Peace on the Porch

Our porch party setting

Last week one of my daughters said, “Mom, why don’t you blog about your porch parties. Tell us how it works.”

Almost every morning for the past two years, my husband and I take our coffee on the front porch and begin our day together. Negative comments and discussing problems aren’t allowed at porch parties. When pesky thoughts try to worm their way in, I tell them to scram. For me, porch parties are creating a new way of thinking–a discipline, for sure.

No two mornings are like. Each one has a unique personality and feels like meeting a new best friend. This morning with the cooler weather, we didn’t hear the summertime crickets, but the sweet scent of gardenia bushes greeted us. We needed our red fleece blankets. A flock of geese honked overhead. Our only light was the cool lavender sun peeking through the trees.

I don’t know why it works, but it does. Maybe it’s about anticipation, choosing to focus on the good in life, and looking forward to simple things.


Stringing Christmas lights.

Grandchildren some day.

A second cup of coffee on the weekends.

For a few minutes each morning we pretend all is well. Perhaps it is.

“…for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning…” Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

P.S. In the Daily Guideposts 2012, you’ll find more devotionals about our porch parties.