Monday Motivation – Joy Devotional.
First world problems aren’t really problems.
I am in the middle of a major #firstworldproblem. My husband and I have moved into a new house, and we have been waiting almost a week to get internet installed. Truthfully, I’ve barely been able to handle it. (How long do these people expect me to live without Netflix?) I am aware of the fact that I am completely ridiculous, but I bet you’ve been there too.
Who doesn’t love a good worship playlist? You may have heard some of these songs before or they may be brand new to you, but either way, my prayer is that these words will fall afresh on your heart as you sing them to Your Savior. Playlists like this provide a great outlet for thanks when I am having a good day, and on the bad days, they give me a good heart-check when my attitude may be off.
I love to play worship music softly in my time with the Lord in the mornings, but I also love blasting it out as I do everyday tasks like cooking dinner, driving or cleaning the house – it turns the mundane into the sacred as our minds turn from the things of today into the things that are above (Colossians 3:2).
Check out our playlist on Spotify by clicking here! We hope you enjoy it!
What are your favorite worship songs at the moment? Leave a comment below so maybe we can include it in our next playlist!
Hey, neighbor! Do you love The Pineapple Porch? Check out our latest by viewing the slider posts here! And don’t forget to share your favorites on social media using the hashtag #thepineappleporch!
Welcome back to The Pineapple Porch! For me, the beginning of the week always requires a little #mondaymotivation devotional. Today we’re talking about the love of our relentless Father.
“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13
It is hard to believe that Hurricane Harvey made landfall over a week ago. As much help as we have seen, there is still so much more to do. If you have not yet given to Houston, please consider doing so. Today we included some trustworthy ways to give, donate and volunteer to the relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Also included below are ways to pray today and for many months to come. There’s a long way to go but our God is faithful and present, and His Church is on the move.
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.” Proverbs 3:27
Boomsday, a massive fireworks show, was one of the most fun traditions in my hometown. The show took place on a major bridge that crossed the Tennessee River and adjacent to every Knoxville-native’s beloved: Neyland Stadium. Tens of thousands of people would gather on land, boat, on top of buildings, and around their television sets to watch the largest firework show in the southeast. The fireworks were coordinated with music selections with everything from the Jaws song, to that year’s popular hits, God Bless America, Rocky Top, and more. It was a sight to behold and an exceptional way to usher in fall in East Tennessee.
We all know how important it is to continually express our love for our spouse, family, and friends. Simple gestures like a smile, saying, “I love you,” or pointing out something special about someone can mean the world, but how often do we do that for God? Do we make sure to stop and tell Him that we love Him? Do we search Scripture for clues of His character for even more reasons to praise Him? I know I don’t take enough time to do this. So often my prayers are centered around me and my concerns, and I rarely stop to thank Him for who He is to me, how He is working in my life, and what He is doing in the world.
This month we are praising God for who He is. We’re taking time to thank Him for what He has done and for His character. We would love to have you join along, and don’t forget to comment below to let us know if you’re writing along with us!
The Pineapple Porch.
Sometimes you’ve got to get a little more specific.
Two years ago I named this blog The Front Porch because I wanted to create a place in this internet-world where you could come and find community – just like I used to find on various porches throughout my life. While my heart is still the same – creating a place where you can slow down, find community, feel welcomed, experience Jesus and just talk about life – the name needed a little tweaking.
It was a Monday. I was sick and I was at work staring down a busy week. On top of that, my husband and I were on a 21 day sugar fast which meant I hadn’t had coffee in days (this girl has to have her creamer). I was not a happy camper.
Despite my feelings though, my call for the day was still the same: be a worshipper to Jesus. I had a choice and an opportunity to succeed or fail. Obey or disobey. My success in the day would not equate to whether or not I survived my sugar fast, if I felt better, or if my to-do list was completed. My success for the day was proved in whether or not I worshiped through my hunger, busy schedule, traffic jam, and any other aspect of my day.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5