coffee date #1

Honey lavender latte + almond croissant from Communal Coffee | North Park, San Diego, CA

If we were on a coffee date, I would order a hot vanilla latte or perhaps some unique latte like that honey lavender one. Extra hot, because we have the rest of the afternoon ahead of us. I would tell you that I saved my monthly doughnut allowance for today's coffee date, because I'm trying to cut back on certain things. I'd savor that doughy piece of heaven slowly and then ask you what your most recent highlights are. I would also ask you if you'd like to explore North Park with me a.k.a. San Diego's hipstertown.

If we were on a coffee date, I would recommend that you listen to King's Kaleidoscope's new album Beyond Control. One of their songs, A Prayer, is controversial for its original lyrics. The song is rooted in Chad Gardner's (the vocalist) own fears of death and separation from God. The words are strong, searching, and soberingFor someone who has had to deal with anxiety issues, the song brought me to tears as it echoes some of my own prayers. But just when you think the song is over, the second half of the song affirms hope that does not disappoint; it does not waver in the midst of our own instability. That hope is Jesus and he is a sure anchor.

If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you about my quest to understand myself better. I don't know if it's my INFJ-ness or Learner attribute--possibly both--but I always enjoy reading books with exercises for self-discovery. At this point in my life, I'm looking at changing careers and Richard Bolles' What Color is Your Parachute? has been helpful so far in this process. I would ask if you're also thrilled by self-discovery. I'd also be wondering what's on your summer reading list.

If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you about how I'm adjusting to life in the United States. I would express gratitude for being in a "First World" country with all its freedom, traffic system that's 10 notches better than Manila, toilet paper in all public restrooms, and other little things that I don't get to enjoy as much in the Philippines like authentic Mexican food. But I would also tell you how it breaks my heart to read the news these past few days and how it's driving me to ask questions to hopefully educate myself better. I would love to talk about how we can love other people in our lives better than today.

If we were on a coffee date, I would close our time in prayer and ask you to pray with me if that's cool. The Lord deserves our thanks and this sweet time together is also something to be grateful for. Often, all that we could do is pray while the world suffers labor pains before the Lord births it into complete restoration. There is hope and I'll sip to that.

What about you, my friend? Tell me all the things if we were on a coffee date.

Linking up with Amber and Erin for the Coffee Date link-up.

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