Sunday, March 27, 2011

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
-Alexander Hamilton

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Updates...

Alright, so I figured it was about time I came on blogger to update everyone on what's been going on lately. First of all, I applologize again to everyone for not commenting on anything on your blogs lately. My ship is still underway, and for the first time since I've been onboard this ship, we don't know how long we're going to be out. That's pretty normal for most ships, but not the one I'm on. We usually have a pretty set schedule. Anyways...I guess it's all a part of the Navy experience.

Lately, they've actually been limiting Internet usage...half of the day the Internet is secured on the ship, so the time I'm really able to update things is when I have a night watch, like I have right now.

Anyways...updates...Mom is doing much better! Last I talked to her she said that things aren't getting better as fast as she was hoping they would, but they are still getting better. She's able to read better now, and her speech is almost back to normal now. God has definitely been good! Please continue to pray for her continued recovery, and that she would be given patience that God would heal her in His time.

I was planning on updating you on developments in Japan as well, but the News is doing a pretty good job updating on that. Just continue to pray for the Japanese people right now! They definitely need it!

And finally, I'm not sure if I posted this on here, but my terminal leave (My "getting out of the Navy" leave) got approved! It starts June 3rd. But I have to leave Japan as early as May 14th, or as late as May 23rd so I can check out of the Navy in Puget Sound, WA. So right now, I have between 52 and 62 days left in Japan before I head back to the states! I'm almost home!

Other than all that, there's not much going on. I trust all is well with all my followers! May you strive every day to love Christ more than you did the day before...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquake in Japan...

I think I waited a little too long to do this...I updated facebook, but it occurred to me that I'm not facebook friends with all of my followers. So...I just wanted to let you all know that I'm okay. I wasn't even in Japan when the earthquake, and even if I had been, Yokosuka wasn't affected very much by the disaster.

And this this public knowledge, so it's okay if I say it, but my ship was in Singapore when the earthquake hit, and we're now on our way back to Japan to help in the humanitarian efforts.

Please be praying for the Japanese people, as they try to pick up the pieces and try to move forward. It's going to be a long road to recovery, and they're going to need all the prayers and help we can provide as Americans.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"God is the strength of my heart..."

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:25-26

I was talking to one of the people on the ship the other day, and I was telling them about the recent events that have been taking place in my family. Mostly it was about my Mom, and the strokes she had. The person I was talking to was immediately shocked, and they didn't know what to say. But all I could think to do was thank the Lord that it was not worse. Sure, what happened may end up having a long term affect on my mom. She may never be the same because of this event. But, I couldn't help but feel grateful.

Plus I know that God is in control...He always works things out for his good in the end, so all I can do is trust Him that He knows what He's doing.

One confirmation that God has been in control of this whole situation, is I was talking to my Mom yesterday, and she was telling me that while she was having her "cat-scan" she said there was only one verse that was going through her mind...and she can't recall what it was now, but it was something about finding comfort in afflictions. Now, mom says that the strokes caused her to forget almost every verse that she's ever memorized, but God revealed Himself to my mom in the fact that He gave her that one verse of comfort to help get her through.

What an amazing God we have who gives us comforts in our trials.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9

Friday, March 4, 2011

Update on Mom...

Alright, so I know I said yesterday I would keep everyone updated, so here's the scoop:

I just got off the phone with Mom, and they're for sure keeping her in the hospital for at least one more day. They know now that she had three mini-strokes. These caused her to loose some abilities of speech and reading. The speech therapist however said she should be able to regain all abilities of speech and reading over time. They're doing some tests today to make sure the strokes didn't do any damage to her heart.

Like I said, she lost the abilty to say some things, and she's struggling with reading, but she can still understand everything people say to her. So I read some verses to her while I was on the phone with her, and she really enjoyed that.

Thank you everyone for the prayers! I'll be sure to keep you all updated with further developments.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Please Pray!

I just found out about an hour ago that my Mom was admited to the hospital this morning, and that she might have had a stroke. I just got off the phone with her a couple of minutes ago, she's doing better than you would expect for someone who's going through what she's going through, but still...please keep her in your prayers. I'm trying really hard to just trust God that He's in control!