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A Simple Cup of Joy

‘Do you want this coffee?’, my mum asked. Little did she know that in that one sentence and gesture, she was affirming my faith.

By Salt 106.5 Network Monday 28 Aug 2023Christian LivingReading Time: 3 minutes

It was Sunday morning. And I was late for church.

Like, really late. Not to mention I had not attended in weeks, and my 15 month old was not all that interested in sleeping.

Here I was, rushing to get us to church.

All I could think was “I need coffee.”

These three words were repeating in my head as I drove to the church.

I was more then tempted to stop by my local coffee shop and grab my favourite cup of liquid happiness.

Usually I wouldn’t flinch, but today, I was conflicted. Between my desire for the daily pick-me-up and my desire to be spiritually fed.

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Here’s the thing.

The last few weeks had been a real challenge.

A lot of things in our life had popped up and frankly had tested my faith, my strength, my peace more then I liked to talk about.

I was drained.

But something told me to just go and show up, de-caffeinated, at church and risk looking like the sleep-deprived, faith challenged woman I was.

So, I went straight to church.

I lugged my baby out and dropped him off at the creche service – thank God for these volunteers!

Putting worship first

I saw my mother worshiping her heart out and quietly took a place beside her.

I stood and listened, sang a little and just closed my eyes and opened my heart, sharing everything quietly with the Creator who knew it anyway, but was waiting for me to connect with Him – to lay it all down – to be in His presence.

A few minutes later, my mother nudges me.

“Do you want this coffee? I bought it from the café but I don’t need this much.”

I looked at her and stared.

Little did she know that in that one sentence and gesture, she was affirming my faith.


You would have thought I had just been given the gold ticket to Charlie’s chocolate factory… but it was a cup of coffee, and it was a message.

A message directly from the Creator – to remind me that He saw me.

And I mattered, and my desires mattered, even the little ones.

In Luke 12:7 it says – Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

When you put God first, he grants the desires of your heart – even the small, embarrassing ones you don’t really want to share.

I was able to worship God, freely, and have my latte – the best things in life, in my opinion!

Yes, coffee helps me show up as the magical person I like to be.

But when you put God first, he gives you a portion that goes well beyond a coffee cup.

Put him first – put connecting with him first and, I promise you, the rest will fall into place.

Article supplied with thanks to Rachel Reva at Life On Her Terms.

Feature image: Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash 

About the author: Rachel Reva is a PR consultant and author with a career that has spanned TV, writing, radio and politics. Born in Georgia, USA, Rachel now lives in Australia with her young family, and is heard every week on radio.