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DAD’S SHOP

Since my mom is in Korea I’ve been going to my dad’s shoe repair shop every day to help out. Today’s original plan was to help out for a little and then go to church to do some final preparations for vbs. But things didn’t go as planned and I ended up being at my dad’s til close with my sister. 

I wasn’t there because I had to or needed to but because I wanted to. Especially these past few months I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t really had much time to spend with my dad especially. Sometimes by the time I get home my dad’s in bed so I don’t get to see home for days at times. 

Even though I had things I could have been doing today I wanted to take full advantage and just be with my dad. It’s a great time being with him, helping out and just spending quality time together. Whenever I’m with Him it’s always a time of joy and peace. He is someone I can talk to about everything and someone who always knows how to make me laugh. 

Especially this weekend with vbs right around the corner I’ve been feeling the stress and anxiety slowly kicking in. So it was a much needed time to take my mind off of things and be with the greatest guy in the planet, my dad. I’m blessed and thankful God gave me this opportunity today to take time away from everything else and spend it with my family. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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ALL ABOUT FAMILY

I feel like God gives me countless reminders how blessed I am to have the family I do. This weekend, today especially was another one of those reminders. 

As my dad and sister was in Chicago over the weekend taking my mom to O’hare airport to fly out to Korea, I went up to my aunt and uncles house in Columbus yesterday after church until today. When I got up there yesterday I was greeted with a delicious steak dinner and today, a morning filled with fishing with my uncle on this beautiful Memorial Day. 

After fishing and grabbing some lunch and spending some time with them I headed back to Cincinnati. As soon as I got home I caught up with my dad and sister about their time in Chicago. Then after we ate dinner my mom FaceTimed us. 

My mom suddenly went to Korea because my grandma who is 96 has been feeling very ill, so my mom went for the first time in 9 years to spend some quality time with her. To see my mom next to my grandma really was quite emotional for me. Mixed emotions both sad and joyful (mostly joy). The reality is my grandma is 96 but to know my mom is able to spend time with her and catch up on missed years is truly a blessing. 


There really is nothing like family. Something I’ve realized recently is that I’ve let my busy schedule get in the way of me and my family, spending quality time and embracing every moment. But as I was encountering all these blessings today something one of my mentors told me a few ago stood out, “Even though ministry may get busy always make time for family, family is also a priority”. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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SEEING THE LOVE

My mom is going to Korea this weekend. This will be her first time since 2008. That’s 9 whole years she hasn’t been able to see all of her siblings and most importantly my grandma. My grandma has gotten suddenly ill so we decided it would be best for my mom to go spend time with her in Korea. 

My mom always has the desire to go to Korea to see her family since all of her side lives over there. But due to taking care of the family she never really gets the chance. She really deserves this trip and I am so glad she has this opportunity to reunite with her family and spend time with my grandma. 

I’m not the only one who thinks she deserves this time for herself. I was shocked and it really moved me to see how many people wanted to bless her before going on this trip. Multiple people have been stopping by our house over the last few days giving her cards and gifts supporting her and all telling her how much she deserves this time. 

My mom is someone who loves unconditionally. Through her love I experience the selfless love of God. It’s been really nice being able to see her receive love and be loved by others. Through the gestures of many I know she has been encountering the love of God. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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LITTLE BIG BROTHER

Being at the same church all your life you gain brothers and sisters that literally are siblings to you. I’m blessed to say I have a countless number of those. There is one little brother of mine in particular that I truly view as a brother. It’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve known him and through it all he has always called me Hyung which means older brother in Korean and has always looked at me as his own. 

Tonight was his graduation and this was actually my first non-family graduation I’ve ever attended. Being there and hearing his name be called and see him walk across that stage was really special. It meant way more than just him graduating high school but rather him completing a chapter in his life that contained many ups and downs and forming into the man of God he has been created to be. 


I am truly thankful and blessed to have the ability to see my younger brothers and sisters grow through multiple seasons of life. It really means a lot to have the ability to be a part of someone’s life throughout the years and have them be a part of mine. I say this often but I am always grateful that God has provided little siblings like him in my life that I’ve always wanted. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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REFUEL 

For some reason I felt beyond exhausted yesterday. It’s not like I had that busy of a week but my body started really shutting down and as well as my mind. As I was feeling fatigued I promised myself I will take today to be refueled and rested so it doesn’t effect me tomorrow. 

God has been revealing to me why I get so stressed out and sensitive easily, which has been negatively effecting me in my ministry and just even in general. The simple conclusion I have faced is that I am just tired all the time and not rested as much as I need to. But the good thing about all this is that it’s something I can change if I am intentional enough. 

For almost two months now I have been staying true to my commitment in making Saturday my sabbath. So for today I’m glad God gave me the opportunity to catch up on sleep, spend time with my family and get rejuvenated for the week ahead. 

Days like today I am reminded how important it is to end the day with a smile. But most importantly end the day with my eyes on the Lord. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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DISCONNECT TO CONNECT

Yesterday morning at 7:20am 8 of us and a dog headed off to Red River Gorge in Kentucky for a camping trip. This trip was mandatory for our ecological theology class and was the best assignment ever. We spent all day yesterday and today there being in the Creation, spending time with the Creator, experiencing it all together. 

It was an extremely needed time for me. This past week was pretty rough with a lot on my schedule and a ton of school work. So for this trip I decided I really needed to disconnect from everything for the 24+ hours away and pursue to connect with God and myself. So as soon as we got to the gorge I turned my phone off, stuck it in my pack and didn’t turn it on until this afternoon when we headed home. 

I couldn’t explain how valuable and beautiful that time was for me. It was challenging yet rewarding at the same time. From almost hiking 10 miles, getting lost on the trails, dealing with my back pains, sleeping in a hammock in 30 degree weather. To seeing stunning evidence of God within His creation, spending time in prayer and meditation, being one team and family building fires, having meaningful conversations, falling asleep while staring straight into the moon, waking up to hearing all of nature singing their own song, finding true satisfaction in eating a simple granola bar, sharing a cup of coffee amongst one another and discovering shalom within my heart that has been hidden beneath all the chaos of life. 

These past couple days have been filled with moments that God has given to me as gifts to restore my mind, body and spirit. To find Him and myself. To witness His hands that have worked and continue to work within the world and in me. To rediscover the value of relationship, relationship with others but most importantly what it means to be in a relationship with the Father. I have learned that sometimes to connect we must first disconnect ourselves from all that has been weighing me down. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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65

Today was my dad’s 65th birthday. It was a very special birthday different than the others. This past year has been one of the roughest years of his life so far due to his health and injury, so we couldn’t be anymore happier and thankful to celebrate a new year for him. 

After a rough and challenging year it feels great to celebrate another year of life for the person I care the most about. All day today I couldn’t help but feel thankful. Thankful that God allowed my dad to overcome all the obstacles and open up the opportunity to be back to normal. 

I have an amazing dad. I couldn’t be anymore thankful that God has called me to be his son. But days like today I am reminded I should celebrate him being in my life every day. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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LIFE AND DEATH

Today marks 20 years since my grandma passed away. I was only 3 and a half when she passed but I still do have slight memories of her. But the sad thing is as I get older the memories start to disappear. 

Every year for both my grandma and grandpas memorial days we get together as a family, eat foods they enjoyed and have a little family worship service. Since I’ve started ministry I’ve had the privilege to lead those services. Today hit me in a very unique and particular way. 

My cousin is now pregnant and she is the first one out of the Kang family. As it was a day remembering my grandmas death but also witnessing new life my heart was moved in a special way. Life and death are both things in which God moves through and in each a message of God can be found. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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FAM

It’s been my third week now since I’ve decided to have saturdays be my day of sabbath. Today it hit me why God really wanted me to make a time for sabbath and the purpose behind it. 

I made sure my schedule was free from any work related responsibilities and decided to spend all day with my family. And that’s what I did, spend every moment with my beloved family. 

The majority of my afternoon was spent at my dad’s shoe repair shop with my mom and sister. What I’ve realized is that for that last few years I always just stop by the shop in passing, always having somewhere else to go, and never really spent time with my dad at work. When I was younger I used to spend countless hours walking behind him watching everything he would do while asking a million questions. I was able to do that again today, it brought back so many memories just being able to be in my dads presence watching him work. I was able to help out here and there but most importantly we talked a lot throughout the day. 

After work we went out to dinner with my aunt and uncle and afterwards walked around IKEA. Simple things like that brought a smile to my face and filled me with peace. 

The biggest thing I got out of today was having a thankful heart. Actually spending intentional time with my family  I couldn’t help but be thankful for the most loving people God has placed in my life. All day being in the presence of love all around I was reminded of how thankful I must be for the simple things in life. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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STEPPING UP

As I was heading out for church I got a snap chat from one of my youth girls and it was a picture of one of our middle school boys who has been training to do audio for our service, doing sound check all by himself. All day I was able to witness similar things happening throughout church. Our next generation stepping up to serve others. 

Lunch was prepared and served by our youth group today. Right after service all the kids were in the kitchen running around getting food ready to serve our congregation. This has been the second time they have ever done this and it’s amazing to see. Every Sunday the adults always make lunch for the church but to see the kids returning the favor was truly a blessing. 

I also had multiple meetings with individuals today to talk about how they can serve the church and do more to serve the Kingdom. Each person I spoke with I could see the passion and desire they had to serve and not be served, to make change and take on the challenges to do God’s will. 

As I was about to leave church to go home I walked through the sanctuary and I saw two of our girls babysitting two little boys as their parents were volunteering. Then I passed the gym and saw a member of Refresh playing with a preschooler. As I spent time today looking around and witnessing so many people serving and loving others it was really inspiring, encouraging and gave me hope. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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