Hello IHOP? I Don’t Think That WAS Decaf Coffee You Served Me Last Night!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Here’s a bit of my life from the last 24 hours.

First of all, I want to give a shout out to some new sisters who may be checking out the blog today. Welcome! I hope you find encouragement in a Titus 2 kind of way as you camp out here from time to time. And feel free to post comments (see the directions to the left of the blog page).

If you’ve been a regular reader of the blog, then you are aware that last night I began a study on forgiveness with the women of my church. I had asked for you to pray for the study, my leadership, the ladies who would attend, etc. and so I want to thank you for doing that and wanted to let you know that from my perspective it went well. If you were there last night I hope you feel the same. Although we are working on a 40-minute study on forgiveness, it’s neither light nor fluffy. Whether you are taking that or Hebrews, let’s not be about the method but recognize the message. Know that the method helps slow us down to help us as we read, answer questions, and discuss the Scripture.

With that said, after we concluded last night, Rob and I went to IHOP for a quick bite. I needed pancakes and DECAF coffee…a bit of comfort food. I’m not a frequent visitor to said establishment, but have been twice in the last two weeks. Maybe it’s the change in the weather, I don’t know.

I had 4 cups of DECAF coffee.

I came home, put today’s study doo-dads in the car and made my way into my pjs. Normally, I’m out by 10:30-ish. I have been known to be visiting the land of zzzzzzzzzzz earlier. Not last night. I was not sleepy even at 11:00, but managed to drift off by 11:30.

1:30 a.m. – I awaken to a replay of last night’s Bible study in my head and cannot stop hearing my own droning…poor ladies who suffered through that. And it keeps replaying…..aaaargh!

1:45 a.m. – I ask God to put me back to sleep so I can get up on time to walk this morning and be fresh for leading Hebrews (the study not the people).

1:48 a.m. – I ask Him why I’m still awake and feel strongly that I need to be praying. So, I ask Him for whom? And He answered by showing me the room we were in last night along with spotlights on several of the women in the room.

1:50 a.m. – I got up and went to the den and began praying for those women not knowing specifically what they needed, but just brought them to the throne and bathed them in prayer confident that our Great High Priest Jesus knows exactly what they need and still called me to pray.

I was able to fall asleep at 4:00! Don’t get me wrong, it is always a privilege to pray for each other. Selfishly, I like it when God prompts me during the day. But, maybe He knew I had had some trouble being still lately. So, He got me when He knew I would be still and quiet.

At first, I was convinced it was the coffee; that it surely was not DECAF, but REGULAR! I even contemplated how awesome it would be to call the server (if I had her number) to tell her that it was the middle of the night and it was NOT DECAF coffee she had served me. (Hear the sarcasm.) I have told you all that mercy is not my strongest gift! Then it became obvious that He awakened me for prayer. Duh!

Today is my mother-in-law’s birthday and we will celebrate tonight with a dinner out. It will be lovely and I hope she will feel blessed. Pray that I stay awake and alert.

I do NOT plan to have any coffee, by the way…

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