Saturday, March 26, 2011



Can you even believe these pictures?

They look like something taken out a movie.

Oh, yes, an old Godzilla movie,
after all, this is

Please forgive my sarcasm.
It is being used to cover my

I found another picture that made me burst into tears...
it was a hand sticking out of the rubble.

I'm of Japanese descent,
1/2 third and 1/2 fourth generation,
have never been to Japan,
but have cousins there.

I would be considered
Too Americanized...

But, I cannot help but feel a personal pain in my heart for Japan
and especially the
who are either
dead or missing....

I have totally avoided watching any news about the tsunami,
it's devastating..
almost nauseating...

But...there is HOPE.

The Japanese are doing what they do best,
working together,
helping each other,
supporting one another.

This is an email my mom sent me:
"For those who wonder how JA's were able to 'gaman' and live through what happened to us as U.S. Citizens during World War II, 'On the Ground' by Nicholas D. Kristof describes it very well. Trust you will agree.

But the Japanese people themselves were truly noble in their perseverance and stoicism and orderliness.
There’s a common Japanese word,
that doesn’t really have an English equivalent,
but is something like “toughing it out.”

And that’s what the people of Kobe did, with a courage,
and common purpose that left me awed."

"This stoicism is built into the Japanese language.
People always say “shikata ga nai” – it can’t be helped.
And one of the most common things to say to someone else is “ganbatte kudasai”
tough it out,
Natural disasters are seen as part of Japan’s “unmei,” or fate –
a term that is written by combining the characters for movement and life.

I remember reading an ancient account, I believe from 16th century Jesuit visitors, of an earthquake devastating a village,
and then within hours the peasants began rebuilding their homes."

In the midst of this disaster, the Japanese people have come together.

But, I'm still praying for the Japanese.

For strength,
for perseverance,
most of all,
for their

85% of the Japanese are Buddhist.
Less than 1% are Christian.

Please pray for the Japanese...

"I will build them up and not tear them down;
I will plant them and not uproot them.
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD.
They will be my people,
and I will be their God,
for they will return to me with all their heart, "
(says the LORD.)
Jeremiah 24:6-7

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our
so that we can comfort those in any
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

"Let him who walks in the
who has no light,
in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.
Isaiah 50:10

Sunday, March 6, 2011

An Unfamiliar Road

Is God taking YOU on an Unfamiliar Road?

Is God asking you to trust him on a new path, a new venture, a new way of thinking or living?

I think God is asking me to trust him, even though I cannot SEE where He is taking me.

Have YOU ever felt that way?

"Back in the day", like 20+ years ago.....a-hem...
I remember playing a "Trust" game in high school.
You are blindfolded and then there is a classmate that takes your hand,
and you have to LISTEN to their directions and TRUST that they are leading you in the right direction- down the hall into another classroom,
NOT down the stairs or into the Boy's Restroom!

I don't think I had a problem with that game,
only because I KNEW the person who was guiding me.

If it were some mean kid, I probably wouldn't have trusted him/her at all!

So, when God asks us to go with HIM,
even though we cannot SEE where we are going,
we need to TRUST HIM.

HOW do I trust Him?
Get to KNOW Him....we TRUST those who are TRUSTworthy.

But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain.”
(Isaiah 57:13)

Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help … Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in the Lord his God
Who keeps truth forever, who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.”
(Psalm 146:3-7)

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You,

because he trusts in You.

Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”

(Isaiah 26:3)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge Him,

and He shall direct your paths.”

(Proverbs 3:5)

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie Ten Boom