Yesterday I went to one of my favorite little coffee shops, Compass coffee. This adorable little coffee shop on Main street in the heart of downton Vancouver. Compass is always a go to spot for me. Whether I’m on the go and just need some coffee or I’m looking to sit in for a couple hours it’s one of my favorites. As I walked in, the smell was overwheled with fresh brewed coffee (my favorite smell) and not too many coffee shops that I’ve gone too are like that. Most likely because of the fact that it’s so small and the aroma just fills the space so quick. I love it!
When I walk in the door, I get such a warm welcome, like they’ve been looking forward to seeing me all day. The fact that they don’t know me and can still have that connection is amazing. Every customer who walks in gets a greeting as best as the next, always greeted with excitement and joy. Making everyone feel welcome.
I am preparing a sermon that is less then a week away! So I have been on the verge of searching for new coffee shops. (I find that I can think and write better when I’m in such an environment as a coffee shop, drinking a delicious cup of coffee and enjoying the sounds and surroundings around me) I’m nervous but excited! I’m not too sure how it’s going to turn out. Not too confident in my speaking or teaching, but God has been showing me to trust and be confident in Him. I know he wouldn’t have told me to speak if he didn’t have confidence in me or if it wasn’t going to reach anyone. It doesn’t matter if my message touches everyone, it doesn’t matter if my message touches 10 people. As long as it touches that one person that is all I’m looking for.
2 Corinthians 7:4 “I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles.”
Yesterday I discovered Paper Tiger Coffee Co. As I walked in, there was nothing fancy about it, just a couple tables, some pictures and tweed bags hanging on the wall, The menu looked a little outdated and the espresso machine wasn’t anything fancy. But none of that stuff mattered, the Barista took her time to make the most delicious caramel latte with a marvelous layer of frothy foam on top. Everyone in for their afternoon cup of coffee had such a great connection with one another. It seemed as though they had all known each other for years. Such an awesome environment to be in! Exactly how I want my bakery/coffee shop to feel like one day.
While sipping on my caramel latte I also had the pleasure of working on my sermon with one of my best friends, Eddie. He strives to see me succeed everyday and I am so grateful for that. You need friends in your life who will push you out of your comfort zone, test you, and walk with you through the struggles. God has been revealing that to me lately. Ephesians 6:12
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”
Today I had a wonderful coffee date with one of my favorite High School students, Mariah. We went to Battle Ground Coffee Grounds, a cute little church that they turned into a coffee shop/cafe. The place was packed. Full of studying high school students, elders playing cards, parents with their kids, and people just looking to relax and have a cup of coffee. A must stop if you are in the Battle Ground Area.
I realized today that God puts people in your life that are just like you. Just like you so you can teach them the things you wish you could have changed or done differently when you were younger, and purely just to mentor and love on them. Be an example for someone today, who knows maybe you could change a life. 1 Timothy 4;12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity”