My First Cup

I’m thinking about you as I drink my first cup of #coffee since arriving yesterday in #amsterdam. It’s my day to rest and since it’s cold and overcast, I’m thinking indoors is a perfect #retreat #morning

Little drops of #water tip toe from the #sky onto the square brick sidewalk outside restaurant window. I see the slight breeze whisper to the brown hedge bruised by the winter, recently passed.

As I glean from the #Proverbs, I’m listening to the #languages spoken around me as different cultures eat their #breakfast. Though we are all in one room, I can taste the distance between us. My #Texas heart wants to play musical chairs and let time stop long enough for me to spend a few minutes with each #woman.

I’m confident #love is the common language between us. I hear silent cries in my mind of the ones who would bloom if someone took the time to be kind. I’m also equally confident if we looked one another in the eyes with no words spoken, it would reveal our need for a #smile and a #hug as a reminder of our #significance. I’m finishing my first cup …headed for my second one.

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We just arrived

We just arrived at the #schiphol airport and our first stop was for #starbuckscoffee, though in my case it was a Cafe Vanilla #Frappuccino. Whether it was from anticipation or the unusually warm atmosphere, sleep had been difficult on our overnight flight from #Texas to #Amsterdam. Regardless, there is excitement in the air as we make our way through the busy #airport to catch the shuttle to our hotel. After a pleasant check in to the Hyatt Place, we are off in an #Uber to explore the city of #Iamsterdam.

Our first cab driver was from Afghanistan and in my usual style I was asking questions to bridge the distance. He was so professional, polite and friendly that I donned him an honorary #Texan. We learned of places to eat, drink and be merry while here before he dropped us off downtown on the familiar streets. After stopping in several souvenir shops for family gifts, finding a drug store for an upset stomach and walking away from the most fantastic #DOGO boot #heels with matching #handbags I could never wear, we found a place to eat.

This hummus was amazing and I’m looking forward to making it when we get home to #Houston.

This is my third time here and I have to admit that I’m fond of the city. From the food, entertainment and transportation, it is predictable, #historic, reasonably priced and diversified. Once you have satisfied your curiosity in the city, you can easily stretch your adventure and explore other neighboring countries. You won’t get bored.

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It’s Just Work

  
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“LOVE without God is just works (work),” said Craig. The challenge is loving intentionally requires effort. Frankly I find myself fascinated by a lazy society who wants a drive in take out kind of love. Instead of a love worth dying for, we are faced with love that’s short and sweet – kind of like a text. The effort of a face to face moment looking into the eyes of another person has been dumbed down to an effortless minuscule moment created in between reading a tweet or post. Have we forgotten what it means to hold the hand of someone whose spouse is dying? Hug the woman who miscarried again? Sit beside the elderly man or woman who raised you? What IS love? If you think love is showing up for an hour service then you are probably famished for a real relationship. If you call church your family but find them mysteriously absent from your life when pain and heartbreak appear then it’s probably more your hiding place instead of family. Love is beyond meetings and money. If your family is Facebook then chances are you are a shut in or have chosen isolation with your computer as your life partner. A computer only requires updates – not a face to face. If you truly have no other way to get out and know others then it’s understandable that you live in front of your computer. However if you are able to physically step out among the living then I challenge you to love – on purpose. Start with you. Look yourself in the mirror and hear the words from your Creator – I LOVE YOU AND I’M FOR YOU AND I’VE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU. Then, say that to someone else. With purpose step out today to love God’s way. God’s way is encouraging, without condemnation, and will leave you stronger than you started. Gods LOVE will take you from your comfort zone into a zone of trust and inner peace. God’s love will allow you to like you while drawing you into changing to be more LOVEly, LOVEable and LOVEing.GOD’S LOVE devastates you with MISSION POSSIBILITIES!!! When face to face with Him, you find loving is not work – it’s who you are and who you will become.
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