In Nicole Johnson's book Fresh-Brewed Life: A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul, she describes how are lives improve, just like coffee beans to a cup of coffee. When we surrender to God, we are still a whole bean. But to become richer and fuller, we have to be ground little bit. "Our souls become stronger, deeper and more robust. As different from instant coffee is from fresh-brewed, we are transformed."
Johnson shares how much God loves us and accepts us. We are free to be ourselves with him. He doesn't judge us by the clothes we wear, or even if we've even been able to comb our hair today. He wants us to feel free to give him all our needs; looking to him for answers and not the world.
One thing about this devotional, that I had to make a commitment to was a journal. Johnson encourages journaling as part of working through our struggles, hopes, wishes, longings and prayers to God. If we don't have an outlet, we'll hold it in. At some point, it's going to overflow and we'll be crying over mismatched socks.
"The beauty of a good journal is it reminds us to live a life worth recording."
I'll admit, I've bought many a journal over the years and after about a week I'm done. It has just never been my way of working things out. But, I made a commitment that I would do it for at least the whole month of September. I may not write everyday, but to make a conscious effort to do it. Can I tell you something, I LOVE IT!
Johnson goes on working through the many struggles and strongholds that women have in their lives. Address topics like: Longings, Embracing Your Beauty, Anger, Sexuality, Friendships and more. You won't be disappointed...I promise. Some of the topics made me squirm a little, but really changed the way I think about things and apply things. One of the biggest things I'm taking away from this devotional are these quotes.
"It is our job to make sure the majority of our schedule reflects the majority of our heart to the best of our abilities."
"If you will offer the whole-bean essence of who you are (even if you aren't fully sure yet), surrender to the inevitable roasting and grinding of this world, and trust that the love of God will pour over all the broken pieces (fragments, shards, and hunks), your very life will be transformed into something more beautiful and remarkable than you could ever imagine."
If you're interested in purchasing this book, check out www.freshbrewedlife.com
All this talk of coffee has me thinking....How do you like your coffee? I like mine with lots of cream and sugar. I'm kind of a creamer connoisseur!
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