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The (in)RL opener....

For any of you that haven't been following me on Twitter (@MarinaWrites), you wouldn't know how special today is for me. I follow a community of bloggers including Holley Gerth ( Heart to Heart with Holley ), Bonnie Gray ( The Faith Barista ), etc who are all a part of a community called (in)courage , and today they launched a webinar as a part of a 2 day event called (in)RL (for in Real Life). Since THEY have never done this before, I really didn't know what to expect! I don't know if THEY knew what to expect!! But day one was AMAZING. I LOVED getting to hear these bloggers, and others, who fill a certain niche in the blog scene, sharing about life, and the need for community, and the desire for REAL friendships. Oh, sometimes they talk about their kids, or the issues of the day that consume them, but MOSTLY they share not so much about the events of their days, but how God is so faithful to bring us through them. He IS so faithful. Tomorrow is a longer time e

In response to Faith Barista Bonnie Gray..

Oh Bonnie...I NEEDED this today! Our last move, coming here to KY, was so precious! We felt like God had prepared a place for us in community, and it all happened so fast - effortless. And now, TODAY, we're waiting to hear about another move...as a new opportunity has opened up with my husband's company. And while my prayer is all "only God's will" I can't help but wonder "could He bless us this way twice?". Because really, we love life here. He had work for us both, in ministry and a paycheck, and He's blessed the work of our hands, of our hearts, an although we can go to earn a paycheck - can we find community there that will have a spot for me, for us? And a few questions loom over the if's and how's of making friends and being on the road, and well...how will He make that happen?? So I needed this, to remind me that He desires us in fellowship with Him. And church, that sense of community, He loves too...but it's the frosting o

In response to (in)courage on Community...

Today's post on community struck a chord with me...someone who has always felt alone in the crowd: Wow! Really good! Thanks for sharing openly and honestly!! During my "18 years in the desert", I felt we HAD to be in community somewhere, with a job to do to keep whichever small church we went to going. Who would teach the toddlers? Or cook for the jr high kids after school? Since being delivered from the desert, and being lovingly placed here, we are in a big church...no a HUGE one...and although I've been given a ministry to head up there, when it comes to time for church service I think we wouldn't be missed...and perhaps we wouldn't, BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT. The point is that when I sing worship, it's an offering to God. When I engage and apply a sermon to my life, I leave equipped for conversations with others the rest of the week. When I participate in tithing I am giving an offering and confirming that I trust God to work through our leaders

DaySpring stuff, and what I think about it all...

I have been blessed to have gotten re-aquainted with DaySpring a few years ago when my friend Tammy Carroll started selling the product line Blessings Unlimited (DaySprings home party line; You can see Tammy's website here !!) I was an early user of DaySpring's products, and I really think that I used a lot of their tracts when I was a new Christian in the late 70's and early 80's. Remember tracts?? LOL I'm dating myself here. :) Over the years, we've used their products, lovely cards at Christmastime, gifts for others' homes, and special things for our own home too! A year ago or so I started doing product reviews for them, and have tried some GREAT things out. I have especially LOVED the products from Holley Gerth's line, based on the book "You're Already Amazing".  Her cards are poignant, saying things when I can't find the right words, or don't have the time to write the right words. They are HIGH END, which means so much

"You're Already Amazing" Book Review

Well, I had hoped to post each time I posted at the end of each chapter, but it got to crazy this week! But don't let that dissuade you as to how AMAZING this book is!! I thought, really, that I was not reading it for me...but to refer others to it in the future. I was so wrong. There were great things author Holley Gerth pointed out, and exercises for me to do that gave GREAT insight. So pretty much, no matter what age you are, if you are a woman, you should read this book. :)  (oh, a man would learn a lot from it too, but really - do many men read books? - and the book really is written "to" women of all ages). I'm looking forward to facilitating a discussion group with women from church this summer. I think it will be a good time, and it will help us to get to know ourselves as well as each other, better. Join us, if you're in the Henderson, Evansville, Newburgh area!! Details coming soon!!

Today

I admire these bloggers who are disciplined and write regularly.  I want to be like that. Someday. Right now, my cup is full. Overflowing. My HOUSE is also full and overflowing! It's just a season, so I'm not bothered by it. I still remember what it was like to wake up on my own timetable, not have an agenda (usually, or just a light one, depending on the volunteer work), and I never had a problem finding a quiet place to write - I had a whole house of nothing but quiet!  But now, my day starts with the sounds of little one's crying (some don't quite know what to do with morning yet), or scurrying across the living room from bedroom to kitchen, excited about what breakfast will be.  I admire my daughter more than ever right now. She's up with all 4 of them, every morning. She keeps her cool, gets them settled, keeps THEM quiet (as possible, in this small house). It never shows whether she had 2 hours of sleep, or 10. She never complains about how many times

In my backyard...

When we bought our house, we knew that the back yard would need a lot of work. A LOT. Our lot sits lower than the neighbors in back, so we have no privacy, and they get a birds' eye view of everything going on back there! On top of that, we have a utility clearance right-of-way that goes along the back of it, with water drainage through a ditch (all grown over with grass that can be mowed) and power lines above (just normal ones). It made it a creative challenge for me, who sought peace and beauty and botany in my backyard! We haven't really started at all...well, not in the REAL sense of the word. Last year we planted some Giant Arbor Vitae trees along the back fence line. They should get taller than our fence, providing more privacy, but stay narrow enough on top to not interfere with the power lines. We ran out of them before we go the whole fence planted, so we're lacking around 3 more trees, and they aren't due to ship to our area's Lowe's till June, so

In response to aging....or refusing not to...

Perfect timing!! A (in)courage blog on true beauty... A friends fb status had just mentioned the Clairol Fairies that visited her, and made me wonder (for 1/2 second) if I should request they visit me again...it has been years since their last visit! I joked that "I love my gray hairs best", but recently letting my hair grow out after years of wearing it "sassy short" reminded me how very gray I've gotten! The over 50 isn't so much about fighting the aging process, but more about wanting to look graceful when I'm 60! It's true though, the best thing I can wear is a smile, the worst - a sour disposition. Bring on the years, or take me home!! I want to be remembered by how well I love others, how much I love God, and how well my heart functioned - not medically - but spiritually. Let my face wrinkle with laugh lines, my eyesight fail at judging others but radiate His love with tenderness, my ability to endure physical exercise wither, but my heart brea

BLOOM, Chapters 5 & 6, and 7....

I'm throwing them all together today - since I'd fallen behind last week: Sorry I fell behind…traveling all last week with my hubby (yay!!), the holiday (Easter) and then a little surgery (skin cancer, the not-so-bad-basal cell kind). WOW – God’s timing. Gotta love it. The whole concept of having my boundary as a GATE and not a WALL. So timely. I have been through counseling with issues with my past and how to deal with my father…this is a perfect tool for me to use. Thanks God for providing this for me TODAY. Last week I wouldn’t have applied it to this situation, but it was meant for me. today. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Loved this chapter! I think I marked up these pages more than any other chapter so far!! Good stuff. I found that I’m a Combo person. LOL. I treasure my time with one-on-one’s, but am one of those people who’s “never met a stranger”. I want to deny that – but I can’t. Love meeting new people, but I don’t

On the Road...

There's nothing I love more than a road trip. Ahhh....long winding roads (preferably the ones less traveled) and blue sky. LOVE it!! Mark has some training at the corporate offices in Springdale, AR, and it was a good chance for me to tag along. HOURS on the road together. Quiet. He was willing to take a "round about road" since we knew that there was construction going on the main highway through the BIG city between here and there. A perfect get-away!! We got out on time on Monday. I wanted to take photos and blog while Mark was driving. It. Was. Beautiful. But I couldn't take my eyes off of what I was seeing. I didn't want the distraction. It was THAT beautiful. The sky could not have been a more beautiful shade of blue. Even when it was overcast, there were spots peeking out at me. And every inch of ground was in FULL BLOOM. Oh, my! Earth was crying out in praise to God!! Every dogwood from KY to AR was filled with white flowers. At one time I glanced do

On the Road...day 3...

I totally love road trips. Always have. Always will...I hope!  Mark has had some training to attend at the corporate offices, and I’m glad that he wanted me to get out, get away, and come along with him. Last week we had all 4 grand-kids at home alone while their parents were at orientation for the organization they hope to go on the field with. It. Wore. Me. Out. This weekend is Easter, and although I’m not going to have a houseful of people, or entertain, it’s still an emotional time for me. Draining. Then on Monday I have minor surgery to remove a spot of skin cancer (not the bad kind) from my right shoulder. I will have stitches inside and out to hold together a 3-4 inch area. Not fun, and definitely limiting my next week’s activities. Getting away NOW was ideal! When I posted on twitter that I was coming to the area, only a few folks responded with wanting a visit. I was most excited to get an invitation to tour the DaySpring facilities, and meet up with some of the key

Every day miracles...

(in response to today's (in)courage blog.) When “every day miracles” occur, I try to take a mental note and hide it in my heart – then share it with my hubby later in the evening. Our home is in turmoil right now – filled with grandkids and their parents – and there’s a LOT of hustle and bustle. I kept all 4 kids for a week, while their parents were in orientation for their missions org. I WAS EXHAUSTED. ALL. WEEK. LONG. But I tried really hard to find something in each day to claim as JOY. A miracle of some sort. Good nap times. A smile from the baby. A hug and “I love you” from the cranky toddler. A picture put up on the refrigerator, captured in time. When my daughter returned I was full of praises for her, for how she “does it” and hangs in there day in and day out. Cheerful. Full of love. Tender with each child. Laundry done. Hot meals. Hair fixed on the girls. Her reply: “But mom, I don’t have to. You’ve here with me all the time!” GULP God brought me through something amaz