about me

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Hi! I’m so glad that you have stopped by to visit!

I have been a coffee lover since childhood. I fondly remember waking up to the coffee aroma steaming from my parents’ perculator early every morning.

As I started research for this blog, I learned a bit about coffee. I want my life to resemble a strong, rich cup of that black gold.

Getting the beans to the cup is a process. The coffee berries ripen on the bush, just as I must “ripen” = mature (Hence the name: Maturitas is “maturity” in Latin). Since the coffee plant and berries are often attacked by numerous pests (over 900 beetles, mites & snails), they must receive care – special treatments, environment management, and pruning. I also experience attacks during my maturing process and need to protect, change, and “cut” in order to grow. It is an investment in the final product.

Coffee growers harvest the seeds. They pick the ripe, red seeds traditionally by hand, ferment them to remove the flesh, dry them, and then roast them. This reminds me of how God chooses me and takes me through my life’s trials and “fires”. Laborers roast the berries with different methods at varying degrees depending on the desired flavor. Isn’t it interesting how God has individually designed each of our lives since we are each a unique creation?

Next, the berries are ground. A burr mill uses revolving elements to shear the bean; an electric grinder smashes the beans with blunt blades moving at a high speed, and a mortar and pestle crushes the beans (Sometimes I feel like I am in a burr mill or mortar!), and they are finally brewed. Don’t you find that the most authentic and attractive people have been “broken” and “washed” through the experiences of their lives?

Finally the barista prepares the coffee, and we enjoy it in a variety of ways – best together with others… bringing energy and pleasure to many. I personally like my coffee black and bold.

How do you like your coffee?

What is it that you want to represent your life?

19 thoughts on “about me

  1. Terry….my daughter-in-law just had a 2nd miscarriage. Her first was at 25 weeks, this was earlier, but still painful. She is Chilean and her and my son live in Chile. They are believers but right now she is very angry at God. If you have an former blogs, in Spanish, that I might forward to her as encouragement, I would be grateful. It is hard being so far away. I have traveled a similar path but it was many, many years ago and have many examples of God’s faithfulness if I look back. At 29, she does not have as much history to draw strength from….thank you

    • Hi Cindy… your comment touches my heart. I sincere desire to help and your willingness to get others involved demonstrates the depth of your love and care for your daughter-in-law and your son. I also had two miscarriages before I was carried my first to full term. When I was pregnant with her, I had some bleeding and I will never forget getting on my knees with my husband and praying… I determined that bad things were going to happen in my life – I would not be exempt, but I decided that I would rather go through them with God than without Him. It was not an easy prayer, but one that I believe changed my life focus from that point on. I will pray for your dear DIL. I haven’t written about that kind of loss on this blog – it was a long time ago for me too. I have written a few about redemption and death. I will keep my eyes an ears open for something that might be good. I’d also be willing to talk with her, if she would be open to that… I know God understands her pain and hurts with her.

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  3. Hi Terry! Love how you blog bi-lingually. I’m heading that way with my blog; however I’m a slow writer and struggle already to keep up with all my obligations as it is! Thank for stopping by. I’m going to follow your blog, and invite you to do the same. Let’s learn from each other! BTW – were any of your kids at Puebla camp? My 11 yr. was there.

    • As we like to say, “Small world, BIG God”!! Yes, my “baby” – a High School senior was there – her last camp, since we take her to college this summer. Great friends and memories and spiritual growth for my kids from years going to the camp. I will definitely follow your blog also! PS I get help with the translation!🙂

  4. I loved this analogy Terry! I’ve never thought of my spiritual growth to be similar to coffee process. Very nice!!!
    There’s nothing like smelling a steamy cup of coffee in the morning!

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