April 19, 2014

The Day Before Easter Sunday!

Hey guys!

I am currently watching the "The Bible" on the History Channel right now with my family. I am in tears right now. Jesus died for our sins. wow. It's really sinking in right now. I cannot believe all the pain that he went through just for us. He died and he came back to life. wow. I just don't even know what to say. I am so grateful for him and Easter always reminds me that Jesus loves me.

He loves me so much and it feels incredible. He just wants me to be me and he loves me for EVERYTHING that I am. He just wants me to grow as a believer of Christ. Just bloom for him.


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

With much love,

Hitomi


March 16, 2014

The Garden

Hey guys! I just wanted to tell you guys something that happened to me on Saturday! This is something quite personal, but I don't mind sharing it with you all. I got rejected from two colleges on Saturday, and I didn't think I would feel sad or anything, but I did! haha. I actually felt very heavy in the heart and I couldn't stop crying. So I went outside and walked around the neighborhood, and I found a little garden near a church. I think God sent me there because I immediately felt peace when I went there.

Here's a couple of pictures I took on my phone:

           
                 



     

The most important picture I took was this picture:

The reason why this picture was so important to me is because when I was walking through the garden, I felt as if God was telling me something. I don't know why, but I felt like that branch was God. I felt like God was holding onto me, and hugging me. I know that college rejections aren't the biggest thing ever, but I felt incredibly sad. I don't know why, but I did. God was telling me that it was okay to be sad, and he was hugging me because he cares about me.

I just want you all to know that all problems are important to God. He cares about us and he's going to be here for us every minute of our lives. 


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

With much love,

Hitomi



March 10, 2014

A Positive Post For You All! :D

Hi guys! It's been a while since I posted on this blog! I hope that you all are having a lovely day so far! :]

 Anyways, today I wanted to talk about happiness. Being happy is so incredibly important, and as Christians, I believe that it is important to understand happiness. I believe that happiness is a key component to growing as a follower of Christ.

 Many people assume that Christians are judgmental and uptight people. We have got to change this thought that is planted in so many people's minds. We can choose to change this idea with the growth of our happiness.

 Happiness comes from within, and happiness usually comes from having passions, having love, and being positive about different types of situations. Of course it is okay to be sad or mad sometimes. We're only human. What I encourage you all to do is to spread the light through being happy. I am learning how to do this, and it feels amazing.

 Do what you love, create positive relationships with people, and love yourself.

 God wants us to spread love. God wants us to be happy. (:

songs of the week: Do Something - Matthew West & Write Your Story - Francesca Battistelli

That's all for now!

Have a lovely rest of the day.
With much love,
 Hitomi

February 17, 2014

2014 Japan Mission Trip


We are currently looking for youth & young adults attending who are interested in a short-term mission trip to Japan this summer!

Team members are expected to actively participate in activities supporting the ministries at Tokyo Free Methodist Koganei & Sakuragaoka Churches, including VBS programs, worship services, and youth ministries. Ability to speak or understand Japanese is not required--only the willingness to serve and work together as a team, representing Christ and Peninsula Free Methodist Church.

The exact dates are not finalized but will be around July 18 - August 1, 2014.


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Requirements:



·      Have a heart and passion for serving children and teenagers.
·      Must be at least 15 years old (under 18 must have a parent/guardian in Japan at the same time).
·      Baptized or will be baptized before July 2014.
·      Regularly attend church services.
·      Available for team meetings before and after the mission trip.
·      Have a valid passport.



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Mission Team Application Questions

Name:
Birthdate:                       
Grade/Year in school (if applicable):                                               
Contact phone number:
Email address:

1. Have you been baptized?
2. What do you hope to gain from participating in this mission trip?
3. What gifts, skills, or experiences do you feel you can contribute on this mission trip?
4. Are your parents supportive of you going on this mission trip? If "no," please explain.
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APPLICATIONS ARE DUE IN-PERSON OR THROUGH EMAIL TO

SATOMI FUJIKAWA BY MARCH 9, 2014.


You can also find the application on Google Drive here.

February 1, 2014

Trusting God

Hello!

Being sick for over two weeks, missing school for a couple days, and missing church for a couple of weeks was definitely not something I wanted.

Trusting that God will heal me, and trusting that my sickness is here for a reason is something that I am starting to learn.

I have learned the value of health, but I also feel more connected to God. Having a lot of days to reflect on myself, and having a lot of days to have a one on one conversation with God was really needed.

I really miss church, and I miss my church family, but I really believe that everything happens for a reason. I guess God wanted me to rest and God really wanted me to reconnect with Him!


Picture of the week:



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

With much love,

Hitomi

January 20, 2014

Thoughts Throughout the Weekend

Hey guys! Hope you are all doing well.

I've been really sick all weekend, so I had a lot of time to think about different kinds of things and I just wanted to share with you all some things that I really thought about!

1. Stand up for others

This is something that I used to really struggle with, but standing up for others is SO important. I especially realize this now, because when I was being teased a lot, no one stood up for me and that made me feel really really alone. Be the person that stands up for someone. Even if they are making a "joke" out of it. If they are making fun of a person, it's still really mean. It's really scary to do it sometimes, and a lot of times I looked the other way. I hope that in the future, I will always be the person to stand up for others!

2. Love others

In positive psychology, we all shared our deep and personal stories with each other. Full of smiles, but mostly tears. It was powerful and emotional. People go through SO much. I didn't know how much pain people carried. I didn't know how much sadness and fear they have been carrying around. This activity has further made me realize the importance of loving others. Let's all love each other. Why do we need to say "That girl needs to eat more" or "That guy shouldn't wear that kind of clothes". People are struggling with so many things, and it's not our place to judge others like that.

3. Being sick

Being sick has taught me the importance of health and the importance of family/friends. Health is so important. wow. I realized that every time I get sick, and I forget it every time I'm healthy again. Also, my family and friends has been so supported and kind. It's just amazing and such a blessing!!!

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

With much love,

Hitomi

January 13, 2014

How Do YOU Define Yourself

Hi guys! Hope you are all doing really well! :D

I have recently been in love with watching a youtuber and a motivational speaker named Lizzie Velasquez. She is such an inspirational person, and I wanted to share with you all a video that she posted!

I really hope you all watch the whole way through. It's amazing and I feel like I want to be a better person because of this video.

Video link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c62Aqdlzvqk

That's all for today!

byeeeee~!

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

With much love,

Hitomi