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…
My hard drive crashed and I am still regrouping. Sorry for the unexpected break. I have not backed up regularly. Unfortunately, my last back up was in December. If you have not backed up your computer for awhile, do it today. Lesson.learned. Will be back soon.
This furlough has not gone as expected, but I know the events are not a surprise to God. Although some things have been difficult, I am grateful for the Lord’s timing that has allowed me to be stateside at this time. I have been on a long blog break and that probably needs to continue. I would like to post some about the Taste for Truth Bible study that I have been doing. If nothing else, it keeps me accountable. =) I’ve also been working on the author’s newest study The Renewing of the Mind Project. I’m excited that my Sunday School class will be doing this as a summer study. I recommend this book to anyone!!! It helps you take Scripture Meditation to a whole new level. Thank you for your patience. I will do my best to drop by from time to time over the summer. My plans are to return to Japan sometime in August, if the Lord wills.
I know I am supposed to be on a blogging break, but just had to share. I am working on memorizing John 15 as my summer memorization project along with Do Not Depart. I am also working my way through the Taste for Truth Bible study with a private group. The Lord has brought these two projects together in an amazing way in my life. I love when He does that! One of the ladies shared the excerpt below. I read this book in the past, but may have to pick it up again soon. I trust it will be a blessing to you!
Excerpt from “Abide in Christ” by Andrew Murray:
“And if you ask what exactly it is that you now have to believe so that you may abide in Him, the answer is not difficult. Believe first of all what He said: “I am the vine.” (John 15:5) The safety and the fruitfulness of the branch depend upon the strength of the vine. Do not think so much of yourself as a branch, nor of the abiding as your duty, until you have first had your soul filled with the faith of what Christ as the Vine is. He really will be to you all that a vine can be – holding you fast, nourishing you, and making Himself every moment responsible for your growth and your fruit. Take time to know, set yourself heartily to believe, “My Vine on whom I can depend for all I need is Christ.” A large, strong vine bears the feeble branch and holds it more than the branch holds the vine. Ask the Father by the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what a glorious, loving, mighty Christ this is, in whom you have your place and your life; it is the faith in what Christ is, more than anything else, that will keep you abiding in Him. A soul filled with large thoughts of the Vine will be a strong branch and will abide confidently in Him. Be much occupied with Jesus, and believe much in Him as the True Vine.
And then, when faith can well say, “He is my Vine,” let it further say, “I am His branch; I am in Him.” I speak to those who say they are Christ’s disciples, and on them, I cannot too earnestly press the importance of exercising their faith in saying, “I am in Him.” It makes the abiding so simple. If I realize clearly as I meditate that now I am in Him, I see at once that there is nothing lacking except just my consent to be what He has made me, to remain where He has placed me. I am in Christ: this simple thought, carefully, prayerfully, believingly uttered, removes all difficulty as if there were some great attainment to be reached. No, I am in Christ, my blessed Savior. His love has prepared a home for me with Himself, when He says, “Abide in My love,” and His power has undertaken to keep the door and to keep me in, if I will but consent. I am in Christ. I have now but to say, “Savior, I bless You for this wondrous grace. I consent; I yield myself to Your gracious keeping. I do abide in You.”
I’ve missed being here. Summer activities are in full swing. My husband had his second hip surgery last Friday. He is doing well. This has been a trying time in our lives, but the Lord has used it for so much good. Sunday was an extra-special day to be in the house of the Lord as the nationals stepped up to the plate in the services. The message brought by a guest speaker was a blessing to the people. God is so good to encourage our hearts when we need it the most.
I often listen to podcasts here. One of my favorites is by Nancy Leigh Demoss. This week I listened to one for ministry women that the Lord greatly used in my life at this particular time when I needed it the most. I’m sharing it below and I have added it to the resource page for missionary women. It is worth the time it takes to listen. I’d love to know how the Lord used it in your life, if you listen.
I must continue my blogging break for now. I’ll update you again soon. Thank you for your prayers on our behalf.
Potential Pitfalls of Ministry~This is a 3-part radio broadcast from Revive Our Hearts. “Being in ministry has many joys and blessings, but it also makes us vulnerable to unique pressures and difficulties. Nancy identifies pitfalls that can cause the Lord’s servants to falter or even to be sidelined. She also provides practical, biblical insight on how to stay faithful all the way to the finish line.”
I’ll be taking a much needed blogging break. I’m not sure exactly when I will be back. Summer activities are in full swing as well as my husband’s second hip surgery coming soon. I’ve also doing some housekeeping here, sorting through old posts, pictures, etc. I’ll try to keep you posted about what’s going on here from time to time. In the mean time, please feel free to browse through old posts and pages. Thanks for your patience and understanding, but most of all for your prayers.
If you are regular here, you know my posting has been quite sporadic. There are many things I would like to post about and pictures I want to share, but time keeps getting away from me. I need to take a blogging break. I don’t want to be a blogger who just doesn’t show up any more. I intend to come back. My final exam for this semester of language school is March 29th. I would appreciate your prayers. I informed my school that I will be taking a break. I’m still praying for a tutor for some one-on-one conversation. Some wonderful ministry opportunities are coming up and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do.
In addition to what is a very full plate, I have a sick little dog. We are hoping for the best as she is being treated for the next 7-10 days. She is only seven, so not quite prepared for what the outcome could be.
Thanks for your patience and your prayers. Lord willing, I will return in April.