Will you donate a cup of coffee?

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Are you passionate about the Bible? Are you passionate about Jesus? And are you passionate about other people getting in the word and growing closer to Jesus? Then this post is for you.

Okay, here’s the deal. I am part of an online community called SheReadsTruth. They provide excellent Bible reading plans and devotional content and the community in the comments is awesome. This is not the first time I have talked about SheReadsTruth and I promise it is far from the last.

Today’s post is a little different than the usual posts. I am still sharing my heart, but more so I am sharing a conviction. I want to challenge and encourage you, whether you are a SheReadsTruth reader or not. Do you relate to any of the following scenarios?

– Your friend is interested in reading the bible, but doesn’t know where to start. Send her a link to the SheReadsTruth app and encourage her to follow along.

– You really crave spiritual community, but you live in a very secular city or your day to day life is too busy or something else. Go to your SheReadsTruth app and get hooked in, on your lunch break or commute (only if you are not driving a car.)

– You like reading your bible on your phone, taking notes and cool photos, and sharing them with your friends. You can do all that in-app with the new SheReadsTruth app.

Here’s the kicker: the app will be a reality for iPhone and iPad in July, it’s already funded through the Kickstarter campaign. But for the 12% of the SheReadsTruth readers that are Android users, it’s not. We need another $10,000 for that to become reality, which sounds like a lot. But it’s really not. The first $35,000 were raised in just 22 hours! So $10,000 in 20 days sounds absolutely doable.

This is where the coffee comes in. This is where I want to challenge, encourage and hopefully persuade you to support building the app. What if you gave up a cup of Starbucks (or Caribou if you’re a midwesterner), and donated the money instead? Think of how little that would matter to you, and how much it could matter to someone else.

So girls, (and guys, this surely isn’t limited to girls only, guy-money works too), let’s see if we can’t get this app in as many hands as possible, and support His Kingdom business, even if that means giving up a cup of coffee.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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Day 22: Saturdays

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Saturday is our family day, we try not to make too many plans and just take the day to enjoy each other’s company. This morning Michael made a pancake breakfast and afterwards he took me on a date to Starbucks, while my Mom took care of Magnolia. He brought Mr. Michael’s Magic Backpack of Surprises and I was excited to find out what that meant.

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Before we left Michael and Magnolia cleaned up after breakfast. Once we had gotten Magnolia to sleep and dropped her off at my parents’ house,  we were in the car on our way and Michael revealed the first surprise: the camera, so we could take pictures all day. We like to do that.

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At Starbucks Michael got a Venti Winter Blend brewed coffee and I had a Grande Skinny White Chocolate Mocha – mine was delicious, Michaels was a little too bitter, at least for me. We sat down and talked like grown-ups without trying to figure out naps or meals. And talked about the future and what we hope for and dream about, in the years to come.

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And we laughed at my silly milkstach.

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We were still at Starbucks when Michael pulled out surprise #2 from Mr. Michaels Magic Backpack of Surprises: two books. The one I am currently reading and one of the many that Michael is currently reading. He set a timer for 30 mins and we just sat and read, uninterrupted by anything but our own desire to share quotes from what we were reading. Pure bliss!

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After that it was time for surprise #3: A Letter. I have at least a dozen handwritten letters from Michael that he has written over the years, and then there are all the blogs and emails. Words are important, and words from the one you love has a special weight to them. Always full of love, dreams and hope for what will one day be.

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We went to our favorite baby clothing store ‘Next’ and spent a gift card Magnolia got at her Baby Dedication last week, and took a selfie.

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After picking Magnolia back up we went through my parents’ backyard to cross over the cemetery and head home. Somehow this apple survived the fall and early winter, only to be eaten off the branch by birds.

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I also had to get a shot of ‘the little house’, because I think in spite of what it is it has a lot of charm. And it blends so well with the other colors.

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It really is.

Day 19 & 20 & 21: Social Interaction

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It’s been a busy week around these parts which makes it really hard to keep up with the blog, as made evident by the lack of posts. I do apologize for that, loyal reader.

It’s been a super social week and I have loved every minute of it. On sunday we had Magnolia’s Baby Dedication, about 30 people were there and we really enjoyed the day. Monday I had the bi-weekly meet up with the mothers group I am a part of through Københavner Kirken, we’ve only just started and are still getting to know each other and are having a great time doing so. Tuesday is Community Group night, we had a killer lasagna and great conversation.

Wednesday is dedicated to the mothers group I have through the county, which means lots of coffee, bread, cake and talking – and of course babies, 6 in total. That same evening our friend Emily made the trip to Greve, she brought wine, and I was even able to sneak a glass after the baby had been put down for the night. Although my plans with Julie fell through Thursday because of a yucky virus, I got to stop by my work and say hi, for the first time in months and then made spontaneous plans to have dinner at Ida and Bo’s place. Another great lasagna, and great company. I love having sisters that are also friends. And to top it all off, my Mom stopped by today for coffee and hangout with her daughter and favorite granddaughter.

How ever much I like to keep my schedule nice and low key, I really do enjoy the occasional ‘over-booked’ week. Very occasional though. I feel too stressed when I look in my calendar and all I see is yellow, where white once was. So if ever you are in the area or have a free evening and need somewhere to go, give me a call or shoot me a text, maybe you need to come to Greve and enjoy a home cooked meal and some warm conversation.

Day 13: Breaks

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Being able to sit down with a cup of coffee or an apple. Lean back, read a book, watch a movie. All things that I am able to do whenever Magnolia takes a nap.

I know a few people by now that have more than one kid and they all tell me the same thing: Enjoy the breaks you can take while only having one child. As soon as there is more than one, nap time can’t be used as coffee time as I so often do now.

Nap time is also the time I have been getting things done around the house since becoming a Mom. As Magnolia is getting older and more self-entertaining, I can actually cook and clean up while she is playing on the floor, but I still rely heavily on the naps.

So until the next baby (or at least until I go back to work in May) I will revel in these coffee breaks and enjoy them as much as I can. Another thing I found joy in today, is having a coffee maker that I can make semi-fancy drinks for myself on. With foam-art and everything.