Sharing thoughts from my journal dated February 23, 2001. ~~"It has just occurred to me why I value helpful books and poetry and especially my Bible-which changes my heart and mind with God's cleansing power and the voice of understanding and counsel from the LORD....I have "no one" to counsel me, encourage me, befriend me, build me up in character, have empathy for and with me, give instruction or rebuke...on this earth, like him. Only God knows my heart, my sins, my need to change where I need to. Only our creator can see our inward man. But...He gives communication and oh what a huge blessing to have an understanding of others. Humor... or empathy in sorrow or just shared experiences that you thought you alone experienced. How great and how quickly the gloom dissipates when we discover we are not alone in this thing and, "this too shall come to pass". .....just felt led to post this. Its just as true today as then. Love lightens every load, and sometimes even energizes! Hope your day is bright with love and energy. Psalm 115:12 "The LORD hath been mindful of us; he will bless us...."