This and That

It’s been a little while since you have heard from me.  I didn’t intend to take a break, but the blog had to take a back burner as things have been piling up. I’m not sure why it seems I am unusually busy this spring.  I usually have my spring cleaning done by now, but I have barely started.  😮  It will probably be summer cleaning this year!

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This week is a big holiday week in Japan called ‘Golden Week.’  We like to get away for a few days during this time. Our usual destination is my husband’s parents’ house.  My MIL is currently in the states, but we decided to come anyway and spend time with my FIL.  It has been nice to get away and escape the busyness of the city. They live in the country.  I thoroughly enjoyed my walk this morning along country roads and the river lined with trees.

Since my MIL isn’t here to visit with, I’ve been able to do some reading, studying and writing.  These are all things that I haven’t had enough time for in recent weeks.  I’m thankful that the Lord has given me this time to come away from my normal routine.  I didn’t realize how much I needed it.  If I had stayed home, I probably would have started that spring cleaning…

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We just started a new Bible study at our church using Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free.  We just finished The Renewing of the Mind Project and felt that this would be a great study to do next because we can incorporate a lot of what we are learning about renewing our minds with the Lies Women Believe study.  One of the ladies discovered that the older version of Lies Women Believe has been translated into Japanese.  That is an added bonus!!

A moment of transparency here…I’m behind in my Bible memory projects.  I’ve had a couple of comments recently from ladies that said my posts on Bible memory spurred them on in this vital area. Those comments have helped me to not give up when it would be so easy to do.  It’s ok to be behind.  Something is better than nothing.

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What are you working on?  Is there a Bible study that is helping you? Are you working on a Bible memory project?  I’d love to hear from you!

until the next time…

 

 

 

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A new find…

Occasionally I stumble on something that at first doesn’t interest me.  After some time passes and I find I have the “need to know,” the interest is there and draws me in.  Such is the case with The Daily Connoisseur.  A friend was talking to me about Jennifer and her books and recommended her website.

I have read several of her blog posts.  I signed up for her 10 Item Wardrobe course.  I have watched many of her youtube videos and I am hooked!!! I am not quite down to a 10 item wardrobe, but I am paring down and I long to live a simpler life that is not bogged down with so much stuff.

In her book, Lessons from Madame Chic, she writes about life lessons she learned while living with a French family in Paris.  I’ve just begun to read the book, but I can already tell it is going to be a favorite and that I am looking forward to learning from her experiences.

At least one of her books has been translated into Japanese and has been a best seller here.  That piqued my interest as well.  I am anxious to see for myself why the Japanese find her so interesting.

Below is an introduction to her 10 Item Wardrobe course.  Click over to her site and see if there is something there that may be a help to you.  There is no benefit to me.  I’m just sharing with you what was shared with me.  I’m so glad that it was!!

 

Ponderings

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
~Luke 2:19

I often think about the phrase, Mary “pondered them in her heart.” Sometimes I see what appears to be the Lord working and I ponder on what He may be doing. I have a sheet in my prayer notebook that I have titled “Ponderings.”  On this page I list things that I want to pray about, but don’t really know what to pray.  Those things are between me and the Lord.  I sit back and see what He will do and thank Him that He has everything under control.  As I sit here and type this out, I realize that is how I should be thinking about every area of life.  Not just the things that I don’t really know how to pray about.

Another pondering today has been about my walk with the Lord.  I was listening to a podcast on my morning walk and one of the speakers was introduced as a woman full of theology.  Then the one introducing her said “I want to be like her when I grow up.”  I want to be a woman full of theology that affects every area of my life.  I am far from perfect.  I sin.  But as I age and grow closer to my God, I pray that I will sin less and less.  The other question I ask myself is “What am I doing to become a woman full of theology?”  I have some spiritual goals and these are all good.  I need to be in the Word and I need to be in it more.  That means I will have to make some serious choices about how I spend my time.

And last on the pondering list today is this blog.  I do not plan to quit.  I am amazed that I still have an audience when I have been so sporadic with posting.  I’m glad that others can read past writings and benefit from them.  My problem is that I am completely out of inspiration.  So I am praying about what direction the Lord will take me here.  You can help!!  Is there anything you would like to hear? What are some of your favorite posts?  How can I be a blessing to you, dear reader?

until the next time…

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…

 

Housekeeping at the Blog

If you notice in the sidebar there is a link for my blog’s Facebook page.  If you “like” this page, it is an easy way to keep up with what is happening at the blog.  We’ve been notified by Facebook that they have changed the way they deliver content. What this means to you is even if you’ve “liked” this page, you will not see all of my posts. To ensure you see each post every day, here’s what you do:

1. Click the “like” button on this page as indicated in the picture below. A drop down box will appear.
2. Then, click “get notifications” in the drop down menu.
3. Check the red notifications you receive each day (where you are notified when others comment on your timeline, “like” your pictures, etc.) to see my daily posts.

Notifications are the little globe looking icon at the top left in the dark blue header bar. There will be a red number that appears when you have notifications.

{Please note – these settings must be changed on your computer… not from a mobile device :)}

HT to Lysa TerKuerst