Went to Chicago for my sister’s wedding and enjoyed being with family this past weekend. I got to meet my youngest niece (14 weeks) and my youngest cousin (14 months) – double score! It was an adventure taking the trains and exploring a bit, and we even got to eat some Chicago style deep dish pizza from Giordano’s (which was to die for)! Although the crowds of a big city are not really my favorite thing, that Chicago skyline is undeniably beautiful. I played tourist and took some photos – these are my three favorites of the city.
I came back to work after a week off and have had an incredibly hard couple of days back at the hospital. Being a nurse is indescribably difficult some days. An unexpected death, while next door unhappy patients and family members wonder why you took so long getting to them. A terminal diagnosis just given in one room, all the while a patient who is perfectly capable is on their call light complaining and wanting repositioned in another room. Some days it really wears my spirit out, on top of my body not feeling super great lately. I was thinking all these things and the verses came to mind Ephesians 6:12-13, and it reminds me that every day is a battle, some days we just feel it more than others.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.