Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Workaholic's Wife: A New Season

Women everywhere kiss their husbands goodbye as they head off to work, for a day, a month, sometimes longer.
In our early years, Mark traveled on the road, and he put in lots of time away when he worked at Corporate a few years back, but the past 18 months have been just lovely; a pretty normal work week and home most every night. Now it's time for a new season, and he's packing up for the week (or longer) as he heads to his new position nearly 500 miles away.
I'll wrap up some loose ends and join him soon enough, but I'll miss him still the same.
I've ironed his uniforms, praying for him, his workspace, his co-team members who need to get used to someone new at the helm. I'm praying for "the numbers," for wisdom, insight, and integrity in the workplace. I'm praying for the people who work where he's staying, that he will be a city on a hill and salt that doesn't lose his saltiness. I'm praying for his health and safety, every moment of every day. For God's will to be at work in his life, every day we are apart (and when we are together too!).
I know many women that have it so much harder, and I'm blessed to have a hard working hubby.
How do you pray for your husband?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Moving, Again

As I write this I have a stack of emails to reply to in my inbox. I'll get a few phone calls today from lenders and realtors. My granddaughter, who I'm blessed to get to watch a few days a week, will be too noisy and demand attention while I try to manage a list of "must-do's" for today.

We are in the process of moving. Again. Out of the blue (well, OUR blue), God opened a door, and within a week his job has changed. Seriously. From "I'm happy with my job, and we love our recently renovated home..." to applying for a new position at the "recommendation" of a few higher-ups, praying "God's will be done" on the 8 hour drive there and back for the interview, and "BOOM!" We are moving 500 miles.

I'm a little embarrassed to say this isn't the first time it's happened.

Since my husband started working with this company 7 years ago, we have moved every 15 months (or less). This is our 5th company move.... (We made an additional move, but it was because God sold out large home unexpectedly, and we knew that was His prompt to downsize, which was TRULY a God-thing!)

Each time we move, God provides His peace. There have been a few times I haven't grabbed hold of it, but you can bet I've learned to recognize it!

Today I'm basking in His peace and provision.

There are hard things to deal with, for sure. I've spilled tears over moving so far from this grandgirl, and I'll cry more, I'm sure. I'll hate having to say good-bye to my neighbors, who have become like family, and I'm sad to leave a group of women that I've bonded with over some great books this past year.

"Will this be your last move?" I get asked a lot. Probably not. Each time we move we plan for it to be our last move. This house we downsized to, had a whole-house generator installed, replaced all the flooring and did mini-renovations on the kitchen and bathrooms. Now we've learned that we over-improved on the home, and will not see but a small fraction of the return when we sell it. My husband reminded me that we made the changes for US, not for the investment, and we have enjoyed them! What a blessing they will be to the next owners of this home!

God knows what our needs (and wants) are, and He alone already knows where we will live next! I don't need to stress about any of that! He's always sold our homes in 30 days (or less!) and He always provides a place for us to land. We have never been unintentionally homeless! His peace walks us through the process, and although it takes intentional focus to hear His voice over the clammer of consumerism, He is there with us in the midst of it all. He does not disappoint!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Meeting in the Meadow - An important announcement!

Hello Friends!

I know that several of you are here to read Roy Lessin's posts from Meeting in the Meadow, and I'm wondering how many of you are (or are not) on Facebook. We have a page set up for Roy's writing there at the page "Meeting in the Meadow" - and in trying to streamline my time online, am hoping to ONLY post on the Facebook page ... UNLESS a number of you (I don't know what number) don't have Facebook.

SO, please, IF you have Facebook, go to Roy's page, "LIKE" and "FOLLOW" and "SEE THIS FIRST" so you don't miss any of Roy's posts there. (You can "see this first" by the drop down offered under the "follow" tab.)

IF you do NOT have Facebook, please leave me a note below, so I can keep count of it. It may be that we use this as information on whether it's time to create a new blog for Roy online... separating it from my personal blog space here at Marina's Kitchen Table.

Please respond in the comments below...

Thank you!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Review: Katharina and Martin Luther (and more!)

Book Review: Katharina and Martin Luther, The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha
-Marina Bromley

I'm not a Lutheran. Or a Bible History scholar. So you might be wondering why I'd choose to read a book on Martin Luther and his wife Katharina, especially since I was clueless to their life and time in history. Well, I'm a lifelong learner! If there was enough information to make a book from one chapter of author DeRusha's book 50 Women Every Christian Should Know, then it was likely worth reading!

First off, kudos to Michelle DeRusha. Her writing style and deep research made the subjects come to life. Katharina and Martin were quite the characters, and their story, even before they met, made for a rich read, more like a novel than a non-fiction book. Why has their story not been made into a movie? No one could make up the stories that outlined their life!

The intensity of their life stories are only the framework for the really important things that Martin Luther is known for, in changing the course of Christianity. Little did I know that he also spoke up on other subjects like marriage...

The book is so much more than just topics though.

The book is full of heartbreaking childhoods, history, adventure, emotions, illness, and romance. (I tell you, it really needs to be considered for the BIG screen.) It's about an unlikely love, and a deeper commitment than what most people have today. It's a life story, and a life-long story, but not JUST a story... it's so much more.

It really is the perfect read for just about anyone. Several men read the book, and it easily takes it's place on bookshelves alongside other books written of value on the life of Martin Luther. It's such a bonus that this book includes the dimension of his life at home, adding the very human side to a spiritual man.


(I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, which I give you here today.)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Meeting in the Meadow: Jesus, Our Only Option - Part 1

Jesus, Our Only Option - Part 1
-Roy Lessin
When you desire cold cereal for breakfast you can go to the grocery store and walk down an aisle that is stocked, from top to bottom, with every kind of cereal your taste buds could crave. If you want to buy a new house you can spend weeks or even months house hunting and considering all the choices that are available to you.
Even though we like variety and are thankful for all the options that present themselves to us in life, there are times when the options before us bring frustration and confusion. We want to get the best value and make the best choice. Often, we seek out reviews and the opinions of others before we make our decisions.
Clearly some choices are much more important than others. It is one thing to decide which box of cereal to eat; it is quite another thing to decide which college to attend, which career to pursue, or which person to marry.
Thankfully, when it comes to the most important decision in life, God has made it very simple for us. He does not present to us a “supermarket” of spiritual paths that we may choose in order to know and follow Him. He does not say to us, “Go down this aisle and look over all the spiritual options I have given you and then pick the one that suits you best.”
Our decision to know and follow God is so important that He has presented us with only one option. Every road sign God has made points to one person; every message God has spoken proclaims one name; every view God shows us of Himself reveals one face.
This moment, for you, Jesus Christ is God’s only option.
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me. John 14:6 AMPC

©2017, 2009 Roy Lessin, used with permission.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Meeting in the Meadow: God Is For You, Part 5

God Is For You, Part 5
-Roy Lessin

This is the final posting in the series “God Is For You”

God is for you no matter who is against you. If the devil tells you that God is against you, reject the lie and declare the truth, “God is for me, His word declares it, the death of His Son upon the cross demonstrates it, and His mercy and grace affirm it everyday to my heart.”

God is for you, not because you have a nice personality, a great smile, a strong arm, a witty way, a clever disposition, self-discipline, or a lively imagination;

God is for you, not because you go to church, because you have added ten minutes to your prayer time, because you have increased your giving by five percent, or because you are memorizing scripture;

God is for you, not because you try to be good, because you try hard, or because you try to always do your best;

God is for you because He has set His love upon you.

God is for you when you walk through valleys; God is for you when you pass through troubled seas; God is for you when you are weak, when you are wounded, and when you are weary. God is for you when He disciplines and corrects you. God is for you when He molds and shapes you, when He prunes you, and when He purifies you.

God is for you in times of persecution, in times of difficulty, and in times of need. God is for you in low times and high times, in crooked paths and straight paths, in darkness and in the light of dawn’s new day. God is for you when others set you aside, when you have been ignored, when you have been unappreciated, rejected, and when you have been mistreated.

God was for you when He formed you in the womb and gave you the breath of life. He was for you when you were born into this world. He was for you when He pursued you in your sin and rebellion. He was for you when He drew you to His side, to His arms, to His love, and to His heart. God was for you when He covered you with mercy, clothed you with grace, and called you His own.

God (the awesome, glorious, all-powerful, all-wise, majestic, magnificent, holy, eternal, righteous, caring, loving, King of the universe and Lord of all) Is (not has been, not will be, not might be, not one day will be) For (not against, not hostile toward, not contrary to, not indifferent to) You (not just someone else, but you; not just other believers but you; not part of you, but all of you!)

Declare it: (speak out the following and include your first and last name) God is for ______________________.

©2009, 2017, Roy Lessin. Used with permission. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Meeting in the Meadow: God Is For You, Part 4

God Is For You, Part 4
-Roy Lessin

God gives you strength and power. God is for you. Psalm 68:35
God is your deliverer. God is for you. Psalm 68:20
God daily bears your burden. God is for you. Psalm 68:19
God leads out the prisoners into prosperity. God is for you. Psalm 68:6
God makes a home for the lonely. God is for you. Psalm 68:6
God will not turn away your prayer. God is for you. Psalm 66:20
God will not turn away His lovingkindness toward you. God is for you. Psalm 66:20
God shelters you under His wings. God is for you. Psalm 61:4
God redeems your soul from the battle against you. God is for you. Psalm 55:18
God will deliver you from all trouble. God is for you. Psalm 54:7
God will guide your life. God is for you. Psalm 48:14
God gives you favor. God is for you. Psalm 44:3
God’s song will be with you in the night. God is for you. Psalm 42:8
God holds your hand. God is for you. Psalm 37:24
God’s eyes are upon you. God is for you. Psalm 34:15
God’s ears are open to your cry. God is for you. Psalm 34:15
God will bless you with peace. God is for you. Psalm 29:11
Even when you are old and gray, God will not forsake you. God is for you. Psalm 71:18

©2017, 2009, Roy Lessin. Used with permission.

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