On December 29th, I gave my testimony during the morning church service. I thought that I would share it with you here. I have transcribed it in Japanese first (which is how I gave it in church), so if you want to read it in English, just scroll down.


















OK. たくさん祈りました。教会のために祈りました。ピーターのために祈りました。英会話クラスのために祈りました。糸満市と沖縄県と日本のために祈りました。たくさんの聖書を読みました。神様はたくさんの物を教えました。今日一つを話したいです。









Now the English. I’ve tried to keep the translation as close as possible to the original Japanese.

I can now stand and walk. As of this month, I can now run! But two years ago I injured my back. Then I could not run. I could not walk. I could not stand. It was very painful. I was in bed all the time. Bed was my prison.

But God gave me two promises. The first was from the Bible. Maybe we can read it together.

Psalm 66:10-12

“For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
You brought us into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.
You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.”

A place of abundance. I’m in a place of abundance right now, eh?

The second promise was this. God said, “I will heal you, Valerie, but not yet. Please wait.”

OK. I prayed a lot. I prayed for our church. I prayed for Peter. I prayed for the ESL class. I prayed for Itoman, Okinawa, and Japan. I also read my Bible a lot. God taught me many lessons. I would like to share one of these with you today.

Let’s read verse 10 again:

“For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.”

How is silver refined? The refiner sits in front of the fire. He has to watch the silver at all times. If he takes his eyes off of the silver, even for an instant, it is ruined. He constantly watches the silver. He waits… he waits… waits… always watching. When the right time comes, he removes the silver from the fire. If he is delayed even a little, the silver is ruined. At the right time, he quickly needs to remove the silver from the fire.

The fire is painful, isn’t it? Sometimes hope is painful. Sometimes we might think, “Maybe today is the wonderful day. Maybe today is the day when God will heal me. Maybe today God will fulfill my request.”

But maybe God waits. We start to think, “Maybe God didn’t hear me. Maybe God doesn’t see me.” Our hearts are painful.

But God wants to make wonderful silver. He is always watching. He heard me. He saw me. His love is wonderful, and his grace is so big. He changed my bed from being a prison to a place of joy.

Two years ago, my bed was a symbol of prison, of pain. But now my bed is a symbol of God’s love.

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