Housekeeping at the blog…

Word on the Web is that Facebook is going to change up the news feed algorithm and that most blogs will have to pay for “reach”, for people who see their stuff. Usually by liking content, it makes it appear in your newsfeed, but this won’t be the case because they are trying to make sure that content is high quality stuff–not a BAD thing at all!  I’m not sure I’ll be continuing my blog’s Facebook page, so if you want to see my posts and interact through comments, please subscribe to my daily posts via email.  You can do this in the sidebar.  It only takes a few seconds.  I’m wondering if this has already begun, because very few people seem to be seeing my posts.  Thanks so much!!!  ~HT to Joy-Filled Days

This is in no way a protest against Facebook.  They have the right to change things up for their benefit.  After all, it is free!  Information articles:

http://adage.com/article/digital/facebook-admits-organic-reach-brand-posts-dipping/245530/

http://www.facebook.com/business/news/News-Feed-FYI-Showing-More-High-Quality-Content

Facebook News Feed Algorithm Changes…Again

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Just a reminder…

I mentioned T-tapp the other day and it generated some interest, so thought I would remind you of the sale and giveaway here.  I also wanted to tell you about the Cyber Monday sale at the T-tapp website.  If you are new to T-tapp, I recommend the Basic Workout Plus for only $19.98 at the bottom of the page.   Have a great Monday!!!

Seven Years

Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 8.08.52 PMNovember 20th was my seventh anniversary here at the blog.  WOW!!! I can’t believe it has been that long.  My original post 900 Square Feet was fun to read over.  Quite nostalgic.  My oldest child mentioned is now a married man.  Time is flying by!  Thank you, dear readers, for sticking with me.  Here are a few posts in review.  Enjoy!

The Secret

Throw Away Cars

A Divine Appointment

Would you like to join me for a little study time?

A Reminder of God’s Blessings

This and That

Thank you for your patience while I took a blog break.  I needed it desperately.  I also wanted to thank you for your kind words on the loss of my dog.  I miss her terribly.  She was such a part of the family.  She was a great comfort to me with all my kids stateside.  I’ve been keeping busy and that helps.  We called the groomers after Pixie’s death to give them the news and they brought these lovely flowers.Pixie's flowers

I was touched.  They were as shocked as we were.  She has been visiting them since she was a puppy, so I know they were attached to her as well.

On another note, I failed my final exam at language school.  It was unlike any Japanese test I’ve ever taken and I basically didn’t understand what it was they wanted me to do.  I did well on the kanji characters and particle tests, but the grammar got me.  I am praying about what my next step should be.  At this point, I am hoping to improve my conversation skills.  Please pray that the Lord would give me wisdom in this important area.

We have been trying some new ways to make contacts for the ministry here.  We had a “friend party” on Saturday with many first-time visitors!  It was a blessing.  A possible new opportunity is a group of Spanish-speaking people who are looking for a church or a Bible study.  Only one of them speaks English.  One speaks Japanese well.  My husband is in the process of talking to them about a Bible study that he would teach in Japanese and then it would be translated into Spanish.  It’s a unique opportunity and we are praying about it and waiting to see what the Lord will do.  We live in a large city with many people from all over the world.  We are here to minister to the Japanese, but we cannot refuse when the Lord sends others our way.

We had our monthly English Ladies’ Bible study today with the countries of Korea, China, Malaysia, Japan and the USA being represented.  Last month was very discouraging as no one attended.  Today, there were seven of us!  It is exciting to see the Lord bringing some new ladies our way and the growth of some our regular attenders.

I have some things I am looking forward to sharing with you.  Until then, I would like to leave you with something to think about from our Bible study today…

“…contentment has very little to do with a woman’s surroundings and possessions. It has everything to do with the state of her heart.”

~Claudia Barba in Refresh Your Heart, pg. 87

Time to Come Apart into a Desert Place

If you are regular here, you know my posting has been quite sporadic.  There are many things I would like to post about and pictures I want to share, but time keeps getting away from me.  I need to take a blogging break.  I don’t want to be a blogger who just doesn’t show up any more.  I intend to come back.  My final exam for this semester of language school is March 29th.  I would appreciate your prayers.  I informed my school that I will be taking a break.  I’m still praying for a tutor for some one-on-one conversation.  Some wonderful ministry opportunities are coming up and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do.

The plum blossoms have arrived!
The plum blossoms have arrived!

In addition to what is a very full plate, I have a sick little dog.  We are hoping for the best as she is being treated for the next 7-10 days.  She is only seven, so not quite prepared for what the outcome could be.

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Thanks for your patience and your prayers.  Lord willing, I will return in April.

After Thanksgiving…

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.  It was a special time of food, fellowship, relaxation and thankfulness.  Now, I am moving on to Christmas.  There is much to do.  I’m getting older, so things take longer than they use to!  HA!  Today, I thought I would share a recipe with you that I found on Pinterest.  Tomato Basil soup is wonderful!  It is real comfort food on those cold, dreary days.  Hope you will give it a try.  

Look for me on Pinterest.  I’d love to “find” you there.  It’s a fun place to be.