Faith, Hope and Love

I believe this!

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I like this phrase , and love to live it!

What’s the phrase you live by?

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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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Get into it!

Whatever you’re doing wherever you go;
Get into it!

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When you’re out and about, don’t be half-hearted about things.

Have you ever been out with a group of friends, and one of them says

“Whatever, I’m not really in the mood but…”

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Or someone just stays quiet, watches and doesn’t try to get involved.

It really dampens people’s spirits, and makes others feel uncomfortable.
I’ve been guilty of this more than once. Less in recent years.

If you’re involved in something get involved. Take the lead once in a while, see what happens when you’re out with people and want to do things. If everyone in the group is having fun, then it’s easy to keep it that way, figure out what to do, or just be together.

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Think about it for a second: your getting ready to go out (guys 15 mins max, girls 30 mins minimum – in my experience), you head out the door, you’re thinking about the day ahead, the people you see and what you’ll do together…What atmosphere do you want to add to today?

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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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Asking for It

Looking for a seat in a cafe, I can’t help seeing a difference in those who are doing the same as me.

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I look for opportunities, where is there a small place that I can get into. “If I can get in there, maybe luck will give me something bigger”

Another, “There’s nothing here, I’ll just leave”

And another, “I’ll stand around and wait”

The last, “I’ll make it very obvious that I’m waiting, till people feel so uncomfortable that they want to leave.”

You can see different attitudes that people have on life if you stay in that cafe long enough. Continue reading

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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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Remix Camp

A few weeks ago I went on Lifehouse’s Remix Youth Camp, with people from Tokyo and Miyagi.

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It was awesome! We went to Nagano, right up into the mountains. I’m a city girl so it was kind of a new experience for me.

I met old friends

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Met new ones, Got freaked out by insects, and had a crazy great time.

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It was a great chance to connect, meet new people and get great advice and love from our leaders.

I’m amazed by the great hearts of the people.

What was your best summer memory?

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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