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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!

365 Day Project: Coupons Given in Line 9/365

Today I attended the Sacramento Bridal Show. No, I am not getting married! Yes, Sissy just got married! I attended it because I wanted to see what is going on in the industry. As many of my friends know, I love to put on parties and plan large events. I have been searching for a new career. I believe a career in event and wedding planning is right “up my alley”! What a fun career! More on that later….

Today I am adding to my gratitude bucket.

It was amazing awhile I was standing in line other ladies were offering $2 off coupons to the event. They had found the coupon on line and printed extra copies to hand out to other people in line.

Wow! How nice is that?!!!

365 Day Project: Sacramento Bridal Show-Women Handout Coupons 9/365

Made me smile! Made me really think about how generous these ladies were. Not only did they take the extra time to print out extra coupons, cut the coupons out, they walked up and down the lines awhile their friends held their place in line to ask if anyone wanted a coupon!!! WOW!!!

What a great gesture!

I will remember this and the next time I have a coupon for a store I am going to print extras to give to other customers in line. Sort of….pay it forward!

Thanks ladies, for your kind generous gesture!

Filling my gratitude and smiles bucket one day at a time!

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