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Reclaiming Serenity with Small Beginnings

Embarking on the task of reclaiming our spaces can often feel overwhelming, as we are faced with the magnitude of the work that lies ahead. In my search for guidance and direction, I turned to prayer, seeking a starting point that would be both manageable and impactful. It was during this contemplation that the phrase "low hanging fruit" resonated with me, guiding me towards a clear choice: our front porch.

Why did the front porch hold such significance? The answer lay in my desire for our loved ones, friends, family, and neighbors to experience a warm and inviting welcome as they approached our home. In these turbulent times, I yearned for our dwelling to radiate a sense of love and peace, serving as a haven amidst the chaos. Symbolically, the front door carries profound meaning in biblical teachings, with Jesus Himself proclaiming, "I am the door" (John 10:9).

However, before embarking on this transformative journey, our front porch required attention. It had become burdened with excessive furniture and littered with debris from the long winter, resulting in a cluttered space that needed to be reclaimed. Though the task seemed simple at first glance, it demanded effort and determination. Armed with a broom, leaf blower, and sometimes a hose, I set out to clear the space. With the help of a couple of our older children, we relocated some of the excess furniture to the backyard, creating a more open and inviting atmosphere.

And so, the real fun began. Over the years, I had developed a knack for discovering hidden treasures by the roadside, and this time was no exception. Three pieces of furniture rescued from their neglected state became my canvas for transformation. A vintage radio cabinet, a sturdy oak table, and a charming flower pot all found new life under my refinishing touch. Drawing from my experience and knowledge gained over the years, I dedicated less than a day to each piece, pouring my creative energy into them. While I invested in some spray paint for the flower pot, most of the materials I used were already on hand, resulting in a modest expenditure of less than $200 for new chairs and plants.

The result? Our front porch has undergone a remarkable transformation, now resembling a charming outdoor retreat where we can relish the delights of summer days. Through the process of reclaiming this once-neglected area, I have not only fashioned a welcoming space for our family but those who enter our home as well. As the words of Deuteronomy 28:6 affirm, "You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out." In the presence of this renewed space, I am reminded of the immense power of intention and the inherent beauty that emerges when we commit ourselves to effecting small, yet meaningful changes in our surroundings.

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