Coffee.. It helps.

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I’m not going to lie, it’s been a hard week. It’s getting to the point of the semester when life can be a grueling routine, and where joy is  no longer found in the little daily quirks. I simply go from place to place, activity to activity, instead of enjoying every moment, the beautiful campus and the beautiful people who inhabit it. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that I am where I am for a reason, and that every day, every breath, is a gift. I can see it affecting my friends too..

But you know what helps me a little bit? looking forward to my daily cup of coffee.. Now I don’t place my hope in coffee. Coffee isn’t going to make me a nicer person, or turn the cold days into summer, or save anyone from their sins, but coffee certainly does give me something to look forward to everyday. It gives me a moment to sit and smile and pray and hold a warm mug (I personally think that is one of the best things about coffee), and know that life is good. I like to put my face close to the surface, and exhale so the steam warms my face. This is especially fun if you are wearing glasses.

Just a few months ago, the idea of having a cup of coffee everyday would’ve sounded like a very bad idea to me. I don’t like to be dependent on things. For instance, I wouldn’t want to get in a life situation where I couldn’t have a cup of coffee that day and then be a mean headachy grump until I finally get what I want… sort of the same reason I don’t play Farmville… too much dedication! But this semester I sort of slipped into the daily coffee routine. It all started with me showing Katelyn a couple different flavors of coffee after school, and then she started making enough for two on the mornings we get ready together (which is 5 days a week), and then BAM it happened. Or maybe it wasn’t really a “BAM”. Perhaps it was more like a “oh hey, you know I think I’ve had coffee everyday for the past month..”. But you know what? I’m okay with my addiction for a few reasons:

1. Coffee isn’t so bad for you. In fact, it may be good for you. My food science professor likes to talk about “in the news” things, or basically new studies coming out about food, health etc. and he just recently showed us a recent study which found that moderate amounts of coffee does not lead to dehydration (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/k-mcc010614.php). It is also been shown that coffee increases your metabolism, and can lead to reduced risk of liver disease!

2. I’m addicted to all sorts of things already: my morning “hotlimewater, oatmeal, banana, read the Bible” routine, getting 8 hours of sleep every night, having my own room and a large closet etc… and if the day comes when I can’t have one of these things I’m addicted to (including coffee), the Lord will see me through and allow me to be content without it.

So, whether you’re in school, or working, or just bored and don’t know what to do, be encouraged and keep on truckin! Life really is a fun adventure! If you like coffee, then maybe that’s a nice healthy little thing to remind yourself of these things.. If not, well then there are plenty of other wonderful things out there!

As for me, I’m excited for my 2 o’clock cup o’ joe!

Until next time,

Ruthie

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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