Stand in Faith

“Please don’t dip regret out of yesteryear’s pool based on what we know today. If only we’d known this, we could’ve done that… But we didn’t know. We can’t rewind the clock. What we can do is stand in faith, trusting we have the strength for each new day.”

Woodsmall, Cindy. Gathering the Threads: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove) (pp. 318-319). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

*Photo is of Mt. Ibuki.

A Woman’s Right to Rest

“God, himself, through his Word, gives us–today’s Christian women–the right to rest! And he not only grants us divine permission to rest our bodies, minds, emotions, and spirits. He also commands us to rest. Rest is scriptural. Rest is a necessity for Christian women today, not a luxury! Throughout Scripture, in word and example, God encourages us, his daughters, to rest.  He even teaches us exactly how to rest.”

“A woman can find great rest when she understands that God, not she, is the ultimate caretaker. God is the One in complete control of each person’s life and future.  The whole world is his and he takes responsibility for it and everything in it.”

Hughes, Denise. A Woman’s Right to Rest (pg. 22, 155). Leafwood Publishers.

*The photo was taken along the river in the countryside of Gifu-Ken.

An Anxious Heart

“…Ella’s prescription for contentment:

~Never allow yourself to complain about anything — not even the weather. ~Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else.
~Never compare your lot with another’s.
~Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.
~Never dwell on tomorrow — remember that [tomorrow] is God’s, not ours.”

“George Müller said, ‘The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. The beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.'”

“Bible study is good, but memorizing and meditating on God ’s Word are the best ways to place His Word in your heart and mind. Cynthia Heald said that memorizing Scripture increases the Holy Spirit’s vocabulary in your life.”

Dillow, Linda. Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment (TH1NK Reference Collection) . NAVPress – A. Kindle Edition.

*Photo is of rice ready for harvest.

Profiting from Adversity

“Perhaps the most valuable way we profit from adversity is in the deepening of our relationship with God.  Through adversity we learn to bow before His sovereignty, to trust His wisdom, and to experience the consolations of His love, until we come to the place were we can say with Job, ‘My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you’ (Job 42:5). We begin to pass from knowing about God to knowing God Himself in a personal and intimate way.”

Bridges, Jerry. Trusting God Even When Life Hurts (pg. 190).  NAVPRESS.

*This photo is of the door at the Ark Encounter.  We visited there during our recent furlough.

God Loves You

“The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay not he Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to him is not to believe that He loves you.” 

Bridges, Jerry. The Discipline of Grace (pg. 124). NAVPRESS.

*This photo was taken by my husband at the fall festival in Asuke. Due to Corona, most festivals have been cancelled this year.  That is a disappointment as this fall festival is one of our favorites.  

Lies Women Believe

“One of Satan’s strategies is to blind us to the lies we have bought into—to make us assume that because we know the Truth, we also believe the Truth. But the way we actually live—our choices, our priorities, our response to pain—reveals what we really believe.”

“There’s a wonderful verse in 1 Peter that shows us how Jesus’ sense of worth was determined not by what others thought of Him, good or bad, but by the Truth as expressed by His heavenly Father: He was “rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious” (2:4).
     Jesus was rejected by men—those He had created for Himself, those He loved and for whom He laid down His life. But that is not what determined His value. He was chosen by God. That is what made Him precious. That is what determined His worth.”

“Our sins of wasting time, self-protection, talking too much, eating or drinking too much, indulging a sharp tongue or a critical spirit, overspending, fear, worry, acting out of selfish motives, or complaining may not seem all that major to us. We may not even consider them to be sins at all—preferring to think of them as weaknesses, struggles, or personality traits.”

“Frustration is the by-product of attempting to fulfill responsibilities God does not intend for us to carry. Freedom, joy, and fruitfulness come from seeking to determine God’s priorities for each season of life and then setting out to fulfill those priorities in the power of His Spirit, realizing that He has provided the necessary time and ability to do everything He has called us to do.”

“Saturate yourself in the extraordinary living water that Jesus gives. His is the only love that will ever truly fulfill the deepest longings of your heart.”

“Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He has kept you hitherto,—do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, He will bear you in His arms.… The same everlasting Father who cares for you today, will take care of you to-morrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”

Wolgemuth, Nancy DeMoss. Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free . Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

*I have a love of old cemeteries and the history they contain.
The one in this photo is in South Carolina.

The Prayer Box

“Maybe grace was all around me, bubbling through, passing under my feet, and I’d never seen it because I’d never tried to see.”

“Prayers are answered in ways we don’t choose. The river of grace bubbles up in unexpected places.”

“You are not a God of endless harbors. Harbors are for stagnant sails and barnacled wood, but the sea . . . the sea is fresh rain and cleansing breeze and sleek sails. You are a God of winds and tides. Of journeys and storms and navigation by stars and faith.

You send the ships forth to serve their purpose, but you do not send them forth alone, for the sea is yours, as well.

Be close to the sailors, Father. Wherever your tides may lead them.

Your loving daughter,

Iola Anne”

Wingate, Lisa. The Prayer Box (A Carolina Chronicles Book 1) (p. 175, 176, 230). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

*The photo is at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

Biblical Meditation

“Biblical meditation is the habit that allows us to pause long enough to be still and to know that God is God. It leads us to spiritual growth, emotional strength, deepening intimacy with the Lord, and soul-steadying peace.”

“Scripture should be constantly circulating through our minds so that we become God-conditioned. In the process, we start to look at things as He does, which is the essence of wisdom—seeing life from His point of view. Our attitudes become healthier, and our emotions fall into line.”

“As we habitually hide God’s Word in our hearts, claim those special verses that seem to have our names on them, ponder and picture them, and turn them into unceasing praise and prayer, we will practice the presence of God—and He will transform us into agents of audacious boldness for His glory.”

“We practice biblical meditation by noting, quoting, and devoting ourselves to whatever passage of Scripture we’re reading or studying, based on the premise that God’s Word is flawless, faultless, and unfailing. Meditation helps and heals the mind while shoring up the soul. It lessens anxiety, reduces stress, and generates peace.”

“Meditation is the process by which our thoughts come to mirror God’s thoughts, letting us see things in His terms, from His perspective, and with His wisdom.”

“The Bible is inexhaustible in its wisdom and in its application. Every time we open its cover, we find something fresh and new, even in familiar texts. God has given us a book small enough to hold in our hands, big enough to study for a lifetime, and rich enough to satisfy our hearts and minds forever.”

Morgan, Robert J. Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation (p. x, xi, 4, 10, 22, 67). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

*Photo taken at Asuke’s fall festival.

His Word in My Heart

“What kind of person does God call blessed? One not swayed by ungodly men but whose influence comes from meditating on God’s Word day and night. How does God describe that person? ‘Like a tree planted by streams of water,’ continually nourished, never thirsty. This person yields fruit in season, according to God’s timing. Because his mind and heart delight in God’s Word, his actions are God-centered and divinely prosperous.”

We must do whatever it takes to keep God foremost in our lives. A healthy combination includes reading God’s Word, listening to it, studying, teaching, meditating and thinking about it, and memorizing God’s Word.”

“Realize the spiritual warfare dimension. The enemy of your soul hates the truth and will do anything to keep you out of it. He will throw obstacles in your way, accuse you of pride or self-righteousness, and overwhelm you with the task ahead. He will attempt to discourage you and defeat you. Keep going. Keep God’s Word on your lips and in your heart.”

Pope, Janet. His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture for a Closer Walk with God (p. 26, 28, 150). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

*The photo is sneak peek of Mt. Fuji from the roadside.