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!
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.
“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).
It’s fall, yall! The weather is beautiful, the scenery is gorgeous and there are so many things to do. With my schedule busy and my favorite season in full force, I love to put together a seasonal bucket list. Not only does a fall bucket list help me compile what I want to be intentional about this season, but it also helps me decide how to rest, how to spend time with loved ones, how to make the most of this God-given season, and how to personally reach out to others who may need some encouragement. So, I’ve got some free (or cheap) ideas and ways to make the most of the season, spend time having fun with family, or loving on others around us!
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.
Hi there, neighbors! Welcome back to The Pineapple Porch! We are so excited to bring you another great month of Writing the Word! This month we are writing the book of Jonah, and although many people see this mostly as the story of “Jonah and the big fish”, if you look a little deeper you will see a common theme and multiple examples of the incredibly merciful and patient heart of God. So as we walk slowly through this book of the Bible, be on the lookout for how many times God brought others to himself and spared his wayward children – it is truly beautiful.
Also, if you would like to go a little deeper (we couldn’t help the pun) while you’re writing, we highly recommend pairing Priscilla Shirer’s Jonah Bible study or book. You will absolutely love it!
Thank you for joining us on another writing journey! Don’t forget to comment below and let us know if you are writing along with us!
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).
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!
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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.