Find Out if You’re Headed Towards Burnout – Assessment Tool

Since the beginning of this year, my schedule has been filled to the brim.  The work in front of me with immediate needs seemed more important than taking the time to take care of myself; so the first thing that went out the door was my self-care. Who has the time to exercise, eat right, sleep enough hours, journal or spend time with the Lord with limited schedule, especially at the end of the day when you’re dead tired?

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Leaving Noah’s Ark

At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.

Genesis 8:6-7 (ESV)

I had intended to update our blog as soon as we had moved into our new place, but I had not anticipated just how long that would be. While we started the process of searching for a new home several months earlier, we’re only now settling into a new apartment in the Tsurumi district of Osaka this week. Sometimes God’s plans for us have a different timeline than we expect.

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There’s no secret to fruitfulness. It’s about obedience.

What’s the Difference?

Erich recently wrote about simple church, and I would like to share more about it since I feel like I’m finally getting it. I have been seeing so much outward fruit recently, and some people ask, “what did you do that made a difference? What’s the secret?

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What we’ve learned from 18 months of simple church


In September 2015, Emi and I started out on a journey with a few close friends that has completely transformed how we look at church and Christian community. We’re still in the midst of it, so I can’t claim to be an expert on any of it, but I really want to share some of the things we’ve learned along the way and from watching other similar groups grow. Let me warn you, this is going to be a long post (3587 words), so you might want to grab a cup of coffee before you get started.

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The LA Chapter

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Finishing the School

Eight months sounded like forever, but here I am already, at the end of counseling internship in LA.

All glory to God for protecting me, guilding me, and successfully finishing not only the counseling internship but the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Regent University.

I am graduating in a few weeks. I have a Master’s degree in counseling! I’m very, very privileged to receive such quality education. I couldn’t have done it without people who were supportive, especially Erich and my parents.

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Why language learning is missions OR: Why I stopped waiting for the gift of tongues and just started studying the language

For those Americans who have had the experience of studying Japanese (or any foreign language), they can understand that is no easy task. Some would go so far to say that among the world’s most commonly spoken languages, there are no two tongues so different in grammar, form and use than English and Japanese.

With Japanese clocking in at an average of 2,200 class hours over 88 weeks (1.69 years) to gain basic proficiency (however researchers in this case define it) [reference], it’s easy to be tempted to look for any type of shortcut available.

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