The cover grabbed my attention;  Coffee For Your Heart.  Something about it connected immediately to a deficit within my soul.

Coffee represents a lot of things to me; all positive.  I have a deep affection for the bitter black liquid because it speaks to everything I love in this world.  Beauty, friendship, comfort, consistency, versatility, connection, and…purpose.

Coffee is a faithful companion that helps me get through exhausting and difficult days.  It’s the stuff that warms me on a cold afternoon.  It’s the stuff that says, “Slow down, let’s sit for a spell and enjoy life,” in the morning.  It’s the thing that says “Yes, you can!” when my body says “not today.”

Coffee is, often, a shared experience that connects me to others and it’s comforting in awkward situations where words are few and the sips are long.

Coffee is my ready companion.                                        

Truth be told, I am rarely seen without a cup attached tightly to my hand.

Is it no wonder, then, that coffee intended for my heart sounded appealing?

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but when the book arrived, it felt a bit like Christmas morning and when I cracked it open I wasn’t disappointed.

Coffee For Your Heart is actually a small devotional book crammed full of encouraging words for the faint of heart, the disconnected, and the faithful wanderer.

The Author, Holley Gerth covers topics like acceptance, strength, being enough, being valued, being redeemed, and being irreplaceable.  Ultimately, her message throughout the devotional series is that we are precious, wanted, seen, and deeply loved.

Empowered

Gerth reminds her readers in Chapter  12 that “God places all of His power within us,” but that “Like a power cord plugged into an outlet, the current starts flowing when there’s an intimate connection.  When that happens, nothing can stop what [God] wants to do in and through us.”

Ephesians 1:18-20

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know…his incomparable great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”

It feels a bit like Holley is empowering the reader to “grab the bull by the horns” when she ends with “You’re God’s powerhouse.  Go light the world in your own wonderful way.”

No, we aren’t all Billy Graham.  We aren’t even all Holley Gerth.  But she reminds us in Coffee For Your Heart, that we do have our own unique purpose in this life and if we cling to the One who formed us… we can see that purpose realized.  So…

“Go light the world!”

 

Hope over to HolleyGerth.com to check out this Wall Street bestselling author, her book Coffee For your Heart, and her uplifting blog.  I think you will find much of what she writes about encouraging.  Please take note that Coffee For Your Heart was originally published as God’s Heart For You.

 

Author: Jacqi Kambish