Worth the Read

Up from Idolatry

“The first time Dr. Nomura Takuyuki decided to put on a Christmas meeting at his 19-bed hospital 20 years ago, he feared what others would think of him and if it would hurt his business. Christians make up only 1 percent of Japan’s population, and most Christians stay quiet about their faith in a society where social cohesion trumps all.”

Beware the Instagram Bible

“Beware the Instagram Bible, my daughters. It shines a partial light. We must know it both for what it says and for what it does not.”

Sunday Afternoon Tea-Peace on Purpose

“When I would lose my peace and get tense and feel like my world was spinning out of control, God would gently remind me that it was my choice to bring this image or that article into my home.  For that is what we do when we look at any media… “

The Fires of Growth-This is the first post of #2 son’s blog.

“God’s process of sanctification is not one that ought to be feared or dreaded, but rather it ought to embraced with open arms.”

Planning the Perfect Wedding-This is the first post of my new daughter-in-law’s blog.

“This wedding is Not all about you! Yes I know you’re the bride but their is someone of equal value in the wedding… your groom!”

Spring

February is probably my least favorite month.  It’s cold, rainy and dark and I am always looking forward to spring.  Sometimes the plum blossoms bloom later in the month.  Sometimes they wait until March.  Either way, that is the first sign of spring in this part of the world.

I usually spend February doing some projects around the house before spring arrives and calls me outdoors.  For some reason this year, I’m a little anxious for the appearance of spring.  I’m even thinking about spring cleaning early!  =O

Yesterday, I packed away my Christmas village and today I put out my cherry blossom dishes.  If you’ve been here long, you know that I absolutely love the cherry blossoms.  They should be here the end of March.  That season will be extra special this year as I will have a special guest from the USA to share them with.  Can’t wait!!Hutch.jpg

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

~Genesis 1:14

90 Days Update

It’s about time I updated again on reading the Bible in 90 days.  In my last update, I mentioned that I was a little bit ahead.  I am glad that I did that or I would definitely be behind this week.  Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you and I have had a lot of days this week that didn’t go as planned.  While I was able to fit some reading in, it wasn’t a whole daily portion according to the schedule.

I have heard people say that reading the Bible in this way reads like a novel.  I understand why they would say that.  I am seeing the connection to so many things in the Bible that I haven’t even come to in my reading yet.  For example, as I read about King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles, the phrase, “In the year that King Uzziah died….” from Isaiah 6 came to my mind.  It gave me a whole new perspective on that chapter.  I know that I will never read it the same again.

Reading through Esther as a whole was so exciting, even though I already knew the outcome.  This is so easy to do since it is only 10 chapters.  And today I start with the book of Job.  I have been studying and teaching through this, but I am looking forward to reading it straight through.  I know it will help me as I prepare for my next lesson.

I am still a few days ahead which is an encouragement.  I know someone who is trying to catch up and I am thankful that is not me.  I think I would give up.  Maybe not…at this point, by the grace of God, I have read too far to quit.  If you would like to join me, it is not too late.  A lady in our church started 2 weeks ago.  Grab a schedule here, and start counting your 90 days from today.  Be sure to leave a comment below so I can pray for you and we can encourage one another.

Another Perspective…

IMG_0890bI am a US citizen who lives in Japan. After our last furlough, I had a one-way ticket to return to Japan from Chicago-Ohare. I was not permitted to check in online. When I arrived at the airport, I was not permitted to check in at the kiosk. When I approached the counter, I was greeted with several questions. I showed my new visa in my passport and was allowed to proceed to my flight. It was clear that if I didn’t have that visa with a one-way ticket that I would have been “banned” from the flight. When I arrived in Japan, I was fingerprinted and photographed for their database. I may have lots of privileges living in Japan, but I do not have any rights. I am a foreigner. I carry an “alien registration” in my wallet and can be asked to show it at any time by anyone.  I have had to show it to get a cell phone, open a bank account, etc.  I don’t mind doing this, because I know that Japan doesn’t have to allow me to live in their country.  I am grateful that they do!

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“For our [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:” ~Philippians 3:20

 

You Are My Refuge

I wandered through this world
in selfishness and pride.
The storms of life surrounded me
I had no place to hide.
Until I heard the news,
a refuge strong and sure
was waiting then to welcome me
and keep me there secure.

You are my refuge,
I hide in You.
You are the hope I’m running to.
Your words are faithful,
Your promise true.
I hide in You.

Lake Nojiri

Dark clouds may fill the sky,
but still I see the Son.
God’s love shines down upon his child,
the overshadowed one.
No matter what I feel,
His promises are true.
And I can trust Him even when
the storms He takes me through.

You are my refuge,
I hide in You.
You are the hope I’m running to.
Your words are faithful.
Your promise true.
I hide in You.

I hide in You.

~Meagan Hamilton

Weekly Spread

I’ve been trying out a few new weekly spreads in my bullet journal.  I really like this one.  It’s clean, but has a little color.  Do you bullet journal?  I find it helps me satisfy some of my love of crafting and keeps me motivated to keep checking my lists.  I am actually getting more done and I love checking off tasks.  So rewarding!weekly-spread

God Moves in a Mysterious Way…

Lake Nojiri

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

July, 2014

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

IMG_0697His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

~William Cowper