Verse Today: 1 Peter 3

Not too many years ago, coffee was made in a percolator. Today it is the instant coffee maker for many. To use the percolator, you had to measure both water and ground coffee; finagle all of the working parts together and sit and wait while it did its job. Then, wash each part and return to wait another day when you repeat the process all over again!  Not for the faint of heart! Today, punch a button, wait a minute and out comes one instant coffee cup perfectly brewed. No mess, no fuss, and you are ready to brew another cup. You can even choose different flavors—who would’ve guessed!

But even instant coffee makers have to be cleaned. The manufacturer enlightens you to that fact by a little light that appears saying, “clean me.” If you don’t clean it, the coffee maker is hindered from doing its best work.

Relationships between wives and husbands (and we can add to that: online community/ministry relationships),  are like the old-fashioned percolators, not the instant coffee makers. They need the old fashioned TLC (tender lovin’ care) to operate at full performance. Peter addresses all of these through the picture of the marriage relationship.  Just as it is the percolator’s inward working parts that will bring forth a delicious cup of coffee so our inward heart will bring forth inward beauty to be savored. Peter is speaking to wives and husbands, but the principle is the same:

 If you cultivate (“percolate”)  your online presence, it will open doors and provide opportunities to pray and witness to those Jesus brings to you. 

The design of the coffee pot is to brew a great cup of coffee. God’s design for our lives is to win and gain souls for Christ. Without coffee grounds, you have no coffee. Without harmony, sympathy, affection, compassion, and humility you will have no godly relationships.



About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the ministry where she works as a full-time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way, she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas, she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter; a senior at Baylor University. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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