Sendai International Costume Party

インターナショナル コスチューム パーティー!

たったの¥1,500でディナー!ドリンク!英語を喋るチャンス!

40名マックスなので、早い者勝ち!お申し込みは LifehouseSendai@gmail.comへ!

International Costume Party!

Dinner, drink, and a chance to make international friends for a mere ¥1,500!

40-person limit, so sign up fast! All you have to do is mail LifehouseSendai@gmail.com!

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Church!

I don’t talk about it on this blog often, but church is amazing!

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Not What You First Think

It’s so easy to judge by appearances.

I see a spider, I scream.
I see a child, I think “how cute”
I see a man in a suit, I think he works in an office
I see a foreigner, I think they are an English Teacher (in Japan, this is not too unreasonable considering the limited visa options)
I see a girl in a pretty dress, I think “how popular”

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I see a live music club, I think of gigs. But this is where we have church.
Funny how things aren’t always what they seem.

The spider eats mosquitoes,
The child has a personality all it’s own.
The man in the suit could be anything
The foreigner could be a tourist, an artist, a business person or a student.
The girl in the pretty dress could be trying her hardest to make friends.

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I wonder what people see when they look at me

What do you want people to see?

Freedom from…

For a long time, I couldn’t help myself
I was addicted! To Chocolate; to Tv; to Manga; to books; to ice cream; to computer games; to lying in bed all day! (actually I’m still working on that last one…)

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Many people think “oh, those aren’t serious addictions, they’re just life!”
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It’s more fun with friends

Whatever you are doing, why do it alone?

Whether its going to a restaurant, eating at home or playing outside on a sunny day, it’s more fun to do it with someone!

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Aside

A great post by a great woman! Check it out.

あなたの決断の影響力 The impact of your decisions.

あなたの決断の影響力 The impact of your decisions

Get on Board

It’s amazing how much we miss out on, just because we don’t turn up!

How often have you been invited out, and then just said “No” for no real good reason?

What happens when you say “Yes”?

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To Friends who are Family

About three years ago, I broke my leg.

I was on a snowboarding holiday when it got broken.
That’s the cool version of the story.

The real version?
I was on a snowboarding holiday, but I slipped on the ice when getting off a ski-lift, and my legs went in 2 different directions. I ended up with a small fracture where the ligament joins the lower leg bone, as well as stretching a ligament.

I felt really bad. I couldn’t work, and the brace that I had to wear meant that I couldn’t even walk properly. Of course as you can imagine, I wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of three weeks alone at home.

And of course I’m not even living on the same continent as any of my family.

But my friends from both work and church were there to support me. And not even a single day went by that I didn’t have friends come round to cook, clean or take me to the hospital.

I found that friends can be your family too. And that you don’t have to be alone to be strong.
So this is a great big thank you, to my colleagues and Lifegroup, who helped me through what would have been the hardest trial of living in a foreign country.

Instead it is one of my favorite memories.
Thank you

Something I learned in Lifegroup.

One of the best things that ever happened to me is joining Lifegroup.
A small group of people meet and share about the amazing things happening in our lives, and the victories over the trials in them.
We give each other good advice, share about what we believe, Read the bible together and have a lot of fun.
Wait a minute… Read the bible AND have fun? Contrary to popular belief, it IS possible.
I used to think that reading the bible was a recipe for boredom:

Take one story about a man who did a bunch of stuff years ago
Add in a lots of names and numbers
Stir it in with a bunch of rules
And let it cook for 2000 years…

NOT!

It’s more like this:

Take stories of people doing action movie-like feats of heroism
Add in lots of stories of romance, treachery and ridiculous bad-guys
Stir it in with the ultimate heroic ending
And see how it keeps on nourishing people for 2000 years

In Lifegroup I learned not to be so prejudiced about things I don’t know about.

Where do you go to grow and learn?

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Keep Going!

The other day I went jogging for the first time in a really long time.

I’m not a jogger. I can dance for hours and walk pretty far, but have always told myself that I can’t run for even 30 seconds.

but when I went jogging this time, a friend told me

“Keep on going, you can do it.”

I found that with help, encouragement and challenge, I could go harder and faster than I ever could by my own strength.

In life, we can only get so far by ourselves. With our own strength alone, we can only go as far as we think we can.

How far can you go in life under your own strength?
What do you have in your life that will take you further?

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