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Expectations

It’s been a month now since my husband and I took “the trip” into our daughter’s land. She and her husband have been serving for a year in a sensitive field, and have completed their first year of language and cultural studies in a local university there. Unlike many “M’s” they are the students, not the teachers, and their long term plan is to plant seeds of faith and hope while working with some of the poorest and least educated in their country by creating businesses to supplement their meager farming incomes. That plan is down the road and for now, they focus on learning one of the most difficult languages on earth for our English tongues; a tonal language that is challenging their eyes and ears. The original plan was for us not to venture their way until the year after they had returned from their first furlough. This way we would not distract them from their learning and immersion in the culture, and when we did go, we would get to see their first real home and the community they

this morning

I woke up this morning with a song in my heart...one we sang in E. Asia just a few weeks ago, and had sung fairly often when Caitlin was leading worship with us in Cassville...don't know if the Christian Community family knows it or not, but I was singing it none the less.... The Lord is gracious and compassionate Slow to anger, rich in love The Lord is gracious and compassionate Slow to anger, rich in love As far as the east is from the west That's how far He has removed our transgressions from us As far as the east is from the west That's how far He has removed our transgressions from us Praise the Lord, oh my soul, praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, oh my soul, praise the Lord! There's a lot on my plate today, but it will be done in a prayerful way, and with a spirit of worship.... It was a long time ago, but I had heard in an interview with Rich Mullins once that he viewed "spiritual acts of worship" in the little things we do day to day as much as the

Proverbs 23/24 and all that jazz....

I was moved by the start of 23....the references to food and overeating and how people can use food to trick us....never really noticed that before. I had to giggle towards the end of 23....the references to hanging out in taverns, trying new kinds of drinks". I'm sure it is a translational thing (I'm reading the NLT) but it was actually putting truth in really current words/actions. It painted a good word picture for me. "29 Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. 31 Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. 32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. 33 You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. 34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. 35 And you will s

Catching up....

It's Good Friday....never understood that name for all that it means, but it's A good Friday, none the less.... Catching up on life today...I lost Wed. to volunteering, and yesterday to working ON the computer (not just working with the computer) and now that things are updated and back on track (we hope), I'm back to this blog. I love this: Pro. 20: 3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling. Boy, it took me a LONG time to learn that....consider that my family "nick-name" as an adolescent was "Philadelphia Lawyer" as I'd argue ANY point for the sake of an argument. It's no wonder I despise arguing now....nothing to be gained. 24 The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? I'm trying to learn this now...STILL. I am really trying to wait on Him, for Him to show the next step in my life, and don't understand WHY I don't see the plan, but DO trust Him to handle it.

Mean LOL's (YOU know what they are...)

In light of our recent chat (Jami), I loved the first few verses of our Proverb for today: 1 Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. 2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. 3 Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt. Doesn't that fit in with my dealings with those Mean LOL's??? Even in dealing with loving those that hate/are indifferent/ignore/gossip about/etc in small towns....this makes so much sense (and still makes me sooooo sad!). sigh. 14 The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? (I often wonder this!) 24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. I'm so GLAD I have a handful of REAL FRIENDS....not just friends who are "real", but who are willing to be REAL with me....and who I can be REAL with....GENUINE....that's a better word. Thank

Proverbs 16 and 17....

There's SO much good stuff in here, I couldn't pull a favorite verse if I tried to...not even a handful of them....too much good stuff. True too in Ephesians 4 and 5.....SO much good stuff. Stuff that encourages me, convicts me, moves me and wants me to change things in my life. I never love enough....and lately I've found anger in my heart by the end of the day (too tired? spiritual battles?). Then too, I'm glad that we 've been able to talk about a few of these things before letting them get to a point of anger....God is good. I confess, I haven't read too much (or at all) the past few days in COD....I'll try to today though. Maybe while I'm on the treadmill. ~marina

WOW....love this....

Ephesians 3 "14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." (NLT) WOW. A favorite prayer of mine....so nourishing for my bones today. For my soul too... Not much else to say...(surprise)..... ~marina

3/13/08 - devo

After reading in COD yesterday, I didn't have much to say...re-reading the introduction and back through my "old" highlighted spots....my heart doesn't question any of the things that moved me back then...especially on pg xiv , in the middle, where he writes " It hardly mattered who I read in those days - Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God , Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle , John Woolman's Journal , A.W. Tozer's The Knowledge of the Holy - they knew God in ways far beyond anything I had ever experienced. Or even wanted to experience! But as I continued to soak in the stories of these women and men who were aflame with the fire of divine love, I began desiring this kind of life for myself. And desiring led to seeking and seeking led to finding. And what I found settled me, deepened me, thickened me ." This really resonated with my heart, and reminded me of so many times that I have (or still am) drawn to what I see as &

Thanks....getting back to life...

Thanks to my friend who chatted last night, who, while looking for accountability in her life was actually encouraging me to get it back into mine. I confess, this past winter I've slacked, and I feel it in my bones! It's not funny how when we allow our spiritual life to relax, the rest of our life follows....so I'm looking forward to getting solidly back in the Word, having accountability in MY life, and expecting it to spread into other areas of my life too (namely, eating and exercise!). So, my friend and I are reading a Proverb a day (the old standby), a NT chapter a day (Ephesians first), and a chapter (or so) a month of a favorite HEAVY book, A Celebration of Discipline. Not much more serious than that! It is good motivation, but we both agreed that it takes time to soak it in....not a book to skim through and read lightly. I'll be posting my thoughts on here (sorry for you light readers) to help with my accountability...for those of you intrigued, come along on t

My other site...

It's been busy around here...I've been....sleeping! The trip overseas left me with the worst case of jet lag, and it is taking me the longest time to get over it. You can read about the adventure at the blogger site for MnMgo2 where it tells all about our great adventure. There are also extensive pics at the picasa site of the same name. Otherwise, I'm falling behind in life. Although we walked miles each day while traveling, I can barely muster enough get-to-it-ness to get my clean clothes put away (bless Mark's heart for washing it all!!). We've got things that need to be mailed out, and I've been to the post office once last week, and need to go again today now that some things are ready to be mailed. I will make an honest attempt to get the rest of the things together and packed up too (I'd love to not have to go to town again this week!). I also have a task to do...putting pics in albums! I've opted to play "artist" and not hassle the e