Front Porch Time with Jesus

Many nights when my husband and boys have long gone to sleep I like to go, to the porch and hang out with Jesus.  Sometimes I listen to my “Jesus and Me” playlist, as I reflect with Him, journal, and just commune with Holy Spirit.  Other times I let the noises of His creation be the song in my ear. There is something so beautiful and peaceful about sharing the last moments of my day with Him.  The word commune means to share one’s intimate thoughts or feelings with someone, especially when the exchange is on a spiritual level, and to feel a close spiritual contact with another.  

The morning time is also important for me as I choose to start my day in dialogue with Him, asking what His plans are for us today.  Although this is just as beneficial as my time with Jesus at night, it looks totally different. My morning time with Him entails conversations while I am getting a shower, putting on my makeup, fixing my hair and such.  During this dialogue, I set the atmosphere with worship music, usually loud, that infiltrates my bathroom and also feeds my being. I usually end my time in the morning with listening to some form of teaching or to the Bible.  

Since God created me and knows I have a natural tendency to focus better, think more clearly and have more energy at night, I value this time with Him tremendously!  He shares truths about me, as well as, His plans, strategies and vision most during this time. It is a great time of revelation! Nighttime has been so redeemed by Jesus, because the dark of night used to bring such fear into my mind and my emotions.  As I sit on the porch in the pitch dark, listening to Him, asking questions, and being refreshed; I have seen a true manifestation of John 1:5 in my life which says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it!”  I find such peace in ending my day in communion with Jesus about my failures, our successes and what things He wants to speak to my heart.  James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Whether that is daybreak for you, or at night as it is for me, choose to draw near to Him!  He is faithful and will meet you anywhere.

Written by Gretchen Cannon