Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Thursday, June 26, 2008

June 26, 2008

the back porch
(perhaps the best secular investment
we ever made)

In the past it was the front porch
now the back porch separates us
from the hustle and bustle,
and the noise, of the automobile.

Many an evening in the summer
is spent on our back porch.
We talk and we read,
we pray and we meditate.
Friends are invited to eat with us
and stories, laughter, and wisdom are shared.

"All manner of lessons were learned on the front porch.
When the porches went,
so did the stories and the wisdom with them."
- Philip Gulley
(Porch Talk)
(Quaker author and pastor)

Always find some time
from your hectic schedule
to enjoy a bit of the simple life.
Slow down, keep the TV off,
spend some time enjoying life
rather than being so busy
trying to live the "good?" life.

"It is always the simple things that change our lives.
And these things never happen
when you are looking for them to happen.
Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so.
You feel like running, but life is on a stroll.
This is how God does things."
- Donald Miller
(best-selling American author and public speaker...
who focuses on Christian spirituality
as "an explanation for beauty,
meaning, and the human struggle")

"Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
...seek [God's] peace and pursue it."
- Psalm 34:12-14 NIV

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