Monday, September 7, 2015

Meaning Behind the Name // Sept. 7th

Monday, Sept. 7: Tell us about your blog name. Where did it come from?

One day in my favorite little coffee shop as I stared at the empty seat in front of me, something deep inside spoke to me.

 It was no loud banter. Just a quiet still voice. Immanuel. God with me. In me. Right now. All the time.

Through the mundane and the exciting, the highs and the lows. He, my Savior and Comforter, my friend and Provider, Jesus, King of Kings longs for me to enjoy, talk, and experience life with Him through it all. He is with me everyday sitting across from me in that empty seat at this coffee shop as I sip my piping hot African Sunset Red Tea.

He is there with you when your kids won't stop crying. He is with you at the office when you feel like you can’t get anything done. He is with you while you’re in the lunch room or in the lab. He is with you as you cry on your bed because your significant other left you. He is with you while you study in the library.

He is with you in that hospital room. He is with you in the passenger seat as you’re driving home from a college you feel so alone at. He is here.
And He is ready for a relationship. A close, never-leave-My-side, I'll-be-with-you-always relationship. Do we pay Him any notice? Do we really go through our daily life with a constant reminder that God is there with us, in us?

So as I sat, staring at that empty seat, His presence washed over me and it was as if I could almost see Him smiling at me. His ever-loving eyes piercing my soul… And He stretches out His hand. What am I daily doing with Him? Do I invite Him to sit with me, chat for hours and tell Him all about my troubles, fears, excitement?

Or do I ignore Him and finish reading my emails.. eat.. and leave? But even if that were the case, the next day when I arrive to enjoy my favorite tea, He is there.. In that empty seat.

My prayer for you and I is that we recognize, accept, and interact with Jesus on a daily basis and enjoy life in deep and close fellowship with Him. This is what He desires. It’s all about a relationship. I desire to encourage, equip, & empower you to daily live life with Jesus, who is our Guider, Deliverer, Teacher, & Savior!
And that is how Hot Tea and the Empty Seat came to be!
I hope that this space encourages you, draws you closer to Him, and gives you comfort that Jesus is with you wherever you go!
Not only do I share my heart of Jesus here, but this is my own little slice of life. I write about things I love, things on my heart, and things that I think will encourage you. Writing has always been a passion of mine and it's such a stress-reliever. I love it!



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