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.
“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.
“For when we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
Have you ever been afraid to let God down? Sometimes I lay awake at night recounting the ways I failed Him throughout the day. As I struggle to wrap my mind around God’s constant faithfulness, I wonder if He gets fed up with me and my continual defeat over something He has walked me through a thousand times. Although God has found me faithless more than I would like to admit, He has always maintained his end of the deal. Each time I come to Him with repentance, He meets me with mercy and teaches me.
If there was someone who had intense faith, it was good ol’ Father Abraham. Just ask the author of Hebrews 11:8 who wrote, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Not only do we admire Abraham for his blind faith as he traveled, but also in his willingness to sacrifice His promised son, Isaac. Abraham had experienced the faithfulness of God’s promise, and he knew, “God would provide,” (Gen. 22:8a, ESV).
Enjoy Your Season: Why We Shouldn’t Wish Away where We are Right Now
I hate being cold, so it’s pretty understandable that my least favorite season is winter. I am a summertime girl to the core. Give me water and sun and I am forever a happy camper… or so I thought.
It was in the middle of the winter when my husband and I committed to move to a tropical island in the middle of the Caribbean. I looked forward to endless summer, a constant tan, and a never-ending supply of fresh ocean water if I got too hot. I was pumped. Once September rolled around in the islands though, the never-satisfied human that I am, missed fall. I craved the crisp air, a cozy rainy day, and crunchy leaves under my favorite boots. I couldn’t believe it but I actually missed the seasons. I wanted the cold.
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!
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).
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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