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Proverbs for Fall: Proverbs 22

There's many wise sayings in today's Proverb. I'm especially drawn to the verses relating to work, ethics, and riches.  Our media glorifies great riches, gained for any reason or purpose. I can't get over the amount of tv shows related to "wealthy" people and their lives. It seems you can find something regarding "rich and famous" folks at any time of day. No thank you!! I've lived seasons of wealth and in poverty.  We've received benevolence from our church (thank You Lord!) when we hit really tough times early in our marriage. The generosity of others helped carry us through those thin seasons, when we could not get the budget to work out on paper, yet every month the bills were paid (maybe late, but paid!). I have compassion for the poor because of the goodness God showed us through our brothers and sisters in Christ, displayed through our church. Then there were seasons of abundance. Years that we squandered wealth (yes, ev

7 Affirmations of Faith Relating to God's Guidance, By Roy Lessin

I know, it's not a Proverb. Not one to be found in the whole post, but it's still worth while for today. This is an old post from Roy Lessin, posted a year ago (9.20.2015). I realize that there are 8 things listed... :)  One extra for good measure! -Marina .......... We are all in need of God’s guidance in our lives—when to move forward, when to slow down, when to wait, when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” The most import ant thing in knowing God’s guidance is not about knowing a formula, but knowing God; not about hearing opinions, but hearing God’s voice; not about striving, but resting in God’s wise and wonderful will. Here are 7 affirmations of faith relating to God’s guidance: I don’t know the next step on the path, but I know the Guide ( Psalm 32:8 ). I don’t know the next chapter in the book of my life of faith, but I know the Author and Finisher. ( Hebrews 12:2 ). I don’t know the best decision to make, but I know the Counselor ( Isaiah 9:6 ). I

When the Kitchen Doesn't Fit Quite Right...

This kitchen. Of all the houses we've bought, this was the best one. The layout and organization worked great. It was SO big I didn't have to use the upper shelves on top cabinets so I could reach everything! (That's a HUGE time-saver!) There was space around the corner for display and storage, so pretties didn't clutter the countertops. It had a nice sized pantry too, so cleaning supplies were nearby. But this house, as large as it was, didn't quite fit my life. Not the life God called us to live there. It was too big, and Mark worked long hours (weeks, months), so most of my days were spent alone. I had some great friendships from living around the corner a few years before, but the days were long and lonely and I never quite "belonged" here (they would have been my friends anywhere). The house before was filled with college kids most weekends, and we had hoped this kitchen would be used often the same way, but we lived "across the river"

Proverbs for Fall: Proverbs 17

Happy Saturday! Are you still reading a Proverb a Day? I am! Sadly, there's not enough time in my days to write all I think about writing...so I end up writing nothing! I hope that doesn't deter you from reading them! I'd rather read God's word than write about it, and I would rather you read God's word over my words! That being said, here's the post to today's Proverb from BibleGateway , one of my go-to places to read online (because I can't link to my bible)... Enjoy your day, and Sabbath well!

Proverbs for Fall: Proverbs 12

I thought to write about generosity; it's been a common topic around here and it's always a favorite topic of mine, as it goes hand in hand with the thought of missions and sending and supporting here, near, and far away. HA! I guess I DID just write about it... but it's not my main point. My heart (again) is pulled towards being a good neighbor. It's a common topic in these Proverbs, and so I think it must have ALWAYS been important in society. I'm always curious how new neighbors respond to us moving into the neighborhood. Sometimes they don't say a thing! In one neighborhood, it took nearly 8 months before they introduced themselves! They had little to say about the neighborhood or life in that city, and we pretty much only spoke with them a few times in the year we lived there, even though our driveways were next to each other and their kids played on the basketball goal often at the same time my grandkids did ours. It was awkward! Another time one

Proverbs for Fall: Proverbs 8

I'm not getting to write every day, or post every day, because life happens here too. I am loving reading through a Proverbs every day though, and feel that if I have time to put the Proverb up, or write a post, I'll default to God's word every time. That's ok. Tonight, these words stood out to me, how He is always there for me, wanting me to seek His wisdom... Is there a verse that grabbed hold of you? Feel free to share it in the comments, or on my Facebook page...  Proverbs 8 New Living Translation (NLT) Wisdom Calls for a Hearing 1 Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! 2 On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads. 3 By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud, 4 “I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people. 5 You simple people, use good judgment. You foolish people, show some