Hello friend, …..that is how I like to start the dozens of emails that land in my box each morning. When I first started sharing my bible online I never would have imagine the people that would reach out to me looking for advice. I want to honor those readers as I pray over them and write them letters each day. At the same time I know so many of you are feeling the same way, and as you explore this new form of worship it’s natural for questions to come up.
I wanted to share with you some of these conversations with you while keeping them totally anonymous (I have asked each person if it was okay to share here). Sometimes knowing there are other people out there experiencing the same thing makes it that much easier to take the next step. Please know that I am not trying to claim that I know it all when it comes to having a personal relationship with Jesus. In fact, it was through the desire to draw closer to God that I started Illustrated Faith. We are on this path together, but sometimes it helps to just talk it out with a friend…. thus… hello friend!
I admire the way you are living your life for God. I’m having a hard time with that myself. I grew up and am still sort of in a very strict religion and I just want to be peaceful and free instead of burdened down with the stress of all the things they say we should and shouldn’t do, you know what I mean? I sort of envy your joyful relationship with God.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1, NIV)
Please know I am praying for you and hope you allow yourself to find that freedom in God that you desire.