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Weekly Devotionals

Happy Birthday!

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart – Jeremiah 1:5

Today is my son Juno’s 6th birthday! I’m so happy he is part of our family and in our lives today. He’s pretty much my little mini-me. He loves football, is the only 6 year-old boy that I know who can throw a perfect spiral, and just like his old-man, he loves the Seattle Seahawks. I couldn’t ask for a better little boy. 

But I rememer when I first heard the news that he was conceived. This was back in 2016, and I was in my third year of seminary at Torch Trinity. My wife had literally just given birth to our second daughter Juel the previous Fall, and both times she was pregnaant (of course, the first with our eldest Joanna) she was super sick with morning sickness pretty much throughout both terms. I don’t know who started calling it “morning” sickness, because that’s a lie – it’s actually a constant nausea that goes on all day and all night.

We were finally so relieved when Juel was born. She was healthy, and my wife Juri was also healthy, so we were praising God that it was all over and we could now move on with our new life as a family of 4; Joe, Juri, Joanna, and Juel. Since our Hyundai Sonata, at the time, perfectly fit the 4 of us, we were set, and we couldn’t imagine another one coming along… EVER! 

But then, one day I was at school the following Spring, and I got a very alarming text from my wife. Out of the blue, she said I needed to come home right away! I didn’t know what was going on, but it didn’t sound good. I immediately called her to see what was up, and she told me she was pregnant… AGAIN! How could this be? She had literally just given birth only a few months earlier. Was this even possible? 

Immediately, we were scared and burdened. Juri had just gone through a really tough pregnancy, and finally she could let her body rest. But now she had to do it all over again? No way! What many people would take as great joy, was actually the cause of great worry and fear for us.

But during her pregnancy with Juno, we were reminded of the passage above from Jeremiah 1:5. God knew Jeremiah even before he was conceived in his mother’s womb. He had a plan for him. And although we were scared, we knew God had a plan for this little baby in Juri’s womb, and of course, also for his 2 older sisters, as well. And now that he is with us today, we don’t know what we’d do without him. He brings us so much joy every day, and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for him and all our children when they grow up!

Today, I want to remind all of you that you are indeed precious. The life you live is not yours, but the breath you breathe has been breathed in by God. God knew each of you, personally and by name, even before you were conceived. And he has a very special purpose for you in this world. You bring joy to God, and you are meant to bring joy to this world.

If any of us are struggling to get started this week, then let’s start it off in the right way; by giving God all the praise and glory, for giving us life. Jesus came to die for us so we may have life and have it abundantly. So may we all live in the amazing abundant life that God has in store for us this week!