eNews – February 16, 2014

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“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”   Psalm 37:4

I don’t know if you read this verse the same way I do, but I would like to share what you might find as a unique perspective on what this means.

The first part of the verse uses the word “delight”.  It basically means to “take pleasure in”.  So many people look at walking with the Lord to be difficult or even a burden.  This may come from a legalistic view of their relationship to God.  If you know Jesus personally and have a relationship with Him, then you know that your joy comes from Jesus having fulfilled the law. You can understand what Jesus meant when He said; “…For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Mathew 11:27~30

But I love the second part of Psalm 37:4 because it’s one of my “life verses”.  I read “…he will give you the desires of your heart…” as He will give me the desires that are perfect for me as I delight in Him.  And then the verse; Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”   I look at those desires as ones He puts there as we delight in Him.  God is bringing these good things to fruition.

So there you have it; the promises and the means for God blessing us and others through us.  This is the heart of a missionary.  If you can relate to these promises and as you delight in the Lord, you may find that you are on a mission for God as well.  Isn’t that awesome?

IMG_0750We are home!

Belinda and I want to send our sincere thanks for the many blessings from the body for us in the U.S.  It was so great to see so many of you, and to spend time sharing and praying with you.  We are again reminded that we have not left the body to go serve in another country.  We are extensions of the body serving in Japan.

 

A bit of a tough time getting home:

Once we landed in Japan, the “fun” began.  Japan had a 40 year record snowfall the week before IMG_0733we landed and then a 120 year record snowfall the day we arrived.

Our bus home was canceled, so we took a train into Tokyo.  That went smoothly, but the train line to our area was shut down.  We had little choice but to spend 10 hours, sitting in a parked train the in station.  The next day we were able to take another route part way, but then the connecting train from there was shut down.  After about an hour, they allowed ONE train to our area.  We were able to take that home.  The train was unable to stop correctly at two of the last stations and had to back up to the platform.  At one point a car was stuck on a crossing.

IMG_0742Our area is close to the mountains and the snowfall was very extreme. Neighbors were all pitching in together to dig out their homes and streets.  We are constantly amazed at the resilience and sense of community of the Japanese people.

 

 

Some serious snow!

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We are blessed:

Many of you know we have a new grandchild.  Bethany Anne, our second grandchild is doing IMG_0690great.  She seems to really like her grandparents.  She always seems so happy and peaceful when we hold her.  Our first grandchild loves her little cousin.  It’s just so wonderful to have these blessings in our lives.

Praying for the future:

IMG_0719As I shared in the opening of this newsletter, God is filling us with a refreshed desire to see His Glory in ministry here.  We believe God has giving us some new ideas and desires for ministry in the coming year.  We will be sharing more with you about that as God affirms His will.  We ask that you would consider praying with us as we pursue His desire for the ministry He entrusts to us.