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The Japanese word ‘ikigai’ comes from ‘iki’ meaning life and ‘kai’ meaning worth. In English it is loosely translated as ‘a reason for being’. This is a popular philosophy in Japan and is gaining popularity in other countries including America. It is a self-searching for meaning and satisfaction in life.

This idea of ‘ikigai’ is something different than New Year resolutions made as 2018 was ushered in on January 1st. The purpose of making resolutions each year is the notion they will somehow improve our efforts and strengthen our desire of attaining a ‘happy life.” Sadly, a lot of these goals will fall by the wayside in moments of weakness or difficulty.

Christ-followers believe God has given them a life worth living as part of being in relationship with Him. Everyday is precious waking up to a fresh supply of God’s mercies to handle whatever comes along. The journey is always filled with His presence and His provisions. I am a grateful Christ-follower who is living a purpose-filled life as expressed in Acts 20:24 from the Contempory English Version of the Bible.

“But I don’t care what happens to me, as long as I finish the work the Lord Jesus gave me to do. And this work is to tell the good news about God’s gift of undeserved grace.”

In The Message Bible the phrase ‘undeserved grace’ is described as the “incredibly extravagant generosity of God.” God’s love towards us is very extravagant. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the Cross in our place. On the third day He rose from the dead. To all who receive His forgiveness, He gives them new life and a promise to live with Him in heaven for eternity. Do you know Him? He wants to know you.

The purpose of my life is to express my love to God for all that He has done for me. That is called worship. Part of my worship includes praising Him before people – telling about how good He is. A few years ago I felt God’s encouragement to be a writer. He amazingly provided the connections to publish the three books in my Sky Blue Trilogy in 2017.

Last month He led me to a writer’s group of young people in their 20’s and 30’s. Being with them has opened the door to learn new things. Do you know about ‘zines’? I didn’t, but now enjoy them. (A ‘zine’ is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. Usually zines are the product of a single person, or of a very small group. -Wikipedia)

I would like to share a ‘zine’ I did recently. The theme was ‘colors’. I chose to write six Haiku (three lines with counted syllables, 5-7-5) to express the theme. I hope my worship of the Lord will bless you in a small way. He loves you and desires to give you a life worth living. ❤

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A book of colors
God’s awesome story of grace
Good News to the world

Darkness in my heart
No escape for the guilty
The wages of sin

Crimson blood trickled
From my Savior’s hands and feet
Cross of forgiveness

Clean before my Lord
My soul, pure like falling snow
Beautiful and light

I am heaven-bound
Invited to live with Him
Forever His child

See new growth in me
A joy-filled life worth living
Each day with Jesus

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Yes, a joy-filled life worth living!!
For His Glory!

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