A Life Update

I knew that it had been a while since I posted a blog entry, but I was stunned when I realized the last date that I posted. It was not my intention to disappear. In the summer of 2022, the Lord allowed me to visit the states to be present for the birth of our second grandchild. I was so happy to be there for that happy event. Since I was making the trip, I decided to come back a couple of weeks early so that I could spend Father’s Day with my dad. Living in Japan, there are few of those days together and I felt impressed to try to make that happen.

I returned to Japan and less than one month later I received a phone call. It was one of those phone calls that no one wants to get. My father was experiencing back pain for months. It’s a very long story, but needless to say, nothing helped and the pain only increased. It had become intolerable. He finally asked his doctor to admit him to the hospital to find out what was causing the pain. He received the diagnosis of stage 4 cancer that had metastasized to his bones. I returned to the states shortly after receiving that phone call to help my brother with his care.

In the meantime, my husband’s father (in Japan) took a fall in January that landed him in the hospital. He has been hospitalized for five weeks and we aren’t sure when he may be discharged. He is not allowed any visitors due to covid. He and my mother-in-law talk on the phone daily. So my husband is in Japan helping with his parents’ care and I am in the states helping with my father.

We have had many needs in our small church in Japan. In some regards, I feel like we are being hit from every side. But God…He is my strength and my song!!  I’ve seen Him work in so many ways. Maybe in the days ahead, I will be able to share some of those things. I’ve been trying to keep a journal and a “thank you” list of all the things God has done during this time.

I usually post about my one word at the beginning of January. I usually know what my one word for the next year will be in the fall. This year I had no clue. I started praying about it and through a series of events, the Lord impressed the word JOY on my heart. I will be sharing a little about that in the days ahead. 

Thank you for your prayers on the behalf of our family. They mean more than we can say!


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.


“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

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day in Japan is quite different.  Basically women buy chocolate for the men in their lives whether it be a husband, teacher, colleague, etc.  On White Day, March 14th, men reciprocate.  If they received chocolate, they return the favor.  I like our way better!  🙂 The article linked here explains more.  I still can’t get over the whole idea of obligatory chocolate.  HA!

Here’s a picture of me with my Valentine.  💕

May each of you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day reflecting on the love of our God towards us.  It is not obligatory.  It is out of His generous, loving heart.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16


Christmas Apart

This year for Christmas, we will be together with all of our children for the first time in 6 years.  It is the first year with our daughter-in-law of 3 years and the first year with a grandchild.  I feel amazingly blessed.

There are many missionaries around the world that aren’t with family. The following was posted recently at In Her Shoes.

Pray for your missionaries during the holidays.  It can be some of the loneliest days as they are apart from their families. I came across a short passage in Amy Carmichael’s Rose from Brier that I often think about and share at this time of year.  If you are apart from your family this year, may it bring comfort to you as it has been to me…

Click here to read more.

From Around the Web…

Furlough is still progressing and we are moving into our even busier season.  Fall is the time of year that a lot of churches like to have missionaries for conferences and meetings.  We will be doing lots of traveling so would appreciate your prayers for safety on the highway and good health.

I have read some things recently that have been very thought-provoking and I thought I would share them here with you.  If there is something you’ve read recently, leave a link in the comments below.  I would love to read and share.

A Tale of Two Teachers-“Women of God, I plead with you to pursue wisdom. I plead with you to put down the girl power self help book and pick up your Bible. Your life depends on it. Your children don’t need empowered mom. They need humble, god-fearing mom. Our world needs women who look not like our ‘truest selves,’ but like Jesus Christ. This will not happen outside of making a decision to dig in our heels, draw a line in the sand and declare that we are going after God.”

Sunday Afternoon Tea – Why I find decorating to be important to the soul-“What if we can no longer do everything we once enjoyed?  If we wait for perfect circumstances, they never arrive.”

Discover How to Memorize Psalm 1 in Community-Are you looking for a Bible memory project.  Here is a great one you can do in community.  I’ve memorized this before, so I am taking this time to review it.

Have a blessed day!

*the sunset photo was taken in SC during our travels

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


USA flag

I don’t like to get involved in public political discussions.  That is not the intent of this post.  My heart has been grieved for sometime…

The Lord has given me the privilege to serve Him in a foreign land.  I have been attached to this country for some time and have learned to love the land and its people.  But my blood still flows red, white and blue.

I have stood on the island of Okinawa overlooking the Philippine Sea and recalled the tale of my uncle, who enlisted during his senior year of high school when he turned 18, standing on his PT boat in that very sea and watching a kamikaze destroy his mother ship with people he cared about on board.

I have others in my family line and friends that have served to protect the people and freedoms of the United States of America and other countries suffering from oppressive regimes.  Some lost their health and peace of mind and still others lost their very life.

When I have an occasion to stand and place my hand over my heart during the national anthem, I do so with pride and great emotion.  Gratitude swells my heart for the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy.

I see many young people that don’t know what we are supposed to do when the anthem is played.  It is my understanding that this isn’t being taught in some schools as it was when I was growing up.  Many don’t know or understand the great sacrifices that the flag and anthem represent.

I believe in free speech and I am thankful for that privilege even when someone else’s free speech opposes mine.  Lots of rhetoric has been flying around on all sides of the fence.  I am not singling out a person or persons when I say that it is my desire that those who have been able to follow their dreams and reach the heights they have would use these positions to encourage others to follow their dreams and help others not so fortunate.  They have a position of influence.  I pray that they will use it to unite rather than divide.

May God have mercy on America!

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  ~2 Chronicles 7:14

photo credit


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