Thursday, July 6, 2023

Porch #99 🎉 Here's Your Party Invitation

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for those who delight in doing life
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Hey All!

I hope you're surviving the July 4th week with all its events and fireworks and traffic.  Life bustles in this neck of the woods as people from all over the world descend onto our little peninsula.  We stick fairly close to home and have learned that back roads and off hours are our best friends for this quarter of the year.  

An air conditioner is always on in one room or another.  Fans whir by the hour.  We had friends visit for a lively supper this week, cheering my husband on as he grilled chicken in a torrential downpour.  Our neighbor brought these beautiful blooms to me last evening, grown from seed.  My sister and I spent exactly one hour on the beach this morning and then headed home when it got too humid.  And then my husband and I ventured out to a morning matinee ... a first for us.

Eldest daughter turns 45 next week, eldest granddaughter heads to Israel, a few family members head to hospitals for same day procedures.  We remember Dad's sudden Homegoing 8 years ago, the day after we moved to the Cape.  

Meanwhile, I settle in for calls and meetings, reading and writing.  Afternoon naps, too.  God sits on His throne and all is well.

Here in deep mid-summer, let's hear it for keeping life as simple as possible.  Let's hear it for leaning into His plans.

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See that Barnes & Noble gift card?  Yep, that one!  That's your invitation to next weekend's Porch #100 celebration.  Secretly, I hope you'll walk away with the prize.  Hint: If you haven't subscribed yet, now's the time.

Spread the word.  The more the merrier.  And bring this year's favorite book with you.  You'll find out why ...

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who doesn't love fountains, sprays & sprinklers

i brought a whole lot of stuff outside
& ended up just sitting there chilling

this baby girl loved batting her eyelashes
& posing for the camera 

morning walks on the bike trail for exercise
evening walks on the beach for relaxing

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'May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.'
- Romans 15:5–6

Linda

 I happily share my work on these bloggers' websites - Paula & Jeanne & Donna & Richella & Lisa

42 comments:

  1. So thankful He IS on the throne--of creation, history, and our personal lives too! And with him, all IS well. Timothy and Kathy Keller would have us know: In all dangers he protects us, and either he will be with us or we will be with him, so all will be well (Songs of Jesus, p. 177). Hallelujah!

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    1. Nancy, Tim Keller's incredible legacy speaks wise and clear. I've never read any of his books. No time better than the present, right?
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  2. Such a lovely selection of beauty as always. I can’t wait for #100. What fun to celebrate!

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    1. Can't wait to hear about your favorite read this year, Mary!
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  3. 2 bald eagles perched in a tree on the Cook Inlet today. So blessed to walk by at just the right time!

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    1. And to have eyes to see. Too many of us walk gazing at our phones instead of His incredible creation.
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  4. I want to run through those sprinklers! Its been so hot here and not to mention windy.

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    1. I want to be a kid again and run under the sprinkler.
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  5. the God of endurance and encouragement
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    What delightfully appropriate descriptors!

    We know He is all things, but when perfectly curated words like these greet us in the morning we know all will be well. Thank you❤

    Happy simple summer......
    C

    * subscriber email response

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    1. No one writes a blessing like Paul. Such rich benedictions he's given us, courtesy of the Holy Spirit.
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  6. I'd rather forget yesterday,
    it hurts too much to recollect
    the times I had to stop and pray
    that my tummy wouldn't reject
    the bland and meagre sustenance
    that my will imposed
    with no hint of deference
    to the risk that I exposed.
    But that's OK and quite all right,
    the cancer wheel goes round and round
    through night and day and back to night,
    and in its spin I've found
    if I can't laugh, good/bad, all same
    I never should have played the game.

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    1. Yeah, you've shown us how to keep our sense of humor when the dry seasons are long and endless and painful. You remind me so much of my Mom, Andrew. I'm not sure I could do the same.
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  7. Beautiful pictures in this issue! i love the one of the rabbit and the one of the flowers! The colors are great! Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. I'm glad you're here. But you already knew that.
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  8. #100 what fun. I do love your reflections!

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  9. I always enjoy your thoughts and photos here, Linda. I see you do Sudoku too. I've recently become hooked on the three online Sudoku puzzles that come out daily from the New York Times. But I keep my hardcopy Sudoku puzzles always handy as well. :)

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    1. These 16 x 16 are so hard ... I can work for a week on one and in the final minutes realize that SOMEWHERE along the way I messed up. And there's no going back. Sigh.
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  10. I always enjoy your insightful posts, Linda.
    And your photos are always a treat.
    My late dad was a wizard at Sudoku. He did the puzzles right into his 90s.

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. The same for my Mom, too, Veronica! Right into her late 80s she could figure out the ones that were way beyond me.
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  11. Linda, I love that graphic about control and will be sharing with my girls. Also, 100 Porches already? How is that possible? I always love seeing these posts in my inbox. :-)

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    1. As a recovering-but-still-leaning-in-that-direction control freak, I thought it spoke volumes ...
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  12. Yes, God sits on His throne and all is well!

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  13. I wish there's a nearby beach I can go for an evening walk for. There something relaxing with fountains, right? I can watch them all day. And that's a cute bunny there. And healthy-looking too!

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    1. It's amazing how water can calm and soothe us, isn't it ... even the sounds of a gentle rain falling on the roof.

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  14. Love all of the pictures Linda. That bunny is so cute. We have quite a few that hip hop around here! Love to watch them. I hope your July has kicked off with lots of blessings dear Linda. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. I'm guessing you're having a delightful summer, friend. I'll be over to visit soon, ok?!
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  15. Sprinklers and bunnies abound in our yard too right now. But seeing the beauty in these enjoyments of the seasons is what causes me to appreciate our God who changes our seasons. Blessings!

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    1. I like that, Joanne. Amen. He is an amazingly creative God.
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  16. Linda just love visiting you on the porch! Thank you as always for sharing my site. Can't wait for the party!!!

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    1. Oh me either, Donna! Lord willing, tomorrow morning! Got your book ready?
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  17. Best wishes to you and your family always.

    God bless.

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  18. What beautiful flowers! I spent many, many summer weeks on the Cape but I do not miss the traffic. LOL.

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    1. Joanne, I hear ya! Come off season ... the weather is gorgeous, the traffic much less intense, the whole experience is so much more relaxed.
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  19. Oh boy, #100 wow! Thank you so much for sharing your invitation with Sweet Tea & Friends this month.

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  20. It sounds like an awesome 4th, Linda!

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