Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the LORD is to be praised.
--Psalm 113:3

Happy New Year!!
First Sunrise, 2016
Tsukumi, Japan 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Because I trust in you, Lord, you fill me with joy and peace.
I love you Lord, I love you!!

photo from yesterday, Asagimadara butterfly drinking the nectar/honey from the fujibakama flower, Saganoseki.

(Romans 15:13)


ローマ 15:13

Monday, October 26, 2015

Flowers of the field


Today on my way home I noticed  cosmos flowers growing on the side of a busy road.
They were so sweet.  One was just popping up from the gravel on the asphalt!

They made me think of the words that I was just talking about yesterday with my friend Venus.  We were talking about clothes... and Jesus!
How Jesus tells us not to worry, where he says:
`And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the flowers of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you...` (Matthew 6:28)

So here he tells us not to worry about all things, and that the Father knows just what we need.  So he tells us to:

 `seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, 
and all these things will be given to you as well.` (v.33)

When I read that this morning, I decided on a prayer, that I would not worry!
Instead I would do just what Jesus tells us, to seek first his kingdom.
I even wrote these words down on a piece of paper, in a few different colors of colored pencils,
like a note to myself:

Seek first:

These only do I seek!


To God be the Glory

I finished my first year of training, and will receive certification in Worship Dance from 
Dancing for Him Ministry!! Congratulations to all my DFH sisters on completion of this year in DANCING FOR HIM!
Thank you Pastor Lynn, thank you to friends, family, and OICF fellows for support and encouragement (and being in the uploads!!).
May we praise His name with dancing! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!!♡
(Psalm 150:6)

Praise the Lord!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hats off to the Full Moon!

Today is the Chuushuu no Meigetsu (the harvest moon / 中秋の名月)as it is known in Japan, or `Super Moon` as it is known elsewhere.

Last night it was pretty super as well.

We found our special way to observe the tsuki-mi (moon-viewing) night.  We were seated at a full-moon-side table at the beer garden at the recently opened rooftop of Oita Station.

When my daughter chose the spot for a celebration of a few occasions, we hadn`t realized that the Lord had the table picked out for us to see the moon a`rising just when we got our appetizers!

He orchestrated the evening for us and it became a night of puns and lightness.
I had  a feeling of the Holy Spirit just wanting to play as he showed us the simple pleasures of being with each other--as husband, wife and daughter.
My daughter played around with making visual puns in the photos, like her hat on the moon, and me dancing with a stick of buta-bara `yakitori`, as she in her sushi shirt and bowler hat was our creative director of the evening.  Perhaps not the typical photos of what you see in Japanese moon-viewing, but what I love about living in Japan is how the living moment is what is the true Japan.  Since being called to Jesus here in Japan a year and half ago, I no longer think of anything as being `set` in terms of what `Japan` is.  Instead where we are seems to open us up anew to being in  moments specially created for us by God!

Teenage years come with their challenges .  This is the Silver Anniversary year in our marriage !
I thank our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit for healing in  families.
Thank you for working in us to love ourselves and each other and teaching the importance of  sticking together through thick and through thin. 

Hats off  to families, to You.  Enjoy the Full Moon!

one of the punny photos, dancing with buta-bara (yakitori) and moon

creative teenager in a sushi shirt, thanks for taking the photos!!

 the moon through cha-soba (green tea buckwheat noodles)

ai♡ kawarazu

Friday, August 7, 2015

Recipe: To Start*

Take 1 part Mark 4:30 and 1 part James 4:8 as follows!

All we need is
a mustard seed
that small amount
of faith

Then watch
His amazing ways
as He draws near
 to us!

*Poem combining 2 scriptures
Inspired by sitting by our verandah this morning, looking at the morning glories.  The sound of cicadas was even stronger than usual, and suddenly I realized the cicadas were so near, they were right on the morning glory vine!  It reminded me that if I hadn`t planted the seed to grow the morning glory, the cicadas would not have come so near, the same way the parable of the mustard seed speaks of the way we start with such a tiny bit of faith, as small as a mustard seed.

I have been drawing the morning glories a lot this week, and that brought me to James 4:8, which says, "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you."  As the week went on the morning glories seemed to draw me closer and closer to God as the sound of the cicadas came closer and closer and inspired the poem above.

ai ♡kawarazu

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Corner View--Twilight--Mt. Fuji

My friend Cai took these photos on our way down the mountain.
Looking at them now, I see the characteristic line of Mt. Fuji,
and can`t quite figure out how we could see that view when we were `On` that view.
I think its part of the amazing mountain and how it reveals itself in  mysterious ways!!
Going down the mountain is also `fushigii` (不思議)(wonder-ous).
We were reallly thrilled to see twilight  from Mt. Fuji.
To see twilight around the world, visit this weeks Corner View!
Thanks to Kellyn for the theme today!

ai ♡kawarazu jgy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Morning Glory and Sunflower and Psalm 143

Dear Lord,

All my posts are letters to you.
You show your Glory all day through!
Thank you for the sunflower, planted for my mom Jane, it opened!
And the first morning glory opened just the next day,
so there they are, the two of them, looking towards the sun.
Like you say through David in Psalm 143,
the morning brings word of your unfailing Love.

When I woke up this morning and saw those two blooming,
I heard those words of David spoken.
And then in the early evening, the morning glory was still radiating your Glory, and the moon appeared out of the blue.
Thank you for speaking to us through your word and through your creation,
let us sing your praises for this glorious day!


Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
For I have put my trust in you.      ---Psalm 143:8


           ー詩編 143:8

Psalm 143:18,starting to add scripture in Japanese is good  to both start to study the Bible in Japanese and to practice my Japanese writing!  Still a long way to go in both!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Morning after Mt. Fuji

It was the morning after the first time I climbed Mt. Fuji... I was so full of joy for having climbed the great mountain...
I took my pink streamer and went into Shinjuku Central Park...
I wanted to thank the Lord
and share my joy.


レンゾさん達ありがとうございました。 コンビのTOP BOYの成功をお祈りします!

 Introducing Renzo , blessings to him and his up and coming combi, Top Boy.

music:  Life Begins, by John Fluker
From the album THE SOUND OF PEACE

`Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.`   ---Micah 4:2

 ai ♡kawarazu 

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