Thursday, April 16, 2015

Corner View---Once Upon a Time



Once upon a time there was me,
a girl with a crown!
God loved me so, and like every child this I knew.

But as I grew up, and without noticing it, I no longer wore my crown.
It was never taken off by God,
but only by my own sense of self worth that came from elsewhere did the crown come down..

Then one day I knew it was there again, God had shown me!
That I have always been his royal daughter.
Even those forty years when I was off in the wilderness* living my life without thinking of him,
he was there loving me and watching over me.
He even came all the way here to find me in Japan.

Now he has called me back to him and is my loving Royal Father in Heaven, faithful and full of goodness and mercy and grace.  To remind me, he keeps pointing out crowns to me everywhere !!
Now I have my crown again, and I want to remind you that you still have yours, as he is waiting for all his royal sons and daughters to come home!!

This story is a One-Year-Anniversary-of-my-Baptism story inspired by this weeks Corner View theme of Once Upon a Time!  

I found the above photo of me when looking through some old photos at my mom`s when I visited my family in NY this month.  The photo was attached to and under another photo and when I saw it `hidden` there behind another childhood photo, I had the sense of it being prophetic.  If I had found it even a few years earlier it would not have had the meaning it had for me today, as I am truly hearing God talking to me about crowns and returning as his daughter. 


Celebrating one year in Christ!!

The photo above is taken by my sister the other day during my visit to Long Island.    Taken on Easter, this photo feels like my one year baptism (one year in Jesus!) photo.
A long story that is beginning anew, finding who I am in God as a worship dancer and creative worshiper can be found in a related Corner View Post here from almost exactly one year ago).
May all your once upon a time dreams that you didn`t even know you have come true!!
Find more Once Upon a Time at this week`s Corner View.

ai ♡kawarazu
jgy

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Psalm Postcards--Happy Spring!




 Happy Spring!
ai kawarazu
jgy

Monday, March 9, 2015

Heaven from the Sky and on Earth



 I flew to Sendai this past weekend, that is a trip all the way from the south of Japan to fairly far North, the most North I have ever been in Japan.  It is the area where the big earthquake and tsunami hit almost exactly 4 years ago today (March 11, 2011).  I went for a conference whose theme was Resilient Tohoku and the symbol was Rainbows of hope.

At the cabaret, as part of the gala evening`s program,  three of us did worship dance with flags, to a song by Francesca Battistelli called Choose to Love.  We welcomed others  to join in, and the best part was as we got going, some did!  There were lots of other acts of love and kindness and there was joy throughout the weekend.  Kari, Vicki, and I called our group the Living Rainbows.

                                                                                                                                                                  We also did an improvised dance with flags and Kari`s bamboo sticks at Akiu, an onsen spot where we went for a day trip. 
 






 God released heavenly skies for the plane ride home---  rainbow colors and his purple Majesty! A nod that he had been with us, watching and bathing us in his presence the whole time.
Wishing you a week filled with rainbows and blessings for all, with prayers for Tohoku.


ai♡ kawarazu
jgy





Friday, March 6, 2015

Girls Girls Girls


We bring out our display of dolls for `Girls Day` (Hina Matsuri) each year. 
This year it is also Y`s graduation from Jr. High School.  Today was her graduation!

 Now it is still the period called `ju-ken` where students wait to find out what high school they get into after months of studying for the big entrance tests.   Y still has one test to go.  Even though High School starts in a few weeks, she is one of many students who still don`t know yet where they will be going!

She took a break from studying for our at home girls day dinner.  I am getting pretty good at making  chirashi sushi, clam soup, and sakura mochi, the girls day special foods.   I started trying to make them years ago, and get to `practice` each year.  So we enjoyed a traditional Girls Day colorful feast!

Even though its a big deal to take the big boxes out of the closets to set up the dolls display each year (they only are out on display for a week or so), I am beginning to like it more and more each year.  Maybe because Y is growing up and as she quickly goes back to her studies and the world of her friends, I recognize the preciousness of having a girl at home to celebrate with. 


Pink Peach blossom and yellow Nanohana are the flowers of girls day


This year Heart-shaped chirashi and clam soup!


Y only allows me to take her picture from the back.



Sakura Mochi-I still need practice, but it tastes good!!





Happy Girls Day to all!  
ai ♡kawarazu
JGY


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Corner View--Love in this Corner




Home-made Happy Set
Even the buns
are made with Love!

ai♡kawarazu
jgy

Happy almost Valentines Day!!  Love in corners around the world can be found at this weeks Corner View. Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Kari! for the theme this week, Love in your corner.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Corner View- Rainbow Mt. Fuji poem


R-O-Y -G. -B - I - V
rainbow stripes
for Mt. Fu-ji


This week`s Corner View theme is a poem
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and... me and Ibabe ! for the theme.
amazingly and without knowing it, Ibabe and I, who were joined together for the theme by Francesca`s intuition,
both posted Hokusai images of Mt. Fuji! 

ai♡ kawarazu
jgy

Monday, January 26, 2015

Corner View---My Dream Walk

         To walk by the side of the Lord and gaze on his beauty all the days of my life.
                                                          To seek him in his dwelling, to dance for him...

and make music for the lord!

                                      -- from Psalm 27

Taking steps towards my dream,
I have officially begun a year long training in Dancing for Him.
Its so exciting to meet beautiful spirits all over the world who are doing worship dance, a new world that has opened up to me in the past year.  The photos above are taken in Kunisaki at an art installation by Tadashi Kawamata (Kibe Project) which was part of the Kunisaki Art Festival. 

This week`s Corner View theme is Sushi...I mean, dream walk!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Nadine N♥ for the theme.
ai♡ kawarazu
jgy





Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sushi Magic


 Like the loaves and then the fish
Sushi first was just one dish
and then it multiplied!




This week`s Corner View theme is Sushi...I mean, favorite plate!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Nadine N♥ for the theme.
ai♡ kawarazu
jgy

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hatsu Corner View--Twinkle





Rise, sun
The clouds are
the Lamb

That`s my first (`hatsu`) poem of the new year! 

In Japan it is a tradition on the New Year to watch the first sunrise of the year on January 1st,

初日の出=Hatsu hi no de (pronounced =hot-su-he-no-day)=first sunrise.

The prefix `hatsu` means `first` and gets attached to all new experiences in the new year, such as first sunrise, first dream, first shrine visit, first sales at the stores, and then we use it for any and all first experiences!


We go every New Year`s to Hotojima, the fishing island where my husband is from and where his family lives.  This year it was a dramatic first sunrise, as we had an unusual `white New Year` with snow, big waves and Lamb-like clouds.  The third picture is taken at basically the same time as the other two, it is amazing how the effects of the sun are so different taken from the same spot but in a different direction.  I love how the sunrise twinkled radiant ripples on the ocean.

This years first Corner View theme of the year is `twinkle`.  Enjoy your `hatsu-corner-view` and many wonderful firsts of the year!!
Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Nadine N♥ for the theme.

ai♡ kawarazu
jgy

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Year of the Lamb!




It`s the year of the Lamb!
Happy New Year!
Love and Blessings to you in 2015!

ai♡ kawarazu jgy

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