I just wanted to take the time to tell all of you thank you for your encouraging comments and e-mails to me about my “lonely post”. It was nice to hear that I am not the only one feeling those feelings. I have been working to have God’s joy in my life even when times are difficult. This is one practice that I hope to have mastered by the end of my first term here. The bible says “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” I hope this encourages all you out there that struggle with loneliness. We are not alone! How can we feel lonely if we have the joy of the Lord and if it is strengthening u? Sure, we will have good days and bad days, but hopefully the good days will become more and more as we CHOOSE JOY!