A cup of green tea and my Bible accompany me to the swing on my screened-in porch. The humid July day requires the ceiling fans to be pushing the small amount of cool air available for a few hours. The furnishings remind me of people in our past who have blessed our lives and to pray for them.
The black wrought iron table and chairs were on my in-law’s porch the 11 years they lived near us – just off Shekinah Lane. The overflow of relatives sat at this table for many family gatherings. So this set reminds me to pray for family. Also, on the table is a twig man made by talented neighbor – bless her Lord.
The “Do not Pee from the Porch” sign brings a chuckle of a Sunday School class Christmas party. The sign was transferred around through a White Elephant game. We won it. Dear friends sharing the celebration of Christmas with fun times. Bless them Lord. Also, my grandson who the sign applied to when he was younger.
A wood plant stand was made by a boy at Teen Ranch in Michigan causing memories of our “boys” who are now men – praying the short time they lived at the ranch they were exposed to the Gospel in flesh patterned by staff who loved them in the Lord.
A plaque from my daughter-in-law encourages “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” She is going through a time of physical pain and can use this thought and my prayers.
Plants thriving in the heat of summer – one from former co-worker, another a gift from a neighbor when my husband had surgery. These plants have grown, been divided and are flourishing. May my prayers increase the blessings for my friends.
Tall table for a view
A tall table and three chairs make our mountain view easier to see – a gift from neighbors who are struggling now with major surgery. Please heal and restore Lord.
Wicker chairs from a new friend look so elegant on our porch. Bless my friend as she helps me finish my book, Shekinah Lane, to be printed soon.
Can’t help but think of my economical husband who did not want me to purchase furniture for the porch. Did he know, or did God know that I needed these gifts to help me appreciate family and friends, and pray for them in my quiet time on the porch?
Zephaniah 3:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”