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Starbucks Coffee

It Was Only A $2.45 Coffee

I noticed him as I walked into the Starbucks. He had just parked his bike. He had earplugs in his ears and was singing away.

I walked up to the counter to purchase my coffee and he was in line behind me…singing away.

He was singing with joy in his voice.

It made me smile.

I had noticed that he was an older man dressed in sweats. It had appeared that he had no worries. It had appeared that life was good for him. It APPEARED!

It appeared that everything was good!

After I purchased my coffee, he proceeded to order his coffee. That is when I got the nudge. You know the nudge? The nudge told me to purchase his coffee. He was still singing away. I reached over him to give my Starbucks card to the barista to pay for his coffee. He was so busy singing that he didn’t realize that I had paid for his coffee. The barista was trying to tell him that his coffee had already been paid for but he still was listening to his music and could not hear. He finally took out his ear plugs to hear that I had paid for his coffee. When he turned around to see who had paid for his coffee, I patted him on the back and I said, “Thank you for making me smile and making me feel joyful with your singing.” I said, “Thank you for having such a great spirit.”

Now in the background there was another man and two women watching the whole transaction. The man that was watching said to me, “That was really great how you did that for him. Now I am going to go and do something special for someone.”

The man that I purchased the coffee for proceeded to tell me thank you and blessed me. He then said, “I know this is going to be a good day now. Thank you! I had a hard day yesterday. I was battling evil all day. I am grateful though. I am grateful that I am healthy and that I am not back in prison. God has a plan for all of us. I know he takes care of us.”

One of the ladies listened with me as he told his story and confirmed with him how great our God is.

I listened to their conversation. I listened and silently prayed, “Thank you, God! Thank you for the nudge. Thank you for the blessing. Thank you for the words that you had this man share with me! God, you always amaze me! I think I am blessing someone but in turn they bless me two-fold! Thank you for taking care of us all! Thank you for your plan!”

A nudge. A $2.45 cup of coffee. God’s beautiful plan.

Think of how many lives were impacted by God’s child (me) recognizing the nudge and then acting upon it! The barista, the two ladies and the man who was watching, the man that received the coffee, myself and maybe you who read this blog.

Yes, we do have an amazing wonderful God that is leading us every step on our journey!

May God bless you today!

Little Children 44/365

Handsome grandsonA beautiful baby girl.

How can you not smile when you see a little child?! They are so adorable! I was fortunate to hang around these two beautiful grandchilden the last two days. (No, not my grandchildren, my girlfriend’s grandchildren!)

Made me smile.

Made me hopeful for my own grandchildren…some day!

Made me miss being a young Mom!

I have been saying that a lot lately, sorry!

It is going to take a little while to make the adjustment to this empty nest.

No wait, I am not sorry! I am telling you how it is. I am going through the change. Enough said!

So here I sit smiling at my memories of my children when they were young and the time I got to share with these two little ones this weekend!

Thanks for the smile you sweet, sweet lovely children!

Keepsake Notes Make Me Smile 27/365

I have had this book for a few years.  It sits on the shelf right next to my desk with other books of encouragement. I like to pick it up randomly select a page to see what words it will bring to me on that day. It is amazing how the words always speak what I need to hear at that time.

book Today would be no different. I picked up this book and opened it to this page.

reading from book

Basically what it says that everyone should save notes of gratitude and appreciation that others have given you. To use these notes as words of encouragements during hard days. If feels good to be loved and appreciated! When we read the notes from loved ones, it reminds us of that person and our feelings for them.

keepsake notes folder

I have my folder in my desk file drawer. I often pull it out to read the notes of my loved ones. The notes give me hope; make me feel loved; and gives me courage that I can do anything.

Of course the folder is filled with several notes from my kids. These notes are always treasured and make me feel so good!

note from daughter note from son

My friend, Debbie, is the best at sending me notes. Amazing that they always show up right at the right time and always holds the words that I need to hear.

don't look back   door opens wind in hair hang in there

Amazing how friends know you so well! I am so blessed to have wonderful friends.

My two most recent cards still sit on the book shelf next to my desk to read every day. These are perfect words for me—right now.

“Behind every successful woman is herself.”

The words inside written from my dear friend, Cathy, include “Just keep going”.successful woman

plans to give you hope and futureThis beautiful card above is a homemade card by my friend Rhonda which makes it special in itself. The words are beautiful. She picks a verse to include:

For I know the plans I have for you,

Declares the Lord,

Plans to prosper you and not harm you,

Plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

Reminding me that God will direct my path.

card from dad I have many cards that my Dad has sent me or has left at my doorstep. Notes reminding me that he believes in me and loves me. What more does a girl/daughter want to hear then their Daddy telling them “they can do anything.”

“I truly believe we should never give up on our hopes and dreams.

The path may be rocky and twisted, but the world is waiting for that special contribution each of us was born to make.

What it takes is the courage to follow those whispers of wisdom that guide us from the inside.

When I listen to that, I expect nothing less than a miracle.”

–Marilyn Joynson Kondwan

note from dad and mom

That is Dad’s writing. Dad has always been good about sending cards.

Today I am looking back at many of the cards that were given to me over the years that I have added to my keepsake notes file. With all these words of encouragement, love, wisdom, and belief, I know I have a great future in front of me. How can I help not to when I have such a wonderful support system in place. How lucky, blessed and loved I am.

Thank you to all my friends who send me cards, call me, and write me e-mails. I love you all and for this I add to my smiles and gratitude bucket.


Love you!

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