Fortunately I did the right thing and got this post together and scheduled on Sunday evening. And although I don’t usually set up the coffee and turn on the timer it might not be a bad idea. Good morning folks. This is Happy Monday #274. Continue reading →
Last week seemed to be full of bad news, and it just kept coming. By the end of the week, however, some issues were turning around. One of the two Boston Marathon bombers was captured alive Friday evening, and events at Asbury Park (New Jersey) and in London, England went ahead as planned with no incidents. Willie Nelson will hold a benefit concert for the people of West, Texas, the site of the fertilizer plant explosion, which is very near his home town.
Sometimes the news is bad. Even when the world is falling apart around us, Jesus is at the right hand of God the Father and ever lives to make intercession. We hold a great treasure in jars of clay, but our hope is much more eternal. If we keep our wicks trimmed and candles burning, we can light the way to that hope for others. So keep calm, carry on, and have a Happy Monday.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
There are people out there that don’t drink coffee, but they’re probably not even up yet. So whether you’re a Starbucks aficionado or a cup ‘o Joe kinda guy, here’s to you. Wake up and smell the coffee, and have a Happy Monday!
Don’t feel left out if you’re the non-caffeinated type; just consider the last 32 Mondays in a row that we didn’t feature coffee your special treat.
I met Michael Spencer in 2003 when my wife and I visited the ministry he was a part of. After joining that ministry, I was introduced to an early morning small group, Men’s Morning with God. The poster said “bring your Bible and coffee.” I’m a big fan of both of those things. We met twice a week at 7 a.m. studying the scripture and praying before work. I have been involved with other small groups before and since, but I stayed with that particular group for the duration of our ministry in Kentucky.
I thought that particular situation was unique. There were about 150 people all living within a few miles of each other, ministering together, and all beginning the work day at basically the same time. Still, our men’s group was never more than 10 or 12 (and sometimes just Michael and I). I have been blessed to find an early morning men’s group once again. This morning there were 5 of us. From different churches, different vocations and with different schedules, this is a group of men that meet at 6 a.m. to read, discuss and pray. One of those men was a friend of my dad, and one of my teachers back in the day. Another member of the group went to high school with my brother. You gotta love small towns.
And I love finding a group of men willing to be up and dressed before they have to be, in order to pray with and for each other.