Decorating a Front Porch

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in front porch | 26 comments

I start my morning right here on this front porch.

With a cup of coffee and my golden retriever at my feet.

I do a bit of reading and praying.

I look over my calendar to see who needs to be where when and I try to get a plan together.

And I make my “to-do” list.

And sometimes I’m thrilled with the day ahead…and other days I’m content…and other days I’m totally overwhelmed or afraid.

So that is why I have a new little chalkboard on my front porch.

And it’s the first thing that I see in the morning.

Southern Front Porch

Southern Front Porch

Can you see what it says?

“This is the day that the Lord has made.”

I didn’t have room to write the rest of the verse but I know what it says.

Decorating a Southern Front Porch

It says, “I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

And I need to remember those words every morning.

Southern Front Porch

Because sometimes when I sit there and drink my coffee and think about my day,

I start getting overwhelmed with my day and I’m already wishing that certain parts of it were over.

Front Porch

I don’t want to rejoice and be glad in it.

I want to grumble and complain a little and rejoice and be glad when all of the “to-do’s” are scratched off of the list!

Front Porch

But on the days that I decide to really embrace and live that verse.

I am blessed by it.

Southern Front Porch

I believe those words.

I believe that each day is created by the Lord.

I believe that He desires for us to rejoice and be glad.

Decorating a Front Porch

My days are so much sweeter when my spirit is more gentle.

My days are long when I decide to grumble and complain about whatever my inconveniences are for the day.

Because in the big scheme of things, most things that I deal with are pretty insignificant.

Front Porch Decorations

And on the days that my fears are real and are significant, those are the days that I need to be reminded more than ever that the Lord created this day.

He intended for it to happen.

And with His help I can rejoice and be glad.

Maybe not glad at what is happening, but glad that the Lord is in control.

Front Porch Decorations

So I sit here and read and think and pray.

Pray that the Lord would give the the strength and the nudges throughout the day to rejoice and be glad in it!

Life to the full!


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  1. I am terribly sad tonight and your post was much needed. We have to downsize yet again and it scares me. Thank you for your encouraging words.

    • Lucy,
      I am so sorry for your sadness, but so thankful that you found some encouragement here. Praying for peace for you!

  2. Beautiful post Melissa. Really enjoyed it and made me think. Thank you for making me think. I can’t imagine you getting rattled or upset but you say you do so I believe you. Makes me feel even more human in my own transgressions. Happy days and wonderful weekend.
    Love your porch and that chair, oh me.

    • Thanks so much Jane Ellen! And I’m glad that those words made you think…they surely make me think! And I wish that I didn’t get rattled, but I do. I get caught up in my “to-do” list and I lose focus and I start complaining…and then I stop and look around and am reminded of all of the blessings!

  3. I don’t know how you accomplished it, but your porch has a serenity that most of us crave.

    • Thanks Dorth! Serenity…it’s a beautiful thing!

  4. Your post couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. A childhood friend and neighbor lost his battle with cancer the other day and it has really been bothering me. I too enjoy my back yard, it is so peaceful and tranquil with all the flowers and veggies I get to admire. Best of all my loving and loyal Golden is right by my side.

    • Rose Marie,
      I am so sorry to hear about your lose. I pray peace for you. As for those goldens, I am so glad that you have one that loves to be by your side. They can be a joy!

  5. Beautiful post Melissa…words to live by! Your porch looks beautiful…love love love that last photo!!

    • Thanks so much Martina. My world is much better when I am living by those words!

  6. such a great place to relax!!!! i love the picture with your dog sleeping under the swing. 🙂

    • Thanks Cassie! I tried to get her to move, but she just looked at me with her eyes half opened and ignored me. I thought about trying to haul her off, but decided that she could just stay. That’s where she lives half of her life!

  7. What a lovely relaxing space! So pretty!

  8. Porch peacefulness is another gift. Thanks for sharing today – I too needed your heartfelt words.

    • I’m so thankful that you found encouragement here dah!

  9. Melissa, I’ve been wanting to re-do my sitting area. You ‘ve inspired me to get busy and do me a chalkboard!
    Love the scripture you chose. Couldn’t chose any better! Kaye barker

  10. A beautiful spot to sit, read, and pray! Love your chalkboard sign and love the verse! I’m also smitten with the little hope sign. So cute in it’s little nest.

  11. Beautiful and Amen!

  12. Beautiful post Melissa. Makes one think. I know I am guilty of rushing through my day sometimes without taking time to savour the little things, the beautiful things. This IS the day that the LORD has made…. I sill rejoice and be glad in it.
    Hugs, Gee

  13. What a wise woman. I try to remember this verse daily too. No matter what is going on in this life or how overwhelmed it can become…we are very blessed.

    You have a beautiful spot to begin your morning. I Pinned a few. 🙂

  14. Your post really spoke to me today! How quickly we move into the overwhelmed phase instead of being quiet with God and draw strength from him.

  15. Very encouraging post! Those are words to live by and a beautiful reminder while savor ing a cup of coffee. ypur porch and images are beautiful.

  16. Melissa, this post is like visiting a decorator shop of interesting collectibles and antiques. Every detail is so inspiring!
    <3 Kim

  17. Love the welcoming comfort feel your porch has. Pretty too, of course. Ugly is not welcoming. My husband and I love our proches for morning times and alone times to read and pray too.

  18. What a beautiful porch! I love the way you have it decorated. I’d like to invite you to share it at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party at When you link up, it shows up on 6 blogs. We’d love to have you!


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