Blessed Assurance

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Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

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Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

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Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

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This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

~Frances J. Crosby

*Pictures taken at Hana Festa Memorial Park

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Toppling the Pedestal

We’ve all been there at least once in our ministry life.  You know the place I am talking about…that pesky pedestal.  In my much younger years and early in my marriage and ministry life, I always placed missionaries high up on that pedestal…

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This and That

It’s been a little while since you have heard from me.  I didn’t intend to take a break, but the blog had to take a back burner as things have been piling up. I’m not sure why it seems I am unusually busy this spring.  I usually have my spring cleaning done by now, but I have barely started.  😮  It will probably be summer cleaning this year!

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This week is a big holiday week in Japan called ‘Golden Week.’  We like to get away for a few days during this time. Our usual destination is my husband’s parents’ house.  My MIL is currently in the states, but we decided to come anyway and spend time with my FIL.  It has been nice to get away and escape the busyness of the city. They live in the country.  I thoroughly enjoyed my walk this morning along country roads and the river lined with trees.

Since my MIL isn’t here to visit with, I’ve been able to do some reading, studying and writing.  These are all things that I haven’t had enough time for in recent weeks.  I’m thankful that the Lord has given me this time to come away from my normal routine.  I didn’t realize how much I needed it.  If I had stayed home, I probably would have started that spring cleaning…

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We just started a new Bible study at our church using Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free.  We just finished The Renewing of the Mind Project and felt that this would be a great study to do next because we can incorporate a lot of what we are learning about renewing our minds with the Lies Women Believe study.  One of the ladies discovered that the older version of Lies Women Believe has been translated into Japanese.  That is an added bonus!!

A moment of transparency here…I’m behind in my Bible memory projects.  I’ve had a couple of comments recently from ladies that said my posts on Bible memory spurred them on in this vital area. Those comments have helped me to not give up when it would be so easy to do.  It’s ok to be behind.  Something is better than nothing.

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What are you working on?  Is there a Bible study that is helping you? Are you working on a Bible memory project?  I’d love to hear from you!

until the next time…

 

 

 

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Spring

I thought you might like to have a glimpse of home life in Japan. Spring has definitely sprung in my part of the world.  I am sorry for those of you that are still enduring winter.  Hopefully, that will change soon.  In the meantime, maybe you will enjoy seeing a little of our spring.

Praying for Missionaries

Prayer Notebook Missionaries

Over the years there have been people that I know pray for me.  As time goes by, I have lost some of these dear prayer warriors.  I lost several in recent years as they went to their eternal home.  When this happens, I find myself thinking, “Who will pray for me now?”

Maybe you have experienced this too.  This has caused me to be more diligent in my prayer life for others.  I was introduced to a tool a few years back that has been life-changing for me.  It helped me to create a plan that works for me instead of trying to make myself fit into someone else’s mold…

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I Needed the Quiet

769BF4C0-E056-4AC3-9194-1F76FF411F6DI needed the quiet so He drew me aside,
Into the shadows where we could confide.
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.

I needed the quiet though at first I rebelled,
But gently, so gently, my cross He upheld,
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things.
Though weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To heights never dreamed of when active and gay.
He loved me so greatly He drew me away.

I needed the quiet. No prison my bed,
But a beautiful valley of blessings instead–
A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide.
I needed the quiet so He drew me aside.

~Alice Hansche Mortenson