What Do You See On Your Front Porch?

What’s In Your House? Weekly Link-up

This week’s writing prompt for the weekly link-up:

What do you see on your front porch (or main exterior entryway) of your house? What’s the potential for creativity there? How might God use your front porch for great purposes?

My response:

I managed to pick a super-hard first writing prompt for my very own first meme link-up. I chose the front porch for us all to examine and upon which to write.

This space “in my house” is hard to write about because, well, when I look at my front porch I see—literally—decay and neglect.

The pair of urns are still sitting in the same spots from last summer with dead leaves and vines crawling down their sides. They look horrible. I have dead leaves piled in the crevices of the corners of porch and cobwebs lining the small window panes that frame the front door. A neighbor pointed out the other day that we also have two wasps’ nests in the upper corners of our porch roof.

Doesn’t it sound lovely? Don’t you want to pay me a visit? :)

Nevertheless, I must examine my front porch in the spirit of this meme.

What in the world does my disgusting, neglected front porch tell me about God’s purposes for me? What about my front porch inspires creativity?

Front porches are symbolic of hospitality. A welcoming front porch, stoop, and door seem to beckon the outside in. We can all picture in our minds the front porch of homespun tranquility with waving flags, creaking rocking chairs, and crisp, white railing.

Yet my disheveled front porch is a more authentic display of who I really am.

I’m a mess. I struggle with the effects of decay. I suffer from “parched foliage” due to neglect of soul-feeding yet overstay my usefulness and wallow in past failures, just as those dead plants parked on my porch.

I love bright, cheerful porches with pots of geraniums and ferns announcing a welcome. I want a stand-out front door in an unexpected red or yellow or green. I want to be hospitable and open and inviting.

I’m not sure exactly what about my front porch inspires me to creativity or sparks a business endeavor. I do know this, though: I want to work hard enough at the things I’m good at so that I can either free up an extra hour in my week (or pay someone for that hour’s work) to keep my plants alive and make them look pretty.

Regardless, I want the front porch of my heart to be always ready to receive what God may give. I want to experience the new fruit of life and the freedom from dead vines that easily entangle. I’m ready to move out the dead potted plants so that God can create in me a hearty, new flower garden of vitality.

Your turn now …

  • Post your link to this week’s writing challenge below.
  • Link back here on your blog.
  • Visit some of the other posts and leave some words of encouragement for the writers in their comments’ sections.

Thanks for participating!

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Writing prompt for next week:

What do you see in your bank account? What’s the potential for creativity there? How might God use your bank account for great purposes?

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Finding Purpose and Meaning in Your House

What's in your house? Link-up your posts at lookinyourhouse.com.

What's in your house? Link-up your posts at lookinyourhouse.com.

Announcing A New Weekly Link-Up:
What Do You See When You Look in Your House?

Since this blog’s beginning, I’ve been exploring this question with you through blog posts and podcasts.

I have a simple vision here. I want to encourage women to “look in their houses” to find the potential for purpose and meaning in what they already possess—material items, relationships, gifts, talents, skills, and so on. Our culture is automatically programmed to move on to the next bigger and better thing. I want to rein us all back in a bit to survey what’s before our very eyes. What deserves our attention that’s within our grasp. What is our privilege and responsibility to serve under our noses.

To that end, I’m going to start a Look In Your House Challenge every week. I’ll issue a weekly challenge for you to look in your house to discover what’s there. You write a post on your site about your experiences and insights then come here and link up. Every week, I’ll change the assignment slightly to give you a new writing prompt.

Let’s start with the front porch, shall we?

What do you see on your front porch (or main exterior entryway) of your house? What’s the potential for creativity there? How might God use your front porch for great purposes?

Write a post answering these questions and link your post next Wednesday. I’ll have my post there, along with the next week’s writing prompt, too.

Please link back to the post from your site and Tweet it and post on Facebook to spread the word.

Let’s encourage one another as we look in our houses to discover new and exciting things.


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