October 13, 2014

The New Adventure

Hi guys! I haven't posted in a while now, and I apologize. But I'm happy to be back on this blog to talk about a few things. [:

My college life has been going on for a little while now, and I am happy to say that I have adjusted to this new life. My dorm is my home now and I see my friends literally everyday. Everything is new and exciting. Although sometimes I do feel scared for becoming an adult so fast.

Becoming a college student has been absolutely insane. I love my new friends and I love my campus. I love the stars at night and the endless rows of roses. But I miss church on Sundays and I miss my Christian buddies that I grew up with. Even though I miss certain aspects of being a high school christian, this is my new adventure.

I can use this new college life to become a better person. It's up to me to decide how much I want to grow closer to God and I sure hope that I can keep loving Him. Even if I forget to love, He will always love me.

Picture of the week:

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

With much love,

Hitomi




September 3, 2014

There is Beauty

Hello! My name is Hitomi and I want to let you all know that life is beautiful.

Amongst the bad, there is always good. This is something that is completely true and something that helps you get through the hardships that come along in life.

Let me tell you all this; today was a terrible day for me. It was everything that I didn't want to feel. Anxious, sad, mad, and helpless.

Even though it wasn't that amazing of a day, I went to walk through my favorite place on campus: The rose garden.

Isn't it beautiful? Well that's what life is. Life is beautiful, ladies and gentlemen. We just got to look around and ask God for guidance. God is good even when I'm not so good. Isn't that beautiful?

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

With much love,

Hitomi

August 21, 2014

Romans 8:31

I am in tears right now because I feel so alone, but I'm not alone. God is by my side. He is by YOUR side. We don't have to be afraid or worried about life.

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