Porch – Blog Carnival

And now…. {Drumroll, please}…. It’s time for the One Word at a Time blog carnival!

This week’s word is: Porch

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An Empty Porch

Billy Coffey paints a picture of rural Virginia where life is slow and well savored and evenings are spent sitting on the porch swing watching the world pass lazily by.

We have a porch swing.

I think I sat on it once.

….For five seconds or so.

The reality of my life is something way different to the idyllic scene that Billy portrays.

I’m constantly on the go. Constantly busy, constantly needing to be working on one thing or another.

I don’t have a nine to five job. Time spent on the porch swing is time I’ll have to make up working into the the small hours of the morning.

There’s a part of me that would love to be able to chill out, relax and just enjoy life sometimes but then there’s another part of me that would go terminally insane – my mind just doesn’t slow down like that!

All this puts me in a quandary.

I want a porch-swing life but I’m not wired for it, or at least, we’re not set-up for it at the moment.

So I’ll have to just keep on wanting what I can’t have.

Isn’t that just how we are with many different things? We want what we don’t have?

People use phrases like “The grass is always greener on the other side” and they’re completely right. Wherever we are, we’re always striving to get somewhere else.

One of the most important things in life – and one of the things that we miss most often is learning to be content.

The apostle Paul even told us,

…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Of course, I always think that if I could find the time to go sit on my porch swing, I’d BE content, but that’s precisely the point. Our contentment, our peace, our happiness should not be dependent on our situation or on our surroundings – contentment comes from knowing God and knowing who we are in Christ.
Our contentment comes from knowing that where we are is where God has put us.
I’d love the porch swing life, but I’ll be content with what I have right now… and maybe one day, God will decide to give me a house next door to Billy’s and we can both sit on our porches in the evenings chatting to each other about everything and nothing.

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

9 thoughts on “Porch – Blog Carnival”

  1. Helen says:

    Sorry for adding to the hecticness, Peter! 🙂

    1. PeterP says:

      🙂 It’s all good, Helen!

  2. jasonS says:

    I think it’s pretty incredible too that Paul says he “learned to be content.” We can beat ourselves up, thinking we should be further along, but it’s a learning process for sure. Thanks Peter!

    1. PeterP says:

      Oh, I’m great at beating myself up!

      Paul really was a spiritual giant and when I see some of the stuff he wrote, I realize how much of a spiritual baby I still am!

  3. Well, you could take your laptop out to the porch! It would still be multitasking but in a more relaxed way, swinging, birdsong and all.

    1. PeterP says:

      Swing, sweat, squint at the screen….


      It sounds like a great idea, but with 340 kids (or maybe it’s just 3 but feels like 340) I’d never get any work done 🙁

  4. Hazel I Moon says:

    Peter: Be cautious about burn out!! Perhaps just before bed, take 5 and relax on that swing while gazing at the stars, and whisper a “Thank you God for this busy day that you allowed me to work.” Rocking in a chair or swing is a wonderful therapy!

  5. HisFireFly says:

    I think God will give us the chance to all gather on one big deck one day.. enjoying each other’s company and encouragement!

    He gave me an unfair trade and life has never been the same.

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