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From the ends of the earth I call to you …
Psalm 61:2
  
 
My friend Mika lives in Japan with her husband and seven-year-old twin boys.  Mika was my next-door neighbor for a year at Wheaton College.  I was very sad when I heard about the earthquake in Japan, but then thinking about Mika and her family, my emotional involvement doubled.  I was so thankful when I found out that Mika and her family were safe.  I asked Mika to write a letter about what is happening in Japan and what we can do to help.  Here is her letter:
 

This is absolutely devastating.
So many people died and are still missing.
It is probably about over 13000 people.
The scenes from the disaster area are hollific.
We are far away from the area, but still have series of
aftershocks following the main earthquake. It is scary.

A friend of mine sent me the following website address.
You may take a look.
http://crashjapan.com/

Please pray that this difficult time will draw Japanese
people to God.

Love,
Mika

crashjapan.com
CRASH Japan is the website for the disaster response network of Grace Japan located in Ome-shi, Tokyo, Japan

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A Valentine from God

 
 You are
 
 Precious
 
and
 
Honored…
 
 
 I love you.
 
Isaiah 43:4 
 
 

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we feast

We feast on the abundance of your house;
you give us drink from your
river of delights.
Psalm 36:8
 
 
~ Gracious God ~
Please show us how to feast on your abundance.
Please give us drinks from your river of delights.
In a time of fasting help us to grow closer to you
and to be more aware of your presence.
Help us to see this time not as a time of self-denial,
but as a time of celebrating you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
 
 
Last year while I was fasting, I read an article by Leslie Royalty from  Christian Healing Ministries.  She introduced me to the idea of viewing a fast as a time to feast on the word of God.
~ Daniel Fast

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Shine like stars

 
You shine like stars in the universe
 
As you hold out the word of life …
 
Philippians 2:15-16
 
~
Recently, our very dear family friend, Liz LaVelle, was in a fatal car wreck.  She turned twenty-years-old in June.  Liz knew how to “cultivate inner beauty”.  She had a passion for helping foster children and convinced her parents to be relief foster parents. My sister Elizabeth wrote this poem to honor Liz, and I wanted to share it with you. 
~

For She is Shiny

is death final?
i say no.
it is a period.
at the end of a beautiful run on sentence.
in the midst of a beautiful novel.
a novel where there is, written between the lines,
a message
a secret message
not one bottled up at sea
never plainly seen
but sung so clearly
no, death is not the end

~
it’s a springboard for life
for her to unveil her love
to shine on
and to shine in
to her precious family here
she knows that love is eternal
that it lives
alive in our souls

it is good to remember
to read again the lines
to read again between them
because there
you will find her
for she is shiny
her truth in life
her love in death
is shiny
~

Elizabeth Smith Kendrick

 ~ 

Liz’s grandmother is my “Mama Sherrill”  Click here to read about her

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Cultivate inner beauty
 
The gentle, gracious kind
 
That God delights in.
 
1 Peter 3:4
 
 
My friend Steena is “face blind” which means she has extreme difficulty identifying faces.  (Prosopagnosia is the medical term.)  Steena sees beauty differently than the average person.  Her “face blindness” helps her to see inner beauty clearly.  Outward appearance in not important to Steena compared to recognizing internal depth, strength, and dignity.
 
God also evaluates beauty differently than we do.  “Men and women look at the face: God looks into the heart” (1Samuel 16:7).  God delights in gracious and gentle inner beauty (1 Peter 3:4).  Although it takes time and effort to cultivate this type of beauty, everyone has an equal opportunity to be astonishingly beautiful. 
 
“Our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is being renewed day after day ….  What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever” (2 Corinthians 4:16 & 18).
 
Beauty that is eternal is not physical.
 

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