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Tresta Payne: Listening over spilled coffee | Moms

Two out of the last three mornings, the coffee has been on the counter – all over it, running down into the drawers, between the counter and the fridge, and onto the floor. If I manage to get one cup poured from the carafe, it is chunky with coffee grounds.

Not the greeting I want at 5 a.m.

Coffee is a good start to my day. It’s essential for my Coffee and Stare Time: that 15 minutes or so where I sit in my chair with my favorite cup and just…stare.

But when the coffee pot runneth over and floodeth the kitchen, I spend that 15 minutes cleaning it up, instead. And believe me, I am fully awake and not happy by the end.

This has happened several times over the life of this coffee pot. We set the timer the night before so that our coffee is ready for us when we stagger into the kitchen in the morning, and sometimes – rarely, but every now and then – if we don’t put the carafe in just right, we are met with the great flood.

But because this has happened twice in the last few days and we have been careful to put the carafe in correctly, we think something must be up.

We think it may have something to do with the little piece of black plastic we found in the sink after the clean up of the first coffee flood.

We think, but we’re not sure yet, that something is broken in our coffee machine.

We’ll try the pot again tomorrow because we need more time to test our theory. If it floods again tomorrow, or even if it’s not till the next day, I think we can safely conclude that the pot is garbage.

I’m writing this on Tuesday so by the time you read this on Saturday we should know if a new pot is in order.

And don’t worry about us – we have a French press, an AeroPress, and a stovetop espresso maker for emergencies such as this. We’ll get by.

I wonder how many troubles we have because we just don’t take the time to evaluate our process? How many things have we just gotten used to, and so we’ve stopped looking for a solution?

My husband has this saying that he attributes to his grandpa: The first time you do it, it’s a mistake. The second time, it’s stupidity.

He’s being funny, but the point is valid. How many coffee-tastrophes do we need to have before we look for a fix?

Applied to motherhood:

How many bad habits do our children need to accumulate before we come up with a plan?

How many crazy-hurry mornings do we have to endure before we decide to prep the night before?

How many afternoons do we need to spend scrambling for a dinner plan before we are convinced to plan ahead?

How many times do we need to stub our toes on the same issues and stumble over the same problems, before we take the time to stop, listen, evaluate?

That’s what this season has been for me. Beyond the coffee pot, there are other things that need fixed or changed or just tossed. This is a season of changing what’s old and not working, what’s broken and no longer useful, what’s actually harmful and hindering growth.

God gives new mercy and grace for each day. If you find that you have a laundry list of things that need adjusting in your life or in your children’s lives, take it one thing at a time.

Stop the hurry. Listen to the Lord. Evaluate what’s working and what’s not.

The first time you do it, it’s a mistake. The second time, it’s stupidity.

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