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Thank You, All My Wonderful Readers

WordPress sent me a recap of all the activity on my blog in 2012. When I saw the numbers, I was at once awed and humbled.

It doesn’t matter what the numbers were. What matters to me is all of you. I could hardly believe so many of you stopped by my blog to read the words God gave me to share in 2012. And that so many of you have chosen to follow what God writes through me. In addition to all my wonderful, faithful readers, so many of you have written beautiful, edifying, encouraging comments that bless me more than I can put into words. “Thank you” does not begin to convey my heartfelt gratitude for each one of you. I pass on every encouragement I receive as a praise to God.

It’s Not About Me. It’s All About God.

This blog is not mine. My only role in this blog is to sit at this keyboard, focus on God and move my fingers as God directs them. Every thought, every sentence, every scripture, every keystroke comes by His hand. Not mine. All I do is take dictation.

This Blog Is A Ministry

God called me into ministry at 17 years old when I was at church camp on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. I’m certain God called me,ย  because five pastors there at the youth conference confirmed it for me. A strong urge to teach and preach came over me during the Wednesday night worship service. I didn’t know what it was until I spoke with the pastors for several hours.

JUST TO SHOW HOW GOD WORKS: One of my best buddies for several summers at this Methodist Church Camp at Simpson College was DeLane D. Wright. He and I had some great times messing around like 17-year-old kids will do, and worshiping God and leading camp songs and praising God. Well, today, DeLane is a Methodist minister back in Iowa where we grew up, he in Red Oak and I in Shenandoah. He and I post on each other’s Facebook pages and remain friends. He posts some wonderful thoughts, and some nonsense mixed in. Hey, he’s from Iowa. And he’s a minister.

Well, I didn’t answer the call. Then. I took off down a road that led to lots of heartaches and backsliding for decades. He called me back to Himself in 1986. Then in 2000 He showed me, in vivid detail, my true identity in Christ. I left the job market in 2009. I started blogging in April, 2010. I share those details with you to tell you I now consider For His Glory my ministry. And God has confirmed that for me over and over.

I have been fortunate to be able to publish guest posts from folks I consider not only good writers, but good writers sold out to God. I subscribe to and read many more blogs by writers who have a heart for God and have intimate relationships with Him. I am blessed by each one each time I read them.

For so many years I tried to do all the things I thought would make me acceptable to God. In August, 2000, when I learned my true identity in Christ, I also learned that I was already accepted by God and acceptable to God, just like He made me. But I had lived most of my life beneath the weight of the bondage of performance as the key to salvation, believing I had to do something to gain God’s acceptance and approval. I believed righteousness was something I had to earn by doing enough good things in the world. I was bound by satan’s lie that fueled my ignorance of the rest of the gospel. I learned it was not about what I did that mattered, but who I was in Christ that gave me life.

For His Glory’s Mission

So, my sole purpose, my mission statement for For His Glory is this: I will seek God’s true and perfect will as God writes For His Glory so that readers will know, understand and live out of their true identity in Christ.

I hope you will be as blessed to read what God directs in For His Glory as I will to write for Him.

14 thoughts on “Thank You, All My Wonderful Readers

  1. What a wonderful and humble reflection. Indeed, you are the channel of His goodness. I think what sums it up for me is “learning your true identity in Christ”. We should all be blessed to find it. The tide of aggressive secularism is strong. Your blog is a welcome oasis.

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    1. WOW! Thank you so much, Bunny, for your comments and encouragement. It is comments like yours that keep me seeking God’s word in my life and eager to continue sharing with you and others what He shares with me. God bless!

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  2. This is a fantastic reflection of a lifelong testimony of God’s pursuit of His children, Steven. It seems we often look back (to even just yesterday) and realize how our Lord is ever growing us in His grace and wisdom.

    I am very grateful for your friendship. It seems every journey into your neck of the woods (your site) is rewarding as you live as Christ calls us to live… in open air housing, where there is never any intimidation and pretense, but an honest reflection of a man surrendered to Jesus, struggling day by day and then enjoying the joy of the struggle’s fruit. Blessings as you minister with your life and through your words, good friend. To God be the glory! Great things He has done.

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    1. Mike,
      WOW! What an awesome encouragement. I feel the same way about you, my friend. God bless you, and I look forward to reading what God is doing in your life as well as we both travel that fickle road of life together. God bless you, my friend.

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  3. Thank you for sharing and very encouraged me to keep Christ as my saviour at all time. Amen. God bless you. Love in Christ.

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  4. I’m so glad you answered to your calling! Otherwise, we’d never have met. You’re a blessing to so many. May God continue to bless you and minister through your writings. Blessings to you and your family in this new year. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Amanda. I’m so very blessed by our friendship and hope we’ll be lifelong blogging friends down here and then friends for eternity with our Lord and Savior. You’re a blessing.

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  5. Steven,
    Thank you so much for your testimony. I loved to hear how God has worked in your life. His grace truly is amazing. I, like you, am so thankful for the blogging world and the ability that it gives me to reach out across the miles. I might actually get the opportunity to meet you face to face one day (that would be great!), but if not….I know I will meet you face to face when we get to heaven. I consider you a kindred spirit, and a brother in Christ.
    Your friend,
    Dawn

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    1. Dawn, kindred spirits is exactly the way I feel as well. It would be fantastic to meet you here. I met my blogging buddy Amanda Beth and her husband and their four kids last summer. They came through Atlanta on their way to Florida and we met for lunch. Her husband was amazing. I enjoyed meeting and fellowshipping with them all. Amanda and I have been friends for more than two years. I edited her first book for her and from that time we became friends Besides blogging and chatting we even talk on the phone on occasion. Anyway, if we meet here, that will be great. But if we don’t, YES, we will definitely have that cup of coffee and our over-the-fence chats whenever we want. God bless you and thank you for your encouragement both in your comments to me and in your wonderful blog posts. God bless.

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  6. Yes and AMEN! ๐Ÿ™‚ It isn’t so much as to when you answered the call, it is that you have indeed done so, and continue until the day you see Him face to face. He absolutely uses this to minister to and encourage others, as I am so often blessed and encouraged. For His Glory by His grace… ๐Ÿ™‚

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