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Today was perfect for porch time …
I listened to the birds’ spring call to connect with their beloved; first a clear high pitch, and then an answer in a lower tone. They call and edge nearer to find one another.
Spending time on my porch is my way to slow down and match step with nature.
Our world is hurried. But my backyard is slow and contemplative. Birds chirp as they build nests or feed their chicks. Bees hum about the beauty of newly opened flowers and gather today’s portion. Small critters frolic in the days delight. Nothing hurries—it simply is, taking time as it comes.
But, the truth is also not lost on me. Nature is just as fallen as I am, yet somehow has discovered how to gracefully flow. Yes, hawks swoop to eat their prey and trees succumb to insects and disease. Yet their world seems so much more peaceful than the one I strive in.
Have they discovered how to move at the speed of ‘enough?’
Have they been able to ‘live and move and have their being’ — rather than doing—to match pace with God’s rhythm?
I guess that’s why
I love porch time so much …
It regulates the rhythm of my heart to His.
It slows my pace so that when my beloved calls, I am able to answer. Pausing helps me to notice things around me; new buds on my peonies; chives getting ready to flower; a tree limb that fell during the last storm. Taking time helps me to enjoy things I would normally rush right past, like my yellow primroses thriving more than they were last year.
Enjoying today helps me try my hand at planting peas — just because.
Focusing on ‘right now’ shows me three industrious ants who have invited themselves to my porch and may need a bit of pest control. Porch time helps me to pause, enjoy, notice, and be mindful of where I am and where I am going.
Spending porch-time has helped me today. It’s been a Sabbath-rest, of hearing my Beloved’s call. I have stemmed the flow of the world for just a bit so I can listen to my heart…
So what am I hearing?
Pause long enough to notice
Assess my direction
Focus on whatever is… true, noble, worthy of praise…Philippians 4:8
“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
How about you…How is God speaking to you today?
Can you feel the tug on your accelerator, drawing you to slow down?
Pause and reflect:
- Where can you can feel the tug on your accelerator, drawing you to slow down?
- What benefits do you find? How does your perspective change?
- Do you find yourself thinking, “I need to do this more often?”
- How can you be more intentional in scheduling time for this?
I’d love to hear about your ‘porch time’
How is God encouraging you today?