Time Away

If you check in here often, you will notice that I have been away for a few weeks.  I had a special guest visiting throughout most of April.  I also made an unexpected trip to the states where I am writing this post from.  It was pertinent for me to come back and just be a daughter for a few weeks.  If all goes as hoped, I will return to Japan next week.  I would appreciate your prayers during this time away.  I have posts on my heart, but no time to write them out.  Until the next time…

Springs of Living Water

I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame,
And nothing satisfying there I found;
But to the blessed cross of Christ one day I came,
Where springs of living water did abound.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply. 

IMG_0176How sweet the living water from the hills of God,
It makes me glad and happy all the way;
Now glory, grace, and blessing mark the path I’ve trod;
I’m shouting “Hallelujah!” every day.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply.
IMG_0171Oh sinner, won’t you come today to Calvary?
A fountain there is flowing deep and wide;
The Savior now invites you to the water free,
Where thirsting spirits can be satisfied.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply.

IMG_0183~John W. Peterson

Around the Web

IMG_0785A Portrait of Feminine Dress, Part 1-I thoroughly enjoyed this series which begins at this link.  It has inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and spruce up my wardrobe a little.

The Little Shack on the Prairie-I am a Fixer Upper addict.  This one is one you have to see!!!!  Unbelievable!!!

Faithful in Obscurity-“But probably the great majority of us are like those few disciples in the background. Our name isn’t meant for the spotlight. Maybe we couldn’t handle it. Maybe that’s just not where God wants us to be. People might not ever see or know what we do. But God does. Faithfulness to Him and whatever ministry He has called us to are what matters.”

 

Spring: A Time for Renewal

 

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Spring is my favorite season in Japan.  It is a time for me to take stock, reflect on future goals and whip my house into shape before the heat of summer.  It is also a time for cherry blossoms.

When we came to Japan in 1999, we arrived the first week in March. It was cold, dark and rainy.  I thought everything was so ugly.  I remember wondering how I was going to live in such a dreary country.

The end of March, I went to Hokkaido to visit a friend.  It snowed everyday I was there.  It was so beautiful, even if it was cold!  I dreaded returning to our part of Japan.  I flew back on April 3rd. When I exited the airport, it was warm and sunny.  Then I gasped!!! There was a long row of cherry trees in full bloom!  It was so beautiful!!  I have never forgotten that first lingering look of the beautiful blossoms.  It was a special gift to me from the Lord.  Every spring I am reminded of that special gift.

Since that time, I have learned to appreciate much about Japan and see the beauty that I missed during that first month.  I enjoy my life here and there are things I appreciate about each season.  BUT every year, spring takes my breath away!!!!

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For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”  ~Isaiah 55:12-13

90 Day Bible Reading Update

おわりました! Finished!   It has been a long time since I posted.  I have really been tested through the process this last month.  I have been preparing for a special guest from the USA.  I have been quite ill with what is probably influenza.  But through it all, God has been good to me.

When I began this journey, I didn’t think I would be able to complete it.  I actually was able to finish a little early.  The illness probably helped with that, since I didn’t feel like doing anything anyway.  I passed some of the hours reading.

This journey was well worth the effort.  If you have not done this, I recommend that you try.  I have seen God and His marvelous plan of salvation in a way I never saw it before.  His love is on every page. From Genesis to Revelation there is the constant reminder of God’s sovereignty.  “In the beginning God…The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen.”

Thanks to all for your prayers and your encouragement.  If you decide to start this journey, please let me know so that I may do the same for you.

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” ~Revelation 1:3

From Around the Web

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Behind on Bible Reading?

“Don’t give up, friends! Find time. Make your reading a priority. Don’t worry about getting behind or doing it the wrong way. Reading Scripture is an eternal investment with immeasurable rewards.”

Bible Memory Resources from Do Not Depart

This web page is a list of links to their resources for different passages.  It’s a wonderful resource if you are memorizing Scripture or want to start.

5 Things Every Missionary Wants You to Know About Culture Shock

“We all love to hear about missionaries preparing and going to the field, don’t we? But the truth is, just as many families going are also coming back due to burnout, health issues, and relationship struggles.  We don’t hear much about that. For the most part, they come off the field and no one really knows what happened. This is sad, because I really believe that some of their struggles on the field would be softened by caring people reaching out consistently. More than ever, we as individuals and churches need to work at understanding our missionaries–  Work at knowing how they think, what they are going through, and how we can be actively involved in their care.”

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I try to avoid controversy on my blog.  I realize that I am probably stepping it in when I post the following links.  You will know how I feel about observing Lent when you read the posts below.  I do not understand the fascination of Protestants with this observance…and I am not alone.  I have converted Catholics as friends that just shake their heads.  If you have an opposing view and choose to comment, please be kind. 

Why I’m not giving up cupcakes for Lent?

“God doesn’t want you to give up chocolate, meat, or cupcakes in His name. He wants you to totally give your all on a daily basis in for Him.”

5 Reasons to Not Observe Lent

“Carl Trueman said it well when he wrote, ‘…just as celebrating July the Fourth makes sense for Americans but not for the English, the Chinese or the Lapps, so Ash Wednesday and Lent really make no sense to those who are Presbyterians, Baptists, or free church evangelicals.'”

photo credit:  Tim Melton