Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Sun will rise again!

One day a young lady was driving along with her father. They came upon a storm, and the young lady asked her father, “What should I do?"

He said "keep driving."

Cars began to pull over to the side, the storm was getting worse.

"What should I do?" The young lady asked.

"Keep driving," her father replied.

On up a few feet, she noticed that eighteen wheelers were also pulling over.

She told her dad, "I must pull over, I can barely see ahead. It is terrible, and everyone is pulling over!"

Her father told her, "Don't give up, just keep driving!"

Now the storm was terrible, but she never stopped driving, and soon she could see a little more clearly. After a couple of miles she was again on dry land, and the sun came out.

Her father said, "Now you can pull over and get out."

She said "But why now?"

He said "When you get out, look back at all the people that gave up and are still in the storm, because you never gave up your storm is now over."

This is a testimony for anyone who is going through "hard times". Just because everyone else, even the strongest, gives up. You don't have to...if you keep going, soon your storm will be over and the sun will shine upon your face again.

This was in an email I got from Hannah's Mom today. It was very encouraging to me, especially right now. It's been hard for me, especially being on deployment, not being able to be with Hannah. I mean I know that in a little over a month I will finally be able to see her, but even after that...I still have to come back to Japan when my leave is over. There is a little less than two years till I'll be able to spend as much time with Hannah as I want. It's a little overwhelming at times to think about. Hannah's mom has said in the past, that if Hannah and I can make it through this, we can handle anything that life could throw at us in the future. If we push through this storm using the strength the Lord gives us, we will come through on the other side of this storm stronger because we didn't give up, we kept chugging along.

I hope and pray that this was encouragement to you.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Christmas Leave!

So, I talked to my Division Officer today about my leave. I asked her if even though I haven't gotten my leave request back if I could still buy my tickets, because I don't want to wait much longer because the tickets are only going to keep getting more expensive. So she told me that if my name is on the leave matrix for my department, my leave was going to be approved. They do this to make life easier for the Executive Officer, so that all he has to do is check the leave matrix, and sign the leave requests that are on the matrix.

So my Division Officer told me who to go talk to about my leave...so I went and talked to him, and it turns out my name is on the matrix. It actually turns out that the leave matrix is on the ships network, and I could have looked at it at any time! So, I'm going on leave, it's official!

I will depart from Narita Airport in Tokyo, at 5:10 PM, and will arrive in Houston 1:50 PM for my two hour layover. I depart Houston Airport at 3:45 PM, and arrive in Cleveland at 7:34 PM.

I will be going back and forth between Indiana and Ohio, visiting My family, Hannah, and Hannah's family. I can't wait! By the time I see Hannah (Bug) in person, I will have known her almost 6 months. Believe me, by then I will be so ready to see the girl who has blessed my life so much!

Thank you everyone for all your prayers...they were greatly appreciated, and of course they were answered!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Complete in Thee!

Complete in Thee! No work of mine
May take, dear Lord, the place of Thine;
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And I am now complete in Thee.
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Yea, justified! O Blessed thought!
And Sanctified! Salvation wrought!
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And glorified, I too, shall be!
Complete in thee - no more shall sin,
Thy grace hath conquered, reign within;
Thy voice shall bid the tempter flee,
And I shall stand complete in Thee.
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Complete in Thee - each want supplied,
And no good thing to me denied;
Since Thou my portion, Lord, wilt be,
I ask no more, complete in Thee.
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Dear Savior! When before Thy bar
All tribes and tongues assembled are,
Among Thy chosen will I be,
At Thy right hand - complete in Thee.
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