Porch Party… for One?

This past Sunday, I woke up extra early thinking God, I’m tired of  waiting type thoughts. I felt stuck in a writing project, and I wanted to change a situation for one of our grown children. “Are you awake?” I said, tapping my husband on the shoulder. No response, so I got up, made coffee, and decided to have a PORCH PARTY by myself.

Just our yellow Lab and me. And my stack of devotional books.

 

Glancing at the empty rocking chair, I asked Jesus if He’d like to join me.

I pictured Him sitting down and I immediately started talking.

I guess You know I woke up feeling impatient. Restless. Doubting.

He nodded, listening intently.

I told Him about my concerns.

He seemed to say, “Julie, what was your word for last year?”

You mean SURRENDER?

I sensed Him smiling.

When I worry, does it always mean I’m trying to control?

I knew the answer.

Wanting something I could touch and feel, I opened MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.

July 21, from Oswald Chambers in red:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” (Matthew 5:3). This is the first principle in the kingdom of God.

The knowledge of our own poverty is what brings us to the proper place where Jesus Christ accomplishes His work.”

Hmmm. Sounds like Step One in Al-Anon. Admitting I’m powerless over…

I imagined Jesus rocking with me. Slowly. In unison.

No matter how long I have to wait, You’ll wait with me, won’t You?

 

Opening my hand, Peace found me.

So did my husband. 🙂

Anyone struggling to let go of a situation? Let me know if you’d like prayer.

Love,

Julie

Comments

  1. It always comes back to step one doesn’t it?! The wonder of God’s power we find in our powerlessness is wonderful. Forever. Blessings in His presence!

  2. I think some days that’s the only way to survive, have that porch party w/ Jesus…Yes, I’d like prayer J, I’m weary over an issue and truly would love to be able to surrender it and move on xoxo

    • I’m praying for you right now, Robin. Something about looking at my open hands helped me let go that day–stretching my fingers out as wide as possible–felt almost like a really good yawn.

      Love you, surrendering with you.

  3. Diana Duncan says:

    Another wonderful blog post! They always seem to come exactly when I need one and with exactly what I need to hear! God is so good! learning to let go and Lean on HIM!
    xoxo

  4. Katie says:

    Love this weeks blog! I already know you are praying for me 🙂 love you!

  5. So, timely. I just prayed over an issue, “Lord, if you could just give me an answer TODAY I would appreciated it.” Then, moments later (literally) I read your post and your line, “No matter how long I have to wait, You’ll wait with me, won’t You?” really helped put it in perspective. Thank you, dear Julie.

    • I’m laughing out loud, Marie. Love it, love it, love it! I know–me too…that day I was fed up and I wanted answers. As you can see, it served for yet another lesson in Surrender. 🙂

      XOXOXOXOXO

  6. When I saw your opened hand, I immediately opened mine and felt both you and Jesus beside me and with me. Thank you, sweet friend, for reminding me today of surrender because today is a very big day that could be worry-filled but won’t be.
    Love you!

    • B.J., when I opened my hand, I’m telling you–something took place in my heart–almost like I could feel the issues lifting from me.

      Praying for you right now. I love you too!! xoxoxoxoxoxo Sent you an email before I read your comment. XOXO

  7. Brenda Greene says:

    Oh my Sweet Julie….today’s blog had me smiling! Not so much for the “surrender” thing as much as I’m humbled that your “porch party for one” is SO much like what I do daily – especially since retiring from full-time work.

    I have this rail-high (taller than most) glass-topped table and two chairs that I sit at every morning for a couple of hours for what I call my “quiet time.” I also have a “stack” of devotional books! [and tho I’m not using Oswald Chambers’ this year, I have in the past…love his wisdom!] After a 45 minute walk with our dog (listening to praise music and praying my prayer list) I fix a cup of yummy French Vanilla coffee and settle in to see just what God wants me to know this day. (Never thought of inviting Him to sit with me…obviously I’m in control, here (ha!!)! Shame on me! I could sense your heart’s cry, however, and identify with it, so the next time I’m struggling with something and just how to pray about it, I will definitely invite Him to sit with me!) What a beautiful job you do of sharing your conversations with Him….love, love, love it!

    Thank you, Julie Girl, for your heart’s sharings….we, your followers, are blessed!! Much love!

    • Brenda, Brenda. I had this aspect of Porch Party for One that you’re talking about as I wrote this. I should live this way–in a Porch Party FOR ONE.

      I can’t tell you how your response touched me. So blessed my heart. We have a lot in common–with our quiet time and walking, but I like half and half in my coffee. 🙂

      Smiling from the tip of my toes. Thank you. Thank you. It comes through you from Him.

  8. Jackie S. says:

    Wonderful, Julie….thanks! Yes, I would appreciate prayer for me/dh health issues…and also for daughter/grandson in several matters that God knows about!

    • Putting this on my prayer list, Jackie. Thank you for reading and for sharing what’s on your heart.

      Big hug from me!!

  9. I needed this one. Thanks, Julie!

  10. Julie’s devotionals, always good medicine for my soul! Thank you, girl. God uses you to reach me almost every time. There’s a situation I’m trying to change and would appreciate prayer. I do need to remember to surrender to Him, though. Change comes in His time and His will. Thanks for the reminder.
    Hugs,
    Christy

    • Christy, it’s such a grand feeling to know I’m not alone in my Surrender. I’m writing your name right here on my list in my office. I’m telling you–the opening of my fingers, stretching them wide, really helped that morning.

      Love you, my friend. Miss seeing you. Blessings on your writing.

  11. Tricia says:

    Thanks Julie once again for words that hit home!

    • You’re so welcome, Tricia. Thanks for letting me know you’re reading…and that my words touch your heart! That’s what it’s all about. xoxox

  12. Sandra Walker says:

    Thanks, Julie! This one was so good! I, too, am weary of waiting on an answer.
    Loved the one about your mother so much also. I can relate. Been sick and other
    physical problems for about 3 weeks but your posts were a bright spot in long days.

  13. Shelley Elaine says:

    Wow! The timing of this blog is uncanny… Thank you for sharing and for the offer of prayer…please do say a prayer for me as I struggle to surrender…again.

  14. Shelley, I’m just so grateful. God seems to put one idea on my heart each week. I’m soooo thankful my blog made a difference this week. I’m praying….open your hands, take a deep breath, and let go. Again. No other way.

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