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Working Mom’s Devotional: Thank God For Coffee!

It has been one of those weeks months.  As I reflect, I think about the “must haves” to get me through the days.

For me, my two “must haves” are coffee and prayer.

I’ll talk about prayer another day.  Today, I need to keep things light.  Today, I need to thank God for coffee.

Just to put things in perspective, yesterday I made three trips to the caffeine well (morning coffee at home, plus two trips to the coffee shop at work).  I know it sounds excessive.  I’m not saying it’s right or even making excuses.  It’s no secret that I love my coffee.  Not just any coffee.  I like the good stuff.  Some of you know that I gave up coffee for Lent a couple of years ago.  And it nearly killed me!

I can do without a shower and some basic hygiene every now and then, but please don’t ask me to give up coffee.

I know what you’re thinking.  This is supposed to be a working mom’s devotional.  Very true.

But sometimes, I just don’t feel very “spiritual.”  Sometimes, I can’t handle a sermon.  I just need to keep it simple.  Sometimes, I need to focus on thanking God for the little things that get me through each day.

How about you?

What are your “must haves” that get you through each day?  

Have you thanked God for the little things this week?


“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Dear God, I thank you for creating coffee beans.  Please help me to lean on you to get me through each day. Thank you that I don’t have to choose between prayer and coffee.  And thank you for the weekend!




What Did You Learn From Your First Job?

At age 14, I put my application in at a small, family-style restaurant.  I could finally earn my own money! 

Take orders.  Smile.  Bring hungry people food. 

How hard could it be? 

No one told me I had to clean up the messes.  Or deal with cranky customers.  Or deal with the short-order cooks who ripped my head off every time they didn’t understand an order.   Or deal with the dish crew who constantly tried to look up my skirt.  Or the bus boys who made fun of me for being in National Honor Society.   Did I mention dealing with a middle-aged, greasy restaurant manager on a power trip? 

Just your average day in paradise. 

Lesson learned?

Earning money is harder than it looks.

People are crazy.

I don’t want to be a waitress when I grow up. 

I recently heard a successful business woman talk about her first job.  Out of high school, her family didn’t have the money to send her to college, so she went to the local factory and worked on an assembly line, cutting the ends off zucchinis!  She too quickly learned that she wanted something more.   And she eventually worked her way through college and graduate school.  Even though she now enjoys a spot at the top of the ladder, she hasn’t forgotten her roots.  In fact, she attributes much of her work ethic and drive to the lessons learned from her first job.

I never get tired of hearing these stories.  In fact, I’m convinced that some of our best lessons are learned when our work is “beneath” us.  Hard work.  Humility.  Empathy.  Dealing with difficult people.  A desire to grow up and move on.

What lessons did you learn from your first job?   

What Part Of NO Don’t You Understand?


Sometimes it’s really hard impossible to say NO at work.  If you’re in a business that is service oriented, you know that clients rule.  Clients come first.  The client gets what the client wants.  You don’t say NO to your client!

My friend Maria recently said NO to her client.  It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t easy.  Continue reading →

Why Do I Have To Do It All?

Working Mom's Devotional

I was feeling pretty sorry for myself on Easter morning.  I stayed up late Saturday night filling Easter baskets and hiding eggs.  I got up early to make everyone breakfast, and I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off to make sure we were ready for church by 9:00 a.m.  As I rushed the family out to the car, I screamed at my husband, “Why don’t you help me?  Can’t you see that I can’t do it all?” Continue reading →

Taming Your Tongue AT work: Can you Go A week Without Whining?


What if I challenged you to go an entire week without whining or complaining at work?  Could you do it?

I don’t know if I want to answer that question! Continue reading →