for now, over coffee


It’s been five years since I wrote and posted As if over coffee. These intervening years (like years so often do) have flown past. I remember that, as I sat and wrote that first-ever post, I yearned to meet with women (one-on-one, and if possible, over coffee!). I wanted to talk about Jesus’ faithful love in our desperate need. I wanted to speak of the Lord’s sure and constant compassion for His children. I wanted to proclaim His goodness on sunny days and also on days when clouds of trial and fear threaten. But I worked two jobs, and with three children still at home and our son in cancer treatment, I couldn’t carve out time to spend with hardly anyone.

So. I began writing (at 6 a.m. and midnight, in carpool lines and oncology waiting rooms). I wanted to write in a way that felt like you and I were talking over a cup of coffee.  I asked God to use just one post/month, in just two different women’s lives (small hopes)! He, instead, used hundreds of posts in thousands of different lives. For that, I’m forever grateful.

Now though, these five years later, I find that I have time for face-to-face conversations. It seems the moment has come for me to stop writing. For a while, anyway.

For those of you I’ve never met, who’ve read my words from the other side of this amazing planet, I look forward with immense joy to the moment we’ll actually meet face-to-face. When Jesus returns — and we breathe in the amazement of the new heaven and the new earth — oh, what joy it will be to meet you in the beauty of that place! Thank you for reading, and for your encouragement through your comments on this blog!

I pray for each of you — those I’ve not met and those I know well — that you will walk in a manner worthy of our Lord, finishing the race He sets before you, that you’ll be held by Him, and given the honor of bowing in amazement and humility as you hear “well done, good and faithful servant” on that glorious Day.

It’s been such a joy to write! Thank you for reading!  God helps me in my own walk with Him when I pray, study scripture, and then write about His goodness; so I’ll probably still post from time to time. Until then, with a heart full of immense thanks for each of you, I pray for you:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

(Romans 15:13)


About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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5 Responses to for now, over coffee

  1. I cry reading this. I didn’t know when or why you started this blog, only when I found it after meeting you when we moved to Athens. And now, when you and I would both have more time for conversations over coffee, we don’t live nearby anymore. But you know what this means? When I come back, we WILL have time! So I will look forward to that! And you there will be texts and emails 🤗😉♥️. I treasure the anthology you’ve left here, and please don’t take it down. I need it for encouragement and to pass along to others. Some of these posts here are other-worldly timeless and priceless(like that diadem one that’s with me still, goodness). I love you so much, my friend, and miss your beautiful smile and even sitting behind your beautiful hair every Sunday 😌. Until over coffee. Promise?

    • Jill says:

      I miss you, Mischa! (And you behind us at church each Sunday!) Yes, over coffee, dear friend. And yes, for me, “A royal diadem in the hand of God?” is a post I also go back to personally, over and over again! I love you and pray for you all often❤️

  2. itsmesaraa says:

    Awwh !
    It’s crazy how 5 years pass by so fast !
    It’s great having you here and reading this ! 🙂

    God bless xx

  3. Leslie Smithwick says:

    Thank you for 5 years of sharing your time and talents in this blog. I will greatly miss it. May our precious Lord bless you.

    • Jill says:

      Leslie, thank you for saying so! It means so much to me that you’ve read all these years. And your friendship means so much, also! Much love to you and yours!!

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