Thursday, April 24, 2008

New Blogs Found

So, I haven't blogged much in the past week and a half but I have found a bunch of new blogs to read! This takes less mind use on my part and provides more entertainment not just for me but for all of you who read my blog and use the links to read other people's stuff.

By the way, I am back to running again! And in that, I have been enjoying spring the past couple of weeks. First, we had the cherry blossoms. As they started falling, the dogwoods started blooming. Now the azaleas are also starting to bloom. Of course, with all the rain we've had the trees and bushes and everything around is turning lovely shades of green.

God is so creative! I love that we get to enjoy His creation and through this encounter can praise Him. As I look around at the budding earth, the blue sky and white clouds (sometimes gray!), to the hills in the distance, I see God's marvelous works and can't help but praise Him. The amazing thing is, we praise THE God who made all of these things, not the creation itself.

If I am running at the right time, which I seem to be doing every time for the past two weeks, I hear a man standing by the pond of the park, where there are great acoustics, singing some chants. I have no idea what he is saying or to what god he is praying or singing, but when I hear him I get bold and actually sing out loud, too! I am sure the ducks and turtles enjoy it. It is a strong reminder for me to pray for my friends here.

Just some ramblings for today!
(The picture is red azaleas in Nagaokakyo, Kyoto taken three years ago.)

Monday, April 14, 2008

If only...

From my Oswald Chambers flip calendar for April 13...

Cast your burden on the Lord... Ps. 55:22

If we will only roll back on God the burdens He has placed upon us, He will take away that immense feeling of responsibility, replacing it with an awareness and understanding of Himself and His presence.

Monday, April 7, 2008

A Pink Weekend

The weather this past weekend was beautiful! After the winds and rains of the past week or so it was a lovely weekend for cherry blossom viewing. As I drove to church on Sunday morning I felt I was driving in a pink world!

Here is the view I saw walking from church to my car.

Here is an up close look at the tree.

After church I met up with several ladies from Gospel choir for a cherry blossom viewing picnic. Here we are enjoying food and conversation while gazing at the cherry trees!

And on our way home...

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Small Talk

My favorite restaurant in my area is Small Talk. It is owned and operated by Akihiro and Ayako Naka. I was introduced to the restaurant by Akihiro's mom. She is a member of our church. I am now a regular there! I recommend anything on the menu. I think there are only about 2 things on the menu I have never tried.
Akihiro has been working on a website and so has been taking pictures at the restaurant. Last Saturday night when I went I got to be a model. Here are the pictures that turned out...

If you want to see me on the home page, click on the link to the right of my posts and then click on the About Us section of the Small Talk web page.