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Carrots, Eggs & Coffee Beans

I heard a paraphrase of this in a sermon the other day and thought it might trigger some discussion.

Carrots, Eggs & Coffee Beans

A certain daughter complained to her father about her life and how things
have been so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make
it and she wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.
It seemed that just as one problem was solved another arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and
placed the fire on high. Soon the three pots came to a boil. In one he placed
carrots, in the other he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee
beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently wondered what he was trying
to do. She had problems, and he was making this strange concoction. In half
an hour he walked over to the oven and turned down the fire. He pulled the
carrots out and placed them in the bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed
them in the bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her he asked. "Darling what do you see?"
Smartly, she replied. "Carrots, eggs, and coffee."

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and
noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break
it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled
egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee.
Her face frowned from the strength of the coffee.

Humbly, she asked. "What does it mean Father?"
He explained. "Each of them faced the same adversity,
212 degrees of boiling water. However each reacted differently."
"The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after going
through boiling water, it softened and became weak."

"The egg was fragile. A thin outer shell protected a liquid center. But
after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened."
"The coffee beans are unique however. After they were in the boiling
water, it became stronger and richer."

"Which are you," he asked his daughter. When adversity knocks on your door,
how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with the smallest amount of pain,
adversity, heat you wilt and become soft with no strength?
Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart?
A fluid spirit. But after a death, a breakup, a divorce, a
layoff you became hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but you
are so bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart, internally.

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean does not get its peak flavor
and robust until it reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets
the hottest, it just tastes better. When things are there worst, you get
better. When people talk the most, your praises increase. When the hour
is the darkest, trials are their greatest, your worship
elevates to another level. How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not
in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
II Corinthians 4:8-9

"Prayer Changes Things!"

Moving on....

Now I know we have not finished the questions on the last study but Sunday, when I was going to post another study, got away from me.  So!  With that in mind...would we like to continue learning about the book of James?  Or would we like to start up another study and return later to James?  Just letting you know that if we start another study we may run the risk of another large study this week.  I think the next James study is a bit smaller.  I leave it up to you guys!

Inherit the Mirth

I came across this brand of gifts at a Christian bookstore and I could not stop laughing at these few magnets.  This one I got for my brother because he skatebords..... (you can't really see it but there is a fish symbol on his skateboard.)   They have a website that has t-shirts, calendars, and cards as well.  Very cute stuff!

A Lot of Controversy About a Little Book



Suggested reading when you can – Book of James (only 108 verses) in the Bible

Before we Begin....

I would like to say WELCOME!!!! It is such a pleasure to see my small dream come to life! To start, I would like to have a small intro as to who we are and a small idea into what we do for a living.

Please bear with me as I start to type out the first lesson. This is going to be coming out of some small group study books and I will need to "trim" a few sentences here and there to try and fit it to a page. The questions will be asked after the main study, each one a reply from the main, and we will reply to those. If there is any suggestions or comments, I would LOVE to hear them since I am playing this by ear.....LOL.

Along with our intros, you can share tips on if/when/how you start YOUR quiet time with God if you like.

I would like to leave this post with a very favorite song of mine from Jars of Clay. Makes me cry every time (call me a softy).

Welcome!

Greetings everyone!  I hope to make this a place where we can fellowship together and study.  I went to a class tonight with my husband about growing in my relationship with God.  It was at our church and was very good!  While I was in the class, this website popped into my head!  I hope this works out how it played in my head.