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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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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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Hope Renewed – #mondaymotivation Devotional

Posted in #mondaymotivation, danielle, devotional, Faith
on September 24, 2017

Hope Renewed Devotional | The Pineapple Porch

 

Please take a moment to read Acts 12:1-19.

 

“But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.” Acts 12:5 

 

Rhoda rose to answer the knock on the outside gate of the house. She had been in a prayer meeting along with her master and many others. With the news that their leader, Peter, had been thrown into jail, they knew his death was imminent. Rhoda asked who was at the door, and was astonished to hear Peter’s voice! Herod’s track record of persecuting Christians was what seemed to be an inescapable reality. There was no way she heard Peter’s voice, he was most likely dead, but she knew that voice…it was Peter. Rhoda rushed back into the house to inform the others, leaving Peter standing outside. As she explained who had arrived, no one believed her and came to the conclusion that it must be his angel. Peter kept knocking at the door, and finally, they opened the door and saw for themselves. It truly was Peter! An angel of the Lord had led him out of jail, and Peter was alive and free!

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#firstworldproblems #arentrealproblems – #mondaymotivation Devotional

Posted in #mondaymotivation, danielle, devotional, Faith
on September 18, 2017

Problems and Joy Devotional |The Pineapple Porch

 

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.

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Made to Praise: Being a Worshipper in the Day-to-Day

Posted in danielle, devotional
on August 7, 2017

Made to Praise: Be a Worshipper in the Day-to-Day | The Front Porch Blog

 

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.”

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Stand at Your Watchtower: There’s Hope in Waiting for the Lord

Posted in devotional, kelsey
on July 20, 2017

Watchtower Devotional Hope | The Pineapple Porch

There’s Hope in Waiting.

I’m writing this post about two weeks after the due date. It’s not really by choice. See, I’m an overachiever that gets things done on time or early. I don’t wait until the last minute. However, the last few weeks, some things in my life have really been challenging, and I just didn’t know what to write. When I prayed about it, I didn’t feel like the Holy Spirit was leading me towards anything. I didn’t even feel the Holy Spirit in much of anything, really. I felt pretty distant from God.

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Pointing to Canaan

Posted in abbey, devotional, Faith
on September 19, 2016
One major focus here at The Front Porch is to provide a network of women to charge one another on toward Christ and build each other up in Him. In this first year, the Lord has blessed the TFP writers and readers through the words that have been shared and the encouragement that has been posted. 
Community among believers is not an option — it’s crucial. God proves that time and time again in His word through the lives of His people.
A few weekends ago, I visited my parent’s home church in Georgia, and the pastor was preaching on the Israelites in the wilderness. He pointed out how almost all of the Israelites grumbled while they wandered and yearned for Egypt, even though their time there was quite literally spent in chains (Exodus 16:3). Instead of looking forward to the Promised Land, the Israelites, God’s chosen people, looked behind them because it was the “best” thing they knew. 
It was all they knew. 
What stood out to me the most in this sermon was how the pastor brought to light that Caleb and Joshua were among the few Israelites who truly saw Canaan as the blessing God had promised to their people. (You can read their story in Numbers 14:5-9 and Joshua 14:6-15.)
I imagine that both Caleb and Joshua had their human moments. There were days when the heat in the wilderness was unbearable. There were probably meals when it was all they could do to choke down their manna. There is no doubt they had days of despair. 
But God was faithful
I believe God gave them each other to point them to Canaan. When one was discouraged by their people’s displacement and was tempted to turn back to captivity, he had the other to say, “Remember Canaan. Remember God’s promises. He delivered us from slavery, and He will do what He has said.” 
Community is vital in the life of a believer because times in the wilderness are inevitable. When those days come, we must have others in our camp pointing steadily to God’s promises. 
Who is your Joshua? Who is your Caleb?
Someone told me when I was young that deep, meaningful community among believers is crucial because even God is a community within Himself. If God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, how can we expect to survive alone?
Even Jesus made a point to prove the importance of community by investing in His disciples while He was on earth. He set a great example by choosing a select few to share the weight/gravity of His purpose with — the same select few that learned to lean on one another in carrying the message of the Gospel, even after the death and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1:12-14). 
Peter, James and John were all specifically blessed to see Jesus in ways that the other disciples did not. At the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-17), the three men saw Jesus in His full heavenly form. In the same way that Joshua and Caleb were able to encourage each other toward Canaan, I believe Peter, James and John persevered through times of persecution by reminding themselves of their experience on the Mount and pointing each other to the promise of Christ’s return.
As believers, we are called to do the same for one another. We have to seek out how we can serve one another. We have to learn each other’s deepest struggles in order to know how we can best encourage our brothers and sisters in the faith. Like Caleb and Joshua and Peter, James and John, we have to be able to point out God’s promises and preach them to each other daily as we walk through the good, the bad and the ugly in life. When we are able to witness together the effects of God’s promises, we can sustain what we share with each other. When you pass on a flame, the fire only grows. 
I pray that we will identify the prayer warriors and heart friends that the Lord has given us. May we be vulnerable to share our own struggles and become soft-hearted toward the struggles of our neighbors. May we reflect Christ in the way that we fellowship with one another.

When persecution comes, we have to remind one another of the Mount. When strength is waning in the wilderness, let’s aim to faithfully point each other to Canaan.