The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

I could only respond with a deep sigh after a friend asked me last night how my week went. What an emotional roller coaster ride this past week was for me with some pleasant and not so pleasant series of events. It was tough to shift your emotions from the joy of hearing about a new born baby, to the passing of a dear friend’s brother, who was like a brother to me as well; from rejoicing with a newly-engaged friends, to a friend who lost a wife; from celebrating a brother’s birthday to a sister who is upset; from a friend who successfully went through a surgery to a series of treatments to fully recover; from my husband who understands and takes this emotional ride with his wife as his way of giving comfort and a reminder that “… the joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

Thank you Lord, for the week that was. For it is only by your grace that we are able to wake up to another day. Help our family and friends find this joy in You alone as they go through the rough roads of life. Preserve the joy of those whose favors were granted and restore the sick to their health. And as you perform these miracles in them, may your name be glorified. In Jesus name, Amen.

Gloomy Day in Chicago

“Unbelievable.” This was what Mr. G uttered this morning when he opened the door to a cold wind and gray skies. He lived in Chicago all his life and is still not used to what everybody refers to as “Chicago weather”, which changes drastically all the time. We were just at 75 degrees yesterday morning and at about noon, the temperature dropped to 32 degrees. Today, it feels like we’re back to winter time. It is unbelievable.

But I kissed him goodbye and told him to have a good day. Thankful that Jesus is someone we can always believe in regardless of what kind of weather we are in. And so as we remember Jesus’ darkest days this week, may the power of the cross truly transform us so we can see the light behind these clouds. Have a great meditative week dear family and friends. We are praying for you!

“The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – 1 John 5:11-12