bittersweet.

  • Amanda Russell

    Love you, friend! I look forward to your coffee dates every single month.

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  • I just found your blog through Hannah Brencher’s You Are Here group. I’ll be adding Letter to My Daughter to my to-read list!

  • I’m with you on the renewed faith. Ever since coming to America last year, my spiritual disciplines have radically shifted because of the busyness. I just wasn’t planning well and focused time with the Lord, more often than not, doesn’t “just happen.”