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Counting My Blessings

I am now back in Japan and feeling like jet lag maybe behind me.  I hit the ground running with lots of things on the calendar.  I’m finding that if I don’t have a break, I may not be able to jump into September’s busy teaching schedule.  I would appreciate your prayers during this transition time.  My hubby and a few missionaries are getting away for some much needed fellowship time.  I hope to get back to regular blogging soon.  Thank you for your patience as I took such a long break.  There is lots to share and I am eager to do so.  In the meantime, I hope you will join me in taking some time to be thankful for the many blessings the Lord continues to send our way.  Have a blessed day!

ChitchatWhen upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Deep WatersAre you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will keep singing as the days go by.

Nojiriko

When you look at others with their lands and gold,

Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;

Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. NojiriSo, amid the conflict whether great or small,

Do not be disheartened, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Lake Nojiri

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God hath done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

~by Johnson Oatman, Jr.

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
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“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,

For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.”
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“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,

The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”
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“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”
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“E’en down to old age all My people shall prove

My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And then, when grey hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.”
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“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,

I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake!”

The Destruction of Sennacherib

   The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,

And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;

And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,

When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

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   Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,

That host with their banners at sunset were seen:

Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,

That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.

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   For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,

And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;

And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,

And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!

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   And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,

But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride;

And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,

And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.

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   And there lay the rider distorted and pale,

With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail:

And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,

The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown.

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   And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,

And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;

And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,

Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!

~Lord Byron

I give my heart to You, my dear Master,

Not just a part for You, my dear King.

Following You in light or in darkness,

Humbly I give to You everything.

The mist rising from the mountains is absolutely beautiful after a storm.

When I can’t see the path that’s before me,

When I by faith must cling to Your hand.

Help me to trust Your infinite wisdom,

Blessing Your name for what You have planned.

IMG_0093I give you my heart, I trust in Your care.

Wherever You lead me, I know You are there.

Wherever I go, Wherever you lead.

Your hand will protect me. You’ll meet every need.

~The Wilds Thanks Be to God CD

Taste for Truth

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Day 5:  I Hate Boundaries

“If we want to embrace our boundaries— and even grow to love them —we’ll have to get this idea out of our system that rules are bad…The truth is, we need the law [boundaries]to protect ourselves from our bad behavior.” ~pg. 22

Romans 13: 14, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

1 Corinthians 6: 12, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

1 Timothy 4: 7b, “exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

James 4: 6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

1 Peter 1: 14-16, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

The assignment for today is to “choose two or three Bible verses from today’s lesson to memorize. Write the Bible verses on index cards so you can refer back to them.” ~pg. 24

Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study (p. 22-24). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

 

I really appreciate the emphasis that the author puts on Scripture and renewing your mind for lasting change.  If we want to follow Christ, He tells us to deny ourselves.  The areas of self-denial vary from person to person.  What may be a struggle for one may not even be a temptation for another.  I often have wrestled with the fact that this whole area of struggle for me is so unfair.  I seem to look at food and gain weight.  Why me?  The answer to that is not important.  This is an area that God has called me to self-denial if I am going to be a good steward of HIS temple.

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For more Taste for Truth, click here.

Update

This furlough has not gone as expected, but I know the events are not a surprise to God.  Although some things have been difficult, I am grateful for the Lord’s timing that has allowed me to be stateside at this time.  I have been on a long blog break and that probably needs to continue.  I would like to post some about the Taste for Truth Bible study that I have been doing.  If nothing else, it keeps me accountable.  =)  I’ve also been working on the author’s newest study The Renewing of the Mind Project.  I’m excited that my Sunday School class will be doing this as a summer study.  I recommend this book to anyone!!! It helps you take Scripture Meditation to a whole new level.  Thank you for your patience.  I will do my best to drop by from time to time over the summer.  My plans are to return to Japan sometime in August, if the Lord wills.

Break Time

It wasn’t my intention to take a blogging break right now, but I need one.  I have a lot of things going on and need to eliminate a few things from the schedule.  Feel free to peruse past posts.  =)  I’ll be back as soon as I can!  Have a great day!

Spring at my alma mater...a little touch of Japan!

Spring at my alma mater…a little touch of Japan!

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