New Year, New Surprises, New Grace

I’ve been following Chrome Yellow Trading Co. for some time now and finally made it to the shop today. Featured below is their vanilla bourbon latte with almond milk, yum! I recently had to switch to decaf (my anxious self gets too hyped on espresso). Anyway, I think I found one of my new hangout spots. Delicious coffee and hearty food options. White brick walls, old school, wooden tables and chairs, open setup with lots of windows to let in the sunshine, AND it’s five minutes from my new apartment…I like.

Going on week 4 of being a college graduate and unemployed. It’s really easy for me to lie in bed all day and mope, so I’ve been trying to make an effort to get out and enjoy the things I don’t always have time for. Normally when I go to coffee shops, I sit down and immediately pull out my laptop, but I went in with a mission to slow down and reflect.

Last night, my discipleship group leader asked us to think about what we wanted to ask God for in the new year. She made reference to Matthew 7:7 and said we each have the authority to ask for the desires of our heart. It was such a big question that the only words I could muster at the time were, “Well…this will be something good to reflect on.” So that’s what I did today. After taking a sip of my latte, I set a timer for 10 minutes and focused all my thoughts on writing out my desires to the Lord. I won’t share what I wrote, but I did manage to get out a whole list.

“It’s a strange thing to find out your heart can explode with love and suffering and find out they’re kin in ways we didn’t care to admit.” – Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way

I also brought along The Broken Way and read a chapter. Our group leader wrapped a bunch of books and let us randomly pick one from the pile. The process didn’t feel so random, because I got the book I exactly needed (I’ve been confronting a lot of my brokenness the past couple months). I could barely get through a couple pages without tearing up.

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I did enjoy this little exercise and am attempting to make the most of my day-to-day ongoings as I enter this mysterious, new year. Come at me, 2017.

Featured Photo: Pexels

2 Replies to “New Year, New Surprises, New Grace”

  1. Hey Sydney ~ Beautiful post today! I was reading it quickly, and then took a breath, slowed down, and reread it slowly. Your personal reflections have given me something to think about as well. Thank you for that. I think tomorrow, when I hit one of the local Sandpoint (we just got to Idaho) coffee shops, I’ll stop and make my own list. Love the idea of setting a timer! Hugs

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