Isaiah 40: 11

"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to
his heart; he gently leads those that have young."
Isaiah 40:11

Monday, October 19, 2009


So we are feeling more and more settled. Almost too much so. The newness and excitement of Japan is wearing off a bit. We must continue on with the laundry and the sweeping and the dishes and the homeschooling and the cooking of meals and the taking out of the garbage and the changing of diapers and the disciplining and caring of the children. Funny how life continues on even with such big changes. Huh.
I could get used to this living in a smaller space though. I can have the whole place looking sparkly in about 20 minutes. Why do we have so much junk back at home? We are living with about 1/3rd of our clothing. Now I realize that we could have even cut that in half. We brought Lego's and a few stuffed animals to play with but guess what the children are having the most fun playing with camping mattresses and in the closets, stairwell and balcony outside. Just using there imaginations. It is funny what you learn when you step back from the old routine and see how much is cluttering your life unnecessarily. It is really fun to live with less. Challenging at times but fun.
I am reminded so much of late that God is Faithful. It is hard to remember at times that he will not give us more than we can handle. He will help us to Finish the race. Knowing that he will give us the staff is such a comfort. I am reminded afresh that he cares for the sparrow and clothes the lily.
"He gently leads those that have young."
Praise him.


  1. Nice to hear that you are all settleing in and finding a routine that works.

  2. Indeed, praise Him. I just went through both our closet and Ezra's, I have sent I think 3 boxes of stuff to the Goodwill. How much we clutter our lives for NO reason.

  3. True words, Bree. I remember being amazed while we were in the process of moving out of our apartment in Dallas; with about 3/4 of our worldly goods packed away in boxes, we still managed to live quite comfortably—MORE comfortably in some respects—for several weeks. We have far more than enough, and it's a blessing to have opportunities to step back and see it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.