Jesús and Café Real

Jesús and Café Real

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Coffee lovers beware! Chile is the home of Nescafé. You know that powder that dyes your hot water brown to make it appear to be coffee? Yes, that stuff.

My heart is broken.

I am proud to admit that marriage made me somewhat of a coffee snob. Instantly gone were my single days of brewing a huge pot of Folgers finest black coffee daily or hoping for a cup of Caribou’s White Chocolate Mocha thanks to the pity and generosity of my sister Emmy. With marriage and a savvy hubby came the coffee grinder, then the French Press, then the drip coffee, and now homemade espresso.

Lets just say we have had to adjust our coffee habit a bit when we moved here. On the upside, I am certainly meeting the 8 cups of water daily requirement with all the tea I’ve been drinking!

These days, THE REAL COFFEE is something to be cherished … and shared!

Recently, we have purposely fallen into the pattern of getting together with Chelsea and Jenny every Friday for some good coffee. Sometimes we meet at little cafes near the town plaza. (they have some decent café con leche) Other times we will gather at one of our houses. Whenever we happen to be at our house, Jon whips out our sacred espresso grounds and makes little cups of rich joy to pass around.

However, our original intent for getting together weekly is much better than good coffee and friends. We also take this time to dig into God’s Word together.

Recently, we have been studying the book of Proverbs and sections of Kings. We chose these books because we loved the idea of studying wisdom and the life of Solomon, the wisest man in the world. As we begin our new roles in Chile, the prayers for wisdom are resounding and daily. How do we best serve? How do we best support the members here and each other? What roles should we take on and what roles should we encourage others to take on? The list goes on and on. If only we could have Solomon’s God-given wisdom as we move forward!

The great news is that god gave us the key to wisdom. Check out Proverbs 2:1-6:

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call our for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

God gave us all the wisdom we need through His word! The more time we spend seeking Him, the more His wisdom will enter and shine in our lives. Proverbs 3:5-6 says:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

In my opinion, a cup of coffee is the absolute best when it can be savored … when you take the time to drink it slowly while sitting down, preferably next to a fire in the mountains when backpacking, or wrapped in blankets while still in bed, or in the backyard on a weekend morning.

The same thing is true for devotion time. Like coffee, it can be good on the go, but it is so much better and flavorful when you sit down, relax, and put other things aside. And unlike Nescafé, God’s word is always the REAL stuff.

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Bible Study at a downtown cafe
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Whenever Pastor and Ellen are in town they join us!
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Jon’s homemade espresso

4 thoughts on “Jesús and Café Real

  1. Adam Giedd

    Saludos! It’s so good to hear from you guys. I want to go back and read all the posts I’ve missed, but I promised myself only a short study break for now. I really liked your coffee/scripture metaphor with to-go vs. in a mug by the fire – totally agree! Let’s catch up soon!

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    1. Hey Adam! It’s great to hear from you and we are glad you are enjoying our blog. You can continue living in Chile by following us on this blog and through pictures on Facebook but we would love to Skype/ Facetime sometime as well. My Skype name is mtbikeexpert and my Facetime is jgrosskw@gmail.com, just add me and hopefully we can share stories soon. God bless!

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  2. Mer

    I love taking time to sit down and catch up on your blog (don’t worry…I didn’t do this while relaxing and enjoying a delicious cup of coffee…that just felt wrong). 😊
    ¡Abrazos a mis chileanos favoritos!

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