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My Favorite Front Porch Story

Ps 99:1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; let the earth be moved!

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A fresh sense of hope entered our home as dear friends arrived for dinner. What a comfort it is to break bread around the dining room table with special family and soul mates.

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Though our hearts revived through exceptional fellowship and food, we still needed a private hour to receive counsel from our dear friends who came to help us bear our heavy burden.

Someone suggested the four of us retreat to the front porch. What a grand idea! We meandered out and stood still for a moment as we breathed in the enticing smells of a Georgia summer. Our sweet company took the time to admire my husband’s handiwork as they observed the freshly stained deck and the crisp white rails.

The birds chirped softly in the background as we sat down in the old rockers with a bright new coat of paint, which seemed to revive them to their original state. I deeply sighed as I listened to the gentle creak of that old armchair against the planks of wood. I then opened my mouth to ask the question that had been burning in my heart.

“Is it okay for my soul-wounded pastor/husband to leave a flock we deeply love?” My diseased body and depressed soul longed for answers. The light cool breeze refreshed our skin, as their words refreshed our souls. We knew that we knew, their response was from Him

Due to that front porch counsel, we have since sold that lovely Georgia home and most of our possessions and moved to Florida. We are each pursuing our God-given passion to teach, preach, counsel, and speak the gospel here, and around the world.

I now encourage you to step out and away onto your “front porch”, wherever that is for you. Perhaps with trusted mentors, or perhaps just you, Jesus, and His Word. Quiet your soul and listen. He will show up. He will speak.

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“There, there on eagle’s wings we soar,And time and sense seem all no more,And heaven comes down our souls to greet,And glory crowns the mercy seat.” (From Every Stormy Wind that Blows, Hugh Stowell)

The Mercy Seat

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“And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat…” Exodus 25:22

I was gasping for breath as I felt the current pulling me under. I struggled hard against the waves, which only made matters worse. I frantically pushed forward, only to be sucked further out. I was fighting a force stronger than myself. Undertow. Scenes of my life truly played out in my mind. Finally, I began to cry out to the one who has the power over the wind and the waves. He heard my cries and the next thing I remember was moving in closer and closer to shore. I was in middle school swimming in the surf in Corpus Christi, Texas, when this terrifying event occurred.

If you are a Christian, prayer is one of your greatest privileges. So why don’t we spend more time at the mercy seat? Prayer is one of our greatest weapons against the attacks of the evil one, so why do we spend so little time on our knees? I say, because prayer is WORK! I love this quote by E.M. Bounds, regarding this essential discipline.

“To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens—this is hard work, but it is God’s work and man’s best labor.”

Friends, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords invites us into His presence through the precious blood of Jesus. Will we come?

We must first find out what the mystery hidden in the mercy seat is:

“Once a year, the High Priest took the blood of a sacrificial offering and entered into the Most Holy. He then sprinkled this blood of the sacrificial offering on the mercy seat for exactly seven times. God said that He would meet the Israelites on this mercy seat then. God meets whoever has the same faith as that of the High Priest, that is, the faith in His remission of sin revealed in the sacrificial system.” Rev. Paul C. Jong

Do you have “iron gates of difficulty” in your life? How about “mountains of obstacles?”

Do you believe that the One who parted the Red Sea can do the same in your circumstances?

I close with a stanza of another of my favorite hymns:

 “Ah! whither could we flee for aid, When tempted, desolate, dismayed;

Or how the hosts of hell defeat, Had suffering saints no mercy seat?”

Through Every Stormy Wind that Blows, William Cooper

So what are you waiting for? You don’t have to wait until you are drowning in your circumstances! Enter now into the throne room of heaven. Access is ours through the blood of Jesus.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!