Island Adventures

The month of June brought my sister, Amy, to Okinawa! Her visit provided the necessary inertia to further explore the island. Along with museums, waterfall hikes, gardens and cultural centers, we zip lined, scuba dove, and found a good many cozy cafes. When at home we painted, drew, baked and baked, read Agatha Christie’s, and watched British and Canadian murder mysterious. In all we had a foreign, flavorful, fattening, fatal, and fantastical time together.

Time marches towards our move to San Diego in early September and we are very excited. Lynn will be working in the same hospital -Balboa- where he started out five years ago. I plan to find a job in a gym in our neighborhood. Another plan of mine is to find a cello teacher and return my playing to its former state.

In the meantime, Seth, Lynn’s brother is visiting, causing another bout of excursions to lay in our near future. I am studying for my second Fitness Certification, and trying to finish a novel I have been writing for a good many years. I’ve nearly reached the end, which is a huge step but in the words of Shannon Hale, “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”

My bible group is going through a study called “40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life” and it is proving enlightening, convicting, and encouraging, all highly desirable qualities in a study of the kind. It challenges readers to choose to replace cynical or negative thoughts with wholesome beneficial thoughts in obedience to Philippians 4:8 “Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, if there is any excellence, anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” [Paraphrased]  Many of us feel and act as though our situation, and resulting emotions, control our state of mind, instead of acknowledging that we have the strength of God in us, making it possible to transcend our problems and find joy in His truth. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11.

 

This post was originally going to have a good many pictures, but my laptop is old making downloading and uploading photos near impossible. I plan to get a new one when we get to San Diego, until then, see Facebook for proof and…

Live Today to its Fullest.

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