A Sunday Meditation

Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word
That should set Thy people free;
But with mocking scorn, and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

When the heavens shall ring, and the angels sing,
At Thy coming to victory,
Let Thy voice call me home, saying “Yet there is room,
There is room at My side for thee.”
My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
When Thou comest and callest for me.

~E. S. Elliot

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Please pray for my dear daughter over these next few weeks.  I have made a trip back to the states to be with her. This is part of my reason for being MIA here at the blog. She will be having back surgery December 14th.  Prayers for my husband would be appreciated as well.  This is our busy season in Japan and we will be apart for the holidays. I am glad that he has family there.

Life Update

Thank you to those of you who are still here after my sporadic posting this last year.  Furlough has been busy with lots of family events and ministry opportunities.  There has been very little time for “extras.” I hope to remedy that as I get ready to head back to Japan.

We’ve traveled many miles and visited many churches. We were present for the birth of our first grandchild.  We enjoyed holidays with our children which included Christmas with our children for the first time in 6 years.  We were present with each of our children during times when we just needed to be there.  I cherish those times and memories.  Quite frankly, we miss out on a lot of our children’s lives.  God’s grace is sufficient, but I soak up all that the Lord allows me to be a part of.

So as I prepare to head back to Japan, I appreciate your prayers. Goodbyes get more and more difficult.  I’ve heard other missionaries say it, so I know I am not alone.  I look forward to being back to the place where God has called us to serve and the people there that I have come to love, but my heart also longs for those I leave behind.

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“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” ~Romans 15:13

Family News

Jonathan and Rebecca

The Lord has been doing great things in our family.  One of those things involves looking forward to being a grandma!  Our oldest son and his lovely wife have been in the process of adopting for several months now.  All of their preliminary legal work has been done. Last week, they were told that they are now on the match list.

If you would like to learn more of their story, you can click here for their adoption journey facebook page.  They have been telling their story of how they met and eventually married.  I have enjoyed learning some more of that story myself!

As you can imagine, adopting can be quite costly.  They are facing their first financial deadline with the agency the end of April.  They are presently running a puzzle fundraiser.  For every $10 donation, your name is written on the back of a puzzle piece.  The puzzle will eventually be framed as a memento for all the people who helped to bring their baby home.

Adoption Puzzle

I have never used this blog to ask for money.  I have been asked how to help and this seemed the easiest way to let everyone know.  If you would like to have your name added to the puzzle, you can give through gofundme or through Venmo to Melton Family Adoption Fund.  Anonymous donors are also added to the puzzle as ‘Anonymous.’

More important than your financial aid is your prayer support.  We would greatly appreciate your prayers for our son and his wife and for all of us as a family.  We eagerly wait to see what God has in store for us in the days ahead.

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Summer Blessings

There are lots of things going on here this summer.  One blessing in particular is a month long visit with our beautiful daughter.  She arrived safely and we are enjoying being together again.

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For this missionary kid, Japan is “home” and she is so glad to be here!

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Routine

I am grateful for those of you who still read my ramblings.  I am not one of those bloggers who posts daily or even weekly lately for that matter, but many of you are still here.  Thank you!

I returned to Japan from my unexpected trip to the USA and hit the ground running.  Ten days after my return, my hubby and I went away to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  I can hardly believe it has been 30 years!  I am thankful for the good man that the Lord gave me to go through life with.

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And now, the Lord has allowed me to slow down for a few days and spend lingering time with Him and catch up on a few things.  I thrive with routine and am hoping for some of that soon, but it isn’t looking too likely with summer upon us.

One thing I am doing is making time for reading.  I am currently reading Adorned:  Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.  It is exactly what I need to be reading at this time in my life and I look forward to sharing it with you in the days ahead.  If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it!

until the next time…

 

Update

I’m so sorry that I have been absent from the blog.  I am back in the states now and time is flying.  My baby, Son #2, is getting married one month from today.  Where does the time go?  We have been caught up in a flurry of activity.  I plan to do some reposting of some of my favorite posts until I return to Japan in August.  I hope you enjoy!