Listen to this devotional:
Ezekiel 40:34 – Its porch faced the outside courtyard. There were palm trees on the doorposts of both sides. (MSG)
A recent trip into the United States found us travelling through many small towns. It didn't seem to matter whether we travelled through in the early morning, mid-afternoon, or evening; there was a common thread that I noticed. Many homes in these small towns had front porches, and people could be seen sitting on them, I even noticed people walking past these homes and stopping to talk to the people on their porches.
I'd like to have a front porch, but since we don't, I make use of our driveway as a place to converse with others.
We are blessed to have a corner lot, and the Lord has given me the gift of gardening. Warm summer evenings find me sitting in front of the garage and communing with our neighbours or chatting about my garden with people passing by and talking about some of the plants in it.
It's interesting to examine ourselves. Are we "porch people"? Does our walk with Lord stretch us into conversations with our neighbours or passers-by? As the summer draws in, I am challenged in my walk to step out myself in this area, before the days draw in and the coolness of fall is around.
Philippians 3:12 – I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. (MSG)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, let this verse be our prayer to You. Help us to hide it deep in our hearts. Jesus, we praise and thank You for all that You have done in our lives and continue to do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.