It just happened last week that I found out that a fellow blogger has passed…
His name was Ron Bouchard and his blog was “The burning heart.com”
We had connected online as we have both been blogging about JESUS and have done our best to spread HIS love and HIS truth.
We had commented on each other’s blogs a lot and then exchanged a few emails – he had reached out to me from the other side of the world when I was struggling with my “issues” and he and his wife Nancy had been praying for me.
These prayers have meant the world to me at the time, lifting me up, literally keeping me going!
They even had a friend from their church email me as well, someone who had gone through similar stuff on his journey through deliverance by JESUS, as had Nancy, Ron’s wife, who had also come out of a similar, occultic background and got saved by THE LORD.
When he hadn’t replied to me “happy new year”-email, I had heard GOD say that he had gone home, but I was hoping that I misheard it… but then, last week, when I got in contact with Nancy, she sadly confirmed it…
His memory will live on via the countless comments he left on my blog, he has been a voice of great encouragement in my life and I believe also in the lives of others – just today, a “new” brother got in touch and we found out that we both knew Ron… I am sure Ron would have loved the fact that we have been talking about him and both acknowledging how kind he was and how encouraging!
What this tells me is that we are all connected and indeed one great family!
There is no such thing as online or offline, as countries and as age and as denomination and as race – we are ALL Israelites, followers of CHRIST, all filled with the LOVE OF GOD, the same agape love HE has for us.
I love this!
As much as there is division and even a lot of hostility in the church (or at least in the churches I have been going to and even in the church I am currently a member of), there is also something we all have in common: we all love THE LORD and those of us who are blogging are doing their best to spread HIS love and to tell others about it.
And these are the moments when I feel that “the church” / we / you & I (and Ron) are doing what JESUS would love us to do – love each other!
I myself cannot stress how helpful the internet has been for me, not only were Ron’s words of encouragement and his prayers a great source of help, also, even before I got saved, I found a lot of extremely helpful pieces information on the internet, things I had never known, things which helped me greatly in my battle against the forces of darkness which were haunting me! (You can find some of the sites I recommend on my page Need deliverance?) – I even got saved by watching a sermon on youtube and praying along in the end!!!
Without the internet, blogs, videos and online teachings, I don’t know if I would still be in bondage today…?
And I want to take the opportunity to tell all of you, friends, visitors, followers, brothers, sisters, neighbors, seekers, I appreciate every single one of you!
I love you ALL with the love of GOD and I wish I would have taken even more time to tell my friend Ron how much he was loved and appreciated and needed here, on the other side of the world, and how much his encouragement and his prayers meant to me!
I mean thank GOD I did tell him, otherwise I would feel really bad now, but I am not sure I have told you, yes you, that I am so happy you have stopped by and that you read what I publish – YOU are the reason why I am writing these things, yes, you, YOUR salvation is important to me!
I want YOU to be saved and delivered and I want you well spiritually, that’s why I am putting all my dark stuff I went through out there – I am not proud of what I went through, on the contrary, all I am happy about is what GOD made out of it and that HE got me free.
I really hope that you or someone you know can also become free by reading aspects or parts of my story – and if I can only give ONE person the vital information they need to get saved, the entire blog and all the articles from all the years were worth it!
Also, I am encouraged, inspired, edified and confirmed in my faith by what you guys put out there -keep going!
Again, my friend, I appreciate you, I want you to be well, I am praying for you and I love you – but GOD loves you more!
Please don’t wait to tell people that you love them, don’t hesitate to share your testimony or comments or words of encouragement, it doesn’t matter if it is online or offline, you will still have a great impact on other people’s lives – especially when people go through very dark times, online might be the only place where you can encounter them, as they might be hiding in their houses, feeling depressed and helpless…
GOD bless you, my friend.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to others as my friend Ron has done – may his soul rest in peace – it can literally change a life for the better!
And if there is any help you need spiritually, concerning the very dark things I have been writing about, please do get in touch, I know what you are going through and I will do my best to assist you to join the “REAL FAMILY” – with brothers and sisters all over the globe, brothers and sisters in CHRIST.
I hope and pray that this will encourage, inspire, heal and bless you.
And that THE LORD will bless you abundantly in all areas of your life, that HE will kepp you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you peace. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.