But this period turned out also to be one of spiritual blessing. I had to turn to God to seek Him on direction, decisions, and for sustaining me. And over the last few months, I found that I 'heard' Him speak to me personally and specifically, through sermons, sharings, readings, quiet time, so many times. It is just so wonderful to know that my Lord knows me intimately, is looking over me, Deut 32:11,
like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them on its pinions.
Just to share some of the encouragement I received
Ezekiel 34: 25-31 – God’s Promise
'I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of wild beasts so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety........ Then they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Sovereign LORD....'
I know He will make a way for me!
1 Thess 5:16-18
Be joyful always. Pray continuously, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Yes I see, Lord!
Be Joyful in hope, patient in afflication, faithful in prayer. Yes Lord!
Deut 11:13-14 (MSG)
From now on if you listen obediently to the commandments that I am commanding you today, love God, your God, and serve him with everything you have within you, he'll take charge of sending the rain at the right time...
And scrapping was my way of giving myself a break - the half or an hour every few days I could spend scrapping was always a wonderful time and I go to bed smiling those nights, :)
Here are more layouts from our first few nights in Hakodate, Hokkaido