Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Much needed spiritual house cleaning...again...this is really ongoing for a Christian...

Starting after I turn of my computer, I'm putting myself on restriction. No more spending up to four hours every night on the internet. In fact, I've decided, no more internet usage in my room period. The way it works right now, is the internet is my roommates, and I pay him each month to let me use it. But after I'm finished writing this, I'm making my computer forget his password, and shutting down my computer.

Why am I doing this? Well, lets just say, like my iPhone used to be, the internet has become. Too much of a distraction, and too much stuff out there for me to see on the internet, that I just don't need to see. Just like with the iPhone, where I tried to justify it by saying that I had the "Bible Application," I've tried to justify it in my head by telling myself that there's "Biblegateway" and other sites I can use to study the Bible...but to be honest...I can do all the same things with my ESV Study Bible. Plus, I find myself spending waaay too much money on things on the internet, that I really don't need.

But don't worry, I'm not going to disappear from the internet world altogether...I will still log on to some computer, at least once a day. I'll still respond to posts when I can, and emails when I log on, so don't worry about losing touch with me altogether, you're just going to see less of me online.

Don't think by saying this, that I think all people should do the same...by no means! I know there are people who don't have issues with it. It is not a source of stumbling for them, but unfortunately for me, it is.

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
James 4:17

So what am I going to do with my time now? Spend more time reading, both the Bible, and other books. Probably spending more time outside, just walking around. Trying to focus more on Christ throughout the day, and trying to pray to him more, because I know that is something I've always struggled with.

Monday, April 25, 2011

It Is Not Death to Die

It is not death to die
To leave this weary road
And join the saints who dwell on high
Who’ve found their home with God
It is not death to close
The eyes long dimmed by tears
And wake in joy before Your throne
Delivered from our fears

O Jesus, conquering the grave
Your precious blood has power to save
Those who trust in You
Will in Your mercy find
That it is not death to die

It is not death to fling
Aside this earthly dust
And rise with strong and noble wing
To live among the just
It is not death to hear
The key unlock the door
That sets us free from mortal years
To praise You evermore

O Jesus, conquering the grave
Your precious blood has power to save
Those who trust in You
Will in Your mercy find
That it is not death to die

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

Almost home...

So, I realized, my ship has been in port for about two weeks now, and I never updated my blog followers with that information. Sorry!

We pulled in primarily because it seems the danger with the Fukushima Nuclear power plant was no more. But, it was determined that the accident was as bad as the Chernobyl accident. So please continue to pray for the Japanese people as they continue to pick up the pieces, and try to repair the damage.

On another note, I got my separation orders, and my itinerary! I officially leave Japan to head for Puget Sound, WA on May 14th! You'll notice I updated my countdown on the side of blog. I can't give details, and dates, but I can tell you that I only have one more underway before I leave! I can't wait!

On another note entirely, my parents have officially moved to Northern Ashtabula. Living on my Grandmas old property was just getting way too much for them to handle. I hate to say this, but they're both getting kind of "up there" in age, so they need to start slowing things down a little bit. My sister and brother-in-law are going to be living in my grandmas old house, until it can be sold. So, I'll be living with my parents up in Ashtabula when I get home.

I think that's about it for now. I trust that all my followers had a blessed Easter this year. I think we, as Christians, should treat every day as if it were Easter...always reminding ourselves the sacrifice that the Lord made for our salvation.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Here am I Lord, Send Me"

by: Ron Hamilton

Lord, I give my life to you,
Take control each day.
I will follow anywhere
Near or far away.

Here am I, Lord send me,
Here am I, Lord send me!
I will serve you faithfully
Here am I, Lord send me.

Lord, I want your perfect will
Be my faithful Guide
I will never be afraid,
You are close beside.

Here am I, Lord send me,
Here am I, Lord send me!
I will serve you faithfully
Here am I, Lord send me.

Let me see my Mission field,
All around each day.
Fill my heart with Jesus love,
Use me Lord, I pray!

Here am I, Lord send me,
Here am I, Lord send me!
I will serve you faithfully
Here am I, Lord send me.
Here am I, Lord send me......

Friday, April 15, 2011

In Christ Alone

by: Michael English

In Christ alone will I glory

Though I could pride myself

In battles won

For I've been blessed beyond measure

And by His strength alone, I overcome

Oh, I could stop and count successes

Like diamonds in my hands

But these trophies could not equal

To the grace, by which I stand


In Christ alone

I place my trust

And find my glory

In the power of the cross

In every victory

Let it be said of me

My source of strength

My source of hope

Is Christ alone


In Christ alone will I glory

For only by His grace

I am redeemed

And only His tender mercy

Could reach beyond my weakness

To my need

Now I seek no greater honor

Than just to know Him more

And to count my gains but losses

And to the glory of my Lord


In Christ alone

I place my trust

And find my glory

In the power of the cross

In every victory

Let it be said of me

My source of strength

My source of hope

Is Christ alone