doing some thinkin today…(also, not trying to be cool/hip w/lower case, keyboard is wacked, that is why)
at church pastor talked of encouragement…i cried the whole talk. not exactly sure why, feelling drained of encouragement at times…and then, feeling like i need to do more of giving it. he said something…he wants those in seats to email him if they want to share what they’ve gone thru…be an encouragement to others. loved that. he was honest…he said "i can pray for people, but then i go home and eat popcorn…then pray some more…but if they are going thru something i havent been thru, i dont know where they are…how it feels/tastes…only jesus and those who have been thru it do"
great eh? so, i’m prayin about my email to him…ya know, i feel pretty strongly about that particular point…i believe in a god that has purpose in my suffering…i want to be useful and comforting…i want to not have gone thru it for nothing. what about you? do you stumble and crawl thru the stuff of your life w/o thinking about what he is doing thru it? he is, ya know. he is there…i promise. no matter where you’ve been, where you are, or even where you are going…he’s right there w/you.
and so, i sit trying to think of what to write…bellly is doing somersaults (usually a sign that i need to do it). so much to write…so much to share…cancer, suicide, death, healing, depression, illness, endurance, forgiveness…faith. so much to share.
praise be to the god and father of our lord jesus christ, the faither of compassion and god of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble w/the comfort we ourselves have rec’d from god. for just as the sufferings of christ flow over into our lives, so also thru christ our comfort overflows… 2 corinthians 1:3-5