Monday, July 30, 2007

Under the Weather

I have not been feeling well..on and off for the past couple of months actually. I don't have any horrible symptoms, mostly fatigue and headaches. I would really appreciate prayer. I stayed home from church yesterday with a horrible headache which I woke up with again this morning. I ended up sleeping on the couch after Brian and 3 of the kids left for church (Brianna is not feeling well either) for 3.5 hours yesterday and still woke up with the headache. It could be something as simple as allergies and humidity, but the fatigue is so bad some days, I dread the thought of even getting myself and the kids dressed. I don't think it is anything to really *worry* about, but I would appreciate prayer as I am sure my family misses their *energetic* brand of mommy- I know I do.

Most of you will be thinking "Why not just go to the Dr"...honestly, with the military, it is usually more of a hassle than a help for stuff like this. Unless there is something "concrete" that they can fix, you are going to just end up with a wasted- 2 hours, money for childcare and gas. Not only that, I feel like unless I am just horribly ill, I am wasting their time as they are bombarded with work here. Yes, I would just appreciate some prayers lifted up to our Heavenly Father...He knows. :) Thank you.

edited to add...This encouraged me today...Spurgeon on Psalm 73:23 "Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand."
"He is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before His eye;—the eye of the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in His hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on His heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve tribes upon his heart for ever. Thou always thinkest of me, O God. The bowels of Thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou art always making providence work for my good." CH Spurgeon Morning and Evening Devotions

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Misc Pics

We went to a park where we did not see 1 kind of made me feel as if we were trespassing or something.
Brian found this blue crab which was pretty neat! There were shrines everywhere!

I just thought this little boy was so cute and had to put his pic up ..just because;) Yes, we love little Ayden he fits right in.

Ok, This is Brian's back with...a little keepsake on it. Yes, you too can have a precious reminder of a sweltering day at the beach- just ask your child to put sunscreen on your back ;) Brianna did this. When Brian showed her, she kind of nervously laughed and said.."oops, sorry!" This is truly just a RANDOM Post...;)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Saved? Claim your Victory!

This quote from Alan Redpath is something that I claim personally during a difficult time.

"There is nothing-no circumstance, no trouble, no testing-that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret-for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is!-That is the rest of victory!"

The first time I claimed this -many years was a bit hard to "swallow" as I truly wanted to kick and scream about my circumstances, but the more I get to know God, the more of a comfort this truth really is.
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Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Purple Mosquito Shield

Anjolie has a purple cast that she has decided to make friends with ;) She hated it for whole first day and yes, GB she is very itchy with it. We equipped her with some smooth coated chopsticks to scratch. She did a great job while they put it on and only cried a little when it hurt under the manipulation of the new cast. However, once the cast was complete and she saw that it contained her whole arm...she began to fret. Her fiery little temper flared, and some residual stress surfaced from the Friday night drama. The Lord was using this to teach us patience and perseverence to deal with things we can't change. She is such a little trooper..after a few tantrums Monday and me explaining that the Lord was "knitting" her little bones together under the protection of her cast, I have not heard one complaint about getting that "stinkin' purple thing off her arm".
The Lord is helping her to see *little* blessings about her cast since she doesn't quite grasp the big blessing of it protecting her healing bones ;) Yesterday, we went to a park that had mega mosquitoes and she was *thrilled* to see that the mosquitoes could not bite her through the cast! Nevermind that they were attacking her good arm with fury, she was just *delighted* to see them unable to penetrate her purple cast. How does the song go? Little is much when God is in it and I am so thankful that He IS in even the little things. I won't go into how we could not get our van started after our little trip to the park so Brian could get to work on, but it all worked out fine in the end..hey, at least it wasn't just the kids and I stranded out in town right? ;) Yet another "just gotta laugh" moment. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for ;)
Poor little Ayden has some mega welts...I should have coated them first with bug spray. Thank you for your prayers and regards for Anjolie. You all are such a blessing to me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Twelve Rules For Raising Delinquent Children

This post is aimed at the world's general handling of teens today. I just want to say, before you read the list, that we all are going to make mistakes..some more than others, when it comes to training up our children. I don't post this with any idea that I think I am above having one of my children choose a sinful path. I pray against any involvement in the making of such a choice by my children DAILY, but anyway...just wanted to make it clear that I have only been parenting for 6 years now and have much to learn and many mistakes have been made already, but God is so gracious to correct me and point me in the right direction. For some, your children are grown and perhaps you know you made some grave errors...the guilt you bear is overwhelming. God wants to forgive you and restore you. God wants to make up to you the years that the swarming locusts have eaten. Please read Joel 2:24-27 for restored hope of this promise. We all have guilt over past sins...don't forget..If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. .

I am currently reading YOU AND YOUR CHILD by Charles Swindoll and came across this list. Back "in the day" whenever that was (at least 50 years ago judging by how old this book I am reading is), the Houston Police Department came up with this list as part of a program to reduce crime.

1. Begin in infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living.
2. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he is cute.
3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is 21 and then let him "decide for himself".
4. Avoid use of the word "wrong". It may develop a guilt complex. This will condition him to believe later, when he is arrested for stealing a car, that society is against him and he is being persecuted
5. Pick up everything he leaves lying around. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.
6. Let him read any printed matter he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let his mind feast on garbage.
7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they won't be so shocked when the home is broken up later.
8. Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own.
9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that every [fleshly] desire is gratified.
10. Take his part against neighbors, teachers, and policement. They are all prejudiced against your child.
11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, "I never could do anything with him".
12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will be likely to have it.

Again, this was written by a Houston Police Dept...WE have hope that we won't have a life of grief or ever be without HOPE for healing. The Lord can restore broken hearts and lives.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Broken...and spilled out...

Yesterday was trying. There is nothing like a rude awakening to help you put the important things in perspective.

Without going into the details of the day up and until the little accident, I will just tell you...I was literally at a breaking point physically, emotionally you nameitally. I was so much to that point that, as I closed the gate to the playground, I was led to and did pray for the Lord to protect my children as they played. I am so thankful He heard me because things COULD and WOULD have been much worse if I had not responded to His prompting to pray at that moment-I just know that in my bones. It is not as if I specifically pray every time we enter a playground so I KNOW this was the Lord. So, speaking of bones....

The kids were playing for about 45 min, and as I stood next to Anjolie on a bouncy type contraption she went to leap off and caught her feet on the platform as it returned to its original position. Down she fell. The platform was only about a foot and a half from the ground but as she reached her 4 year old little hands out to break the fall... her left forearm snapped-literally. She suddenly looked as if she had 2 normal one, and one in the middle of her forearm where it was now bent. It looked as awful as it sounds. I observed this all within about half a second-but of course it felt like 10min. Then what seemed like a slo-mo silent movie was interrupted by bloodcurdling screams from Anjolie and, of course, a gut wrenching pain in my heart as I saw her precious little arm-was broken. I never thought my heart could hurt so bad over something that happens so regularly to OTHERS. I don't remember anyone telling me that a mommy's heart could hurt so excruciatingly over a broken bone! I truly believe the Lord will somehow use this incident as a unique teaching tool for a very strong willed Anjolie or a very strong willed mommy or both- for the benefit of Anjolie, and to the glory of God. I truly believe, that if I would not have prayed, something fatal could have happened...I will only know in eternity what this entire scene entailed in the spiritual realm.

My mind raced as I thought about my other kids and what would I do..".Brian is not he even off work yet? Oh dear, could the bones have cut an artery? Are they arteries or veins...oh dear, maybe I can run to my friend's house across the street...oh yes, that is it...Brianna can hold the gate closed while I get help... I sure hope she can hold Ayden....oh my poor baby...Lord help me please help me do this" Millions of thoughts and feelings within seconds of this "common" accident....why was it suddenly so uncommon? I see kids with casts on all the time? No one said anything about how their mommy almost died of a broken heart when they broke an arm or leg or -anything! Why did I suddenly feel so alone and vulnerable...I found myself strangely out of my element and without tears...oh how I wanted to be able to release something. The past events of the day suddenly seemed so small and distant...this reality was so glaring. Anjolie echoed that thought by sobbing "I wish this was a dream"...oh how my heart just clenched...and then came the knife "mommy you should have caught me.*sob* should not have let me fall! *sob*"...indescribable grief at how she thought I had failed her in this moment. So many times I have failed her...lost my patience...said angry words, but never did I grieve over those moments until faced with this -in which I truly was powerless to spare her pain. The burdens of guilt for past failures suddenly shed light on some of the reason for my overwhelmed heart. How quickly, in the past, she would frustrate me and then, seeing my exasperation with her, tell me I don't care about her... "Oh my baby, if mommy could have caught you I would have- please know that!" I pleaded with her little doubting heart. Her trust in me was not secure...evidences of cracks in her little foundation became apparent. They were in need of major that is much needed on my part. If she can't trust me, how can she learn to trust her Heavenly Father? My sweet broken little one clung to me with her good arm as I pounded on my friend's door about 100meters from the enclosed playground. Praise the Lord the door opened. I stood holding Anjolie cradled in my arms and quickly asked my friends husband for help. My thoughts and voice suddenly sounded oddly confident and could that be when I felt so frantic. He too was shocked at the sight of her arm and helped me get the rest of the children loaded. During the 20min drive to the ER we sang Psalm 23, which is Anjolie's favorite, and she stopped crying. We prayed for strength and grace for Anjolie to bear the pain. I called Brian who met me at the ER. The trial continued as the Corpsman tried to get an IV line in her tiny arm...they collapsed her vein after 2 attempts and moved to her hand...we held her down as she screamed and kicked. They finally got the IV and quickly gave her enough morphine to put her at ease, but not "out of it". She immediately calmed down and smiled. Both bones in her forearm were broken and they were going to have to put her pretty much "out" to set her arm. They gave her Ketamine which was about unbearable for me to watch...I looked into those beautiful blue eyes and prayed aloud as the Drs waited patiently for me to finish. Her eyes clung to mine and and tears welled in both our eyes as they pushed the tranquilizer...about 10 seconds later, she was looking at me still, but no longer "there". A single tear trickled from her eye as she ventured off into a dreamless state...I constantly talked to her assuring her I would not leave...God was with her, leading her in the green pastures. She was a precious little lamb and her Shepherd loves her. Suddenly everything seemed so heavy- much more serious than just a medical problem easily fixed-the weight of her future seemed to rest in some ways on the prayers that I uttered for her in her heavily sedated state. I can't even describe the "darkness" of the moment- nor the "fast forward 12 or so years" thoughts that went through my head. Lord please guide her, protect her, give me wisdom to teach and train her, teach her self control Lord, may she remain pure and learn to love you with all her heart Lord, Father, let her stay on the straight and narrow heart poured out to the Lord pleading for her life..that it would rest in Him. I needed wisdom and grace to guide this little one-correct and inspire her to follow in the paths of had to start with me.

Little Anjolie "came to" with a beautiful smile and sighing "mommy"...welcome back my little one. Mommy has changed so much while you were gone...seen you in a new light. As your broken little arm will our relationship, by the Grace of God, it will be made strong and full of trust and respect..the fractures will be mended and cared for as they must be strong for a bright future serving your Lord and Saviour. You must be strong to bear the load of daily trials and the blessings that will abound when you faithfully serve the Lord, strong to embrace your future husband when he is given your hand in marriage, to make your house a home, carry your children...may the trust you learn to have in me grow into an even greater trust in your Lord. He is our strength even when our "arms" are broken and we can't bear the loads.

Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cyclops and The Rumba Tights Tea Society

So, if I can only see well out of one eye (due to some contact problems) how is it that I can't be compensated by only seeing HALF the mess this morning?

Anjolie, my bright sunny early riser and self named early bird, decided to go into the forbidden kitchen...I told her yesterday that if she stepped one foot into that closet sized kitchen, that she was gettin' paddled. I don't care for ultimatums, but in my weariness of messiness I grasped in weakness for this uhhh less than effective means. Just an hour later she begged to "step a foot" (her words) into the kitchen for some water...anyway I digress. SOoooo about every morning she tries to exercise some 4 yo independence by getting herself cereal, or toast, or milk...or this morning...oatmeal. I woke to find the wholesome goodness all over my carpet...trailed down the hall and even piled into a small gnome hill in the kitchen...oh was in the couch, on the get the idea. So, my right arm, which now has a vacuum head attached to it- ok, not quite attached yet..but pretty close...about cramped up in anger over the field of oats I was going to have to clean up while the little sowers busied themselves with tearing up the rest of the house (ok, it's not that bad...just seems that way). After it was finished, I could not help but laugh at what I must have looked poor left eye squinted shut..the right eye wildly observing the hair resembled a poorly built sparrow's nest...then, the vacuum, it screamed mercilessly through the living area choking down the oats and occasionally disconnecting which only added to my morning fury...oh dear, what a start. Once I got everything in I could THINK and PRAY clearly...PTL, I had time to read the Bible and I then made them some real oatmeal and we all sat and ate together....ahhhh. If you can, in the Lord's strength, make it through the battlefield of motherhood, you can make it through anything. Now if I could just get this left contact to sit right!!

And then there are the precious and hilarious moments like this...This is what I affectionately referred to as the Rumba Tights Tea Society...the ruffles OF COURSE go in the front right? They love to wear their...and I quote "panty hoses" for tea and sometimes even baby-sock kid-gloves and bloomer bonnets-how quaint ;) Yes, they are either 100% cute or 100% rotten from one moment to the next...there is nothing like this season of motherhood.

pictures courtesy of the Rumba Tights Tea Society ;)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Elect- Are YOU one?

1Pet 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved If you are the "whosever" that called on Christ alone to save you...then you are indeed part of the elect. If you have not done this, keep reading! If you are saved...skip to the last paragraph for a touching illustration I recently heard.

I love the illustration our Pastor used concerning understanding the whole "elect" issue..not that we can understand beyond what we need to know in order to be saved...but, anyway, I am going to end up running myself in a corner here if I don't just get to the point ;) Pastor Nutt told us to think of a door that has a sign "Whosoever" over it- when we call on Christ to save us, we walk through that door. Once through that door if we look over it on the other side-it says "The Elect".
God's Plan of Salvation WE CAN KNOW!
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved

Step 1- Admit you are a sinner (I am! The Pope is! )Know that we cannot get to Heaven by being good-we are all sinners and cannot save ourselves
Romans 3:10 As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
We are either sinful or sinless...and noone is sinless.
God loves us and wants us in Heaven, but our sin separates us from God-
We deserve to be punished for our own sins
Romans 6:23a "The wages of sin is death..."
Christ is our Savior who paid the debt of death owed when He died on the cross and defeated death when He resurrected from the dead.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth (proved) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
What did we owe? death Romans 6:23
What did Christ pay? death Romans 5:8
If we could get to Heaven by being good, Christ would have died for nothing. Galatians 2:21

Step 2-Believe on Christ as the Savior who died for you
Romans 6:23b "...But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
How do we receive this FREE GIFT?
by ASKING and Believing
Romans 10:9-10,13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation...For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
We Must Trust Christ Alone- many have asked Christ to save them, but without repentance-a change of mind about their sinful life(Lk 13:3) or without fully transferring their trust for salvation from themselves to Christ (Phil 3:4-9). It is a belief that only Christ can save you...just saying words to a sinner's prayer will not save you apart from believing in your heart.

Step 3- Call on the Lord Jesus and ask Him to Save you
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
Sample Prayer (the words alone will NOT save you-you must believe and receive Christ's payment for your sin-the Lord knows your heart call on Him the best you know how..He WANTS to save you)
Jesus, I know I am a sinner who deserves to be punished for my own sins in a place the Bible calls Hell. I believe that you took my place on the cross and paid for my sins when you died and rose again. I know I can't save myself so I now repent of my sins and trust in You alone as my Savior. Please forgive my sins, save my soul and give me a home in heaven. Please take over my heart and life, I give it to you right now...the best I know how. Thank you for hearing and answereing my prayer and for saving my soul. Amen. If you prayed this prayer please email me and let me know, I want to give you some first steps for new Believers and rejoice with you in your decision!

Think of this...during the French revolution, there was a father and son who both were arrested for a crime. The father's was a misdemeanor which he would be released for, but the son's was a capital crime for which death was owed. Both father and son had the same names as they were a Sr and Jr. The morning in which the son was to pay for his crime by hanging, the father, who was innocent of his son's crime, begged the inmates to not make a noise and let his son sleep when his name was called so that he could accept the punishment for his son's crime and his son could walk as there was not a punishment due for the father's crime. The son's name was called and the father took his son's place and died that his son might go free....and go free he did as the debt of death was paid. As touching as this story is, the father could only take the place for ONE debt -he could pay for a crime which he did not commit. If he had committed the crime, he would not be able to pay with only his life for both. The sins of the world had to be taken on by one who knew no sin and owed nothing..that is why CHRIST is the only way. He was the only possible substitute. He is God and knew no sin-He clothed Himself in flesh, was tempted but sinned not, that He might be a perfect sacrifice for the sins of ALL who will accept Him. What wondrous love..not just to die for one, but to be infinitely perfect and loving enough to die for all. How can that beautiful truth not touch the heart of the world?
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The LORD's Doing

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with an unsaved young Okinawan lady. A sweet lady, Mrs Pam, and myself had gotten her visitor's card for Ladies' visitation. So, we ventured out to find her house in the maze that is Okinawa housing. What we would consider narrow back alleys in the US, are many times the front streets in major housing areas here. Bonsai sized yards, which are meticulously groomed, sit unassumingly beneath the typhoon weathered housing that appears piled one house/appt on top of the other. Houses filled with lost souls serving dead ancestors. We wound around the little streets searching.

Mrs Pam and I nearly gave up finding Makiko's house after a few wrong turns, but the Lord led us a little further down the road to discover her home on the crowded little street. As we decided where to park (parking in town is challenging), I noticed a young Okinawan coming out the front door of the house we were to visit. The expectant woman, Makiko, explained in broken English that she was on her way to an appointment, but she would be back to church. She said that her mom is a Christian and was pressuring her to be baptized. I said "Oh, so then you have already accepted Christ to be your Savior?" She looked confused. I asked for further clarification as to why she was interested in baptism as Salvation by Grace was the way to heaven not baptism- that was to be her first act of obedience and testimony to her new life in Christ. She said that her mom made it sound as if she needed to be perfect and she wasn't perfect so was afraid to get baptized. I was so excited for the opportunity to share the Gospel with her! I got my Bible open, but was reminded of her appointment. She allowed us to pray with her and she assured me she wanted to hear the truth about Salvation the following evening at church.

The next evening at church, I waited at the door for her, and she came...she went to the Japanese service and I talked to the lady in charge of that ministry. I *so wanted to be there with her as she had the Gospel explained in her native tongue...she was still saying to the ladies that she just needed/wanted to be baptized. I left the church and the ladies talking with her -as they were speaking in Japanese and I felt intrusive. I was in tears...I was so disappointed. I fretted about them not understanding that she was not saved- what if she slipped through and did not accept Christ. Oh how small my faith is. This is the LORD's doing! He is in control. He is the Good Shepherd who longs for her to join the fold more than anyone. I needed to let go. It did not occur to me that it would be BETTER for her to be shown from her own Japanese Bible so there would be no confusion. Zeal cannot overcome a language barrier ;) as much as I would like to believe it could. In my heart I even accused the other ladies of not wanting to see her saved as badly as I did...stinkin' pride. I was so set on getting the reward...the thrill of leading her MYSELF that I lost focus of what the real purpose was. This lady was lost...she needed to accept Christ as her Lord and Savior. I am nothing but a purpose and part was met and complete in this work. I just needed to get my heart right and pray. As I drove home, I repented of my desire for personal could have resulted in devastating confusion and loss! The Lord had allowed me a tremendous undeserved blessing of being a PART of His work! He had ALLOWED be witness to HIS work. My heart issue stared me in the of SELF....I felt sick, but felt God's love comforting me as I was humbled. I shook my head at my immaturity and self-guided vice God- guided zeal. I then, in a righted spirit, prayed for this dear Okinawan lady- I prayed that her soul would be saved- that was all that mattered to me at that moment.

As I got the children ready for bed, the phone could not have been more than 20 min after I had prayed in the van...the director of the Japanese ministry greeted me...he said he thought I would want to know that Makiko had just prayed with his wife and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to be her Lord and Saviour. GOD IS SO GOOD!!! My heart soared...I was floating. My heart was so happy and rejoiced just as much if I had been there and led her myself. I was so relieved and grateful for that "hug" of assurance from the Lord...His work is just indescribable-His understanding and love knows no bounds. The moment I genuinely became concerned only about Makiko's soul and not my own desires...He met me there and assured me that His new lamb was safe in the fold...led by His hand the whole way. What an amazing God we serve. Only God can turn tears of shame into joy and gratefulness within minutes. He is so good.
Psalm 119:80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
Proverbs 11:2 [When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.
Psalm 118:23 This is the LORD'S doing; it [is] marvellous in our eyes.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Oh Man-Yi !

Thursday, July 12, 2007

You might want to pause the music first in the side bar :) The video does not catch the power of the was pretty intense! Can you name the movie in the background of the radar tracking?;)

As we drove around, there were trees blown over on every street. We took a trip to see the sea was stormy but beautiful!

Some people tried to get away with leaving their trampoline upright instead of taking off the safety net and turning it over. Every one of those got mangled in the storm.

This traffic light lets you take your choice...stop or go!, but it was funny because the red-light is supposed to be for the traffic coming from the left of us, but the wind bent it back. We are all there are storms and Brian and his guys are trying to get his equipment secured...pray!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Typhoon Man-Yi

Well, it is 10:57pm Japan time and this cat 4 typhoon is churning just west of us. We are the tiny little island that is almost directly aimed looks as if the eye will graze the southern tip. I am suddenly thankful for the cinderblock the govt has provided for us to live in ;) The gusts outside are unbelievable! We now have to remain in quarters until the "all-clear" is given. We stocked up on water and food for the lock in :) I should go to sleep, but it is hard to with the "screaming" gusts outside. photo courtesy of JMA.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Just A Neighborly Visit?

My shameful neighbors, Bitterness and Anger, paid me an unwelcome visit today. They never let me know ahead of time...they arrive right on cue whenever they know Disappointment has been to visit. I thought they had gone for good. It turns out that they were only on vacation. I must admit, they probably have been back from vacation for some time. They learned that their friend Unforgiveness had been in the area, so they decided to have a reunion of sorts for old-times sake. As I attempted to push Disappointment out of my house-Bitterness and Anger got their feet in the door. The dangerous thing about these two is that they are never empty handed...they always bring along their tricks and tools for me to try -which end up turning into mean words that hurt those I love. Instead of asking my Father to help me get them out, I struggled in my own strength and threw up my hands and let them in. As they got comfy and I scowled at their presence, self-pity let herself in and cunningly convinced me that bitterness and anger had every right to be there...they had much to remind me of! How would I keep the record straight if they weren't there to help? Just as they were about to show me their newest tricks, my Father got my attention and I tearfully spoke with Him in the other room. I apologized for letting such company in our home- He showed me how my entertainment of Unforgiveness had kept them in the neighborhood. I asked Him to forgive me and to help me. He forgave me and urged me to read THIS I was tempted to continue my visit with Self-pity, but my Father rebuked me for putting her before Him. He made it clear to me that she is not welcome in the home and is just as dangerous as her friends- I was not to be deceived by her tearful and pathetic looking demeanor- she was like poison. By the time I finished reading and speaking a bit more with my Father, Self-pity, Bitterness and Anger let themselves out when they saw my Father and His friends Grace, Mercy and Charity were setting themselves up for a long chat. I am so thankful for my Father, He is such a wise and loving Teacher.

Disappointment will continue to be a neighbor as long as I live here on this earth, but my Father is giving Bitterness and Anger an eviction notice and Contentment and Humility will reside in their place. As far as Self-pity...well she was sent packing as well, but I know better than to think I can keep her out by myself-she is a sneaky one. My Father's Word will help me to focus on Him instead of allowing a visit from her.

The next time my neighbor, Disappointment, darkens my door, Contentment and Humility will surely arrive with him so that I can better receive Disappointment. Because my Father lives here, Grace, Mercy and Charity live here as well...I just need to call on them! Well, I need to go help my new neighbors get settled and welcome them to the neighborhood...permanently.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Look! No Training Wheels

Brianna was excited that her Grandparents would be able to see her riding her bike without her training wheels! She picked it up in no time :) The music can be paused on the widget in my sidebar.

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Visit To the Barber

Ayden had his very first trip to the Barber :) Brian cut his hair the first time, but it is definitely worth the $5 for someone else to cut and clean up the hair mess . Ayden did such a great job...he even got the traditional warm cloth and neck/shoulder massage that the Japanese give at the conclusion of a haircut. Many Okinawans are superstitious and believe it to be good luck to touch light colored hair...our kids get "touched" and photographed quite a bit over here. This occasion was no different. The Barber was happy to cut our little mans' hair :)

Ayden actually enjoyed all of the attention, surprise surprise. He is such a little ham.

Precious Daddy son moment.

Monday, July 09, 2007


Aliens? Chaos (aka Evolution)? Why not GOD?!

Ok...why do the some of the same people who argue that DNA was created through a random process of for an "alien" creator of flattened corn positioned in mathematically accurate shapes ... but didn't evolution do it? Surely after millions of years, the magnetic currents and combination of winds -plasma vortexes(whatever garble suits) could arrange themselves in such a way to create this...right? It's only logical..right? And how can the mathematician/artists who actually designed and created this type of crop circle art argue that math itself is just an evolution created phenomenon--math originating itself from chaos? ...evidence of the One and only all-powerful GOD, Master of ALL...lies within all of us. Pride blinds those who could believe what they already innately know. It is so simple to those of us who believe, but I thank the LORD for HIS Mercy and Grace that allows me to believe in Him. I can't take credit even for belief- I thank the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit opening my eyes to the Word of God. Those who reject Him and use chaos and/or aliens as their answer need the pride that blinds them removed from their eyes. They need to allow the work of the Holy Spirit instead of suppressing, arguing against and rejecting it! Yes, it frustrates me when I read of people looking for aliens or arguing evolution, but it should make me sad. They are looking for another Truth...there is only one. I praise the Lord for His Truth, His Word-it is only by the grace of God that I don't believe the lie. Any explanation or answer other what is found in the Word of God or points to the Word of God is a lie ;anything that is not completely true is false.

1Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Thank You Lord

For the brave men and women who have fought for the Independence of The United States of heart breaks when I think of those who have lost their lives defending it.

God BLESS AMERICA! Thank you that I can still freely attend a worship service and pray in Your Son, Jesus' Name. Thank you that I can still freely teach my children about You...I can still knock on doors and share the Gospel without fear of being arrestd. I can hand out a Gospel tract to a friend or a neighbor without fear of being put in prison or killed. Thank you for the freedom to PRAY aloud! Give me boldness to exercise this freedom of sharing the Gospel with as many as possible while it remains a liberty put in place by Godly forefathers. Thank you that America was founded by those who sought You for guidance and wisdom- the fruit of that, though threatened, still remains. Give me courage and boldness to continue to spread the Gospel when it is no longer done in liberty but in secret- as our freedoom to share is being threatened by Your enemies. I take the freedom for granted Lord..I forget about the missionaries who have died because of sharing the Gospel. I think of the converts who have lost their lives for refusing to deny Christ-children even, who were brave even to death. Oh Father, I am so ashamed when I think of their love and courage...I think of what they do to spread your Word in a Country that has no freedom to worship You. I waver sometimes at the thought of even a polite rejection...forgive me. Give us a renewed passion to spread your Word in America. Lift the blindness off of America's eyes dear Lord!! Give us boldness and a burden for lost souls like never before. Revive America, dear Lord. Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth bloldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that there-in I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Yes, there are many things that I grieve over concerning America's falling away, but today I want to thank the Lord for the Liberty that remains. God Bless America.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

...Some Heavenly Theme

(China Sea)
Begin My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme
Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme
And speak some boundless thing;
The mighty works, or mightier Name
Of our eternal King.

Tell of His wonderful faithfulness
And sound His power abroad;
Sing the sweet promise of His grace,
The love and truth of God.
[originally, And the performing God]

Proclaim “salvation from the Lord
For wretched, dying men”;
His hand has writ the sacred Word
With an immortal pen.

Engraved as in eternal brass
The mighty promise shines;
Nor can the powers of darkness ‘rase
Those everlasting lines.

He that can dash whole worlds to death,
And make them when He please,
He speaks, and that almighty breath
Fulfils His great decrees.

His every word of grace is strong
As that which built the skies;
The voice that rolls the stars along
Speaks all the promises.

He said, “Let the wide heav’n be spread,”
And heav’n was stretched abroad:
“Abram, I’ll be thy God,” He said,
And He was Abram’s God.

O might I hear Thy heavenly tongue
But whisper, “Thou art Mine!”
Those gentle words shall raise my song
To notes almost divine.

How would my leaping heart rejoice,
And think my heav’n secure!
I trust the all creating voice,
And faith desires no more. -Isaac Watts
(those last two verses...just give me goose-bumps!)

Monday, July 02, 2007


if you will...take a deep breath ....let it out.... close your eyes and tell God how good He is. Isn't that just *the* best* warm fuzzy? He is so good.

Sunday, July 01, 2007


...we just get tired:)

Last night, we got a sitter for our 2 youngest ones, Lily and Ayden (2 and 15mo). We took Brianna and Anjolie with us to a restaurant out in town along with another couple who we wanted to invite to church (PTL they went). Little Anjolie, 4, was so tired, the poor little thing has a difficult time anyway and then, she did not have time for a nap- so that was just adding fuel to the fire. No matter how many times I spoke with her, begged her, corrected her, prayed for her...she just would not stop whining and fussing and doing other things that tired little 4 year olds do when they have missed their naps, are hungry and out past bed time for the second night in a row. Seems like a "DUH" situation huh? Yes, it was. I am a wiser mama for it, and I will make every effort to not put her in a losing situation like that again. My heart just broke as the little thing fell asleep sitting up in the van surrounded by noise and chatter (we all rode together) her little thumb half hanging out of her mouth and evident circles under her little closed eyes. The poor thing just needed some rest!! She had been pushed way past her little human limit.

As I laid in bed thinking over the night and asking forgiveness for my irritation over the sleepy little thing not being able to act like an 8 year old ;) I thought of how many times I do the same thing to myself (yes, and act like an 8 eight year old lol) and then wonder what went wrong-why did I lose it?. I felt the Lord was showing me that I am of no use to anybody if I don't have the proper balance in my life...if I run myself ragged all day and then expect to be fresh and pleasant for my husband and children..well, that is just foolish. I'm not talking about doing things the Lord has called me to do and relying on His strength to do it... I'm talking about some of the extras like sitting in the sun all day at the pool 2 days in a row after 2 days of helping to clean the church, Ladies' visitation, Bible study, Thursday visitation ...etc you get the idea..another duh situation ;). My folly includes doing favors for friends that aren't necessary, but drain alot of time and energy because I want their favor, not because I took it to the Lord- who pays for that? My family and I pay the price! I'm talking about breaching boundaries that have been and need to be in place so that I can better serve my Lord and the family He has given me. If I am worn out and tired day after day, failing test after test (mostly in patience with my kids) well, maybe I'm just tired -because of the "things", that are not necessities, which have leaked past the boundaries that are meant to preserve my strength and focus for my first ministries. It is easy to slip into "doing it all"...pride helps it along, fear of man, or sometimes just trial and error in keeping the balance between ministries, keeping home, hospitality etc... When I am just plain tired, I need to examine my plate, and ask the Lord to show me what His idea of "full" is. His yoke is easy and His burden light, when I do things according to His will and in His strength :) I hope this made sense!! :)