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1/31 Days Outside the Kitchen and On the Move!

I'm trying my best to get back in the blogging routine and jumping in with the 31 series for October. Already I know I won't have internet for the first 10 days (not in the home at least... First thing we turned off when we knew we were moving!), and my life is torn between AR and KY. So my "do what you can plan" (as friend Holley Gerth would say) is to post a photo a day. There may (or may not) be a scripture, or even a comment! You (and I!) can be pleasantly surprised each day! I'll be surprised if I can get a post up from my phone without major errors in it! :) So... Happy October!! And welcome to my version of 31 Days of Blogging!! This is a fig tree in the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks. I haven't seen one in years, but remember the one we had growing in our backyard in Torrance, CA. My grandma loved eating them, and I just remember them being seedy...any Fig Newton would tell you that. I just think its a beautiful tree! The shiny leaves are t

Out of the Kitchen; A Beautiful Day

I apologize... I don't have internet where I'm staying right now, and am attempting to do this post from my phone. It placed my pictures and won't let me scroll to the end to delete the duplicate text...sorry. It was a lovely day today, and fall  was in the air! I decided to stay out a little longer than I'd anticipated and head over to the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, since this may be one of the last weeks I'm actually an Arkansas resident, and it was on my photography bucket list. I was not disappointed, and stayed nearly 3 hours strolling the gardens, enjoying the flora and fauna, and the beauty of the day! I hope you'll enjoy this sampling of photos I took today... was in the air! I decided to stay out a little longer than I'd anticipated and head over to the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, since this may be one of the last weeks I'm actually an Arkansas resident, and it was on my photography

From the Marina's Kitchen Table Archives - Post #11 - Communication 101

Thanks for coming back and visiting again! I'm still in the midst of trying to move (more on that later in the weekend) - but for now here's another "classic" post, from my old Yahoo Group days! I pray you're blessed by this post on Communication!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14 (NLT) "If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble." Proverbs 21:23 (NLT) Words are so important that there are over 500 references to the word "words" in the Bible. Granted, some of these are referring to God's words, which should not be ignored. But several of these are written to us, about what WE say. It's interesting to read what Solomon gave us as his bit of wisdom (above). How I wish I memorized this scripture early on in my Christian life!! I do not know AN

From The Archives: Post #10 - On Retreating

Still in the midst of a move, and after a 10 hour drive day (which was much longer, as it was sprinkled with GREAT times of fellowship and good-bye's, which of course, meant EMOTIONS too...) I'm pulling another post from the Archives. I pray that it ministers to your heart today, where YOU are! I know I was blessed, as I'd just completed listening to the cd's of the 2013 Global Leadership Summit on the drive! I hope that you take time to refresh and renew your skills, be encouraged, and grow in God as a leader.  WHAT? You say you don't think you're a leader? EVERY ONE of us is leading someone, something... even if (at the least) we are pointing others to Christ...  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and

Hitting the Secret Archives! Marina's Kitchen Table Post #9 - Facing Surgery (and Vanity)

From April 19... somewhere in the mid 90's... sad that I didn't date my writing back then. I totally depended on my computer to save my dates...live and learn...  Please read the epilogue at the end... from today (September 7,2013) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30 Just hearing the words "Proverbs 31" can make me shudder! I can't believe how short I fall in comparison to the triumphs of the woman that this was written of.  But lately, it is this single verse that has brought me comfort. I have faced the fact that I am going to have surgery (4/24) and that in itself is a relief. At one time, my biggest concern was "Is this cancer?", but I caught myself in a quandry over the weekend. I was not so concerned WHAT they would find, but HOW they would find it! Now, I am not a great beauty. I don't wear a

Revisiting the Marina's Kitchen Table Archives - #8

I recently found the hard drive of all my first posts, writing in a Yahoo Group called Marina's Kitchen Table. It was the same thing as here, but perhaps a little more devotional in writing, as I leaned hard on God during a really difficult season in life.  I'm sharing those first writings again, as we make another move, and I anticipate my time at the computer to be more focused on getting the work done on that handbook on Missionary Care.  I hope that you enjoy these entries as much as I do. I have NO idea where this journey will go, as I was as irregular a writer then as I am now! :)  Some things never change!  Be blessed! Marina ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When I moved from Southern CA to Georgia, not only did I leave all of my family, but a lifetime of friendships too. To top it off I knew not one person in Georgia, with the exception of the realtor that showed us houses, and the man my husband would share an office with.  M

My Weekend in Photos

Normally on Monday's I'm tied to the computer for DaySpring, checking in on posts and following up with correspondence. But today - TODAY - my email was off line, so I couldn't see but a handful of posts made to Facebook and waiting to be posted on Meet Me In The Meadow. I took advantage of it and went on a butterfly hunt for one of the posts later this week that needed a photo of a butterfly! The storms that blew through Sunday afternoon, left it a bit cooler today... in the 80's instead of near 100.  It was a little cooler out, but I knew I'd have to find a place with flowers blooming and water for it to be a successful hunt. I went to Audubon State Park first. I saw several birds there, but no butterflies, and their flowers were really sad... even their manicured garden was only displaying ornamental flowers. :(  Disappointing. One of the few flowers at Audubon State Park... A lovely hibiscus in a pot at the Audubon Museum Gardens. 

Revisiting the Marina's Kitchen Table Archives - #7

I recently found the hard drive of all my first posts, writing in a Yahoo Group called Marina's Kitchen Table. It was the same thing as here, but perhaps a little more devotional in writing, as I leaned hard on God during a really difficult season in life.  I'm sharing those first writings again, as we make another move, and I anticipate my time at the computer to be more focused on getting the work done on that handbook on Missionary Care.  I hope that you enjoy these entries as much as I do. I have NO idea where this journey will go, as I was as irregular a writer then as I am now! :)  Some things never change!  Be blessed! Marina `~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There is a new song by Fernando Ortega that is getting a lot of air play on our local Christian radio station (90.7 KOBC). I can't sing the verses, but there is a line in the chorus that says "This good day, It is a gift from You". The theme is basically, no ma