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My Favorite Coffee Mugs



“My cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5)

From the kitchen cupboard, I select one of three favorite mugs. My daily mug selection is as important to the overall coffee experience as sipping the freshly brewed liquid mercy.

Last week I shared in the article Coffee and Fresh Brewed Mercy, how Our Heavenly Father offers more than your local barista. He has already prepared fresh brewed grace today with calorie free forgiveness and a bottomless supply of do-overs.

I choose a mug based on how I am feeling that day. Today I will share with you my three favorite mugs:

My Shepherd’s Gate mug was a gift by my writing mentor and friend, Brenda who has lovingly taken me under her wing to mentor and shepherd. Brenda introduced me to another writer, mentor, and friend Vie. These women saw writing potential in areas where I felt the most unqualified. This is my daily go to mug and serves as a visual reminder of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd.”

My Oregon Starbucks mug was a gift by my long time friend Bonnie, whose friendship spans over two decades. She currently lives in Oregon and recently send me an all-things-coffee care package including locally traded Oregon coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, and this beautiful mug. Over the past several years, eight dear friends moved far away. I ache for their geographical closeness. I yearn for those friends who know my history and understand with one spoken word what is going on without having to give the whole backstory. This mug represents my distant friendships. I use this mug when I am feeling lonely. Enough said.


My Pioneer Woman mug was a gift to myself in November 2015. I purchased this mug and matching saucer the day I my family doctor diagnosed me with peripheral neuropathy and referred to a neurologist for the mysterious “other” symptoms. I use this mug when my hands tingle and go numb from the neuropathy or when I forced to drink coffee through a straw because I lack the strength to lift the mug during a Periodic Paralysis attack.

No matter how I feel, I know God has brewed a fresh batch of mercy just for me and in that “my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).

What is your favorite mug and why? Please join in and share. I am eager to see the variety of comments.

~April Dawn White

*All Scripture is NIV from Bible Gateway. *Images courtesy of author.

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