Beside bowls of fruit, pens and pencils, still-drying acrylic paintings (by my youngest), and piles of mail, there are lots of coffee cups. None match, but each has a meaning and a story to tell. Each cup also holds a history of the many wonderful people who have visited and sat across from me and chatted while holding it and sipping from it. An entire cupboard is full of teas and coffees, all waiting for a friend or visitor to choose it as their favorite.
My Excuse for Owning More Books Than I Could Ever Read
True, I have a lot of coffee cups. But they aren’t anything compared to my book collection. I'm living proof that you can, indeed, read six or seven books at a time. Nothing challenges me more, beside The Word of God, than a good book by someone who has gone before me in the things of God.
And here is the truth; the regional inter-library loan system, generously funded and amply supplied, pays very little attention to prophetic bestsellers. This is a definitive excuse for supporting a wide array of prophetic authors by purchasing their work, I would say. And I like to share. Book-lending is a personal ministry that I take very seriously.
In these books I have found many modern mentors, and I am grateful for them. Still, there never seem to be enough shelves to house all of these wonderful books. I have eventually filled several rooms of my home with the tightly-shelved spines of in-numerous paperback books, each row decorated by just about every font know by modern man.
The Story Behind the Keys
Right now it's trendy to wear used keys with inspiring words like dream or create deeply stamped onto them. These keys are tarnished silver, musty bronze, or shiny gold. I support this trend and appreciate that it isn’t edgy in the slightest (remember, I have a bunch of teenagers).
I have a key necklace myself, in fact. I'm amused at my occasional success at catching the attention and ensuing compliment by one of my high school students with such a thing. But my key necklace is only one of many keys that decorate my jewelry box and home. Keys are great to collect. They are small, inexpensive, fun and interesting. But I was ahead of the trend (I say oh-so-modestly).
It all started years ago, before keys were “in.” I attending a prophetic conference, and on the second day, a man approached me. He explained that he carried sets of decorative keys with him, and sometimes God would tell him to give them to certain people. He said that God had told him to give me a set, and explained that they symbolized “The Keys to The Kingdom.” Wow! I was humbled and pleased. What a compliment--what an honor!
But then he went on. The man further explained that God had to tell him four times to give me the keys. He had doubted that he heard correctly. Then I was truly humbled, feeling very mid-40’s, ordinary and matronly. Apparently I seemed to lack that something that previous key recipients had possessed. He said that finally, the fourth time, he gave in and approached me. He now was sure that He had heard right, and that I should be complimented that God was so persistent. It seemed a somewhat back-handed compliment. But I'm in fact very glad, because I love holding these keys. The whole thing is pretty cool, and I've loved keys ever since.
What Coffee Cups, Books and Keys Have in Common
People holding coffee cups, a pile of books pushed aside to make room for our conversation, old-fashioned, various-sized keys dangling from my bulletin board over my kitchen desk. This is my home. It's who I am. I'm about building bridges, about meeting with like-minded, Kingdom-serving brother and sisters in Jesus. I love to share a book that meets a person where he or she is at. I love to pray with friends at the table then to reheat our coffee or tea in the microwave because it cooled while we prayed. This is what I call good.
I hold Master’s Degree in Educational Ministries from respected mid-western Christian College, and a Doctorate in Practical Ministries from Wagner Leadership Institute. And I happen to have years of experience as a mother, a teacher, and more recently, an ordained and certified Community Chaplain. But for me, Prophetic Crossroads it what brings it all together. My prayer is that my kitchen has gotten bigger, and that you can sit across from me, even if two laptops and some miles may be between us. You provide the beverage of choice.