Coffee Date with Kristin Bandy

Kristin has a way of lighting up a room. I have never met a girl whose smile is more contagious and whose heart is more sincere. She a great way slipping jokes into casual conversation; if you aren't paying attention you just might miss them, but if you catch them in time they will leave you in stitches. I'm proud to say that our friendship has endured for over 18 years, from elementary school bus rides through the long-distance of college. God used Kristin's faithful heart in my own testimony and her friendship will always hold a special place in my heart.

I have a feeling that in just the 5 minutes you'll spend with her this morning you will grow to love her too.


What is the first thing you did this morning?

Swished coconut oil around in my mouth. Weird, right? Well let me explain. I have a cavity. And the last cavity I had filled I cried (of course I was only 21 years old at the time - nearly a toddler). So I did some research and found out that sometimes teeth can heal on their own by changing your diet, swishing coconut oil, and things such as those!

No more dentist with his scary drill gun for this gal... at least not for this month.

What is something you've been loving lately?

The sunrise. If I'm still in bed around 7:00 I can open my blinds and watch it as it comes up over the mountains. I enjoy those simple mornings lying in bed talking to Jesus and watching the morning begin.

Coconut oil (surprise, surprise), my fellow co-workers, and the sweet kids I get to teach.

What is something you struggle with and what are you learning as a result?

Keeping control of my mind and thinking on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable (Philippians 4:8). I'm learning that God is good. Not only in the sense that He is good to us, His children. But in the sense that He is good to dwell on, He is good to fill my life with, He is good to love, He is good to talk to. The list could go on :)

Life can get stressful. What are some things you do to simplify?

It's so easy to busy our days and literally fill them to the brim. I had a good friend who made the comment that she only plans one thing a night.

I thought that was great advice so I've tried to implement it too. Instead of planning dinner with a friend at 5:00, then coffee with a friend at 6:30, then a movie at 9 - planning one thing an evening. Not only will I be less stressed, but I'll be more intentional with the friend I'm spending time with and they will feel more loved in return.

And just for fun, what is something that made you smile this week?

I called my family and talked with my little sister (she's 6 and a ball of fire). She sang me a Valentine's Day song that she made up. I heard all four versions AND 2 versions of her song "I Love My Sisters". How could that not melt your heart and make you smile?