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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Update

I’m so sorry that I have been absent from the blog.  I am back in the states now and time is flying.  My baby, Son #2, is getting married one month from today.  Where does the time go?  We have been caught up in a flurry of activity.  I plan to do some reposting of some of my favorite posts until I return to Japan in August.  I hope you enjoy!

Rest

I had a brief time away in beautiful Okinawa.  I will post more pictures later, but for now I hope you enjoy this panorama that I took on my iTouch.  I arrived home and jumped right back into language school with a speech tomorrow!  I have decided to take a much needed break from the pressure of school after my final on March 29.  I’m looking for a tutor to help me with conversation.  Please pray that the Lord would point me to the perfect one!

Okinawa, February 2013
Okinawa, February 2013

Isle of Palms

If I were to be honest, I would have to admit that all the traveling we do as missionaries can be taxing.  Sometimes, I long to be in one place for a long length of time.  I tend to be a homebody, so not having a “home” can be difficult at times.  On the other hand, there are lots of perks to what we do as well.  For example, we get to see parts of the world and our own country that we would not ordinarily get to see.  Recently, I had the opportunity to spend an extended amount of time in Charleston, SC.  We were there briefly for our anniversary.  It was the appetizer.  Our recent trip was the full course meal!  The following picutres were taken during a sunset stroll on the beach on the Isle of Palms.until the next time…

Sunday Meditations

Charleston, SC

Today was a wonderful day in the house of our Lord!  The music and message were all centered around the amazing love of God for us!  It’s hard to wrap my brain around it!  Our pastor is preaching a series on Romans 8.  I memorized this chapter several years ago and decided to dust it off and review it.  I’m thoroughly enjoying reviewing the things that God taught me while doing that and learning some new things too!  I never grow tired of time spent with God and His Word.

Charleston, SC

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

~Romans 8:1-4

Charleston, SC

My hubby took me on a little anniversary get-away recently.  We had a wonderful time in beautiful Charleston, SC.  I had never been there before, so was really excited!!  I love historical places.  My next several posts will be some of the highlights of the trip.  I’m going to do it in themes.  This post is about Hyman’s.  I love seafood and this restaurant did not disappoint us.  It was a fun place to be!  The tables are marked with famous people that ate there.  I ate at the same table as…and…

We couldn’t decide what to order, so we ordered a combo platter to share.

Everything was delicious!!!!!

A Girls’ Time in Tokyo, Part 3

The last two days of the trip were dedicated to participating in my friend’s ladies’ Bible studies.  It was a very encouraging time for all.

Bible Study 1
Bible Study 1
Bible Study 1
Bible Study 2
...wonderful friends...

After Bible study 2, we had lunch with this couple.  I met them in America, when he was studying at a local Bible college.  We had a great time together.  The amazing thing about Christian friends is that no matter how long you are apart, you can always pick up where you left off.  We truly are family!!!

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I added a new quotation to my Favorites page today…

“Every time we give up a part of our faith to try to fit into the ways of the world we lose it forever. We lose a precious part of God’s promise – sacrificed to the world and the world will never give it back. And someday when the world tells us we can no longer have our religion except where they say and God is driven from our schools and our government and our homes, then God’s people can look back and know that our religion was not taken from us. It was given up, handed over bit by bit until there was nothing left.”

~from the movie Sheffey, produced by BJU.