Country Roads

I love going for walks in small towns and down country roads.  I also love when I find a surprise or something old that speaks to me.  Such was the case this past week.  I am currently on a brief visit to the USA.  I have visited this small town many times, but was surprised to find this small cemetery.  It proved to be a family cemetery on family property.  It was tucked away behind a warehouse for the family business.  LakeCity2.JPGIf you look behind the bushes, you will see an old building.  I love this old building and often think I would love to do something with it.  I always feel nostalgic when driving by and it was nice to go by it walking at a slower pace and take it all in.  LakeCity1.JPGThese walks help me to feel grounded and think about my simple roots.  It’s overwhelming to think about the fact that the Lord chose this simple country-loving girl to serve Him in an Asian country on the other side of the world.  I see His grace in my life in amazing ways and I am grateful.

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:”

~I Corinthians 1:26-28

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His All-Sufficient Grace

nojiri2013-83-eI don’t usually repost, but I can’t help myself today.  I mentioned in my last post that a dear friend has been lost to this earth.  I will meet her again in heaven, but until then I will miss her greatly.  I had a whole post that I was going to write in her memory, but I wrote it in my journal instead.  I wrote about my friend five years ago.  She is now reunited with her son.

One memory that I have of her is singing His All-sufficient Grace.  No one could sing it like she did.  She knew the meaning of every word through experience.  My husband translated the song into Japanese several years ago and every time we sing it, I think of her.

O’erwhelmed by His mercy, amazed by his grace;

I am cleansed from all sin, every sign every trace.

Jesus left heaven’s portals, Himself to abase;

I’m o’erwhelmed by His mercy and His all sufficient grace.

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I will rest in His keeping each night and each day,

For I know that He’s leading each step of the way.

Tho’ the valleys of sadness at times I must face,

Still He comforts all heartaches with His all-sufficient grace.

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O what love God bestows upon all who believe:

He will free you from guilt when His Son you receive,

He has promised to keep you, prepare you a place,

If you’ll take of His mercy and His all sufficient grace.

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God’s everlasting mercy, oh what tender relief,

When burdened with sorrow and laden with grief;

When I think that on Calvary Christ died in my place,

I’m o’er-whelmed by His mercy and His all-sufficient grace.

~H. A. Taylor