Cups

Cup of Promise
Cup of Promise

During the Christmas season every morning I drank from a different Christmas cup and shared it on Facebook. That was so much fun, like having coffee with friends every morning.

Delicate tea cup
Delicate tea cup

This morning as I reached for my morning cup of coffee I thought about my favorite cups. There are many kinds of cups: tea cups, grandmama’s cup, mugs, and the list goes on.

 

But this morning I’m thinking of another cup. This cup is a cup of healing, deliverance, freedom and joy. This cup came at a very high price to the giver and is free to the taker. The communion cup. It too comes in many shapes and sizes, but the one size fits all who would drink from it.

At our church we have been encouraged to take communion in our homes every day in preparation for the coming year. This has already become so special to us. At some time during the day BJ and I share communion with each other and the Lord. BJ was gone for a couple of days and I took communion with just me and the Lord. How wonderful to have this privilege and freedom. I encourage you to take time to do the same in your home too.

Cup of Joy
Cup of Redemption

As you lift that cup you remember the cost. It cost Him everything. Isaiah 53 says, “But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us…. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed…. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word.” (The Message)

It’s very sobering to stop and meditate on that scripture. To remember.

Yet later in Isaiah 61 he explains why he was willing to suffer.  “To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (The NKJV)

So this cup, this precious cup, is two fold. It is the cup of His suffering, but it becomes the cup of His joy.

Do you feel your life is turning to ashes? Drink from this cup and exchange your ashes for His beauty. Are you mourning the loss of dreams, hopes or someone special? Drink from this cup and exchange your loss for His joy and dare to hope again.  What’s happening in your life today that causes you to be heavy hearted? Drink from this cup and exchange your heaviness for a spirit of praise and thanksgiving.

Covenant!
Cup of Covenant and Joy

I would love to hear from you as you share this cup with Him. It’s made such a difference for us. My prayer is that it will make a difference for you too.

On the Side of a Starbucks Cup

Smooth silky & creamy
Smooth, silky & creamy

Don’t you just love little inspirational tidbits, fun sayings, especially those inside a Dove Chocolate wrapper. As the warm, delicious dark chocolate melts on your tongue you read: “This is Your day! Take some time for you.” That’s sort of like a mini vacation for your soul.

This morning, on the wrapper of my Halls cough drop I read: “Bet on yourself!” “Put a little strut in it!” “High five yourself.” You never know where you will find inspiration for your day, even from a cough drop.

A few years ago I was enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee, “Tall Latte with cream on top, please” and I noticed some writing on the side of the cup and read it. I was so blessed and encouraged.  I thought I’d share it with you.

The way I see it  Starbucks # 165

Warm, comforting
Warm &  comforting

I was ahead in the slalom. But in the second run, everyone fell on a dangerous spot. I was beaten by a woman who got up faster than I did. I learned that people fall down, winners get up, and gold medal winners just get up faster!”

Bonnie St. John

1984, she was the second-fastest amputee skier in the world and won the silver medal in the ParaOlympic downhill ski competition.

Winners get up and Gold Medal winners get up faster. That statement dropped deep in my spirit. Yes, we all fall down. But winners get up. That is a good thing to hear at this new beginning of 2015. We all make our plans, resolutions, goals. And if the truth be told a huge percentage of us will fall down. God knew that. Remember he made us, he knows our frame, and he even said the same thing in his word: “A righteous person may fall seven times, but he gets up again.” (Proverbs 24:16, God’s Word)

So don’t be afraid or hesitate to make those over the top resolutions. Set your goals high this year. Sure, you might fall down. Simply get up and go again. Winners get up. Gold Medal winners get up faster.

Go for the Gold!

Bonnie St. John Silver Medal winner
Bonnie St. John
Silver Medal winner