Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Favorite Prayer

At this time of year, when many are making (and already breaking!) resolutions, I find it helpful to keep this prayer close by. While there's nothing wrong with setting goals to grow and change, I don't want to be outside of God's will or achieve things that might take me from HIS best for me. - Marina

Your God-Given Place
- Roy Lessin

Lord, you are my hiding place, my dwelling place, my safe place, my secret place, my holy place, and my balanced place. Continue to teach me and instruct me to know Your perfect place for me in every choice I make, in every action I take, and in every word I speak.

RAISE UP A BARRIER to hinder me if I am pursuing a place you have not chosen for me;

BRING YOUR WISDOM to me if I am not understanding something about Your ways that needs clarity;

DRY UP ANY POOL I am drinking from that is not being fed by Your river; slow me down if I am going after something that is premature in Your plan for me;

TURN ME FROM ANY CONFIDENCE I am placing in anyone or anything that is taking my eyes off of You.

LORD, KEEP MY HEART FROM COVETING the place you have given others, and guard my heart from envying the ways You are using others. Help me to set my expectations upon You, and not upon the way I think things should be or want them to be.

LORD, SETTLE ME AND HELP ME take my place—not to run from it, or hide from it; not to fear it, or dread it, not to strive in it, or be anxious about it. Help me daily to know the contentment and the joy of serving You in Your appointed place.

©2018 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, all rights reserved.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Verse of the Day Meme Posts 1.29.2018

The Bible app "YouVersion" has a "verse of the day" that you can subscribe to, and each day I click in on it on my phone to read the verse they've chosen, meditate on it, pray about where it applies in my life, and sometimes I write a little about it too. Then I look at the graphics they offer to post it with, and post one of their options on to my Facebook and Instagram accounts. Sometimes I want something different, so I'll open the verse in the Bible app "BibleGateway," then copy and paste it into the graphics app "Typorama" and create my own meme with one of their photos, or one of mine,  ALL ON MY PHONE!!

That's crazy, huh?? The only place I can't get to work easily on my phone is here, on the blog. Perhaps there are better blog apps that work on the iphone, but Google's aren't one of them... yet. They used to be... just not in the past few years. I'm hoping they catch up... soon.

In the meanwhile, I thought that I'd check every now and again to see if I have bandwidth to share a few of these memes online here too... since I can't do it on my phone. And while I'm here I may as well just write a little... if I have anything to say.

Lots is going on around here, and for all it's worth, I'll take my troubles and hassles over some of the things my friends are going through. Still, I'm driven to pray with them and for them and even I am looking for God to make an appearance along the edges and in a BIG way to show again that He is God.

In other news, we are full on back into home renovation projects, inside and out. Both Mark and I have felt a "God-prompt" to ready the house to sell, and so that's what we're preparing to do when we're done. We aren't sure what direction we'll go in for sure, but we're looking at things not far from here and just a bit closer to his work. We are trusting God to reveal His purpose and plan sometime between now and then, and until then it's just one step at a time! It's sort of like being in a waiting room, but with lots to juggle while you're waiting LOL

Here are a few of those meme's from my Facebook page, Marina's Kitchen Table. Be sure to subscribe there to see them sooner, and remember that you're always welcome to share them with your friends!
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Jesus. They are not surprised by our circumstances, and thankfully they know every detail of today, and tomorrow. #youversionverseoftheday #marinaskitchentable

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Verse of the Day... January 16, 2018

Verse of the Day... January 16, 2018

I've been waking up early with my husband's alarm, and taking time to read and contemplate and meditate and pray.

Oh, and make a meme with most day's Verse of the Day from the YouVersion Bible App on my phone!

Some days He gives me time and clarity to actually write about the verse and how it impacts me, like this morning. I still have internet issues at home, so I do it all on my phone, and post it from there to Instagram and Marina's Kitchen Table on Facebook. Tonight I have a little internet time so I thought I'd post it here too.

I hope it blesses you too...

So much better! 

Everything we can accomplish, achieve, acquire, become, own, possess, or purchase can cause turmoil, distress, stress. 

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” wrote Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1. And I love Philippians 4:11 where Paul shares “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” I would include “whatever I am” too. 

Just yesterday I thought of the jobs I’ve done in my life (in no particular order): waitress, cook at summer camp, pre-school literacy teacher for a college ESL/TESOL program, librarian, virtual assistant, photographer, social media manager, retail sales, self-employed sales, hospital unit secretary, hospital visiting doctor secretary, hostess, cotton-candy maker at the fair, resume writer, customer service rep, baker, flower/balloon bouquet deliverer, writer, grocery checker, babysitter... some of these things I’ve done more than once for a season (or 3)... all of them fulfilled a need for that time. I never will stop being a sister, wife, mom, grandma, or daughter (even though I’m orphaned now), aunt, niece or student.

I’ve lived in rental trailers and fancy houses (and mostly somewhere in between), in California (too many zip codes to count), Georgia, Arkansas x3, Missouri (many moves in 1 zip code), Kentucky x3, and now Alabama.

I’ve had empty bank accounts and bigger ones, few possessions and much to dust. I look back and feel closest to God (and to my husband) are when we were completely and wholly dependent upon God - in the early days it came out of circumstances and lack of belongings, but as I’ve grown in Christ and learned to not put my trust in who I am or what I have, I walk in “the little” areas more easily.

I’m grateful for who I am (a daughter of The King, a Prodigal Child in My Father’s arms, completely and wholly dependent upon Him) and profoundly aware of what I truly possess (without owing a bank or other agency, because honestly, “THEY” own it until I pay it off!).

I’m completely content in this today, and it’s all about the “who I am” rather than the “what I have”. I can rest in the “who I am” because not one material thing will go to heaven with me. Or you. And I’m completely ok with that.
#youversionverseoftheday #marinaskitchentable

©2018 Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table, all rights reserved.

Romans 12, Parts 2 and 3: Balanced and Beautiful in Christ

The new posts that I wrote for Balanced and Beautiful in Christ are now live on their Facebook page, and here on my new blog site (subscrib...