July 27, 2014

AGAPE 2014: thoughts

I just came back from a great adventure and I am overwhelmed with so many thoughts. Being on the mission team was one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I will never forget this trip.

I shared my testimony with the people of the Sakuragaoka Church and I still can't believe I was able to do that. I was scared of what people would think of me, but everybody was so kind afterwards, and God really helped me through the fear of judgement.

I talked to a wonderful lady from Sakuragaoka, and she told me about her struggles with having parents who are against Christianity. Another lady I talked to told me about how the Sakuragaoka Church saved her when she was in the darkest of times.

I went to Yamagata and talk to some people who were affected by the 3/11 disaster. One person told me about how she is still trying her best to live life and things has not been all that easy. I gave her a hug because I felt like she needed it, and then afterwards, she told me she loved hugging people. I'm so glad I was able to hear her story.

We were also able to go to the day care at Yamagata, and my love for being with kids was further strengthened.

Joanne and I were able to talk for many hours about our thoughts and feelings throughout the trip. God really put her in my life for a reason because without her, I would not have been able to pull through some of the things we did at the trip.

Singing "Oceans" with my fellow members was so powerful. I really felt God's presence each time we sang, and I am glad that this song was able to reach out to some people's hearts.

I am so thankful for having such AMAZING people on the team and I love everyone on my team so much. I'm also thankful for everybody that I met in Japan because you all are such an inspiration to me. Even though there are mountains of things to talk about from this trip, these were just a couple of moments that stood out to me.

Thank you God for calling me to be on this mission trip. You are holy, great, and mighty.


That's all for now! Have a lovely rest of the day.

With much love,

Hitomi


July 17, 2014

BRAVE

WOW. I'm going to Japan today!!! That is so crazy and I can't believe that I am already going on my first mission trip.

I am very excited but also very nervous for this whole thing. Even though I am worried about the trip, I am going to be brave and try my best to serve God with all my heart.

I look forward to meeting the people in Japan and I look forward to growing as a follower of Christ.

Please pray for our safety and our health!


Song recommendation of the month: Brave by Moriah Peters

link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxiRREfpd4g


That's all for now! Have a lovely rest of the day.

With much love,

Hitomi

July 11, 2014

Garden Walk

Hey guys!

I went on a garden walk today and wow; it was amazing. The weather was absolutely beautiful and God has been real good to me today.

The view from the bench I was sitting on was just breathtaking:


 I also was able to jot down a couple of thoughts to God and I was also able to write down some really wonderful quotes. This quote was taken from an article that my friend sent me very recently. I highly recommend the article: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/what-we-get-wrong-about-finding-gods-will


This garden is nearby an elementary school and there were some kids playing on the playground! It made me smile because I really hope to work with kids when I am older and I thought it was amazing because I was wearing this shirt today:



I really hope that whatever job God has in store for me, I will be able to do it with passion and I hope to be able to say, "I love what I do!"

I hope that all of you guys take time to appreciate nature this month because God made some pretty amazing things out there.

That's all for now! Have a lovely rest of the day.

With much love,

Hitomi

July 5, 2014

Thoughts on Orientation and upcoming Mission Trip

Hi everybody!

I just wanted to write up a couple of things that has been on my mind recently.

I came back from my college freshman orientation a couple of days ago, and I feel very good about everything that happened there. Even though I was nervous at first, I was able to socialize and have a really great bonding time at the orientation.

Everybody was extremely friendly and everybody had completely different backgrounds. God made people so beautiful and interesting. I am so excited to meet more lovely people during my college years.

Of course I'm scared to move onto my next chapter, but I'm also very hopeful for this chapter in my life. This is a crucial time to really trust God and think about how I want to live my everyday being apart from my family.

Another thing that has been on my mind is the mission trip. I will be going pretty soon and I am more excited than nervous about it. I am so happy to be able to serve God with such wonderful team members. I only hope that I will be useful under God's eyes during the trip!

That's all for now! Have a lovely rest of the day.

With much love,

Hitomi

June 29, 2014

Finished with a portion of summer!

Hello! I am finished with a month that was filled with lots of family love, Japanese food, and Disney merchandise. It was extremely fun and although I'm sad that it has ended, my summer has just begun.

Everything that I will be doing from now on requires me to step out of my comfort zone and requires me to be strong.

List of things over the summer:

1) College orientation for three days

2) Wisdom teeth removal

3) Japan mission trip

4) Summer school for college

All these things make me nervous but this is the time where I gotta trust in God with all my heart. I can do all things with God. I really have to keep that in mind as I enter this summer that can be filled with lots of goodness if I just TRUST in God!!

By the way, I watched "We Bought a Zoo" and it was SO BEAUTIFUL. I highly recommend it. This is my favorite quote from the movie because I need courage. I'm going to meet so many new people, and I have to have the courage to go talk to people. I have to believe in myself.


That's all for now! Have a lovely rest of the day.

With much love,

Hitomi

May 29, 2014

I made it!

I finally made it. I went through 4 years of high school and everything feels so surreal.

I cried a hundred times, laughed a million, and smiled at least a gazillion. Although I wanted to graduate as soon as possible, I do feel sad about leaving high school.

My friends are what I'm going to miss the most. They've been so kind, so loving, and so giving. I'm going to miss them so so so much.

I also appreciate everyone from church who has been so supportive of me. I would not be the person that I am today if it weren't for all of you.

I still have a lot of worries about many things, but I trust that God will help me through this journey.

Thank you for all your love and support. :'D

That's all for now! Have a lovely rest of the day.

With much love,

Hitomi

May 20, 2014

So Close, Too Close

Hey guys! I just wanted to make a really quick post!

This month has been hectic for me and senior year is ending REALLY soon. I have three more days to go and each day is completely filled with homework, finals, concert, and letters to write to my friends/teachers. Even amongst the craziness, God has blessed me loads and I am thankful for him!

I just hope that I can take each day and work really hard but also take the time to soak it all in. Soak in the time I have with my friends and soak in the walls that surrounded me for 4 years.

As my friends and I say, school is so close to ending, but school is too close to ending.

Life moves so fast and I'm scared that I can't keep up with everything, but I trust that God will fill my days with love, passion, hard work, and faith.

That's all for now! Have a lovely rest of the day.

With much love,

Hitomi