To React, or not to React?

Act, don’t react.

This advice (taken from a tv show) is pretty good.

In the past I would wait for things to happen, be surprised, and then react to it. Most of the time I’d look back on it and go “Why on earth did I do THAT!”

(This is especially the case when I’ve found myself talking to a guy I really like.)

The solution?
Think first, even when you feel pressured, stressed or nervous. Just look at the situation and think “What should I do next? What might happen after that?”

Then you can look back on a situation and say, “Even if it didn’t turn out well, I still did what I thought was right. What can I do better next time?”

Do you act, or react?

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What I can’t do?

Now that I have more time on my hands I’ve decided to overcome the things I’d convinced myself that I just couldn’t do.

I can’t grow anything, I have a Black thumb:
I now have some seeds growing on the balcony.

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I can’t be responsible for a pet:
I have a cute little goldfish called Mikan-Chan.

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I can’t run to save my life:
I’m committed to going jogging with my friends.

All these things are what the world told me.
I choose not to believe them. I choose to overcome the things I’d convinced myself.

What has the world convinced you?

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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 gained in Lifegroup

When I first went to Lifegroup, I had no idea what it was about, only that some people got together to study the Bible,

and I couldn’t think of anything more boring than that other than watching paint dry.

 

Since that was my only other choice most Sundays, I decided to give it a try. I’d already decided to be a Christian, so why not learn more about it.

When I got there, I didn’t know what to think. There was a group of people, sitting and having coffee together (or in my case, hot chocolate) and chatting and laughing.

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They looked like normal people! Well, here is the breaking news…
They Are!
I was confused, weren’t we supposed to be sitting down and seriously diving “deep” into the Bible and talking about weird stuff?

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What I really found was a group of friends. Not just people passing through my life, and not people who were there the one week, and gone the next. These people were there for me every week.

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More than that, They were there for me during the week too; having breakfast together, and celebrating my birthday.
Every low point in my life those friends are still there for me, and every high point, those same friends are right there to be happy with me.

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What did I gain in Lifegroup?
I gained friends

What would you gain from a Lifegroup?

How to get to JLH

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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Just in time

I’m not exactly the best at getting things done in advance. Usually I get things done just in the nick of time.

It isn’t the best way to do things. It’s better to be prepared way in advance, and to know exactly what you’re going to do when an event comes up.
But even though that way is best, you shouldn’t give up if you haven’t prepared. Things can be done right up until the moment that something starts.

It’s the same with life.

It’s always best to live our lives the best way from the beginning. But even right up until the end, there is chance to change, and a hope for something better.

When are you going to make that choice?

I am who I am

What am I?

I am loved

I am blessed

I am beautifully and wonderfully made

I have a great life ahead of me


There is nothing in this world that I can’t cope with


I am free

So are you.


So you can be, too.

Do you know that you are loved unconditionally?

 

New Venue!

Jesus Lifehouse Sendai just started at a new venue!

We are now in Livehouse Enn Every Sunday from 12!!

It’s really exciting and already a great hit.

Being part of such a great team, and working towards the same goal is really fulfilling. I feel connected and driven.

Where do you go to feel that connection?

Get-up!

Golden week is coming!

(about a week’s holiday in Japan)

Grab your friends, see a movie, go shopping, go see a motorbike race. Do something!

Don’t just sit at home, playing the computer and watching Tv. You’ll feel that you didn’t get a real break when you get back to work. (trust the voice of experience)

And yes, if that means you don’t read the rest of this blog, that’s fine too! Just get up and go!

When someone asks you:
“What did you do with your time off?”
What do you want to be able to say?