Friday, July 31, 2009

A Tremendous Blessing...

On June 1st, 2008 I arrived on the USS Blue Ridge, in Yokosuka (Pronounced Yoko-ska), Japan. Unmarried, single in a foreign country sooooo far away from home. To be perfectly honest, I was pretty scared. At the beginning the only time I felt comfortable was at church. I knew that God was going to use this time to teach me some things. To teach me to depend on Him, to allow Him to be the comforting friend I needed.

I struggled with this big time....I found myself spending a lot of time on the computer, and spending money on things I didn't need, to maybe make me feel less lonely. I tried to depend on the Lord, and it helped a great deal, but to be honest...I'm an imperfect human, I have a hard time learning lessons like this. I wanted so badly to have somebody with me. I found myself calling home more and more during the week to have some kind of feeling like there was somebody with me.

Finally the Lord brought my friend Luci into my life. Luci was just what I needed. She helped me feel less lonely, and I helped her by being a the Christian friend she needed. We spent so much time together. Every weekend it was me and Luci hanging out, whether going out into town, or just sitting on a park bench talking. There was nothing more than friendship between us...we just helped keep each other company because we had no one else to depend on but the Lord. Well, when May of this year came around, Luci went underway. Her ship was going to be leaving, and not coming back for a long time. In fact, by the time her ship was going to be coming back, my ship was going to be going on a long underway. So we both knew when she left, we weren't going to be seeing each other till the end of November. I didn't know what I was going to do. I knew that this was the ultimate test from God to see if I would depend on Him for strength. I think this is where it finally began to sink in. I was beginning to learn the lesson God was trying to teach me. I had resigned to the fact that I probably wouldn't find "someone" until college, and I was okay with that.

Well on June 16th I go to my shop to check my email like I always do, and I see I have a message in my inbox, from some random girl in Indiana, and the rest is History. It's been about a month and half now, and I feel like I have known her my entire life. We talk about anything, and everything! We've even decided that over Christmas, I'm going to meet her face to face, and see what happens then.

I said all this because I just wanted to express how much of a blessing she has been to me. As I've said, I'm terrible at finding contentment when I'm alone. I often become very unmotivated, and lazy when I'm lonely. Well I have found in the past month and half that I have become so much happier, and a much harder worker. It's like God put her into my life to help give me purpose. He knows my imperfections, and he knows that I need to have someone in my life. So he gave her to me. Oh, and I probably she should tell you her name...well at least her blogspot alias...her name is "Bug" (aka Hannah).

We've decided at this point that until we meet, and I get permission from her Dad, we're going to remain just friends.

Oh, and I probably should take this time to thank the one responsible for this little hookup. Thank you Rosebud, without you, this never would have happened. So...thanks!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Because Hannah Tagged Me...

The Rules
1. Copy the questions and then answer them (post it on your blog remember).
2. Tag 4 people and let them know you have tagged them.
3. Let the person [who tagged you] know that you have done a post for the tag.

-What are your nicknames? Bubba, Bubba Stinky (Mom's nickname), Bubby (Sister's Nickname for me), JJ (My nickname since I was little), Jay, Huns (Most common navy nickname), Hunsickey...those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.
-What was the first movie you bought in VHS or DVD? I have NO idea!
-What is your favorite scent? Freshly Baked Apple Pie.
-If you had one million dollars to spend only on yourself, what would you spend it on? Well, since I can't really do anything with it right now because I'm in the Navy and I don't want a car over in Japan, I'd probably throw in into a CD so I couldn't touch it until I get out of the Navy. After that I would probably use it to buy a house, and keep the rest in savings.
-What is one place you've visited, can't forget and want to go back to? Corregidor, Philippines.
-Do you trust easily? Well, I'm usually a pretty good judge of character, so if it seems like I can trust them, I will, but if they don't seem like I can trust them I won't. It's worked out pretty well so far.
-Do you generally think before your act, or act before you think? Generally I have a tendency to where I over think things, and then act, but once in while, I'll act before I think.
-Is there anything that had made you unhappy these days? Well something that happened today made me a little frustrated, but I prayed about it, and felt better.
-What is your favorite fruit? Probably strawberries, or maybe Apples...
-What websites do you visit daily? Facebook, Blogspot, Navy Federal Credit Union, My Yahoo Email...
-What have you been seriously addicted to lately? My computer, especially around 1130AM - 1245PM. Oh, and also to my iPhone.
-What's the last song that got stuck in you head? I have had "Have Thine Own Way" going through my head for the last couple of days!
-What is your favorite thing to wear? A nice collared shirt, some comfortable shorts, and my converse shoes.
-Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy? Yeah, they're pretty good. I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan though.
-What items couldn't you be without during the day? My iPhone, a Computer...
-What should you be doing right now? Cleaning up my workspace...
-I now tag: Whoever wants to fill this out...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Day by Day

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
***
Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.
***
Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.
***
I don't know about you guys, but this is one of my favorite hymns. This was a lesson I think my dad first taught me. He said that we as Christians should live day by day, living everyday for the glory of the Lord. Taking it one day at a time. Not allowing the problems of yesterday to affect today, but living each day as a new day in the Lord. I have found this outlook on life to be very helpful in the Navy. Some days in the Navy, are to be honest...terrible! But I can't allow that to affect my outlook on the next day. Each day is a new day in the Lord. I wake up every morning...praying that I can live that day to the glory of the Lord. I let all the other days of the week come, come and go when they come and go, but for that day, I will focus on that day. Any broader view that that will make you go nuts in the Navy! Some days I must admit that I live each moment, praying, "Lord help me make it to the next moment with out going nuts!"
Wow, looking over that paragraph, I realized it was kind of a confusing read. I hope you understood it, and that maybe it was a blessing to you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Shampoo Disaster

I usually don't tell little anecdotes from my life, but something really interesting happened to me last night. So last night was our Wednesday evening service. I had a very good time, although it was slightly nerve racking at some points because Bro. Tajima was having me direct the singing, and while I enjoy doing it, I always get a little nervous. So after the singing and prayer time, Pastor Heath gets up to do the sermon. He spoke on James 2, about "Faith without works is dead." It was a very good sermon, and I got a lot out of it.

Anyways, afterwards Sister Ann and I practiced out duet that we're going to sing on the 19th (The Secret Place by Ron Hamilton.) After that Ann asked if I wanted a ride back onto the base and back to my ship, so I of course accepted her offer. So she drops me off on the ship and I head to my rack.

Well I get there and I open my book bag so I can take out my dirty gym clothes because I had worked out earlier in the day, and I'm pulling stuff out and noticing that there is this slimy light green colored substance on the stuff I'm pulling out. Upon further inspection I discover that it is shampoo. I realize the culprit is my bottle of shampoo that I had in my book bag from taking a shower after working out. I find the bottle, and it is almost completely empty, when I had just bought it a few days before. I thought, "Well, I guess this would be a good time to throw away a lot of junk that I have stowed away in my book bag!" So of course I had to sort through it all, and clean off a lot of electrical cords and such. I even had my old prepaid cell phone that had taken a bath in the shampoo. Funny thing is, is it still worked, even if it hadn't, I just recently bought and iPhone, so it was no big deal.

Anyways, so that was my adventure last night. After I pulled out everything that was in my bag and threw away a bunch of junk, I then took my book bag and rinsed it out in the sink in the bathroom. Now I have a nice clean book bag that smells like pert-plus shampoo! Fun times, fun times!