I’m going to be transparent. I have been struggling recently. I am a missionary in a country that is not my own. There are things going on in the lives of my children that I long to be a part of and it makes me sad, because I feel like I am missing out. We talk or text often, so it’s not like they aren’t trying to keep us in the loop. I just long to be there. In Japan, a lot of things that have been part of my comfort zone have changed and/or are completely gone, such as a favorite store, a favorite perk at a store, a favorite restaurant, etc. I’ve also had some culture clashes recently and I’m dealing with a physical struggle…again. Add that all up, and it makes for a very unhappy camper.
I’m writing this on a Sunday evening. The Lord spoke to me today in that still small voice through His Word. For one thing, I realized that even though I have been in Japan for over 15 years, I can still experience culture shock. I need to return to the things that helped me when experiencing this in the past. God helped me before, He will help me again.
The Lord can also meet my other needs. I need to turn to Him. If I do this, there will be exciting times ahead such as finding a new favorite store, etc. I also need to think on things to be thankful for instead of looking at the negative things that are happening. This will help me to take my thoughts captive and have a better attitude.
Life is full of changes and there are always new areas for growth. I hope you will join me and keep pressing on!
until the next time…
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