Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Morning Coffee Chats

In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, "We have been the receipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prospertiy; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us."

Did Abraham Lincoln really say this?  I would have thought it was said by someone today.

We need to be claiming these scriptures daily..

Ephesians 6:10-12New King James Version (NKJV)

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Romans 12:1-2New King James Version (NKJV)

Living Sacrifices to God

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Someday I hope to have this sign hanging over my coffee bar!

Coffee Trivia
The Maxwell House logo shows a tipped coffee cup with the last drop pouring out. The logo was created in 1917. It's been said that Theodore Roosevelt complimented this coffee on a visit to Tennessee when he said the coffee was "good to the last drop." 

Have you ever wondered why most barns are painted red?  I must admit, I never thought about it until I saw this...
Hundreds of years ago, farmers painted their barns with linseed oil to help seal the wood and keep it from rotting.  Rust was mixed with the oil to keep fungi and moss from growing on the wood.  This turned the oil  red.  Barns today are still painted red in honor of that tradition.

Come join me on the porch.  No, this isn't my porch, but I would love to be sitting in one of the rocking chairs, rocking the morning away while having my coffee.

FYI: All of today's pictures were found on the internet or facebook.

Until Next Time
God's love can't be explained,
it can only be experienced.


  1. Lots of choice interesting bits today. Thanks for sharing, Mary.

  2. I do believe Lincoln said that friend...I will have to do some research...but I had read that somewhere else before.

    ANYWAYS, Great post...have a beautiful day, friend.

  3. Mary, a wonderful post this morning. Lincoln was ahead of his time with that quote. How interesting about the rust mixed with oil to paint barns red. That COFFEE sign is great!

  4. I would love to have a porch like that, too. We sat on our patio a lot this weekend watching the rain and our dog! I never knew that about barns. Interesting. I am going to check out the quote by Lincoln.

  5. Here is a link to Abraham Lincoln's proclamation.

  6. I would love to join you on the porch, Mary.....if I could!

  7. Wish I could find that sign for's perfect for your coffee station. Lincoln was a very wise man...too bad our current leader doesn't feel that way. I love that me an idea to put lattice at the end of ours! Hope you've had a good Monday.

  8. Loved that quote by Lincoln. So true.

  9. That porch does look inviting! Mind if I sit a spell?

  10. Lots of interesting tidbits. I agree..that speech is just as relevant today as it was during Lincoln's time. You always have the prettiest pictures on your blog. Have a blessed day!


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