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Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a big fan of coffee!


Last Friday I posted the above picture on Instagram/Facebook with the caption, “#SadDay – I’ve been stretching out my @starbucks gift cards, but sadly today brought my balance down to $0.00. 😦 #sigh”

I can honestly say when I posted this picture, I never dreamed of what would happen later in that same day!

Early that afternoon a friend of mine from back in our LifeChurch East Valley days, Devin, sent me an email…with a Starbucks gift card attached. He didn’t want me to have to go without…I’m wondering if he remembers how I get when I don’t have my coffee…Hahaha!

Later that same afternoon, I get another email from my friend, Jerry, right here at CrossRoads Nazarene…and he too sent me a Starbucks gift card!!

I could not believe this happened…not only once, but twice in the same day. It’s just proof of God’s Love for me (and the great friends He’s blessed me with), even in the small details of life.

Today, I paid it forward, even if it was just a little bit…as I paid for my Tall Italian Roast brewed coffee, I also paid for the coffee of the person behind me in line. I was sneaky and did it without the person even knowing I had done it. I grabbed my coffee ran over to put cream and sugar in it (faster than I’ve ever done it before I might add…as I wanted to get outside before the person realized what I had done), and just as I was about to get out the door, the person yells across the store, “thank you, sir.”

I tell that part of the story, not because I’m patting myself on the back, but to remind us ALL that when God reigns down blessings, even the little things in life like a Starbucks gift card, we should always do our best to pass those amazing blessings of a God who loves us more than we could ever even truly imagine or understand on to others around us.

Enjoying this cup of java this morning as I write this blog post!


Get out there, and do something nice for someone today!!!



Yesterday morning at 5am, I was woken by a phone call from my son, Kyle. He had a tire blow out on his truck on his way to work. He was sitting on the side of the freeway (in downtown Phoenix) and needed some help.

Now, I’m not sure if I should win a “Father of the Year” award or a “Father Failure of the Year” award…

Father of the Year

I got out of bed, made a quick cup of coffee in my Keurig coffee maker, hoped in the car and made the 40 minute drive to downtown to help Kyle change his flat tire…yeah, I’m that good of a father.

Father Failure of the Year

Maybe I should actually get a father failure award, because I had not adequately taught Kyle how to change a tire. Seems he did most things right, he got far off the freeway and away from traffic. Knew where his jack was and also where his spare was located…what he didn’t know was how to remove his spare and where to place his jack on the truck’s frame.

Anyone Want to Vote?

Father of the Year, or Father Failure of the Year? You be the judge…


I love coffee.

Drip coffee, Americanos, Iced Americanos, Carmel Macchiatos, you name it…I like it!

I’m also a big Starbucks fan, love getting coffee from there, working from there, and hanging out there. I even worked there as a barista for a while. Still have my “Barista” pin. 🙂

But recently I’ve been trying to stay away from Starbucks because I am spending way too much money there. (You can read about how this came about here.)

I’ll admit, I haven’t been doing all that well with staying completely away from Starbucks or even sticking with my goal of only stopping by on Sunday mornings for a special treat…I just can’t help myself.

But that may have changed yesterday.

I was at work when my daughter sends me a text message that read, “Dad, you got a box from Macy’s.”

This took me by surprise because we don’t really shop there. So, I called my daughter and asked her what this box was. I asked her if it was actually addressed to me, or was it by chance addressed to someone else and maybe delivered to our house by accident. She told me it was addressed to me and it was from Macy’s.

At this point my curiosity is peaked and I’m thinking to myself, “How did Macy’s make this mistake and send a package to me?” I asked her how big the box was, she says it’s actually a pretty big box.

Open it! (I exclaim!)

Upon opening the box, my other daughter quickly notices a note inside the box, they open it and read it to me.

Dear John & Star, thinking of you so enjoy a little Christmas in July. Love B & N. (I used the initials because I dodn’t want to give Barry & Nancy’s name away.)

Inside the box was a Keurig Special Addition coffee maker!

You see, a couple of weeks ago we were at some friend’s house (Scott & Judy) for dinner. They have a Keurig machine as well and we were all enjoying some wonderful coffees after dinner. I was sharing with the group there that I was really trying to cut back on going to Starbucks in an effort to save some money.

Turns out that Nancy, who was also at this dinner party, saw this as an opportunity to bless me and help me in saving my money by purchasing this awesome coffee maker for me.

I was texting her yesterday letting her know I was brewing my first cup of coffee and how much I appreciated their gift. Nancy wrote back to me, “I always try and listen for when God leads me to do something. He said, you gotta help this guy save his money instead of giving it to Starbucks! :)”

Brewing my first cup of coffee…and bonus, it’s Caribou (my favorite)!

I am so grateful for this coffee maker and I can already tell that Starbucks will be seeing much less of me in the future.

Thanks Barry & Nancy for your generosity, and for the love and support you have shown our family over the years we’ve known you. You are truly a blessing to our family in more ways than you’ll ever know. I pray that God opens up the windows of heaven and pours out a blessing on you that you’re not able to contain.

Okay, gotta run because my Keruig screen says it’s “Ready to Brew”!


I’m on day four of my departure from Starbucks. You can read why here. I’ve actually done just fine not stopping by and picking up my daily dose/habit. But I decided last night, that I would allow myself one treat a week, and that would be on Sunday mornings.

So, today I stopped and picked up a cup of Cafe Verona, it’s oh so good and I honestly don’t want to finish it…cause then it will be gone.