Only 10 more days!

I've gotten several requests to keep a blog about my trip to Japan, so here it is! I'll continue to update while I'm there so you can subscribe by email (see "follow" on the right) to know when I've written. It's hard to believe I only have 10 days left until departure.

My excessive planning and perfectionist tendencies are being tested...a reminder that I'm not in control (praise the Lord I'm not). Grad school applications, papers, fees, packing, meeting with people, job hunting, citizenship/visa/residency details, living situation in Japan can feel overwhelming. It's my responsibility to be diligent in what I have to do, but I trust that:

  1. God will accomplish what he plans for me:
  • The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
  • But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hand. Psalm 31:14-15
  • Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-26
  1.  He will give me the grace for every situation that comes up:
  • But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3