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…

 

Time Away

If you check in here often, you will notice that I have been away for a few weeks.  I had a special guest visiting throughout most of April.  I also made an unexpected trip to the states where I am writing this post from.  It was pertinent for me to come back and just be a daughter for a few weeks.  If all goes as hoped, I will return to Japan next week.  I would appreciate your prayers during this time away.  I have posts on my heart, but no time to write them out.  Until the next time…

Springs of Living Water

I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame,
And nothing satisfying there I found;
But to the blessed cross of Christ one day I came,
Where springs of living water did abound.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply. 

IMG_0176How sweet the living water from the hills of God,
It makes me glad and happy all the way;
Now glory, grace, and blessing mark the path I’ve trod;
I’m shouting “Hallelujah!” every day.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply.
IMG_0171Oh sinner, won’t you come today to Calvary?
A fountain there is flowing deep and wide;
The Savior now invites you to the water free,
Where thirsting spirits can be satisfied.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply.

IMG_0183~John W. Peterson

Around the Web

IMG_0785A Portrait of Feminine Dress, Part 1-I thoroughly enjoyed this series which begins at this link.  It has inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and spruce up my wardrobe a little.

The Little Shack on the Prairie-I am a Fixer Upper addict.  This one is one you have to see!!!!  Unbelievable!!!

Faithful in Obscurity-“But probably the great majority of us are like those few disciples in the background. Our name isn’t meant for the spotlight. Maybe we couldn’t handle it. Maybe that’s just not where God wants us to be. People might not ever see or know what we do. But God does. Faithfulness to Him and whatever ministry He has called us to are what matters.”

 

Spring: A Time for Renewal

 

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Spring is my favorite season in Japan.  It is a time for me to take stock, reflect on future goals and whip my house into shape before the heat of summer.  It is also a time for cherry blossoms.

When we came to Japan in 1999, we arrived the first week in March. It was cold, dark and rainy.  I thought everything was so ugly.  I remember wondering how I was going to live in such a dreary country.

The end of March, I went to Hokkaido to visit a friend.  It snowed everyday I was there.  It was so beautiful, even if it was cold!  I dreaded returning to our part of Japan.  I flew back on April 3rd. When I exited the airport, it was warm and sunny.  Then I gasped!!! There was a long row of cherry trees in full bloom!  It was so beautiful!!  I have never forgotten that first lingering look of the beautiful blossoms.  It was a special gift to me from the Lord.  Every spring I am reminded of that special gift.

Since that time, I have learned to appreciate much about Japan and see the beauty that I missed during that first month.  I enjoy my life here and there are things I appreciate about each season.  BUT every year, spring takes my breath away!!!!

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For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”  ~Isaiah 55:12-13