and thought I'd share it here.
"The greatest privilege God gives to you is the freedom to approach Him at any time. You are not only authorized to speak to Him; you are invited. You are not only permitted; you are expected. God waits for you to communicate with Him. You have instant, direct access to God. God loves mankind so much, and in a very special sense His children, that He has made Himself available to you at all times." - Wesley L. Duewel
I have the privilege of visiting my parents this week in Washington state. This morning my mom shared with me the wonderful feeling of assurance she had during her morning devotions. She said that she always knew that she was a child of God, but today as she communed with Him, she really felt all that He had sacrificed just for her! She could not get over how wonderful it felt. Through tears, I said to her that I knew what she meant. It was this summer when I thought that I didn't have a friend in this world to turn to. Then I realized that my understanding of what a friend is, was very mixed up. I realized that "there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother". He is my very best friend.