It has been an interesting journey. I have been missing in action from posting because I have been spending time with God. The challenges I have faced have been through the God I serve. The realization that through these circumstances I have come closer to Him in a way that I otherwise would not have is encouraging, uplifting and enlightening.
I will re-enter the blogosphere consistently again real soon here. I have to say that I am endeared to those who have let me know that they felt my absence. God knows as well that there were some things that had to be dealt with on my behalf. It fills my heart to know that He blesses me with those who have prayed for me during my absence. Your prayers have been felt.
The whole of the matter is that the gifts He gives us so generously are for building up the body of Christ. I am ever so grateful for the building blocks for which Jesus is the cornerstone. Praise Him! We are to speak the Good News to draw others into the Kingdom. However, we are not to forget the body that is an integral part of the Kingdom. Know that as you give, it shall be given back to you in good measure, pressed down and running over that you will not have room enough to receive it. We serve an amazing God. We cannot out give God.
We are to help the poor, the needy, the hurting, etc. Remember though, some of these people in need are in the body of Christ. If you were required to help a family member, you would do what you could to help, for the most part. As a believer, your family is extended beyond the physical building that you inhabit. There are times when money is not the only requirement. Prayer is also needed. Communication is needed. The love we so desperately seek requires us to give it. Sometimes it is all you have to give.
Laura, I thank you for letting me know that while I may have been absent on the blogosphere, I was not absent in your heart. My heart is so much more tender than ever. Of course, a thank you goes out to everyone who has considered me in their prayers. As I continue to trust God for meeting my needs, I will have my computer back soon and will realign myself with writing consistently again.