Friday, July 29, 2011

Substance and Evidence

Its been a busy day of preparation here today. The house is full of wonderful smells, like hallah bread and cooked onions.
Our Shabbat menu will be:
French dip Sandwhiches
Hallah bread
Avacodo hummus and
Macaroni Salad
Rob and Also celebrate our 17th anniversary tommorow. 17 years has gone by fast.
I leave you with these thoughts. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of the things not seen. Lets just take a while and chew on that though for a bit.
Faith in something not seen=evidence....something you can see.
What is the substance and evidence that identifies you with YHWH, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
Shabbat Shalom!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Adventures?


I think it has a been a little long since my last post. Things have not been to adventurous here in Iwakuni. I think we're at the point of dealing with the culture shock really. These things just take time.
And while we have not had many Japanese adventures we have had some spiritual ones. I finally began Torah studies with the girls today. Brittany was a little disappointed about not attending a local VBS here so I decided I would do Torah School. Only It will last much longer than a week. I was thinking along the lines of the rest of our lives! So we began with talking a bit about why YHWH gave the Torah and ended our discussion with Psalm 1. Certainly appropriate indeed.
Psalm 1:1,2,3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the cousel of the ungodly, not standeth in the way of sinners nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the Law of YHWH. And in His Law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper
May YHWH help us to learn his ways and grow to be like that tree.
Stephani Started art classes last week. She has spent the afternoon painting with watercolers.
Japanese: Chotto Matte, kudesai; One moment please
Shalom Aleihem!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kintai Fountains

I just thought I would share some pictures from yesterdays adventure. After Everything that happened we still had a good time.







This is the Kintai castle












Random Thoughts

I began my day today like any other: A cup of coffee, bible reading and facebook. Then comes the meek little voice from the stairs, " Mama, may I go outside?" Sure I tell her, knowing she hasn't done "school work" yet. I convince myself that it's a field trip day so its o.k. As I was preparing to go out today, there was another voice. One that said "your children are problably not where they should be academically." That was my inner voice. I couldn't argue; All I could do was question. Are my girls going to turn out ok? What about college? What about being able to communicate? What about....what about.... what about.....? "Yes inner voice, I know, I know. I probably should be more consistant with math. After all, pie-r-2 will come in very handy some day. Hmmm. We'll get back to that a little later.

The time came to leave for the field trip. I had to drive. In Japan. This would be My first time. I was really very nervous. But we all strapped in the van, and I prayed. "YHWH please help me today drive today. I can't do it with out you. Amein." Deep breath. I went foward. Thankfully a new homeschooling friend allowed me to follow her to Kintai Fountains, our destination. The bridges in Japan are indeed very narrow. I tried to carefully manuver between on coming traffic and the railing. "Your doing great Mom." says Katelyn. "Thanks, honey I'm trying." I nervously replied. Deep breath. So. While trying to avoid oncoming traffic, I steered a little to far to the left and .....Yes I hopped the steep ledge that separates the road from the sidewalk! After sliding about 10 feet, the van came to an abrupt stop with my left side tires off the road, over the ledge. I buried my face in my hands. The tears flowed. Immediatley I hear Katelyn. Oh it's ok Mom! Don't worry, we're fine. I'll run and get help. Suddently a flood of encouragement comes from the back of the van. "Don't worry Mom we're gonna get help just hold on." " Mom don't worry its ok." " We're all ok." The next thing I know off they go running full speed to get help. I didn't know Katelyn could run that fast. Five minutes later the girls came running full speed, out of breath, to tell me help was coming. I waited.
Still my girls were encouraging me that everything would be alright. Katelyn rubbed my shoulder almost nonstop. Brittany constantly repeated "It really is ok, Mom." Stephani stood calm and cool as a cucumber and said "Yeah, Mom, I'm sure help will be here soon." She smiled. Sometimes I think concrete could melt at her smile. Help did arrive. Soon we were on our way to the fountains.

So what happened to pie-r-2? Well, Pi r squared might be the circumfence of a circle, and 2x2 does equal 4, but grace, encourgement and love out weight them all. In crunch time my girls rallied together around this mama who needed their encourgement which enabled me to pull together and think. After today I think my girls are exactly where they need to be. Have they fully arrived? Of course not. Is it because of my fabulouso training? No way. It is only by YHWH's grace. But I have been inspired! I am more motivated than ever to teach my children YHWH's word, because that is where we all need to be.

So, reader(if you made it down this far) and have asked the same quesions as above, be encouraged. See what YHWH has done in your children. Look for the good he is performing in them and be motivated to keep teaching them. And in these last days, that might come in handeir than pie anyway!

Dueteronomy 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: YHWH our Elohim is one Adonai; And thou shalt love YHWH thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Shalom Aleheim!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Konnichiwa!

Well much has happened here since my last post. We have moved into a house; a blessing indeed! We do not have any of our house hold goods but all in all we are still blessed. We have purchased a vehicle...well sort of. We're actually having a hard time getting the guy to take our money. Now driving is an adventure here. It is indeed much harder than it seems to drive on other side of the road. Not to mention every thing in vehicle is backwards! I am practicing however and hope to be a pro soon(maybe). School is slow right now as I have limited acces to books. We learning Japanese though, and that is fun.

I must say that I am developing a love for the Japanese people. They are a very polite, honorable people. I do believe they are also searching for light. I pray that YHWH will mold me and show the Light while I am here.

Japanese word for the week: Sumimasen (soo meh mo sehn) or pardon me

Shalom Aleheim! and Ohayo gozaimasu (o ho yo go zo ee mos)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ohayo gozaimasu...Good Morning

Greetings from Japan!

It certainly has been and adventure just getting here. We spent about 16 hours on planes and about 12 more hours waiting. And Thursday disappeared somewhere never to be found. But praise Yah we are here safe and the jet lag is finally starting to subside some. I still want to crawl in bed at 6pm but each day is a little better.

We were able to visit town yesterday. We kind of had information overload after our "indoctrination" so it was a little hard to to absorb everything. There is so much to do here though, I wonder if three years is enough.

Rob was finally off to work this morning and he is VERY glad about that. So if there is such a thing as normal we seem to be finally settling into it somewhat. We are still in temporary housing, but I must say it isn't bad at all. I am indeed thankful for everything YHWH has provided for us HallaluYah!

Once the rain stops I'll be able to get out and take some pictures. Until then....

Sayonara...and Shalom!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

For the Quilting Queue

Just had to share my cabin. This my most colorful cabin yet.

Meet For Monday

It was good to have been in the house of the Lord yesterday.  It was wonderful to see Bro. Barber and his wife again. I'd like to share a little bit about their ministry to the Philippines.  They have started the Helping Hands Box Ministry in which they round up food and clothing, pack them in bog boxes along with tracks and bibles and ship them to the philippines.  The "round up" comes from local churches and like a curcuit ridin' preacher, Bro. Barber goes from church to church preaching and collecting items brought in by the people.

They have 2 main prayer requests. First for God's protection over the boxes as they are shipped and second that the gospel will reach the people of the Philippines. It takes about 3 months for a box to arrive to the Philippines.  The Barbers shipped their first box on May 7th.  They have shipped 12 more boxes since then packed with food,clothing,bibles and tracks for the Philippines.  Will you pray with me today over those boxes and for the people of the Philippines to receive the gospel? Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I know it was long.