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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Sit back, grab a cup of coffee....it's a little bit longer than usual...


It's all too familiar!

I came across this little piece by Kathy Fictorie in 2002. I have kept it in a file ever since. Regardless of the stage of life we are in, moms or empty nesters, working inside the home or out, we can all relate to that "NEXT THING" on the list syndrome.... Occasionally I will come across it and laugh, but this time, I got a deeper message....

join me for "IF YOU GIVE A MOM A MUFFIN"
This is what was written in the original....

If you give a mom a muffin, She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it. She'll pour herself some.
The coffee will get spilled by her 3 year old. She will wipe it up.

Wiping the floor, she will find some dirty socks,
She'll remember she has some laundry. When she puts the laundry in the washer,

She will trip over some snow boots and bump into the freezer. Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan for supper tonight. She will get out a pound of hamburger She'll look for her cookbook. (101 things to Make with a Pound of Hamburger)

The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail. She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow. She will look for her checkbook.

The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by a two year old.
She'll smell something funny. She'll change the two year old. While she is changing the two year old the phone will ring (OF COURSE) Her five year old will answer it and hang up.

She remembers that she wants to phone a friend to come for coffee on Friday. Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup. She will pour herself some. And chances are, If shes has a cup of coffee, Her kids (or husband:)) will have eaten the muffin that went with it!

Sound like anyone you know?? I live the life of perpetual motion...moving from one thing to another, just to realize when I get to the next thing, there is ANOTHER thing that I need to do...
As I read this again, I realized something....
something was missing...and that was the side conversations with God...
Those conversations that we need to have with the Almighty throughout the day! Now, if you have a moment...read some of it again...WITH GOD to go along with it...
Here are a few that I came up with.
(and just for the record..I can't recite Nehemiah in the midst of my daily chaos...
mine is much mor
e ad~lib...:))


If you give a mom a muffin, She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it. She'll pour herself some.
Nehemiah 8:10
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

The coffee will get spilled by her 3 year old. She will wipe it up.
James 1:2
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, He is the one who stands with us through the chaos of our lives...

Wiping the floor, she will find some dirty socks, She'll remember she has some laundry. When she puts the laundry in the washer,
psalm 51:2
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

She will trip over some snow boots and bump into the freezer. Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan for supper tonight.
She will get out a pound of hamburger She'll look for her cookbook. (101 things to Make with a Pound of Hamburger)
Psalm 132:15
I will bless her with abundant
provisions; her poor will I satisfy with food.

The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow. She will look for her checkbook.
Romans 4:4 -5
Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as


She remembers that she wants to phone a friend to come for coffee on Friday.
Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup. She will pour herself some. And chances are, If shes has a cup of coffee, Her kids (or husband:)) will have eaten the muffin that went with it!
Psalm 23:5 - 6
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

I need to focus my days on allowing HIM into my routine...not forgetting to PRAY UNCEASINGLY,

"to not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

It's in those daily tasks and mundane chores that the messages and glory of God can enter into my Spirit and change me, my day and my outlook on life! Girls, it's found in the details of life!
In the hamburger meat, (if we are looking!!) HE IS THERE!!

I have resolved this New Year to commit to NOTICING HIM in the details of my life. I know He'd LOVE to hear from me, not just in those quiet still moments...but in the chaos that is often our lives.


Father,
In the busyness of what can be a noisy and chaotic life, you are ALWAYS there...
Ready to teach and reveal something to me...
Help me each day to embrace this life, these days on earth and the chaos and joy that surrounds them.
Thank you for these days.
Help me Father to see you...to not be blinded simply because I did not take the time to notice.
I know that you are always there...ready to teach me something ~
(even in the hamburger meat)
Continue Father to show me what YOU want me to see.
In Jesus' name I pray
~amen~


peace In Him,

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24 Comments:

Blogger Christa said...

That is great, and OH SO TRUE. Life never stops! I need to send this to my daughter who has an almost 2 year old and 4 1/2 year old.
God's wisdom is infinite! (and his love)

January 8, 2008 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

This is great, thanks my friend.

January 9, 2008 at 3:27 AM  
Blogger Praise and Coffee said...

Oh girlfriend, I'm praying that prayer with you- literally!

My daughter has the book, "If you give a pig a pancake" and it goes just like that one with a whole 'nother set of chaotic circumstances.

Great way to bring our hearts "home" to the Lord.

Thanks Lori!
Love ya,
Sue

January 9, 2008 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

That is fantastic.

What a practical way to keep our minds focused on Him.

Thanks for this good word.

January 9, 2008 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger marina said...

these was really good,thanks.marina

January 9, 2008 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

Now THAT's what I'm talking about, Lori! God is in the details and you just showed us exactly how to find Him there.

Oh how I love to start my days here with you girls!!

Much love,

Lisa

January 9, 2008 at 8:14 AM  
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January 9, 2008 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Fun, excellent, application Lori!

January 9, 2008 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Cory said...

Yes, God is in the details. We just need to be mindful enough to notice him. Thank you for this article. Take care and God bless. Cory

January 9, 2008 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Such a great application! You have brought a smile to me and challenged me to see my Savior through the craziness of life!

January 9, 2008 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

What a great reminder that God doesn't want us to just spend quiet time with Him in the mornings, but He wants us to depend on Him when the chaos of life hits!
Thanks for the great reminder!

January 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger ValleyGirl said...

WONDERFUL post, Lori!! Actively looking for God in the little mundane details of my life is something I desperately need to get better at.

January 9, 2008 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Oh, I loved that, thanks!

January 9, 2008 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Heather@Mommymonk said...

I can't tell you how much I relate to this!!! Wait a minute while I go fetch that half munched on muffin...Ok, just a sec, I gotta get the phone, now where was I?

My problem is, I don't remember to tuck the scripture in between the twists and turns of the day. And though I may not be able to quote Nehemiah point blank, it's right there on the table if I just look.

Thanks again Lori!

January 9, 2008 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Living Beyond said...

THAT is BRILLIANT!!!! Thank you for putting Scripture with it - love it love it love -I'm going to copy this for my files - did I say BRILLIANT!!! :)

January 9, 2008 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Darnelle said...

There He sits . . in the details, the small things, the everyday things. I keep saying that to myself - "the everyday things" . . . Of course He is in the Red Sea crossings and the water turning to wine, but I don't currently have any of that going on in my life. . . But I do have a lot of 'every day stuff'. And He is there. Oh thank you, thank you for helping me remember. I need a tissue. Hugs! Darnelle

January 9, 2008 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Thanks so much for sharing your insight and wisdom. It makes me think and help me very much! I am partly an empty nester and sometimes it is very difficult for me. Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

January 9, 2008 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Fratzels said...

This is so wonderful - what a great reminder to slow down and look at our lives - when we do that we can see Jesus every where and in everything. When we begin to see Him in everything, then we can begin to talk to Him about everything.

January 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

Oh how true. He's right there in the midst of a traffic jam or being stuck waiting on a train to go by. A great reminder and what a neat way to talk to Him. Praying without ceasing is a great habit to get into...our best Friend is always there and He cares about what we care about..Thanks Mary Lou dlowran1(at)comcast(dot)net

January 9, 2008 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Thank you for the wake up call. I am a person who remember things from seeing or talking about some thing else.

Love and Hugs,

January 9, 2008 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Lori I loved that!
I find myself "in that chaotic" place almost daily. Especially when I am at home...trying to get something accomplished!
The reminder to focus on Him is what I need.
Bless you!

January 9, 2008 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Lori,
After reading the book so many times with my children, this made me giggle and I can so relate to going from one thing to the next. I loved this!

Blessings,
Chris

January 10, 2008 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Our Own International Multiples Club said...

This is my very first visit to the cafe, and it was SOOO perfect. I am the mother of 4-year-old twins, living in a foreign country, and everyday is a new "adventure." Thank you for the reminder to look for God in all of the mess and chaos.

January 10, 2008 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Amy B said...

This is exactly what He is teaching me about lately... exactly! Beautiful!

love you!

:o)

January 10, 2008 at 7:01 PM  

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