Three Sweet Lessons from a Cup of Starbucks Coffee

Last week, my doctor suggested I start giving myself B-12 shots. My blood work revealed a low B-12 level. I’m a medical assistant and have given injections, but never to myself. I knew I could do it, but I wasn’t looking forward to it. That morning, I got a peculiar idea. The thought felt gentle. Warm. And utterly ridiculous.

A certain nurse would be teaching me to give the injections. I have CELIAC DISEASE and whenever I call the doctor with a question, this nurse helps me.

Take her a cup of coffee.

That’s silly. I don’t even know if she likes coffee.

Do it anyway.

What about sugar and cream? I’m not pestering her to find out…

Take the coffee.

I drove past the doctor’s office and turned into STARBUCKS.

This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. Even if she likes coffee, I don’t know what kind to get her. Maybe she doesn’t do caffeine. Maybe I should get her hot tea.

Get her your favorite kind.

I ordered two cups of Sumatra.

Signing in at the doctor’s office, I started rambling to the girl behind the counter. “This is for my nurse. She’s been so sweet to me, but I’m not sure if she likes–”

“Are you kidding? She loves Starbucks.”

“What about sugar and cream?”

“She has her own concoction she adds.”

Handing my nurse the coffee, three unexpected things happened:

1. I forgot about myself. My health. My concerns.

2. My nurse became a real person to me. We talked a little about her world. And she loves Sumatra!

3. Learning to give myself shots, I felt no fear–only a big dose of gratitude.

Thank You, God. So many blessings from a cup of coffee.

Can you relate?




  1. mmmm… coffee! I love how God prompted you and, working in a doctor’s office, I know how much that nurse appreciated your kindness. Reminds me of Beth Moore’s hairbrush story–ever heard it? It’s on you-tube if you haven’t.

    Also, my daughter is gluten intolerant and we’re always excited about new products. Don’t know how long this has been out, but she just discovered it. Thought I’d pass it along. Have a wonderful day!

    • Oh, thank you, Marie. Yes, I LOVE Beth Moore’s hairbrush story–even showed it to my husband the other night. 🙂 Haven’t heard that Pillsbury had GF stuff. Can’t wait to check out your link. Thanks so much!! xo

  2. what I love most about this is that your heard and you obeyed! I suspect that even if your nurse hated coffee your sweet gesture would have meant the world to her and she would have been aware of God’s love through you. So my take away is the willingness to obey…obey even when we feel silly …
    love love love it!

  3. Marilyn says:

    I can certainly relate. My husband give me my B12 shot but knowing you give it to yourself has made me want to give it a try. I have pernicious anemia due to crohns and take a shot every 4 weeks. I will definitely relate to or rather learn from your kindness to those that help us but mostly I will relate to how you listen to that small voice guiding us all to do things like the coffee gift.

    • Thank you sweet Marilyn. I’m giving them in my thighs–really, it’s not bad at all. The first time, for sure, I asked God to help me. I didn’t realize you have Crohns. So sorry–hope you’re doing well. My love and prayers!

  4. How awesomely sweeeet! Loving how God speaks to us in still small whispers- and most of all- how you followed through with His nudge. <3 I'm sorry you have to give yourself shots- 🙁 hugs and prayers

    • Thanks, Cindy. And His voice–we can trample all over it. He doesn’t yell…that’s what amazes me. XOXOXO

  5. Julie, Isn’t it wonderful to see God’s blessings when we follow His voice? What a special gift. So proud of you for following His lead.
    BTW, Loved your pictures of the baby foxes. What a precious gift to God to see them. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us who didn’t.

    • I know, Marilyn! And it was such a soft, gentle thought…can’t believe I almost dismissed it.

      Huge congratulations on being a Genesis finalist!!!! I’m cheering for you!!!

  6. Wow, I love how you share your conversations with God with us. I admire your faithfulness to overcome the other voices intended to discourage and rob God’s plan through us. Thanks for serving up a cup for encouragment. I think I will refrain from adding my own concoction and just trust Him.
    Blessings and service!

    • Love how you put that, Tom–a cup for encouragement.

      Yep. Just trust Him. That’s what it boils down to. I should’ve realize something was up when I kept arguing about a cup of coffee!!!

  7. So often I talk myself out of listening to these inner promptings. I talk myself into believing it’s just my own mind. I loved the simplicity of your simple act of obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

    • Thank you, Elizabeth. That’s exactly what I was thinking–and then when I saw what happened after I handed her the coffee. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. I so love your tender heart, sweet Julie. I’m praying for you! <3

  9. This is awesome and I am so glad you LISTENED. I have trouble with that many times:)

    • Pinky, I listened and I still argued…the whole time I was doing it, until I saw what happened when I handed her the cup and saw her expression.

      Such a powerful thing from a cup of coffee. I’m telling you!

  10. Well, the Bible does talk about “cups of cold water,” but I’m sure hot Starbucks can minister Jesus’ love, too… 😀
    Those inner promptings from His Spirit can be puzzling as well as daunting at times — but OH! the blessings on both sides when you follow through!
    Thanks so much for sharing your life stories. I’m so sorry about your B12 deficiency. Shellfish are supposed to be good for that; so maybe you should eat Red Lobster more often! 🙂

    • Great idea about Red Lobster! And I love shellfish.

      I’m smiling, Melody. You’re right. Cups of cold water. That’s exactly what happened–I just wasn’t wise enough to pick up on it while I did it. Not until the moment I handed her the coffee. Sweet blessings.

  11. What struck me the post about your beautiful post was that when we do something for someone else we forget about ourselves. The act of giving is so…well…giving!

  12. Happy Birthday!

    And great article. A very simple way to be thoughtful of another. I shall remember this. wb

    • Thank you so much, Warren. Isn’t it a wonderful truth? And it costs les than $2.

      I couldn’t believe how much the nurse appreciated it.

      Blessings to you and yours.

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