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I’m Hungry…

March 25, 2016 3 comments

…and slow.  Because after ten years of making Fasting a relatively regular part of my walk with God, I’ve only NOW (like, an hour ago) figured out what the point of fasting is.  I mean, like, REALLY figured it out.

I mean, I always kind of knew.  All the usual reasons: “man does not live on bread alone,” and Jesus fasted so we fast, makes us reliant on God, grants humility, helps us understand Jesus’ pain and suffering, etc etc etc.  And while all of these reasons made sense, fasting has always felt like 10% actually connecting with God (if only because I spend the mealtimes in prayer instead) and 90% checkbox (because it’s what a “good” Christian should do).

Why do I really fast? Fasting is supposed to teach us (among other things) how to depend on God, right?  But how?! Cuz honestly, it’s a struggle to even focus about God when all I can think about is how HUNGRY I am!  Today especially.  Usually I can at least make it to lunchtime before I start to notice I’m skipping meals, but today at like 9am on the dot my stomach was already growling.  Come ooonnnn.

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Four years and a New Car

July 16, 2015 1 comment

About three weeks ago I celebrated 4 whole years in Japan.  FOUR YEARS!!  What am I still doing here?!  So, I’ve heard men often buy a new car when they go through their mid-life crisis.  Maybe missionaries have mid-ministry crises and then also buy new cars.

ORR maybe they just forget they stopped two feet behind a small rock pillar and then drive right into it.

See that tiny little stone pillar near the back of the picture...?

See that tiny little stone pillar…?

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Let’s (re)start nice and slow

July 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Nothing big and flashy.  No promises I know I won’t/can’t keep.  Let’s just start with a Bible verse that’s been challenging me recently.

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:7

How can I make outreach, ministry, LIFE in general, less and less about me and more and MORE about HIM?  Let’s start there.

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My favorite (not) activity in the world

April 23, 2013 1 comment

Yesterday I went to a gym. And went running. RUNNING. ME!! Who am I??!

Next time, I think I’ll try the Hip Hop class they had going on. Much more fun than being a hamster.

Visitors! Parents…

May 15, 2012 2 comments

A lot happened this last month and I’ve got a lot to catch up on!  So these next couple posts will be all out of order chronologically, but that’s ok.  You can just pretend I’m posting these things as they’re happening…  🙂

My Dad often travels to China for business in April (after the taxes are filed) and this year, him and my mom made a bit of a tour of Asia including Hiroshima!  Their trip was short but sweet and PACKED full of different stuff.

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Wasurenaiyouni (May we not forget)

March 20, 2012 Leave a comment

March 11 is already over a week past, but I write now because by now many of us (myself included) have already moved on to something else.  Easter prep, March madness, presidential race – the distractions are endless and it’s no wonder devastation, destruction, and lost lives seem so far away.  Even for me, living here in Japan, it’s too easy to forget.  But I pray that I, and you, would not forget, but continue to pray.

That Sunday I visited another church in Hiroshima, and the pastor’s wife talked about her recent trip to Sendai.  She and another lady struck up conversation with their taxi driver who was quickly overwhelmed to tears with gratitude for her and others who had come to help with relief efforts.  So they asked him, what do the people of Sendai and Northeast Japan still need?  What could they bring to help with relief efforts?

The driver didn’t reply with requests for money, or food, or any other physical aid.  He said what was needed most was for people to remember.  The people of Northeast Japan hope they would not be forgotten.

So let’s continue to pray for homes, towns, and lives still digging themselves out of refuse and wreckage.  Let’s pray for families and people broken and in a desperate search for hope.  Let’s pray they may find the hope they search for in Jesus.  And let’s pray for over 300 people who accepted Christ at a recent revival in Sendai City led by Franklin Graham.  Let’s turn the tragic events of March 11 into an opportunity for God’s power to work through our prayers.

Let’s pray.

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THAILAND!!!

February 8, 2012 1 comment

Beautiful.  Not just because of the scenery, but because of the people I got to meet there and the stories of what God is doing in and around people’s lives.  It’s some cool stuff.  😀

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I actually didn’t do much in terms of “Thailand-ey” stuff (elephants, snorkeling, jungle trekking, that sorta thing).  I am actually kinda sad I didn’t go snorkeling.  But the time in Thailand was about rest and rejuvenation, and I definitely got lots of that.  Lots of talking with people and sharing.  Lots of hanging out on the beach.  I look forward to next time.  🙂

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