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22 Apr

The past month of my life has been quite a whirl wind. One of exposing my heart, locking my heart back up, learning to trust and learning to be quiet.

It has also been one of healing. Healing of past hurts that I have carried around with me for 3 years. Hurts that I haven’t told many people. Hurts that I didn’t know affected me as much as they did. Hurts that I had to learn to trust that the Lord would heal me of. And, He has. He is always faithful.

I wrote this person an email and told them how much they hurt me and how much it has affected my life. I didn’t want to write this email, but I knew that I had to and I had to forgive this person. Colossians 3:13 says this: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

If Christ can forgive me of all of the sins that I commit daily, then I can surely forgive that person of what they did to me. I was holding on to it for so long and I felt like a black cloud was looming over my head. One of my friends challenged me to get rid of it and to just let go.

Ever since I wrote that email, I have felt free. Free from that hurt. Free from the burden of sin. Free. Free. FREE.

I want to challenge you, if you have anyone to forgive, I ask that you do that. Don’t hold on to it. Let it go. It isn’t yours to have anymore.

Christ calls us to be free.

 

 

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Thanksgiving part 1

24 Nov

I want to write about Thanksgiving here in Japan.

This is going to have to be a two-part blog.

First, I want to talk about having Thanksgiving with my students. No, it wasn’t a massive meal of: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, or even cranberry sauce, it was curry.

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I had such a wonderful time spending Thanksgiving with my students.

Part 2 is about all of the American’s getting together for an EPIC Thanksgiving meal of 150 people! Stay tuned.

Potato Roast

6 Nov

Here in Japan, they have a fall festival at school. They roast sweet potatoes.

It was AWESOME.

Here are some pictures to show you what we did.

Momiji Class lined up to watch the roasting.

Nara class lined up to watch the roasting.

Fuji class lined up to watch the roasting.

Getting the fire started. I thought that my glasses were going to melt off of my face.

The older kids throwing their potatoes into the fire.

Potatoes getting ready to roast. We covered these up with about 12 more layers of straw. It was insane.

Then after the potatoes were done, we had to dig them out of the fire. Here is my lovely friend and coworker, Carrie, holding up some of the potatoes.

Getting ready to eat my potato. Please observe how black my hands are as well. I even had gloves on.

Then after it was all finished, we had to water the fire. My friend Joshua, is doing just that.

This was a fun event and very Japanese. Just something to show what we do here in Japan for Fall.

I still miss carving pumpkins and all things pumpkin flavored as well.

Community

15 Jul

I love the community that you can build via twitter and blogging these days.

You chat with people who you have never met in person, but you feel like you have known them for a really long time.

Through this blog, I have “met” people who are truly amazing. People who I would have dreamed to be years older than me but they are actually younger than me and have so much wisdom and faith in the Lord.

One of those people is Lexi Mackinnon.

She is fantastic. She is 22 years old and is moving to Uganda, Africa in September to start her own ministry, Muzunga Momma Ministries.

This ministry is a part of Uganda that is known for being rough. They have very high poverty rates and there are a lot of orphans.

This is a video that Lexi made to help people know more about what is going to be happening with MMM.

I would ask that after watching the video, that you would read this post that Lexi wrote breaking down all of the needs that need to be met over this next year.

If you know how much I love Africa and children, please consider giving to MMM. It would truly bless my heart and these children. These children need to know about the love that Jesus Christ has to offer and what it is like to live in a loving home.

Thanks friends!

Water Play

11 Jul

If I haven’t said it before, let me say it now…

I love my job.

Days when the sun in shining and it is warm outside, we get to go play in the water.

Yes, that is right. I get to wear athletic shorts and a t-shirt to work. Oh and my swimsuit.

I get to splash 3 and 4 year olds all morning long.

Here are some pictures:

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Does it make you want to move to Japan?

Just sayin’

 

Providing

9 Jun

In other news today I took a lovely bike ride around my area. It was marvelous. The weather was perfect, the wind was blowing and Hillsong United was playing in my ears. I found some lovely shops that I hadn’t noticed before. I made a stop at Starbucks and enjoyed a lovely drink and read some Little House on the Prairie.

I also decided to check out the English help center that is at my station. I got up my nerves and told myself that someone in the center would know where I would be able to learn Japanese. Thankfully to my surprise when I walked in, a lovely Japanese lady greeted me in English with a British accent. (I always love when Japanese people have British accents.) She told me that she was a licensed Japanese teacher and she could teach me. (Say WHAT?!) She was so surprised that I would want to learn Japanese and that I came to the English speaking center to find someone. :] She gave me her card and I am supposed to email her with a time that we would be able to get together and discuss what I should do to learn Japanese.

I cannot tell you how excited I am that the Lord has provided me with this amazing opportunity to learn Japanese. I am also hoping that I will be able to show her the love of Christ.

Yes I am!

25 May

One of my new jobs this year is to listen to students recite the stories, songs and chants that my school has developed.

The students are taught these in the classroom and they have the books and CDs at home that they can listen to and practice.

Today I was working with some first graders. I noticed that the three students that were out working on their “memory” were very similar looking.

This is how it happened…

Me: Is he your brother?

Student #1: No.

Student #2: Yes I am!

Me: How come he says that you are but you say that you aren’t?

Student #1: He not my brother.

Student #2: Yes I AM!

Me: Is he your brother (points to the third child)?

Student #1: No.

Student #2: Yes he is!

Student #1: No. He no my brother.

Me: I think that you don’t like your brothers.

Student #1: Smiles

Oh the joy of triplets. I was dying laughing during this whole conversation.

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