Good, Good Father

We rise early in the Bell house, 4 A.M. to be exact.

I don’t care who you are, that’s early, and difficult to do daily.

We have our routine.

Pre. set. coffee.

My feet shuffle to the kitchen, and most mornings I pour a cup with my eyes closed, they are simply just too heavy to stay open.

I sip coffee and brew what we sell that day while Cody Bell, the most handsome of them all, pulls together all the supplies and loads the truck.

But what we always start with, no matter our job, no matter our blurry, tired eyes, no matter if we hit snooze two times too many, 

we. worship.

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Really what it is is a playlist, the same one everyday, on YouTube.

Good, Good Father.

It is always what wakes us and stirs our hearts.

It plays twice through. We don’t know why, we never question it.

I just sit in my big blue chair, watch coffee drip, and most mornings I can’t get through the first line without welling up with alligator tears.

Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
but I’ve heard the tender whisper
of love in the dead of night
You tell me that you’re pleased
and that I’m never alone

but morning by morning, Jesus meets us.

In our small apartment of newly-wedded-ness.

He meets us with our tired bodies and says ‘keep going, I’m right here.’

He meets us with our irritation, He meets us with our success, He meets us with our mess-ups, and He meets us with our joy.

Because He is a Good, Good Father, We can face tomorrow.

Because He is a Good, Good Father, We can wake up at 4 am to sell coffee and fight Human Trafficking.

Because He is a Good, Good Father, We can trust that He will meet our needs daily.

Because He is a Good, Good Father, you can trust that He is present in your pain.

Because He is a Good, Good Father, you can trust that He will show you what to do with your life.

Because He is a Good, Good Father, you can trust that His approval is Greater than approval of man.

Because He is a Good, Good Father, you can trust that He is protective of your joy, for it is what makes you strong.

He loves you.

He sees you.

He seeks you.

He meets you.

He finds you.

It’s WHO. HE. IS.

He is a Good, Good Father… x2.

New Beginnings

Well, it started.

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That’s right, we opened this week.

It was everything I hoped for and nothing I imagined.

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We woke at 4 am, brewed coffee, loaded up, and set up on the corner of N. Lawrence and Monroe Street.

When 6:30 am hit, traffic started pouring past us walking into work with the look of Monday in their eyes.

We got lots of weird looks, surprised faces, a few cheers, and numerous sales.

People were beside themselves that coffee was finally in downtown Montgomery and conveniently right outside their office.  

And for some reason these cream and sugar bags were the most exciting part to the customers. 🙂

colorboxphoto_8-2We wrapped up the first day with sunburns and a realization for the need of an umbrella.

I only earn farmer’s tans for the one and only Cody Bell, and even still my heart was broken to see that serious tan-line across my lanky bicep.

Nothing a little late night run to Academy Sporting Goods couldn’t fix.

colorboxphoto_12The next morning was much more shaded, extremely adorable, and even more fun.

More people stopped for coffee and lingered longer to learn our story. colorboxphoto_1We brought Brent, our sweet angel and favorite red head to work on Tuesday, and loved seeing him and all of his hard work.  He truly went above and beyond the call of duty, did I mention we love him? colorboxphoto_411855876_10206357311264113_904066235768605151_nHe is so friendly and awesome when he talks to customers that come for coffee.

11825150_10206358799941329_6605303762714127793_n11800526_10103377326507675_6985353404462714518_nThe news station called and did a segment on us Wednesday AND Thursday, giving us free advertising and major nervous tummy (notice mine and Cody’s awkward hand cross, we can’t help it, its our go to “I’m really nervous” stance).

colorboxphoto_11We had friends and strangers that were consistent every single day, delighting our spirits and encouraging us in this little adventure.

colorboxphoto_14You see, the reality of this small adventure of an extremely young couple opening a coffee cart is this: There is something greater than us guiding every moment of it all.

This cart isn’t about Laura or Cody Bell, it’s about the Kingdom.  It’s about what we can give back.  It’s about the rights of human life to live in freedom and not fear.  It’s about helping in the way that we can and in all of this God has given us opportunity after opportunity to pour into this mission.  He has given us publicity, he has given us grace in the hiccups and mess-ups. He sent us new faces to know and stories to hear, He is in charge and we can take NO credit.

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If you haven’t heard of the business, here is a clip from the news segment that can tell you more about our coffee and how your purchase goes towards fighting Human Trafficking.

WSFA Alabama Live!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Amen.