Bit by the Bug

img_7742I’ve been bit by the bullet journal bug.  Farther back than I care to remember, I promised a third post to a small series. Part of working on my one word for the year was getting organized…trying to get my act together.  In Daily Planning Got You Stumped?  I talked about a book that influenced me in the area of time management. In Planning, pt. 2 I discussed some apps that I love.  I still stand by those.  My next post in this series was to discuss how I sort of created my own thing that incorporated some elements of bullet journaling.  I read a post by another blogger that sort of summed it up.  I thought I saved the post, but I’m not able to locate it.  The author bought a preprinted calendar planner and used it as a modified bullet journal.  That’s what I was doing.  I actually did that for several months.  But in August, something happened… thanksgiving

I wanted more flexibility.  I wanted more space for some things that the preprinted calendar didn’t allow.  I wanted space to be a little creative. I was bit by the bug.  I still use my google calendar and the apps that I mentioned before.  But I am thoroughly enjoying the flexibility and craftiness of my bullet journal.  I am addicted to washi  tape.  An advantage to life in Japan is that it is in abundance here and cheap!  christmas

I’m not really artistic. I can’t draw at all, but clip art is a  wonderful thing!  My holiday pages are ready to be filled up with notes, menus and shopping

Oh…and by the way, since this method makes me happy and it’s a little fun and my first one happens to be my favorite color, I find that I am actually using it and getting more done.  Checking things off my to-do list makes me so happy!! The more I do it, the more I want to do!!  Yes, I have been bit by the bug and I’m loving it!

From the books…

asuke-2013-tim-1“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November,              wouldn’t it?”

~L.M. Montgomery.  Anne of Green Gables

“Every president, every congressman, every senator, every governor, every foreign prime minister, every tyrant, and every terrorist is under the government of God. Witness in the Bible how God used men such as Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Belteshazzar, Cyrus, Artexerxes, and Herod to accomplish His plans. These men thought they were working out their own plans. God was using their plans to do His will in the earth.”

Berg, Jim (2011-10-09). God is More than Enough (Kindle Locations 1811-1814). BJU Press/JourneyForth. Kindle Edition.

“Remember that discouragement doesn’t mean failure. Discouragement is a sign that you need to spend more time with your heavenly Father so He can encourage you.”

Omartian, Stormie (2014-02-01). The Power of Praying® for Your Adult Children (p. 19). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

“If you could know  — if you could always know  — when the lasts in life are coming, you’d handle them differently. You’d savor. You’d stop. You’d let nothing else invade the moment.”

Wingate, Lisa (2015-09-08). The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (A Carolina Chronicles) (p. 29). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Hanging On

If you are a regular reader here, you will notice that I have been MIA.  There are lots of reasons for that.  I never wanted to be one of those bloggers that just disappears.  I’m sure many of you may have thought that was the case.  I’ve given the blog lots of thought even though I haven’t been posting.  I thought about changing the name, sort of a rebrand…but couldn’t think of anything other than what I am.  I thought about doing another 31 days series, but we are already into October.  All of that to say, at present I won’t be making any major changes, except that I hope to post a little more often.  I’m making some changes with regards to my schedule so that I can get some order back into my life.  I’ve been doing some painting, wallpapering, etc.  That’s sort of fun, especially when I see the results!  Lots of things are going on, but I miss being here.  Thank you for sticking with me.  Hope to see you again soon!


A Sunday Meditation

We have a national leading music in our services now.  It is such a blessing.  Today we sang a song I did not know, so I looked up the English lyrics.  I hope it will bless your heart as it has mine.

Lake Nojiri

Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee;
Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.

IMG_0129Alone with Thee, amid the mystic shadows,
The solemn hush of nature newly born;
Alone with Thee in breathless adoration,
In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

Fall PA 2013-81As in the dawning, o’er the waveless ocean,
The image of the morning star doth rest,
So in this stillness Thou beholdest only
Thine image in the waters of my breast.

IMG_0183Still, still with Thee, as to each newborn morning,
A fresh and solemn splendor still is given,
So does this blessèd consciousness, awaking,
Breathe each day nearness unto Thee and Heaven.

IMG_1764When sinks the soul, subdued by toil, to slumber,
Its closing eye looks up to Thee in prayer;
Sweet the repose, beneath Thy wings o’ershadowing,
But sweeter still to wake and find Thee there.

Isleofpalms1715So shall it be at last, in that bright morning
When the soul waketh, and life’s shadows flee;
Oh, in that hour, fairer than daylight’s dawning,
Shall rise the glorious thought, I am with Thee!

~Harriet Beecher Stowe

*The pictures in this post are of some of my favorite places on earth.