The inspiration for my illustration
A captivating lettering illustration featuring the uplifting words from Nehemiah when he was with Ezra: ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law.  Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:9-10 serves as a powerful reminder that in the midst of challenges and struggles, finding joy in the presence of God can be our greatest source of strength. Despite the hardships we may face, let us take solace in the unwavering joy that comes from the Lord, empowering us to overcome any obstacle that stands in our way.
Finding Strength in God’s Joy
Nehemiah 8:9-10 beautifully illustrates the transformative power of finding joy in the Lord. In life’s trials and tribulations, it is easy to succumb to despair and weakness. Yet, these verses remind us that joy found in God’s presence is not just a fleeting emotion, but an enduring strength that empowers us to persevere.
When we turn to God and allow His joy to fill our hearts, we discover a resilience that transcends our circumstances. This joy becomes the cornerstone of our endurance, enabling us to face challenges with unwavering determination and faith. It is a joy that uplifts our spirits and gives us the courage to keep moving forward, even in the face of adversity.
Let us hold onto this profound truth, knowing that the joy of the Lord is not merely a temporary reprieve, but a steadfast anchor that sustains us through life’s ebb and flow. May we continually seek His joy, allowing it to fortify our spirits and guide us through every step of our journey.
Help Me Create Opportunities and Hope
At this moment, someone in my city is silently suffering due to the lack of purpose in their life, the inability to find employment, and the absence of a profession. Some will succumb to overdoses, others to depression, and some will end up ruining their families. With your support, I could establish a textile printing workshop and, in addition to creating local jobs, initiate free training courses for young people facing economic and emotional difficulties. These would be young individuals living a new life under the grace of our God.