Flee and Follow // Coffee Series

Flee youthful lusts but follow ...

I love this passage of Scripture. It’s message is to the point: flee! Flee youthful lusts. Run away from sins that tend to ensnare us younger folk, things like anger, lust and greed. Paul not only instructs Timothy not play with sin but to race away from it.

I like simple, practical lessons like that.

I also like how it doesn’t stop there.

Have you ever noticed that telling someone no isn’t enough? When we’re young it’s important to know that obedience, without explanation, is necessary. But as we grow and mature we need to gain understanding; as Christians we need to know what to replace youthful lusts with. Maturing in Christ isn’t about avoiding sin but replacing it with good works.  

“Follow righteousness”

Let’s make this practical. In what ways can we, the Christian Body, follow righteousness? More acutely, how can Believers who subscribe to different creeds, denominations, dress codes and conduct follow righteousness in a way that says we are unified in obeying Jesus? How can we make this more about Jesus than rules?

Simply, let’s follow Him.

For me, that means to do what He says, live holy and drop the rules I mistake for righteousness and follow my Righteousness. It means that I can believe in wearing a headcovering while fellowshipping with those who don’t. Following righteousness means loving God’s people and following Jesus without trying to be the standard, the measuring stick, for it.

“Follow faith”

Faith is something we have to follow every day, something that needs to be pursued and fed. Admittedly, faith hasn’t been my strong suit this last year. I had forgotten that I need to follow after faith, to encourage it. I have struggled with fear and doubt because I left off that pursuit.

Thankfully, my Heavenly Father is working gently in my doubting heart through simple means.

He helped me “follow faith” through Sunday morning worship. Instead of focusing on my fears and doubts the Lord encouraged me to focus on truth. Words like these reminded me in what and Whom I believe.

“Follow charity”

Do you ever feel like a failure? Like you do not love enough?

Don’t worry. If Paul had to instruct Timothy, a model New Testament leader, to follow after love then I think it’s safe to say that he failed sometimes.

Let’s follow after charity. Real charity, not the fake, superficial kind I tend to favor. For me, I need to follow after the hard kind of love; the kind that speaks truth meekly and prays earnestly. To follow after love means we get to love the dickens out of the people God brings our way.

“Follow peace”

I love this encouragement.

Lately, my Lord has been reminding me how sinful my flaring temper really is; how He died for my sly tongue and rose to redeem me from it. Following peace isn’t easy … especially when writing scathing comments on Facebook seems to be the only way to get our point across these days (on point, eh?).

But it isn’t right.

Following peace means following Jesus. How would our Savior wants us to respond to irritating people and situations? How can we follow peace? Maybe by asking ourselves if our actions are all they need to be … do they reflect righteousness? Faith? Love? Peace? If not then perhaps it should be put in the category of a youthful lust?

For me, following peace can be as practical as letting my husband’s occasional quirks go without my getting irritated or flustered. It means choosing to pray for family members who hurt me instead of stewing over their offense. It means consciously and daily forgiving others because I have been forgiven myself.

I love that Scripture is incredibly practical and down to earth. God is pretty amazing like that. One of my recent favorite quotes comes from the book Stepping Heavenward. “God is just as willing, and just as able to sanctify, as He is to redeem us.” So incredibly true; so, sweet Reader, let’s allow God to make 2 Timothy 2:22 a beautiful reality in our lives. he is more then willing and able.

With love, coffee and alotta blessings,

Frannie

Stormy Skies // Coffee Series

Coffee With You Series

 Friend, why not take a few moments to pour a fine cup of coffee and visit with me? Let’s be refreshed with the goodness of the Lord together. I won’t be long.

Lately, life has been hard for a lot of folk I love. There have been storms which toll on friends and gray skies which dampen even the cheeriest of people. Illness, disease, financial burdens, depression, heartbreak and loss weigh on my heart as I look around my friends and see so many struggling.

I myself struggle when the skies of my life are gray and dismal.

We were never promised a perfect, easy life.

But we were promised a Refuge.

Sweet Readers, rest in your Heavenly Father’s care. He knows them that trust in Him and He is a stronghold in the day of trouble.

You are loved unmeasurably by a good, strong God; rejoice, Dear One.

And, if you cannot gather the strength to outwardly praise Him, I encourage you to lift up your heart and thoughts and sing nevertheless, even if just a whisper. Rest in His unfailing mercy. Sing of His great redemption.

And take time to be quiet in His presence … maybe with a cup of coffee and some quiet worship music filling the air.

With love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

A Thankful Heart … In the Heat of Summer

“There are two times of the year. Autumn and waiting for Autumn.”

I laugh at these two lines because it is so true. For me, a coffee-toting, coat-loving, scarf-wearing gal, I thrive in the later seasons of Autumn and Winter. Not much makes me happier then a frosty lawn and a cool day.

But lately I’ve been feeling the challenge of being content where I am. I’ve felt a tug in my spirit urging me to be thankful for today, heat and all. The gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit has been instructing me to “choose this day whom I will serve” and I know that my Father God requires a heart of constant obedient thanks.

What in life are you struggling with today?

Could it be that you aren’t married? Haven’t any children? Haven’t enough children? Maybe the weather is too hot, your home too small or your church too modern.

Whatever it is, Dear One, I encourage you to check your heart. Is there any way you are stuck in a mess of discontentment? Could it be that you’re desire for change has turned into an ungrateful fuss?

I know that it is hard.

But I also know that there is blessing, freedom and joy in choosing obedience and a thankful heart.

With so much love and blessings,

Frannie

John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. John 3:27

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17