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Christmas Writing the Word Giveaway Winner

Posted in Christmas
on December 5, 2017

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!

 

(Psst, scroll down to find our giveaway winner!)

 

Giveaway | The Pineapple Porch

 

Congrats Cindy R.!! You won!

 

Again, if you didn’t win, don’t worry! Just make sure you are subscribed to The Pineapple Porch so you don’t miss upcoming giveaways, new posts, and Writing the Word schedules!

 

Christmas Writing Scripture 2017 + A Giveaway!

Posted in Christmas, Writing Scripture, Writing the Word
on November 30, 2017

The Pineapple Porch’s Christmas Writing Scripture 2017 | Writing the Word

Christmas Writing Scripture 2017 | The Pineapple Porch

 

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!)

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Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

Posted in Christmas, danielle
on November 24, 2017

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide | The Pineapple Porch

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

 

Oh, MG

Oh, MG is a brand new business already growing fast! This shop features custom applique gifts and apparel by (my incredibly stylish and creative cousin #proud), Megan Goodman. These gifts are great to use all year and the custom applique gives a personal touch without breaking the bank! Check out her Etsy shop here and her Instagram here!

 

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide Oh MG Collage | The Pineapple Porch

 

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide MG Tree | The Pineapple Porch

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide MG Towels | The Pineapple Porch

 

Naomi Paper Co.

I met Naomi at a She Reads Truth event about a year or so ago and was delighted to see that she was the creative mind behind some of SRT’s most beautiful graphics. Since then, Naomi decided to start her company with the purpose of presenting Scripture with the beauty, grace, and joy that is abundant in God’s Word. Her prints are stunning and a great gift!

Naomi was super sweet and is offering a coupon code to The Pineapple Porch readers only! Head on over to Naomi Paper Co. and at checkout enter the code PINEAPPLEPORCH for 15% your purchase of $15 or more!

 

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide Naomi Collage | The Pineapple Porch

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide Naomi Bouquet | The Pineapple Porch

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guides Naomi Abide | The Pineapple Porch

 

Emma Fretz Designs

I ran across Emma’s Etsy shop and decided to feature it on the blog just because I literally wanted to buy everything from her shop! Almost everything in she does is customizable, which makes for such special gifts. Also, she has beautiful hand-painted, customizable Bibles that are currently 20% before December 1! But if you want one before Christmas, hurry to grab one now because they are selling out fast! (PS. You can see her designs on Instagram here!)

 

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide Emma Designs Collage | The Pineapple Porch

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide Emma Bible | The Pineapple Porch

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide Emma Notebook | The Pineapple Porch

 

Thanks for visiting the porch today! For even more Christmas gift ideas, don’t forget to check out last years’ gift guides by clicking the links at the beginning of the post! Stay tuned for more Christmas gift guides soon! Merry Christmas!

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Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide | The Pineapple Porch

Favorite Christmas Advent Studies

Posted in Christmas, danielle, good reads, holidays
on November 21, 2017

The Pineapple Porch’s Favorite Christmas Advent Studies 2017


Christmas Advent Studies | The Pineapple Porch

 

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!

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True Hospitality

Posted in #mondaymotivation, devotional, Faith, hospitality
on November 19, 2017

True Hospitality

 

True Hospitality Devotional | The Pineapple Porch

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.

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November Writing the Word

Posted in Writing Scripture, Writing the Word
on October 31, 2017

Are you reading to jump into November writing the Word? If so, read below!

 

November Writing the Word | The Pineapple Porch

 

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!

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Consider Your Ways – Devotional

Posted in #mondaymotivation, danielle, devotional, Faith
on October 30, 2017

Consider Your Ways Devotional | The Pineapple Porch

 

“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

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Anything to Keep Us Apart – Devotional

Posted in #mondaymotivation, danielle, Faith
on October 24, 2017

Unity together devotional | The Pineapple Porch

 

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.

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Tuesday Top: Podcasts

Posted in danielle, Lifestyle
on October 17, 2017

Favorite Podcasts | The Pineapple Porch

 

Podcasting is on the rise, yall! I read a recent article that said podcasting is gaining in popularity because people are wanting to take a break from their screens and I can totally attest to that. From the moment my alarm on my cell phone goes off, until the end of the day when I check Instagram for the last time, my eyes are constantly on a screen…can you relate? (I mean, after all, your eyes are on a screen right this very second!)

Podcasts truly are a great way to give your eyes a bit of a break. My favorite way to listen to a podcast is to get outside, stick my headphones in and walk or jog for the duration of the podcast. I also love listening in the car or when I am doing laundry or cleaning house.

Are you interested in listening to some new podcasts? You’re in the right place if so! I’ll list my favorites below and then, below that, I will have an explanation as to why I love them! Let’s jump in!

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Fall Vegetable Soup

Posted in danielle, In the Kitchen
on October 12, 2017

Fall Vegetable Soup Recipe | The Pineapple Porch

 

The Pineapple Porch – Delicious Fall Vegetable Soup Recipe

A few years ago a friend of mine invited me over for lunch with some of her friends who were visiting from out of town. At the time we lived on an island in the Caribbean and, although it was fall, it was still about 1,000 degrees past “hot”.  Nevertheless, we were determined to experience Fall somehow so we sat down under a whirling ceiling fan on her screened-in porch to the prettiest orange soup with homemade bread. I think we all had, at least, 3 bowls of soup that day, and after I returned home that afternoon I already wanted more so I emailed her for the recipe. I made the soup many times when we lived in the Cayman Islands and it quickly became a household favorite for us.

The original recipe called for fresh vegetables exclusive to our island in the Caribbean, including the Caymanian version of a pumpkin (different from an American pumpkin) and a starchy vegetable called breadfruit.  When I moved to Tennessee I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to recreate the soup but I wanted to give it a shot. I substituted the Caymanian pumpkin for regular American canned pumpkin and added in butternut squash instead of breadfruit. It worked like a dream! Also, I have learned the key to this soup is the ginger and black pepper, it really elevates the flavors and gives it a unique autumn-esque feel that makes you crave it as soon as you feel the earliest hint of cooler weather.

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