I have to tell you, I’m a full-on morning person. My very favorite time of day is 5 o’clock in the morning. I come downstairs, black still covering the pre-dawn air, my big overstuffed chair with tufted buttons waiting for me, and of course, the coffee already brewed.
After pouring that first cup, and sitting deep into my chair, legs folded up criss-crossed, my chatting begins. I talk to Jesus, there in the silence, sometimes even out loud. Then I open my Bible. And He talks back.
When my friend, Barbie Swihart, offered me a copy of her new book , Coffee Talk with Jesus: Intimate Chats with the Savior, I could already relate because my talks with Jesus often involve coffee. And I thought my talks were intimate enough, but after reading her book, maybe not so much.
“The response of your heart in your quest for quiet should be to look at Me. Fix your eyes on Me, and get your eyes off of what you can see. When you purpose in your heart to look at Me and to trust Me, your heart will be filled with peace. Even in the midst of all that surrounds you, there is peace and quiet, but you must look at Me.” (Coffee Talk with Jesus, page 56)
Her book revealed to me how many lies about myself and Jesus I actually believe.
My thirteen-month-old baby girl has this scripture verse hanging in her room: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14; bold added). She has it memorized already meaning that if I start reading the verse out loud she points to the wall art. Or sometimes she’ll point to the wall art, and I’ll recite the verse to her.
I want her to believe those words so badly, and I imagine that if I just repeat them to her over and over again they will permeate her soul and become a part of her.
But then I have to wonder. Because I know that verse as well as anyone, and in many ways those words don’t permeate me. Does “my soul know it very well”, really?
This is what Coffee Talk with Jesus left me thinking.
In Coffee Talk with Jesus Barbie writes as if Jesus is speaking to the reader. And what He says, based on scripture verses taken from His Word, made me realize that my chats with Him may not be as intimate as they could be, and maybe, just maybe, my baby girl understands Psalm 139:14 more than I do. Because you see, I let the world’s voice trump God’s all too much. And God loves me much more than I ever imagined.
“My precious one, I see you standing inside the gate as you look out over all that lies ahead of you. Your heart yearns to move forward, to leave the safe place you’ve created within the routine and mundane. You yearn for the more, yet you hold back, as fear would tell you that you are not equipped for the journey. And here you remain, inside the gate, feeling stuck, bound, unable to move, fearing you don’t have what it takes.” Coffee Talk with Jesus, page 46
The book is divided into 31 short devotionals, one for each day of the month, and each devotional includes a daily reading, reflection, and prayer. There are also some yummy coffee-related recipes sprinkled throughout!
Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Yes, we are wonderful because we are God’s creations. God wants our souls to know this. Not just our minds, but our souls.
Coffee Talk with Jesus will help your soul to know who you are in Christ. It will reveal to you areas in your thinking that do not line-up with God’s Word. And it will lead you to the peace Jesus longs for you to experience.
“Sometimes it’s hard for you to believe in yourself, to believe that you have what it takes for the journey. But My Child, you do not walk alone. You see, I created you with a unique purpose, a destiny that is yours and yours alone. There is no one on this earth that can accomplish what I created you to do. But you must put your confidence in Me, that I will do what I said I would do, and then you must have confidence in yourself, because I am greater in You and with Me all things are possible!” (Coffee Talk with Jesus, page 23)
Here are a few of my favorite chapters: “Do You Trust Me?”, “Take Off the Labels”, “I Believe in You!”, “Let Me Wash Over You”, “You Are Loved”, “You Are Good”, “You Are Valued”, “You Are Not a Failure”, “You Are Beautiful”, “You Are Free”, “I Will Carry You”.
Today I am giving away one copy of Coffee Talk with Jesus! The winner gets a choice of the Kindle version or a signed paperback copy! Be sure to enter to win!
However, if you’re not the winner, I strongly encourage you to purchase this book from Amazon! I believe it’s a book that every young woman needs to read, tab, highlight, and refer back to as needed!