Life is Happening

I’m sorry that I have not been blogging over the last few months. Furlough has been soooooo busy that I can’t seem to keep up with everything, not to mention making time to write blog posts. I did post recently at In Her Shoes.  If you would like to read Reminders Along the Roadside, click here.

One exciting bit of news is that we are to be grandparents for the first time in November.  We were able to be a part of the gender reveal.  We were thrilled to find out that our first grandchild will be a GIRL!!!!

We are definitely moving into the busy mission conference season. We are headed out for 10 days on Saturday.  We are looking forward to reporting to 4 churches during this trip.  Thank you for your prayers.

until the next time…

 

Worth the Read

I read an article recently that has stayed with me all week.  It says so clearly what I am unable to say.  It is a good read for all, but if you are a pastor or pastor’s wife, I hope you will take the time to read and think about what is presented. Not all missionaries serve in the jungles or third world countries, but we each have our own cultural difficulties. When I read this article, my mind immediately went to a young family that I know.  Their difficulties are far greater than mine in many ways. Not all missionaries come back broken, but there is one paragraph particularly that applies to all of us. “There needs to be…grace to recognize that while living abroad, the person sent out from the church has changed. Is the church ready to welcome that kind of changed person back into their arms with tenderness and acceptance?”

Thanks for taking the time read…

When Missionaries Return Broken

Update

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.

Break Time

It wasn’t my intention to take a blogging break right now, but I need one.  I have a lot of things going on and need to eliminate a few things from the schedule.  Feel free to peruse past posts.  =)  I’ll be back as soon as I can!  Have a great day!

Spring at my alma mater...a little touch of Japan!
Spring at my alma mater…a little touch of Japan!

The Most Wonderful Time

victorian sleigh

This is my favorite time of the year.  To be in the states this year is extra special.  We are enjoying lots of time with family and friends.  I love being in others’ homes and seeing their decorations and trees.  This is something I miss in Japan.  A special treat this year is a live tree that was purchased as a surprise by the daughter.  It is perhaps the most beautiful tree I have every had.  Please forgive me for the sporadic posting, but I’m busy soaking in as much as possible and making lots of memories to enjoy and savor when I return to our field of service.  Posting will happen as I am able.  Thank you for your patience!

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