Sunday, February 3, 2013

What is it About a Cuppa Coffee?

This was a big week for me. I had my regular scheduled responsibilities, plus: doctor appointments, ballet class for the girls, a new women's night-time Bible study to attend and on top of it all I made plans to have one dear friend come over on Tuesday afternoon and another come on Thursday afternoon for a cuppa coffee. You would think that with all that I was doing during the day and some evenings that I would not have pushed more into a very packed week, but gladly I did.

I didn't prepare a big luncheon or an elegant dinner, it was only coffee and dessert, that was the invitation and my friends came. What is it about a cuppa coffee?

My friend came in, the children ran off to play, and we talked with coffee in hand. We had nothing to do, but talk, catch up, laugh and share. For the little time we were going to be together we drank down our time while the coffee was hot.

It was so simple and yet so perfect. Yes, I cleaned or picked-up the house for my guests, but there was no stress because it was a friend coming over for coffee. (We even went upstairs so I could show her something- I wasn't worried at what she'd see!).

In the past I always thought I had to invite a friend over for lunch or dinner. And honestly, the thought of cleaning the house, thinking up the perfect lunch or dinner menu, cooking it and making it all was very stressful. But with coffee- there was not much to prepare, except to think about my friend and waiting anxiously for her to arrive. I loved it. I loved it so much that I think that this is going to be my new thing. Having a different friend and their children come over every week for coffee. Taking the time to catch up, minister, be ministered to, and love on a friend over a cup of coffee.

I think this is what Jesus did, don't you? He visited people and didn't worry about what He wore, or how clean their house was. Remember He told Martha to stop working and sit and listen. He went into so many homes and talked with people. Now,  I don't know if He drank coffee, or wine, or water, it doesn't matter. The point is He took time for people and that's what I want to do. I remember too many times when the children were younger (and even still sometimes) when life was hard how I'd wish for someone to invite me over for lunch or coffee. I didn't have it in me to invite anyone to my house, but how I longed to be invited. To be thought of, to be accepted, to be welcomed into a friend's home. Well, because I know how much I wanted it I am inviting others over just to love them.  I'm so excited about this new found adventure!

So, this week I'm inviting over two friends to come on the same day-I haven't asked them yet -hope they can make it!


  1. What a neat idea! I think you're right, it is always (at least for me) stressful about the thought of inviting over someone for lunch or dinner but I cuppa (tea in my case- I don't drink coffee) isn't so bad. Nice post, Ellen!


  2. Awesome! I love sitting over a cuppa coffee with a friend! Also, reminds of "Coffee Tawk, with Linda Richmond" :)

  3. Bonnie, that's too funny!!
    ...and thanks, I miss you too.