Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk: I Choose Love {And Grace}

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. If you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

I’ll be honest, I didn’t stay up to watch the returns. I wanted to delay the inevitable for as long as possible, but when I woke up the next morning and heard, I sat on the edge of my bed and stared at the TV in disbelief. I knew it was going to happen before I went to sleep, but some part of me just kept hoping things would change… And don’t think that’s because I’m a Hillary fan. I’m not. I don’t think she was the best candidate to put forward but she was {and still is} certainly more qualified than the president~elect. In fact, there were plenty of well qualified candidates on both sides but that’s neither here nor there. The choice was narrowed to those two.

It has been a few days now and I think I’ve gone through just about every stage of grief; I’m ready to move on to acceptance. Except for that shiver that runs down my spine every time I hear someone say “President~Elect Donald Trump.” I won’t go over all the reasons that I’m concerned about a Trump administration, because there are others who’ve done a much better job than I ever could, but I will say that I’m happy that I’ve held on to this guiding principle since my military days: “You don’t have to respect the person, but you do have to respect the position.”

More than that, however, the Bible admonishes us to pray for our leaders and so that’s what I’ll be doing for the next four years. I’ll pray that, first, Trump comes to know Jesus as his personal savior. Then I’ll pray that he leads this nation with dignity, grace, empathy, selflessness, and integrity. I’ll also pray for my fellow Americans, that we’ll come to know Jesus and accept Him as our personal savior. And I’ll pray that we find common ground and that we won’t let the hurt and anger that has plagued this nation for so long continue to keep us in its choke hold.

The one thing I will not do is live in fear. Nor will I live in a perpetual state of rage.

I woke up Thursday morning and made myself a cup of coffee as I usually do and I realized something: it’s a brand new day.

Every day that we wake up, we have the opportunity to make things better. We have the chance to spread love and share the message of Jesus Christ.

I’ll do my part to share love and kindness.

I’ll do my part to make someone smile.

I’ll do my part to make life just a little bit sweeter for someone else.

My question is: will you?

Sipping my coffee while you talk,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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