coffee talk: more than we can handle?

Did you know the Bible doesn’t tell us that God won’t give us more than we can handle?

It’s not in there. I’ve looked.

It does tell us that He won’t let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. There’s the promise that in every moment we feel inclined to sin, there is a way out. We need to look for that door and walk through it.

But to me that’s a very different promise than the one most people walk around (mis-)quoting.

What do you think? Do you think God won’t give us more than we can handle?

(You can catch up on old Coffee Talks here…)

coffee talk: women in ministry

Remember G-Daddy and the motorcycle? Yeah, me too. What I didn’t tell you back then was that shortly after I passed G-Daddy’s motorcycle test, I flunked an even bigger one. We got in a discussion about women in ministry, and I very quickly lost my standing in his good book.

After hearing all about our ministry, G-Daddy was excited. He complimented me repeatedly on all that God had done through Niel and I in a reasonably short period of time. Over and over again, he emphasized what a wonderful job we were doing; he even began talking about the possibility of coming to serve with us in a long-term capacity.

Everything changed when he mentioned that he was ordained, and I replied that I was, too.

I thought he was joking with his initial responses, and then I quickly realized he wasn’t. The conversation spiraled into him telling me that we aren’t running our ministry in a Biblical manner because I, as a woman, am in leadership.

I was hurt by his “attack”, not because this was the first time I’ve received criticism like this, but because I was staying in his home and had, just moments before, been someone he seemingly admired. I was also puzzled by his earlier praise: was he really just complimenting me for being a token wife, simply hanging on the arm of my minister husband who, of course, does everything? Hmph.

So… I ask you: What are your thoughts on women in ministry, particularly in leadership roles?

coffee talk: full disclosure

“We all like full disclosure particularly if it includes the admission of one’s 1) mortality and 2) propensity to fail. (Related, but not the same.)” (-Dave Eggers in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius)

What’s the hardest for you to fully disclose?

Talk amongst yourselves.

(I won’t have time to chime in until Monday night, but I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on all this. Wondering where I am? Check this out.)

coffee talk: the one you wish you had back

Want another cup?

A book I recently read posed a great question, which I’m now asking you:

Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back. What if you got it back?

Feel free to take it any way you want.

Oh—And talk amongst yourselves.

coffee talk: met on the net

Do you even like coffee? Cause we’ve been drinking a lot of it here at the Grit this week.

Shifting gears slightly from our other conversations, my question today is less spiritual in nature.

What do you think of meeting (in person) someone you’ve met on the internet?

Talk amongst yourselves.

coffee talk: guarding your heart

We’re still Coffee Talking it up over here.

God tells us in His Word to guard our hearts. I’ve wrestled with what that means for years. My tendency has been to take it to the extreme, letting little in or out of my heart. I know that isn’t what God means, but I still don’t have a very clear picture of what He actually does.

And so I ask you…

What does it mean to guard your heart?

Talk amongst yourselves.

(And while you’re at it, will you also send up a prayer for my friend Amy who is giving birth to a baby girl today?)

coffee talk: waiting on the lord

It’s gonna be Coffee Talk Week here at the Grit.

With Junior almost here, my blogging time and creative energy are dwindling. But I’ve been wrestling with a few things in my mind and heart lately, so I’m going to post my questions here for you guys to discuss in the comments. (Mandy: Take note that I said “you guys”. Not “y’all”.)

I look forward to hearing all your thoughts and input, and will chime in when I can.

Okay… Today’s question:

What does it mean to wait on the Lord?

Talk amongst yourselves.

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