Mission Team

The beginning of July, we had a mission team visit with us for a couple of weeks.  They passed out thousands of announcements, helped us with projects here and at my brother-in-law’s camp, helped us teach an English class, host a friend party, children’s meeting, basketball events and a special evangelistic service followed by a barbecue.  We also managed to fit in some fun sightseeing in Kyoto.  Here are a few highlights…English Class

English Class

Friend Party 1

One of the men singing a Spanish love song at the friend party.

Friend Party 2

One of the young ladies sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at the friend party.

Friend Party 3

Lots of Japanese enjoyed making new friends and speaking English with the team members.

Kyoto group

Our group at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.  Our daughter was also with us at this time.  🙂

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At the Nijo Castle in Kyoto

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A traffic barrier at the Nijo Castle in Kyoto

It was wonderful to have them here.  They were a great help and a tremendous encouragement to us!

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Worth the Read

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How to Show Your Life to a Younger Believer-“But what taught me the most was walking with her through the death of her son. As the biblical truths she’d been passing on to me shined through her life, I saw firsthand what it means to walk by faith and not by sight.”

Unshakeable Confidence-“Speak the psalms to others. And on days when you feel like a worn out fence ready to fall over, speak the psalms to YOURSELF. Journal this psalm, adding your own words of affirmation. Then say the words out loud. Say it like you mean it.”

What To Do When You Feel Like You Are Not Enough-“As soon as doubt creeps in, as soon as fears begin forming, my language takes a decided turn.  I’ll never get it all done.  I’m not enough.  I can’t keep up.  Do you see it?  Nearly all of my fears, my worries, begin with I.  This has become my cue; the moment where I stop and shift my focus.”

Letting go of more than just stuff-“…if we allow that root of discontent to become full fledged bitterness then the enemy of our souls will win.

This is especially true when we do not let go of unforgiveness.  I’ve had people spread lies about me before, some of them I wonder where they came up with these imaginations.  Sometimes it was the way they interpreted a situation or something I said but I’m sure most of the time it was something whispered to them by the enemy of our souls until they believed lies instead of truth.”

A Cultural Moment

I can’t believe that it has been almost a month since I posted last. There have been a couple of situations here in Japan that have taken up a lot of my time.  I do not have the liberty to post about it, but I would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and strength.

One another note…here is a cultural moment.  It has been awhile. Hope you enjoy!

street gardenThis is a picture up the street from my house.  You can see that the garden in front of the house takes up half the street.  You cannot see the house even from the front because of all the plants.  If I would park my car in this spot, I would receive a ticket.  I guess a garden is ok.  Only in Japan…

tablecloth dressDuring my morning walk, I noticed this “suit” in a store-front window.  I couldn’t resist taking a picture.  It reminded me of a table cloth that I have.tablecloth

There is always something to capture my attention here.  Now my wheels are turning about what I could make from this tablecloth, but I think I will pass on this one.

until the next time… 

Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul

The world will try to satisfy that longing in your soul,

You may search the wide world over but you’ll be just as before.

You’ll never find true satisfaction until you’ve found the Lord,

For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.IMG_3422

If you could have the fame and fortune all the wealth you could obtain,

Yet you have not Christ within your living here would be in vain;

There’ll come a time when death shall call you, riches can not help you then,

So come to Jesus for He can satisfy.IMG_3464

CHORUS:

Only Jesus can satisfy your soul

And only He can change your heart

And make you whole;

He’ll give you peace you never knew

Sweet love and joy and Heaven too,

For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

~Lanny WolfeIMG_3489

Summer Blessings

There are lots of things going on here this summer.  One blessing in particular is a month long visit with our beautiful daughter.  She arrived safely and we are enjoying being together again.

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For this missionary kid, Japan is “home” and she is so glad to be here!

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From the books…

I have been participating in a study of Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book, Adorned:  Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.  It has been such a blessing.  Here are a few quotes that made me think as we began the study.

“Not long ago, I was struck by the results of a survey I read. Nonbelieving older teens and young adults were asked if they had a personal friend or acquaintance who was a Christian. Of the roughly 85 percent who said they did, only 15 percent indicated they saw any lifestyle differences between their Christian and non-Christian friends. And it’s not only students and young adults who see it that way. This problem applies to both older and younger generations. It should not be this way. Believers should be noticeably different. True believers will be noticeably— beautifully— different. And sound doctrine is what makes it so.” ~pg. 37

“Sound doctrine tells us that we exist to bring glory to God and that every circumstance that comes into our lives can contribute to that end. If we could get just that one truth fixed in our hearts, we would never look at our circumstances the same way again.” ~pg. 38

“Sound doctrine tells us that even as believers we can expect to struggle with indwelling sin, fleshly appetites, and self-centeredness. It reminds us that if we are not abiding in Christ and allowing His Spirit to do His sanctifying work in us, we may be capable of producing religious work but not of bearing spiritual fruit.” ~pg. 39

“Don’t think you can dress up your life with better behavior or become the beautiful woman you’re hoping to grow into without grounding your life in biblical truth. If you’re not willing to start there and stay there, saturating yourself in Scripture and receiving sound teaching from mature believers, your pursuit of a godly, fruitful life will always be an exercise in frustration.” ~pg. 45

Wolgemuth, Nancy DeMoss (2017-02-07). Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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…