The Savior’s Grace Place Menu: Breve Blessings

Did you know...?? Your Savior has a “menu” of sorts (yes, you read that right!) and it's filled with the very best of His abundant provision and served up to you. 
In this excerpt from Sip, Savor, & Drink Deeply (found in both the Bible study book and the devotional), you will receive a selection from The Savior’s Grace Place menu by way of the description of one popular coffee shop beverage. Other selections include: Mocha Mercy, Cappuccino Comfort, and Latte Love, to name a few. And guess what?! Your cup overflows with an endless supply of each menu item, poured out in abundance by His grace and generously served up to you today and every day. Enjoy...


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3

A breve is perhaps the least known beverage on a coffee shop menu. This delicious drink is created simply by substituting half-and-half or light cream for the milk in any espresso-based beverage. Take your latte, cappuccino, or mocha, and simply replace the steamed milk with a creamier option and—voilà!—you have a breve. If you’re thinking, But I’ve always added cream to my coffee, keep in mind that a breve is more parts cream than coffee. It’s really rich. 
We are brimming with God’s breve-rich blessings, overflowing for us in Christ and found near the front of The Savior’s Grace Place Menu! His blessings are not limited to the past. (Sigh. My cup was rich and running over at one time.) They’re not restricted to special moments and milestone events we log in our memory books. In our sin, we are shortsighted. Not only do we fail to remember or recognize some of our blessings, but we neglect to acknowledge and praise our Savior as the one who provides each and every one of them. We bring our shortsightedness and neglect to the provider Himself, who knows our failures and forgives all of them for Jesus’ sake, blessing us “with every spiritual blessing,” beginning with the forgiveness we receive at the cross and flowing forward with the blessings of faith, peace, love, joy, and more!

Today’s blessings that fill our cups may have a new look, a different flavor than yesterday’s blend, and we may not yet recognize them to be the blessings that they are. Maybe they’ll appear through new means, revealing God’s continued provision in a different way.

One day, while waiting in line at my local coffee shop, I was startled as a woman appeared suddenly and grabbed me by the arm. With a smile larger than my grande breve, she exclaimed, “Can I pay for your drink? I am so blessed today, I just want to share my joy!” By God’s grace, this woman recognized His rich blessings in her life and let them overflow onto me.

Praise be to God, our cups of Breve Blessings are brimming over! The Lord’s blessings really do spill over from our cups of plenty; our cups overflow (Psalm 23:5).

Dear God, help me to recognize Your rich blessings as they flow into my life, sometimes through unexpected means. May I give You glory as I acknowledge and praise You for each and every one. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Drink Deeply: God is the giver of every good and perfect gift - every blessing - both physical and spiritual. All that we have comes from His hand. Read Ephesians 1:3-14, which begins, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." We "bless" or praise our triune God - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - for His countless blessings, beginning with the spiritual blessings in Christ we read about here.

1. According to verse 3, you are blessed in Christ. Find and mark every "in Christ" or "in Him" across this passage. Why is "in Christ" so significant?

2. Because you are "in Christ," united with Him in your Baptism, you are a recipient of every spiritual blessing from heaven. Read the passage again, looking for some of the countless spiritual blessings you receive by His grace.

3. According to verse 6, the blessings you receive "in the Beloved" - in Christ, the one He loves - are the result of what?  [The blessings we receive are the result of God's grace, not something we earn or deserve.]

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