I’m coming to the end of my time in Japan; the second trimester is nearly over, I’ve lived here over ten months, and I’ve begun reminding my students that they’ll be advancing a grade in Friends Club soon. All things point to March coming quickly.
And while I have so many exciting things to look forward to once I return to America, I still have 100 (ish) days to live fully in Asia. And so my thoughts and prayers have been going into what these last few months should mean to me, to people I know, and to my relationship with my heavenly Father. This time is precious, a gift, in fact, and to not cherish it like I sometimes forget is to waste a beautiful opportunity.
In no particular order, some with explanation and some without:
Think of the lonely times as precious times of solitude with God rather than something sad. I have a whole amazing explanation of how cool lengthy times of being alone can be. Another time maybe.
Do as many new things as possible. Sometimes that means don’t think about it too much. Just eat the raw fish already.
Save money. -_-
Prepare to be a godly wife and helper. Pray. Read. Converse. Stop worrying so much.
Prepare to go into missions. Pray. Read. Converse. Stop worrying so much.
Prepare to be a grown up? …
Find a job a grown up should have. …
Plan a killer honeymoon and reception.
*Worry less about the future.*
Pray for wisdom. A lot. I’ve prayed for wisdom off and on since I was a kid and read about Solomon and David praying for wisdom. I think it’s a cool gift to have.
Accomplish my Bible reading goals.
Get discouraged at least 80% less.
Pray for my students more often.
Focus on the people who have been with me all along this journey. Let the negative feelings from those who didn’t fade away. Count the blessings of loving relationships, and take time to thank those special people.
Appreciate every day the seriously amazing thing I am doing: I live in Japan. Not many people I know can say they’ve done what I’ve done. I am truly blessed.
If you read this, you probably care about me in some way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you are reading by accident, I hope you are encouraged in some way whether it’s having a relationship with Jesus or moving somewhere far away. I’m an example of all things being possible with God.