Thanks for the comment. It's always amazing to see how God works through those of us who are sensitive to His leading.
Thank you for the comment! My writings are primarily therapeutic, so it is a double blessing when it touches someone else too!
Thanks for your comment on my journal post quote about divine healing.
dar marie , thank you for reading my christmass story and for the nice words you used for me, luv annie ,,and peace to you on this holiday season and always too...
Hi, thanks for sharing the wonderful story on my post and for your interest. You are truly a very dear friend. Love ya', Steve
Thanks for sharing about how your family kept Christmas when you were a child. I pray that all will make changes so that the day returns to being a holy one as opposed to the commercialized one it is today.
hello marie thanks for liking my photos and i love you too, annie
Thanks for sharing on my post. Once in my twenties I had $5 and was going to pick up a few things at the store. I had to stop by the church (for what, I don't remember). A family was there in need of assistance. I chatted with them briefly (the father and two precious children). They seemed nice. The pastor wasn't there, so his wife had gone to the parsonage. He seemed very humble and likable. The wife returned as I was fixing to leave to go to the store. I remember her saying something to the effect that the assistance fund for the needy was out of money. Without thinking too much about it, I felt bad for them, but I only had $5, and that wouldn't feed their family and I was going to pick up a few things anyway. They left before I got out of the driveway. Then I felt so horrible. The things I was going to get from the store, I could have done without, and though the $5 didn't seem like enough to give them, it still would have been much better than nothing. I've thought about that many times since then, and I still regret that I didn't give them that five. Sometimes we hurt for not doing something we should.
As to not being all that we should be, that's a big message in the Bible. The Bible teaches people to live in perfect love, but the Bible constantly shows how far we humans are from that. If I teach that people should live in perfect love, it's only because that's what the Bible teaches, but I myself am ashamed of how far from that perfect love I am. When the Bible says to come before the throne boldly, I think a more correct interpretation would be to come before the throne with confidence (confidence in His love and mercy for us, in spite of how undeserving we are). It does not mean 'boldly' in the sense that we can approach God with any form of pride or courageousness. Even though the same Greek word (parrhēsia) is used in both cases, I think in connotation speaking God's Word boldly means courageously, but coming before the throne boldly means never forgetting that humbleness of our undeserving nature. I could wish that I could live the law of love better than I do, but am ashamed of how far I am from where I should be.
Love ya' so much, Steve
Thanks for your comments on my journal posts. I know many people read them, but it's great to receive feedback once in a while. Thanks for being His instrument of encouragement in this way.
Thank you for reading my posts and for steadily following God. Love ya', Steve