Sunday, December 26, 2010

Precious Gifts Keep Giving


This morning I sat down to have some quiet time with my Lord. You see it's been a while, and I've missed Him dearly even though He has been right here with me all the time. I wanted to document this particular quiet time because it did mean a lot to me, & I can't wait till tomorrow:

Matthew 14:17-18(amp) They said to Him, We have NOTHING here but these 5 loaves and 2 fish. He said, Bring them here TO ME... Verse 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up 12 small hand baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

I have been spending so much wasted time lately, perhaps because school is on break, I am jobless in Japan, and am in a waiting period for a baby. So there are nights where I stay up till 1am doing...nothing, looking up baby items to pick out because I'm a planner by nature, but truly wasting time. So this morning I decided to bring Jesus my "nothing" my boredom, my impatience, and my heart. Thankfully He doesn't leave us empty handed when we go to His throne-I got baskets of left over goodies from my nothing: A scripture verse that has real life application, a story from my devotional that will forever be etched on my heart, and the desire to do it again; To give Him everything that I have even if to me, it is nothing. This was a wonderful Christmas gift that will continue to give each morning as I sit at the Throne of my Jesus-My God!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Randomness...


So I haven't really blogged lately because there's really not much, or I guess a lot of little things, but no big topic! So, here is my randomness blog update:
I guess the first thing that comes to mind would be that we are officially "trying" to have a baby...FINALLY!
I am also officially NOT happy at all with Darryl's squadron here! He has worked all the way through the weekend & hardly ever gets lunch breaks, and comes home usually an hour after his shift is supposed to end-He's exhausted. Here we are on this really cool island, and we can't even go anywhere to explore it! If he works on Christmas....OoOoOoOoO Boy!
On a much happier note: I was able to successfully Skype my ENTIRE family for my cousin Allie's 18th Birthday! It was great! I miss them all sooooooo much, I can hardly stand it! And I can't believe she is 18...I remember when she asked me for fashion advice. Now I go to her-She's an amazing young woman, & I am very glad I can also call her my sister & best friend!
We also went to Darryl's Squandron Christmas party last night. It was fun to meet people, socialize, and get all dressed up!
Went to chapel yesterday as well, and I am loving it there. I love love love the sermons! They are very timely and always chalk full of God's Word, very real life applications, & great background history information(which I LOVE)! I am very happy to be there!
Ok, I think that's it for my randomness post. Hopefully; fingers crossed & prayers going up I'll be on this thing posting about our family expansion project!
All my love,
Ash

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We're Gonna Dance the Night Away



Ok, so those of you who know me know that I have been dancing in some way, shape, or form for my entire life, really since I could walk. I love nothing more than to perform. Well, coming to Japan from the states bummed my dancing spirit slightly because I really felt like I had finally found my "It!" I found that one dance, that one thing I could get really passionate about, master, and share with others. It's called KrUnKfitness, and it was created by Laura Willey. I am absolutely sure that I have never done anything so fun in my life.


Long story short I move to Japan, and no KrUnK...obviously so I join a "real" dance studio, 2010 World Hip Hop Champions no less, & I hate it! The classes are an hour and a half long, and I feel like I actually dance for about 30-40 minutes of the class. If you LOVE to dance, the best part of any class is the time when you get to break it down, taking what you learned and applying it. In KrUnK there is no waiting to learn, you just follow, you catch on, and you get down for real-for the entire hour!!!


So instead of trying to get in with this dance crew, and try to be them, I'm going to be me, and expand what Laura has created & do my best in trying to bring KrUnKfitness to Okinawa because it needs it, and so do I!

Friday, December 3, 2010

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Chapter 1!




At first I was ready to come here. I was ready to travel. I was ready to get on the move again. And I was also still 9 months away from the day that would change my life as I knew it. As the time drew closer however, I became a skeptic of where it was that God was leading me. Japan God, really? I have to leave a place surrounded by so many that I loved to go somewhere where I only knew one. Don't I love him too? Absolutely! I wouldn't have said yes if I didn't, but still the concept seemed a little silly. I already had to say goodbye to some of the most wonderful people I had ever met in Charleston; people whose lives and relationships will impact me for a lifetime. Now to say goodbye to my family, Karen, her girls, & Anna...not to mention my new counselor where so much incredible progress was being made in the fight for my brain against the anxiety that had attacked for as long as I could remember; the closest people to my heart and even some new found friends and hobbies. Surely He wasn't going to allow me to go through with it. Well His answer was yes, sweet girl, you will go. And after a complete hades experience in the process of getting to this new home through 5 airports and 48 hours I made it to obedience. I found myself on an island of another country where I knew not of the language and only of one person whose face I saw light up when I walked off of that plane. It was my life partner, Darryl, my husband, the love of my life. He reminded me why I said yes.

Well, it has been 2 weeks since my jump across the great wide sea, and I am starting to see the hand of God move already. Amazed, though I don't know why, I found out quickly that my life's verse for this journey was going to be that of Esther 4:14 "For if you keep your mouth silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jres from elswhere, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occassion." The beauty I see everyday here whether it come from the creation of the earth, the love of the people, or the sheer intamacy of God is very powerful here. The relationships that have early been formed already mean a lot to me and I do believe beyond a shadow of a doubt are going to have an eternal impact.
God is good, and I am more than excited to journey to the ends of this earth as a military wife, no greater honor. Japan is where it begins: This is chapter 1!