Super Bowl Party Tips and Recipes
A good Super Bowl party is right up my alley. Being the only girl in a family of football-playing brothers growing up on good ol’ Rocky Top (which basically means you’re born a football fan), I was destined to be a Super Bowl party throwing queen. I have a feeling some of you can relate.
If you’re planning on having a get-together for the big game, I have come up with few simple tips to throw a fun and relaxing party on Sunday night, perfect for whomever you cheer for.
January & February 2018 – Writing Ephesians
Happy New Year!
I hope your 2017 was filled with joy and happiness! Looking forward to 2018 and to writing Ephesians, if there is one thing I pray for myself and for you, it is Psalm 119:10-12 —
“I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, LORD; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:10-12
My Best Books and Bible Studies of 2017
Best Books and Bible Studies of 2017. — Hey neighbors! Thanks for stopping by The Pineapple Porch! So anyone else still looking for some Christmas gifts? If you are, you came to the right place!
In my opinion, books are one of the best gifts you can get (and receive), and I have a great list for you! This list is compiled from the books I have read and enjoyed (if I didn’t like the book, I didn’t include it on the list) over 2017. First, you’ll find a list with a link to Amazon where you can read the book synopsis and add to your cart (through these links, you should be able to get any of these books before Christmas). Then, below that list, I will explain what each book is about and what I enjoyed about it. Lastly, in bold, you’ll see who I recommend the book for (example: the hostess, the history buff, etc).
My hope for you is that you will find some great gifts and maybe even some books for you to read for the new year! This list covers fiction, memoirs, Christian lifestyle, history, Bible study workbooks, devotionals, and more!
Let’s jump in! Happy reading and happy shopping, yall!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered our Christmas Writing the Word giveaway! I love doing giveaways, and I wish I could give a journal to each and every one of you who reads The Pineapple Porch! Although I may not be able to give something to everyone, I plan to have plenty of giveaways throughout the coming months so make sure you are subscribed by email (you can do that by entering your email in the right column on the homepage). And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @thepineappleporchblog for updates, Insta-stories, and graphics from the latest posts! Also, while you’re on Instagram, make sure send me a DM or comment on a recent photo, I love interacting with you guys!
The Pineapple Porch’s Christmas Writing Scripture 2017 | Writing the Word
It’s the most wonderful time of the year (#itreallyis #ilovechristmas)! I am so excited for this month’s Christmas Writing Scripture I can barely stand it! There are so many beautiful, beautiful things we will discover as we write the Word this month. Although you may have heard and read the Christmas story many times before, I pray we will be struck by the wonder, grace, and miracle of the birth of Christ afresh. Let’s pray that He reveals things in His Word we have never noticed before and that at the end of this month, we will be deeply changed because in this season we dwelled with our Savior, Jesus.
Although this is the busiest time of year for most of us, let’s also make a point to remember Jesus and commit our time to writing out the account of His birth. We owe it all to Him, yet He keeps giving. I know there will be so many gifts to receive as we abide in His Word this month!
Let every heart prepare Him room. Glory to God in the Highest!
(PS – Did you know that you can write the Word with your small group, family or friends? You can also join us in writing on social media by using the hashtag #writingtheword!)
It’s Christmas time, yall! We love a good gift guide here on The Pineapple Porch so we plan to bring you a few great ones this year! But to kick off gifting season, and in honor of small business Saturday tomorrow, we want to highlight some Jesus-loving ladies who own small businesses! So, let’s hop into our Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide!
Also, don’t forget to check out our previous years’ Christmas gift guide posts here:
Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2016
Presents with a Purpose 2015
The Pineapple Porch’s Favorite Christmas Advent Studies 2017
Happy almost Christmas season, yall! One of my favorite things about God and His Word is that it can be studied for an entire lifetime and there will still be more to learn. There’s no end to the wisdom, encouragement, and direction we can constantly get from studying it. We’ll never be able to truly get to the bottom of the magnitude of what Jesus did for us. This, in turn, makes studying Scripture an exciting adventure. There’s always something new to learn and something deeper to dive into. I’ve learned this to be true especially around the Christmas season, studying the birth of Christ.
One of the main things that helps me focus in on Christ during the busy Christmas season is reading a book or doing a study for Advent. It helps me see Christmas and the birth of Christ in a refreshing, new way. Because of that, I highly recommend trying out an Advent study if you never have. And if you’re like me and look forward to new Advent studies each year, I hope you will find some good new ones on the list below. Either way, my prayer is that we all slow down a little more and bow a little lower to worship and celebrate the promised Messiah.
So, without further ado, here’s our Christmas 2017 Advent Studies list!
I am an entertainer at heart. Whether it be in my home, on stage, or at a party, I love to make people laugh or try to encourage their hearts somehow. I have always loved being a hostess and enjoy welcoming people into my home. No matter the occasion, I love having a full house, cooking yummy food, and helping everyone feel at home. I have a heart for hospitality.
A few years ago, after living on our own for over 8 years, my husband and I moved in with my in-laws after transitioning back to the States from pastoring a church overseas. I had always equated hospitality with home. To me, good hospitality was always having sweet tea and cookies for your guests. It was a clean house and making each person feel welcomed. To me, hospitality was simply having a welcoming place for people to come. But as we made our move and settled into someone else’s home, I wondered what hospitality looked like for me without having my own place.
Are you reading to jump into November writing the Word? If so, read below!
November Writing the Word 2017
How is this already November writing the Word?! I think I say this every month but, YALL, where has the time gone? We are barrelling towards the end of 2017 at lightning speed, but the beautiful thing is, we are taking Scripture with us daily! This month marks 22 months of writing the Word! How incredible! Whether you started writing with us back in February 2016, or this is your first month ever, please just know we love having you apart of this Scripture-writing journey!
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:8-17
Anything to Keep Us Apart: Keeping Unity Despite the Schemes of the Enemy
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints” Colossians 1:3-4 (NLT)
I’ve noticed a pattern in my life and the lives of others: friends come and go. Now, please restrain yourself from flipping backward in your chair from the sheer profoundness (totally a word) of that statement. My mentor taught me this wise concept: friends are like flowers, some are perennial and others annuals. Perennial friends, like the flowers, bloom each season and are around for many, many years. Other friends are like annual flowers, they are only there for a season, and do not stay throughout the years.
There are many reasons why some friends stay in our lives and others leave. Marriage, relocation, job transfers, and busy schedules can cause some friendships to be short-lived, but may it never be said of us that we have lost friends because of a bitter root that was never addressed.