My Front Porch

Where the soul is full of peace and joy, outward surrounding and circumstance are of comparatively little account. Hannah Whitall Smith

Oh, that I would have wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Behold I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness. I would hasten to my place of refuge from the stormy wind and tempest. Psalms 55:6-8

When we built our home, my husband and I decided that we have the front porch face the most amazing view ever. On a clear day you can see approximately 20 miles away. Since it faces the west, the sunsets can be breathtaking.

When family and friends visit, the front porch has been the preferred spot to congregate. We have shared many an hour with tears and laughter as we share stories of past and present. Sometimes our visits are not as lengthy and it is a place to “take five”. It seems the porch is a place to “get real”. No need to pretend or compete, just relax and be you.

When I am by myself, it is a quite refuge to reflect. I have has some heartfelt meetings with my God in this spot. I can relate to Psalms 55:6-8. This verse assures me that the struggle and quest for inner peace has been as issue for as long as we have existed.

The world can turn us upside down and inside out if we allow it to and I would be completely untruthful if I in anyway pretended that I have not done just that. How many of these worldly messages can you relate to?

I am weary and lack the confidence to carry on.

Bible says: Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NASB)

Iam not able to accomplish your work Lord as I do not possess the skill or ability.

Bible says: Every part of the scripture is God breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 (MSG)

I am fearful Lord of the worlds ridicule and rejection.

Bible says: For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love, and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Thank you Lord for my porch. It is a place to reconnect, find balance, and reframe my perspectives and priorities.

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