Worth the Read

I read an article recently that has stayed with me all week.  It says so clearly what I am unable to say.  It is a good read for all, but if you are a pastor or pastor’s wife, I hope you will take the time to read and think about what is presented. Not all missionaries serve in the jungles or third world countries, but we each have our own cultural difficulties. When I read this article, my mind immediately went to a young family that I know.  Their difficulties are far greater than mine in many ways. Not all missionaries come back broken, but there is one paragraph particularly that applies to all of us. “There needs to be…grace to recognize that while living abroad, the person sent out from the church has changed. Is the church ready to welcome that kind of changed person back into their arms with tenderness and acceptance?”

Thanks for taking the time read…

When Missionaries Return Broken

Furlough is coming…

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By the time you are reading this, I will be stateside for our furlough.  I’ve heard so many who say they don’t understand what a furlough is or why the missionary needs one.  So today’s post is more for those who are reading who are not missionaries.  It will be two-fold:  to give an explanation of what furlough is and to give insight into how to pray for the furloughing missionary. 

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Abundant Life or a Slow Death

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“All I want in life is such circumstances
as may best enable me to serve thee in the world;
To this end I leave all my concerns in thy hand,
but let me not be discouraged,
for this hinders my spiritual fervency;
Enable me to undertake some task for thee,
for this refreshes and animates my soul,
so that I could endure all hardships and labours,
and willingly suffer for thy name.
But, O what a death it is to strive and labour,
to be always in a hurry and yet do nothing!”
~Valley of Vision, pg. 176

What do you do when you are in those spiritually dry times?  What do you do when you feel like you are really struggling to keep your head above water both spiritually and physically?  I have a few plan of attacks that I use during those times.  I have to confess that recently I have been struggling in my prayer life.  Not that I am not praying.  I just wonder if it is doing any good or if God is actually listened.  I know I am not the only one.  

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A Favorite App

hooplaIt’s been a while since I shared a favorite app.  Hoopla is one that I discovered through a favorite youtube channel that I follow.  It is by far my new favorite app!

With hoopla, you can download an ebook,  audio book, video or music for FREE!  All you need is a library card from your local library and log in information.

Most of the books I have downloaded I have been able to keep for two weeks.  There have been a few that I was able to keep longer.  The app tells you the due date when you download it.  When the due date arrives, it is automatically returned.  You don’t have to remember to do it.  That means no late fees!

If you are a fan of kindle or audible, I highly recommend that you give this a try.  I don’t think you will regret it.

What are some of your favorite apps?  Please share in the comments.  I’m always looking for a new app that makes my life easier or more enjoyable.  Hoopla definitely fits the bill!

Something to Think About

plum-blossom-2“Eve was saturated in the object of her desire. Jesus was saturated in God’s truth…Are cravings a curse or a blessing? The answer to that depends on what we’re craving. And what we are craving will always depend on whatever we’re consuming…either the object of our desire or God and His truth.” ~Lysa TerKeurst

*Spring is my favorite time of year in Japan.  The ume (plum) trees are beginning to bloom.  When they are finished, the cherry trees are right around the corner.