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In His timing

13 Mar

In my life, many people have told me to trust in the Lord’s timing.

Over the past year, I have really learned this. I am learning it even still to this day. It will be something that I will think about all the time.

Trust that the Lord is preparing me for my husband. Trust that the Lord is preparing my husband for me. Trust that His timing will be perfect.

His timing will be perfect.

Not mine. If anything, I am learning to have patience. Being patient in situations that I wish I could control but I have to give it daily to the Lord. He is the one who controls time. He is the one that pushes me in the right direction. He is the one that will give me peace. He is the one that will show me that His timing is perfect.

In His timing…



7 Mar

I have taken a slight break from my blog. I think at times, it is good. We need to invest in peoples lives around us and love them for who they are no matter what they are going through.

I have had some really great conversations with some people that I deeply care about. Conversations about faith, fears, and memories.

My best friend, Hannah, is one of the most amazing people that I have ever known. She encourages me in ways that I didn’t think I needed to be encouraged in. She loves to send letters. I get one almost every month from her. She is amazing.

Today in the mail, I received a letter from her. I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing but I just wanted to show you how amazing her heart is.

Dearest Friend,
By the time you get this, it will have been one year since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I wish I could be there with you to remember and mourn, and to celebrate your life. I am so thankful that the Lord protected you on that day and also thankful that he renewed your love and passion for Him. Your love for the Lord has increase so much this year. it is so sweet for me to watch His desires become your desires. it is beautiful. I think about you every day and though life moves on, here and in Japan, I think about March 11, 2011 very often too. I think about how earthquakes are still a common part of your life and how much your life changed. I remember how you trusted in the Lord and how you continue to trust the Lord with all of your heart. I don’t know what the earthquake had to happen, but I know the Lord uses everything for his good– and I have seen that in your life.
You are in Japan for a specific purpose. On the days when that’s hard to remember or when you’re homesick, remember the goodness of the Lord, despite the disaster, that prompted you to stay.
This year I have seen you Delight in the Lord, and I am confident that as you continue to delight in him, he will continue to be faithful and show you the desires of His heart.
I love you so much, dear friend, and I am so very thankful for our friendship. Continue to seek the Lord with all of your heart.
Love always,
Hannah Ruthie

She is my heart sister.


7 Dec

What am I doing these days?


TurnĀ from evil and do good; seekĀ peace and to pursue it. Psalm 34:14

I am making a mad attempt to listen, be still and seek the Lord in what direction I should go next in my life.

I think that I need to work on being quiet instead of being so loud.

What are you doing?

Skin Care

25 Aug

I am 23 years old and I still have pimples and such.

I hate it.

I seriously thought that once I was out of college that all of the stress pimples and blemishes would go away. I have been told that this just depends on what type of skin you have. UGH.

While I was in Australia, I decided that it was time to get down to business with this whole face issue.

Since I could read everything, I started at Target. I looked at all of their “Australian” brand items aka American items. I looked at the different types of skin the oily skin, the dry skin, and the combination skin. I also thought about what type do I want? Do I want the “Morning Burst”, the “Daily Cleanser”, or the “beads” aka little scrubbies as I like to call them. There were so many to choose from. I decided that the combination little scrubbies was for me.

So everyday I scrub at my face and hope and pray that this will make my face clearer.

You might be asking: Why in the world is she writing this super long post about skin care? Well it is more than that.

As I think about what type of skin care I use on my face, I think about what type of “Sin remover” the Lord has to use on me. Then I am reminded oh.. it is called Jesus Christ.

I also think about if the Lord has to bust out the little scrubbies to get down into the places of my life, to make it clean. I guess you could call it a deep cleaning.

Right now I feel like I am going through a deep cleaning in my life. I feel as if I haven’t talked to any of my friends back home or my family in a while. It is just me and God over here in Japan. We are just working out some kinks in my life and I am trying to listen to what he wants me to do next in my life.

Where does he want me to live?

Who does he want me to work for?

Who does he want me to marry?

All of these things I feel like are part of my “little scrubbies” experience with God.

Do you feel like God is using his “little scrubbies” on you?

Rough Seas

1 Mar

Moving to Japan has been something that I have always wanted to do… well ever since I was 10 years old.

Moving here has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life. I love it. I think for the first time I feel at home and at peace with God in this situation. It wasn’t until Friday night that I knew Satan was trying to make me doubt this.

My grandmother passed away.

She had such a loving spirit and was always making something and/or painting something.

The thing that really got my spirits down was that I would not be able to go to her funeral. I would not be there to grieve over her death with the rest of my family. Instead, I will be here, in Japan, by myself. I know that the friends that I have made are in my life for a reason. They are here to encourage me and keep me going when I don’t feel like doing anything. They are here to listen to my stories about her. They are here to be my family away from home.

This weekend we went to the cabin and it could have not been planned more perfectly. I was able to go away and get my mind off of the sadness. I was able to laugh, experience Japanese culture (eating octopus and whale) and see a tsunami…. even if it was only 10 centimeters. :] I still saw and lived through one.

God amazes me in how He orchestrates my life. And I love Him even more so for that.

blessed at work

12 Aug

So I have been praying a lot lately about what book God wants me to read to deepen my faith in Him. I have heard from many friends that John Piper is an excellent writer and that his books are always amazing.

I researched and came to the conclusion that I wanted to read Don’t Waste Your Life. I was actually thinking about purchasing it on half.com today. Well there was no need to do that.

While I was at work, I saw a lady doing her Bible study and enjoying her latte. She had a lovely journal that she was scribbling away in. I was going through the lobby making sure all of the chairs were neatly arranged and that all of the crumbs and spills were wiped up.

I saw a book on the coffee table in front of her. It was Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper!!! I asked her what she thought about it and she said that it was a marvelous book and that her young adult group was doing it at church. I wished her a good day and then continued on cleaning the lobby.

Well about five minutes later, she came up to the counter with THE book. She was like I just wanted to give this to you. I was so shocked! I cannot believe that I was just blessed by God on this marvelous day.

God works in the weirdest ways and man I love Him for that!

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