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Think about it

22 Jul

Have you ever thought about the way that you treat your friends?

Do you love them and treat them with respect? Do you bend over backwards for them? Do you tell them that you love them? Do you do things that you hate for them?

Here is another question: 

How would you feel if your friends treated you the way that you treated them? Would you like that?

Step back from reality and look at the bigger picture. 

I challenge you to tell your friends that you love them. Be the person that calls them first if they always call you. Be the person to invite them to do things if they always invite you. Text them and ask them how their day is even if they do live half way across the world. 

This may be me being selfish but think about it.


Sneak Peek

11 Jan

Today is one of those days that I want a sneak peek into the future. A glimpse of what my life looks like down the road.

Over the past year I learned a lot about being patient. I feel like I have become a more patient person. But today… I am not.

I want to look into the future 5 years from now when I am less than 2 months away from turning 30. (holy smokes)

I want to see what my life looks like.

Will I be married? If I am… what does that wonderful man’s face look like? Does he have dimples? Does he have blue or green eyes? Does his smile make me melt?

Will I have children? If I do… what do their precious faces look like? Do they look like me? Do they have crazy curly hair when they wake up in the morning? Did they inherit my crazy, loud, scream laugh? Or, do they look nothing like me and look like their wonderful father? Are they adopted? Are they learning to love Jesus?

Where will I be? Will I be in Japan? Will I have moved back to America? Will I have moved back to Missouri or some other state? Will I have moved to another country?


Will I be in heaven worshiping my wonderful Savior?

Today is one of those days that I just want a small glimpse into my future.

How about you? Would you want a sneak peek?


9 Nov

According to my lovely stats, this is my 200th post.


I honestly don’t have any idea what I have written about in 200 posts. I hope that people have come to this corner of the web and have read my heart. My heart for Jesus, for loving people, and for the Japanese. I’m sure I have rambled on and on about wanting to get married, my life in Japan, my crazy adventures around the world, and my cute students.

The only thing that I wish I could share with you all is how much I love to laugh. I seriously love it. I love laughing with people and at myself. I find a lot of things funny. I love people that make me laugh. I love animals that make me laugh. I love that the Lord makes me laugh.

One of my friends told me this year that the best way to describe my laugh would be “scream laughing”. He is right. When I laugh…. I slightly scream but I am laughing. It is loud. It can be slightly annoying. And it is a true cackle.

What is something that you love to laugh about? Do you have a video or story to tell me to make me laugh? Please share.

Keep on laughin’ friends.

10 Years

9 Sep

This time 10 years ago, I was discussing with my friend about my salvation. We were both wondering if we were really saved or of it was satan just making us doubt.

It was high attendance Sunday at my church. I had invited a lot of my friends to go to church with me. My friend, that I was talking about my salvation with, was there and she told me that she knew that she was a Christian. I on the other hand wasn’t so sure.

I was sitting on the blue couch in the youth room. My youth leader gave a great lesson on believing and trusting the Lord with all that we have. One of the youth helpers, Laura, got up to give the plan of salvation. She gave the prayer and everything. I prayed to the Lord with all that I had. I admitted that I am a sinner and that I am not perfect. I believe that Jesus is the son of God and he died on the cross for my sins. I then confessed that I wanted to make Jesus the Lord and Savior of my life.

It was at that moment, that I gave my life to Jesus. I knew that I was saved. The Lord had saved me from the depths of Hell and from eternal suffering.

It was September 9, 2001.

I felt funny because I didn’t know what to do even though I did know what to do. I didn’t want people to think that I was being a fake Christian or whatever. Well, during the altar call, I went up front. I told my pastor that morning in Sunday school, I gave my life to Christ. He was totally surprised. He didn’t know what to think. My mom was in the kitchen cooking a meal for all of us to eat after service. She came up and she didn’t know what to think either. It was a total shock to everyone.

Today, I am 10 years old in Jesus. It has been a rough 10 years, but the Lord is forever faithful and he has pulled me through lots of hard times. I know that it isn’t easy to be a Christian and things aren’t perfect, but this was THE most important day of my life.

I pray that if you aren’t a Christian and you have questions about what I am talking about, please feel free to email me or leave a comment.

Jesus is waiting for you to let him come into your life.

Life Cycle

18 Jan

When I was home for Christmas, the things that my friends and I talked about were not the things that we had talked about just a few years ago.

We were talking about recipes, babies and jobs.

A few years ago we were talking about homework, boyfriends and weddings.

Six years ago we were talking about homework, crushes and jobs.

This morning while sitting in my bed, I realized that my life is not the “normal” life that most people have. I feel like I am still on the six years ago topics. Talking about who I might like and my job.

Sometimes I feel like my life is not running on the same track that everyone else’s lives are running on. I look at my mom and how she was married and had a baby (me :]) at the age of 24. I look at some of my friends… they are married and thinking about having babies. Or they are going to be getting married at the age of 24.

What will I be doing?

Trying to find a job. Pay off loans. Living with my parents because they are so awesome and will let me stay for free.

With all of that to say:

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

How do you think your life is different from the “norm”?



12 Jan

Every year I make a list of things that I would like to accomplish in the year.

It isn’t anywhere near resolutions. It is just things that I would like to do in the year.

Last year I had these things on my list:

* Go to at least 2 new countries (only made it to 1: Australia)

* Read through the New Testament (big fail)

* Pay off $5000 in student loans (paid off one entire loan but it wasn’t $5000)

* lost 15 lbs (lost 10)

* go ice skating

* see all of my Japanese family

* write to Post Secret (I made one but then I decided to delete it.)

* go skiing (nope)

* learn how to make sushi

* learn to drive in Japan

Well that year wasn’t so great. I think it is because there was so much change in the past year. Seesh.

This next year, I have a few things that I want to achieve:

* read through the Bible.

* Do P90X

* Go to a state I have never been to.

* Keep in contact with friends made in Japan

* Volunteer with an organization

* Pay off $7000 in student loans

* Write to Post Secret

* Send more letters

Some of you may be asking, uh… how about a job? Well I would like to get a teaching job in America butttt I don’t know if that is in God’s plan. I don’t know if He will have me teaching or scrubbing toilets at the mall. So, I cannot write that down on my list. :]

Well here is to 2011. It will be a great year and I cannot wait for what it will hold.

Also… you should think about One Word 2011. Click on the link to the right to read more.


12 Nov

This is something that all of us must face one day.

We must die.

It is something that we know that HAS to happen in our life.

The only thing is, what happens after we die?

I believe that I will go to Heaven and worship the Lord with the angels and everyone else who has gone before me. It is going to be amazing time and I seriously think about it almost every day. I think about how bright and heavenly it will be. I honestly have no words to describe heaven.

That is what I believe, along with many more people.

But here in Japan, they believe something else.

They believe that when you die, you become a god. Your family worships you. They pray to you so that you can be the deliver of their prayers to God. It is unlike anything that I have ever encountered.

When you die, you are cremated. You have no choice.

After they cremate you, they have to pick out your bones from the ash. They do this with chopsticks. This is the ONLY time that you are allowed to pass something chopstick to chopstick. Your family passes around your bones and say a prayer to you.

After about 100 days, your ashes and bones are buried in a small little box in the cemetery.

Why am I talking about death?

Well one of my high school girls, her mom passed away last Saturday. This was very unexpected.

As her teacher, I felt like I should go over to her house. I greeted her at the door and in the family room I could see the altar set up and someone was praying to her mother. I honestly had no idea what to say to her. I mean, what DO I say?

I told her that I was so sorry and that I wanted her to know that I love her.

I wish that I could say that she knows the Lord, but I cannot say that.

I hope one day that I will.

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