Friday, March 6, 2015

Good to the Last Drop

I actually began writing a short column called “Cup of Joe” in 1997 as part of a newsletter for a ministry I was working for. The short column grew into a larger one that was featured in many newspapers in areas where I had family and friends. In 2002, when The Landing Community Church was founded, I wanted to keep it going and it became part of our monthly newsletter. It began to feel more like a brand than a column.
In 2007 I decided to turn these monthly articles into a daily blog, which is when we added  “a rich blend of inspiration for your daily grind”. Suddenly, I forced myself to write daily. I have to say that it felt really good to write something everyday and share it, even if it was just my mom and dad and whoever else happened to find it accidentally:)
Suddenly, I was given an opportunity to gather some of the articles together and publish a “Cup of Joe” book. Those articles became the fifth book I would write and to this day it is still my favorite. Perhaps it was because the book gave me an opportunity to reach many more people and share more of myself. Or it might just have been that I enjoyed seeing what can happen when people are encouraged and then choose to encourage each other.
After the book was out more “joe” was poured through social media. Facebook and Twitter were utilized and in my own way, I used those forums to continue sharing hope and encouraging others to laugh a little and to dream BIG.
The joy of Cup of Joe has been the journey and today after nearly 18 years and thousands of articles, I am pouring the final cup. Maxwell House used to say they were “good to the last drop”. I pray that you will have the same sentiments about Cup of Joe. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing, blogging, posting, tweeting and sharing some uplifting words and comments throughout the years. I can only imagine all of the hours that have been invested in the past 18 years! As social media gets more advanced it also becomes much more consuming. For me, it’s a new season, a time to invest in other things and dispense hope in other ways.
My dream has always been to inspire others and bring some joy. Thank you for being part of this journey and for allowing me to share a cup “of joe” with you. I will keep this website active so people can continue to find  articles and devotional material to use as needed from the archives. Feel free to grab the links to the books or just order through Amazon at anytime. And if you are sipping your cup alone... just send me a note! I’d love to hear from you! (joe@cupofjoe.tv)
 Thanks be to God who always and in all ways causes us to triumph!

May your cup always be running over!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Be Strong

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.” EPH 6:10 NKJ
 Read this closely.  It seems to suggest to me that it may be possible for us to be strong IN THE LORD but completely miss the POWER that is available.
Perhaps that is why we have so many organizations today and gatherings where people are IN THE LORD but few of them seem to have evidence of their being any life-changing/transforming power. We must be careful where we sit; even more so where we soak!
So many folks are standing on the promises but not able to activate the strength and the power necessary to endure this season and press through to the next. We've got to find some enduring POWER. Where does that come from? How are we to be strong in the Lord AND in the power of his might? You put on the FULL ARMOR of God! Read that today and make sure that you put on ALL the pieces!