๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป My Testimony


Me  Sarah playing in Church

ย My Testimony

by Steve

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Broken…


Psalm 116:3

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.



another day, another attempt! ….


Oct – Nov 2000 – Derby, England, UK


I kneel down in the centre of my living room. Tears stain the blade I hold to my chest. โ€œCome on Steve, donโ€™t fail again!ย  All you need to do is throw yourself forwards and thats it!โ€

Iโ€™d been doing this every morning for the last couple of months and still I waited, willing myself to do it. Then nudge…nudge.. my three month old Boxer dog โ€œBruceโ€ pushed against my leg with his nose. His whimpering cries pierced my very soul. โ€œHe relied on me for everything and I had no idea I would be relying on a furry angel to help me through this dark period in my life.โ€


After a few months of failed attempts I felt more useless than ever….I realised Iย  didnโ€™t have the strength to kill myself or the strength to carry on living. I just didnโ€™t know how I could get lower than this!!! –ย  Iโ€™d been registered blind at 25, after loosing my sight quite suddenly. in the same month my mum finally died after a 12 year debilitating and demoralizing struggle with progressive MS. Missing her added misery to my own struggle to come to terms with the isolation and insecurities of managing life with sight loss – Iโ€™d lost my job, my custom car, the ability to drive, my girlfriend, nearly all of my so called friends and now i have to struggle with countless problems and frustrations every day!ย 


My answer….ย 


To throw myself into binge drinking, womanising, dark depression, and raw anger. I felt that this was what I had to look forwards to for the rest of my life.


Then I met Sarah…… July 2004 – Birmingham, UK


She wasnโ€™t like the other girls Iโ€™d met. Sarah too had suffered sight loss and depression because of her uncontrollable type 1 diabetes but no matter how bad things got for her, she always had comfort in someone called โ€œJesusโ€. Oh no I thought not a Christian! She suffered all of my taunts, jibes and nasty comments but worst of all my coldness and my inability to show love. I made it a personal challenge to show her that everyone will let you down and no one can be trusted or faithful! I felt that if I could make her hurt as much as I did then sheโ€™d hate this Jesus and know that he wasnโ€™t real!


Then HE came to visit ME….


Hope…


Psalm 116:4

Then I called on the name of the Lord: โ€œLord, save me!โ€


Iโ€™d seen a guitarist called Eric Bibb on the music show โ€˜Later with Jooles Hollandโ€™ and called Sarah up to see if she had heard of him too. She hadnโ€™t but as a lovely gift she booked tickets to go and see him in London. Iโ€™d only ever been to Metal concerts before so i didnโ€™t know what to expect.


It was Eric Bibbโ€™s โ€œFriendsโ€ tour and when Eric started the song โ€œNeeded Timeโ€ and sang the words:


โ€œI’m down on my bended knees, I’m on my knees, praying want you come back, come back here?

Even if you don’t stay long, oh my Jesus, If you don’t stay long, I’m praying, Come back here.

Singing Right now is the needed time, I know you feel the needed time right now. Bless us!โ€


This was the moment when I asked Jesus to save me saying โ€œI canโ€™t fight any more. iโ€™ve not got the strength to kill myself, and i havnโ€™t got the strength to live, so please save me!โ€


From that moment something happened inside me and I felt an outpouring of my entire being.ย  My heart seemed to momentarily clear itself of all the darkness, hatred and anger that Iโ€™d filled it with replacing this with pure love. I couldnโ€™t stop my river of tears for the rest of the show.


February 2013 – Now and into the future – Surrey, UK


Hebrews 9:27

And even as it isย appointed forย man to die once, and after that comes judgment.ย 

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My eyes are filling with tears as I write this section. I just canโ€™t believe Iโ€™m sat here typing this. If it was up to me than Iโ€™d be dead.

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I came to realised that going blind wasnโ€™t my biggest problemโ€ฆSin was!ย 

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If I had it my way and i did manage to kill myself without Jesus, i’d be spending eternity in Hell for breaking all of Godโ€™s laws and being found guilty on judgement day without a Saviour.ย Iโ€™d have missed Godโ€™s amazing grace, mercy and living relationship with Jesus.


And Now After 16 years of growing in the knowledge of Him, the one who loved me so much heโ€™d die for me on the cross in my place, so that i can be forgiven for ALL of my sinsโ€ฆPast, Present and future sins. And i’d have everlasting life in the moment Iโ€™d repent of all of my shameful sin that nailed him to the cross in the first place, and to put my trust in Him alone for my salvation.


I still fail to express in words how Jesus is constantly changing me day to day now iโ€™m a new creation, born again into His Kingdom. Iโ€™ve been given a new heart with new desires. The loneliness thatย fuelled my dark depression and suicide ย attemptshas gone! I can never be alone now i have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, donโ€™t ask me how but i never feel alone at all.

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Two Souls Entwine…..

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Our most blessed day! A photo of me and Sarah lovingly looking at each other at Bourne Hall.

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Iโ€˜ve been married to Sarah for 12 years now and Iโ€™m really struggling to put how I feel into words! My heart overflows with love for her. She has encouraged, inspired and loves me in spite of all my faults, she is the sunshine that warms me along my journey. I really donโ€™t have the words to fully express how blessed i am to have my best friend as my wife to cherish and share every moment of this amazing life!

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Ephesians 5:25-27 The Voice (VOICE)

Husbands, you must love your wives so deeply, purely, and sacrificially that we can understand it only when we compare it to the love the Anointed One has for His bride, the church. We know He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word. He has given Himself so that He can present the church as His radiant bride, unstained, unwrinkled, and unblemishedโ€”completely free from all impurityโ€”holy and innocent before Him.

Each time our wedding anniversary comes round, i canโ€™t believe how much our marriage has grown more and more fruitful. Our love keeps blossoming through every season and i thank God for Sarah who is not only my best friend, but my amazing wife! ๐Ÿ™‚

I thank God for sustaining our marriage in Purity and Truth.

I thank God for not leaving us alone to figure out what to do, but for giving us, teaching, correction, training and a perfect Holy example to followโ€ฆto reflect the personal and intimate union between Christ and His Church. The mystery of marriage is its reflection of the oneness of Christ, the Husband, and His Church, the Bride of Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Amplified Bible

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

Love never fails…

I thank God everyday for Sarah as i know i donโ€™t deserve her, but God never seems to stop expressing His love! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 


Chords for the Lord….


Click immage to view my songs & poems

Since being registered blind Iโ€™ve learned to play the drums and guitar. This is amazing in itself but being able to play alongside Sarah every Sunday to assist myself and others in worship is just mind blowing. I feel so blessed to be able to come before God and thank him with the gifts heโ€™s given me.ย 


I also enjoy writing/composing on guitar as a way of expressing some of the feelings iโ€™ve experienced and felt through my life.ย 

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Here is a Song/Poem called “Captivity of Negativityโ€ taken from myย ๐ŸŽธSongs/Poemsย pageโ€ฆ

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I’d like to start this section with the song i wrote about some of the feelings that held me captive when i lost my sight at 25!

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Captivity of Negativity

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Is it time to let me out? Because its getting dark in here. Although I shout, no one can hear.ย Iโ€™ve got the time, Yet I stay in here, My outward tear, Shows my inner fear.

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My own personal Hell, Trapped inside myself, I aint got no place to hide. Caught in my own spell, With no soul to sell, I feel Ive missed the rideโ€ฆ.. Ive missed the ride.

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Theyโ€™ve tried pulling a rake across my brain, but they cant find the brake For this runaway train.ย You say I must be strong, but I donโ€™t belong, All my pain, Seems to feed the reign.

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I used to stand so tall, I thought Iโ€™d never fall, I’m trying not to cry, Curled up in a ball Trying to get so small, So I donโ€™t have to live this lie, I want to die.

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See more of myย ๐ŸŽธSongs/Poems:


โ€œYou donโ€™t need sight to see, you need visionโ€.

โ€œI strongly believe that Disability doesnโ€™t have to mean inability or lack of creative talent!โ€

Me taking a photo with Sony

I used to enjoy photography when I was sighted, taking and developing photos in my Dadโ€™s darkroom, When I lost most my sight 17 years ago I thought this would put a stop to my hobby but I have learned that my camera can act as my eyes allowing me to see what my own eyes will not.

I am proud of the fact that I have been able to produce photographs despite my visual impairmentโ€“ and like to think that although I may have lost my useful sight I have not lost my vision and instinct for a good photograph.

Hope Logo

My Hope…

John 3:16-21d (ESV)

โ€œFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.โ€ย 

If there is someone reading this who is overwhelmed by guilt, shame, ย lonelinessย or is experiencing the creeping death called depression, then Iโ€™d just like to give them hope. The hope that although you may feel that no one cares, you’reย condemned for the life you’ve ledย and that thereโ€™s nothing to live for anymore, thereโ€™s no pit too deep that God wonโ€™t reach down and lift you out of. Growing up no-one told me about Jesus and the Gospel of Good news, Sarah was the first to explain it to me so iโ€™d love for ย this blog to be a lighthouse shining in a the darkness to help guide you to the loving one who saves.

He wants a living relationship with you starting right now!

It doesnโ€™t matter what youโ€™ve done or how utterly worthless you feel; He wants to reconcile your broken relationship to him. To take you from death to life, to give you His glorious peace, worth, value and meaning that you’re craving for.

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480 Responses to “๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป My Testimony”

  1. What a beautiful and touching testimony. God moves is so many ways. God bless you both in all you do

    • Hi, it’s great to meet you here. Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m still lost in wonder, love and praise!

      Hope you’re staying safe and well during this challenging time? ๐Ÿ™

  2. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the raw honesty in your testimony. Our God is so big and amazing and you have run fully into His arms of grace. Thanks so much for liking my blog, https://drawingnear.design.blog/. It is heartwarming to see the email after each post that you have liked it. Blessings to you! What an incredible testimony.

    • Awww thank you so much Holly! Thanks for spending time to read the whole testimony (it’s quite long) and for liking and leaving this lovely comment. I still can’t believe He’d save someone like me and adopt me into His family and give me eternal life…All Glory and praise to Him! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I simply wrote about what has happened to me, it was strange at first as i wondered why i was writing anything at all as it was only my unimportant life. Then i started reading some of the fantastic comments i received and i quickly realised God was in this all along…And He was using it to bless others all over the world. I’m still amazed when someone else reads it (like you) and it deeply humbles me to read the comments on here. His Grace is sufficient and i will boast in my weakness and share all about His Glorious Power! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Hope you are staying safe and well during this challenging time? ๐Ÿ™

  3. I love every one of your post. Keep them coming?

    • Hi Chrissy! Thank you so much for your lovely encouragement! I’ve been going post crazy during this lockdown and i’m posting 5 a day at the moment…I wonder if you’ll still be saying you love all of my posts after a few weeks, lol! ๐Ÿ˜€

      It’s such a blessing to meet you here, and to know you’re reading(and loving) my posts! Hope you’re staying safe and well? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

      • Lol. Im sure I would. I love your writing style so yeah I will catch up and let you . I am staying safe…well trying to. After my encounter with COVID19 I am no high alert now. Thanks for asking stay safe and keep writing.

  4. Wow! What a wonderful testimony! He brought you from a dark place into the light and then gave you the perfect partner for lifeโ€™s journey! Above & Beyond! Blessed be the name of the Lord!!!

    • Amen! I love the way you’ve described what he’s done! I’m lost in wonder, love and praise and give thanks always! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and i’m glad we’ve met here. Hope you’re staying safe and well? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  5. Hi Steve,
    I loved reading about your incredible testimony! It’s amazing how our Lord can reach so far down to bring us up from death to life! I too came close to death, and I’m only here by God’s grace! I loved the posts from your dog too! Many blessings to you and your wife!

    • Hi Mark!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading how God saved me and what He is doing in my life. Thanks so much for all of your kind, encouraging and inspiring words! I thank God that He saved you too and that i’ve got to meet you as part of the WordPress family, i love how we can all meet via blogs etc. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for liking the Bruce the boxercise instructor post too, they are fun to write, lol!

      Are you keeping safe and well during this challenging time? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  6. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! It had taken a little courage to share but it’s such a blessing to know it’s being read all around the world, and that people can read about a personal Jesus who comes to save sinners.

      Stay safe and well during these challenging times, God bless you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Powerful story of spiritual healing!

  8. Thank the Lord that His Holy Spirit lifted you up and brought you to Himself. What a brilliant testimony, Steve!
    Your wedding photo is lovely – what a beautiful couple. ๐Ÿ’โœ๐Ÿ™Œ

    • Amen, all glory goes out to him who saves! Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read my testimony, i know it’s quite long, lol. Still can’t believe it can bless others but i’ll keep spreading the good news!๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks so much for the compliment too, the photo has pride of place on our sideboard.

      God bless you and stay safe and well. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

      • Your story may be the key to unlocking someone else’s prison. Thank you for sharing it! Also, I appreciate the like you left on my website. Have a blessed and beautiful Easter!

        • Amen…That’s my hope and i pray it to anyone who reads it. ๐Ÿ˜€

          Your blog is fantastic and i’m looking forwards to spending more time there!

          May you have a blessed easter too, stay safe and well during these challenging times, God bless you. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

      • It didn’t feel too long when I was reading it. It was just right. ๐Ÿ˜

  9. What a beautiful testimony!!! It really touched my heart! Thank you for sharing!!! Keep shining the light and love of Jesus… you and your beautiful wife are making a difference when you least expect it!!!

    Blessings from
    A sister in Jesus…
    In Vermont, USA
    Julie

    • Awww thanks Julie! Still amazes me how my testimony can still touch hearts all over the world.

      A huge thanks for coming over here and leaving such an encouraging comment! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Hope you’re staying safe and well? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

      God bless you, your brother in Christ, Steve

  10. God Bless you sir, your testimony brought tears to my eyes. Jesus is truly amazing. Keep shinning your light for Him.

    • Awww thank you so much for this kind and encouraging comment. It really does overwhelm me when i read how this page touches and blesses others.

      It took a lot for me to write it and i didnโ€™t really want to share it publicly, but everyone has been so loving and even inspired to glorify the one who saves, and i canโ€™t ask for more than that!! I didnโ€™t think that me telling a few things of how Jesus has been working in my life would make that much difference!

      God bless you and thanks for spending time to read my testimony…I know it’s quite long, lol. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Awesome Post. God is truly the God of the impossible. Blessings and peace.

    • Amen, i was certainly impossible and yet his grace is sufficient for someone like me.

      Thanks so much for taking time to read and leave this inspiring comment…God bless you and stay safe and faithful during this challenging time. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  12. Hi Steve! This a powerful testimony. This shows God is above all of our problems. Regardless to the mistakes we make, his unconditional love for us is what this post more beautiful. God bless you.

    • Hi, thanks so much for reading and sharing this loving comment. Yes i thank God for coming down and saving us while we were yet sinners. I still find it unbelievable that he would save someone like me…How Amazing is His Grace! ๐Ÿ˜€

      God bless you, and stay safe and faithful during this challenging time. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  13. Your life and post are truly an inspiration and also a testimony to Jesus and what he can do! I’m so happy for you that you gave your heart, including all the disappointments, to Jesus! May the Lord Jesus continue to bless you and your family!

    • Awww Shellie, your words truly humble me, i can go nowhere else but to the one who saves, loves and prepares a place for me.

      To think my story can still inspire people simply blows my mind, as a little blindman in a small room with a computer, yet it can reach around the world…Crazy, lol! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks so much for taking time to read and also leave a loving and encouraging comment. God bless you.

  14. Loved reading about your story Steve and I am so thankful you saw God reaching out to you to save you. You are inspiring to say the least and God bless you and your precious bride.

    • Wow, thanks Tim! It’s such a blessing that you’ve taken precious time to read how God has started his work, and is continuing to transform me until it’s complete in Glory! ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s great to meet another brother in Christ here too. Thanks for your encouragements. God bless you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. It was a blessing to read your story. God certainly is no respecter of persons. Your testimony inspired me. Keep going for God my friend.

  16. Hey steve, God bless you. I left a msg for you about possibly doing an article on you for GodReports.com. I don’t know if you saw it. I never got a notification in my blog. Or maybe I missed it. In any case, reach me at theashcraftsgt@yahoo.com to let me know if it’s ok to do the article. God bless!

  17. Dear Steve, I’ve always appreciated you and your blog, but today I took the time to read you testimony. It is powerful. Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless your life and ministry. You are an inspiration to me.

  18. Wow! What a story! So glad you found strength, hope and transformation in Christ!

  19. Steve, I love your honest sharing. You and Sarah are an encouragement and blessing to so many. Very glad God brought you through the darkness into His light, so that now can pour into our lives with your amazing gifts. Thanks

  20. I’ve been saved a little over a year now. And I love your testimony, thank you so much for sharing โค we all need a reminder every now and again
    of how great our God is.

    • Awwww thank you Jesus for saving such a loving sister! ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s such a blessing to see you here, and thanks for taking time to read a little of how God is working in my life.
      I’m looking forwards to spending some time on your blog too, see you soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. What a beautiful testimony for Christ!! You are amazing and your heart is beautiful! May the Lord continue to guide you on toward your journey of life! God bless and keep you always! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Awwww thank you so much, it’s always such a blessing to receive such loving encouragement from His church family, and it always touches my heart! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave this lovely comment. God bless you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Your story is so moving Steve…

  23. Beautiful and moving Steve.

  24. Your story is so inspiring and amazing! God bless you all of your days! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Awww thank you so much for the visit and for leaving this lovely comment! I’ve been spending a little time on your blog too, and i’m blessed to read just how inspiring you are, and how you reach out to others with your love, encouragements & teaching!
      I’m looking forwards to spending more time there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Thank you for sharing your story ๐Ÿ™‚ This world needs hope, and you can give it to them.

  26. First I saw the photo and it made my eyes and ears smile – flute and classical guitar.
    Then you broke my heart until He came to visit You. Praise Him!
    Bless you, your beautiful wife and your entwined souls. I feel blessed to have found your blog.

    • Awww thank you so much for this amazing loving feedback.It really does bless me when i read how this page touches and blesses others. It took a lot for me to write it and i didn’t really want to share it publicly, but everyone has been so loving and even inspired, and i can’t ask for more than that!! I didn’t think that me telling a few things of how Jesus has been working in my life would make that much difference, but as usual God has blessed me (and hopefully others) beyond what i’d imagined!
      Thanks again for taking precious time to erad and leave this lovely, encouraging comment! God bless you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Such an amazing story. God is so good isn’t He?

  28. Sounds like you are based in the UK. Correct? And it also sounds like you are a musician. Also correct? I wonder if it would be possible for your to come to the US for a Blind Cafe. If you have an interest, please reach out to my friend, Rosh, director of the Blind Cafe. http://www.theblindcafe.com/

  29. Oh thanks so much for sharing your testimony Steve. I felt like it resonated with me. You’re such an inspiration. May God continue to use and bless you.

    • Awww thanks Margaret, i’m so blessed to know you were touched as you read a little of how God is working in my life! Thank you so much for taking time to read and leave this encouraging comment. God bless you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. What a beautiful and heart-stirring testimony! So filled with hope and we both know that Jesus IS hope :). Oh I’m so glad that you dropped by our place on the blog-sphere and liked our About page. This is a testimony to remember and to be shared. Thank you for taking the time. I pray God’s blessings over you and your lovely wife.

    Blessings in Christ Jesus,
    Rebcca

  31. Hi! You are such an inspiring blogger that I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. http://maryaperez.com/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  32. Pleasure to meet you Steve ~ my mother was legally blind and she was the most amazing woman I have ever known. There was no stopping her from her goals and accomplishments. Her name was Clara and she raised me on what I have affectionately coined “Clarisms”. One of her favorites was “Can’t never Could”…..the word “can’t” was void of meaning for her. She also had a deep faith and loved the Lord. Anyway, I just thought of her when reading about your own courage and that of your Sarah ~ Sarah is simply precious, by the way. God’s blessing to you both ~ Amen :Y

    • Awww such a lovely comment. Your Mother sounded like an amazing & inspiring woman. I’m also blessed with a precious gift who inspires me everyday with her relentless determination and fighting spirit! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for taking time to read and leave this lovely comment, it’s great to see you here! God bless you.

  33. What a blessing to read this, my brother. A real blessing.

  34. I am going to have to read your page about blind photography.,, I’ve worked with blind students — had one that earned PowerPoint… still, I can’t imagine how he’d have used a camera…

  35. Your about page reads….โ€œYou donโ€™t need sight to see, you need visionโ€œ

    โ€œI strongly believe that Disability doesnโ€™t have to mean inability or lack of creative talent!โ€

    There are no truer words Steve….I named my blog and Art business “New Visions.” We should seek new visions in every part of our lives and not rely on a basic concept of regular sight. You can do anything you set your mind to. This message is my mission. Love your blog…carry on!

  36. Beautiful story. Your faith moves mountains ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Steve,

    You inspire through the courage, grace and faith with which you live your own story out loud and share your gifts with others. Thank you for following my blog which led me to your own story. Glad to have crossed pathsโ€ฆ

    Sharon

    • Sharon, it’s such a blessing to see you here. Thank you so much for this lovely comment, and for spending time to read what God is doing in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. What an amazing story! I was saved by Jesus 4 years ago. I also list vision in my right eye 3 years ago but was healed and have my central vision back. Over the past year I have started have eye issues in my other eye and now the one that was healed is flickering. Blindness is my biggest fear and sometimes I allow panic to set in but somehow he always brings me back. Today I woke in a panic and was feeling a bit overwhelmed again but Hithen saw I had a like on my blog, I followed the like and it led me here. Not a coincidence I know. Blind photography?! Wow! Your story inspires me and thank you for sharing it. I am looking forward to exploring more of your blog.

    • Awwww thanks so much for taking time to read what Jesus is doing in my life. Your blog is amazing and you’re such a loving, compassionate & faithful witness. Thanks for sharing your amazing healing with me, and i’m sorry to hear that you are having some trouble with your eyes. I understand completely how you fear sight loss, i know without Jesus i wouldn’t have made it! But i thank Him now for you and i’m blessed to meet another loving sister on here!
      God bless you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I came back to reread your about and sat here crying (again) and wanted you to know what an inspiration you are. I hope you guys had an amazing Valentine’s Day! God bless you!
    Diane

  40. Thank you for โ€œLikingโ€ the post โ€œSign Seekersโ€. I did enjoyed reading your testimony. Keep your light shining for the LORD in our darken world. Blessings to you and family … Mikey

  41. Such a powerful inspiring testimony! Shine on for our Savior!! Continue to be His Light Steve!!

  42. Hi Steve! I have nominated you for the Shauny Blogging Award. I hope you will accept it, and pass it along to other deserving blogs. Please visit the page below to read the details. Keep up the great work!

    http://maryaperez.com/shauny-award/

  43. I’m glad I folloed one of your “likes” on my blog back to your site. I too found Jesus over 40 years ago after a horrible period of alcoholism, depression and suicidal attempts. They were serious tries but God had other plans so even though I shouldn’t be here I survided 4 attempts. My Cristian walk had allowed me to survive 3 failed marriages and exit stronger after each failure. I’ve learned there is a huge difference between being lonely and being alone.

    Now, after 3 years of retirement and being single I’m thoroughly happy and content. My 42 year passion for photography has filled my life with happiness and joy. I see the world with the eyes of someone who is grateful for each and every day. Thank you for posting and for your blog. – Bob

    • Wow, thanks for sharing how God has worked and is still working in your life! So pleased that photography brings you so much joy too. I really enjoy taking photos.
      So blessed to see you here and thanks again for leaving this inspiring comment! God bless. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Very beautiful Place you have here Steve

  45. Steve,
    Thank you for โ€œLikingโ€ the post โ€œWhere Spirits Flowโ€. Musicians Of Our World. on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    On behalf of the Through Haroldโ€™s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment. We hope you continue to join us on our journeys. ย 

    Best Regards,
    Harold

  46. This is so beautiful I just have to read it again. This will be my third time to read your story of inspiration, love and religion since I discovered your blog.

    Also, thank you for โ€œLikingโ€ the post โ€œWhere Spirits Flowโ€. Musicians Of Our World. on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    On behalf of the Through Haroldโ€™s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment. We hope you continue to join us on our journeys. ย 

    Best Regards,
    Harold

  47. Thank you for having the courage to share your journey. God is so good! Praise Him for life, love, growth, change, laughter and sight!!
    May our wonderful God continue to bless you abundantly. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Amen! Thanks so much Natalie for taking the time to read how God is working in my life. I’m blown away each day with how he blesses and sustains me as i seek a closer relationship with Jesus to become a faithful and more fruitful steward with all he’s given me.
      So blessed to have another loving sister to share this journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Praise God for Bruce. Definitely one very furry angel. : )

  49. Hello,

    Dropping by to let you know that Iโ€™ve nominated you for the โ€œDragonโ€™s Loyaltyโ€ and โ€œBlogger of the Yearโ€ awards.

    http://tissuetales.com/2013/12/12/dragons-loyalty-and-blog-of-the-year-awards/

    Cheers xx

  50. Hi Steve, I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The Blog of the Year Award 2013. Many congratulations, you richly deserve it my dear brother and friend. Here is the link: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/12/10/going-out-in-style-blog-of-the-year-award-2013/ God bless you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sherri, this is too much!!!
      I simply couldn’t believe i’d meet and join in fellowship with such loving people as yourself when God put an impression on my heart to create iChristian. It blows me away to think of this award! Thank you so much, i’ll post it soon! God bless you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • You are so very welcome Steve, and so deserving. I felt the same way when I was given this fantastic award, I too never expected in a million years to find such loving and wonderful community here. How could I not give you this award, my dear friend and brother?

        God bless you and have a wonderful day and weekend, and I look forward to your post ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Hey, Steve. Not sure if you got my message from the Contact form. I wrote you because I’d like you to be a guest writer for me. If you’re willing, please use the Contact form on my page and I’ll write you back with details. Cheers!

  52. Iโ€™ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! If you choose to participate, you can see the post here:
    http://wateringcanblog.com/2013/11/15/sunshine-and-laughter/
    I truly enjoy your blog, or I wouldnโ€™t have nominated you! Thanks for bringing sunshine into my day!

  53. Hi Steve! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award because I think you and your blog are awesome and I’m so glad to have you in my WordPress family, dear brother! The link is: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/11/13/first-frost-melts-in-the-heat-of-dragons-loyalty-award/
    Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wow, loving sister Sherri this is humbling to say the least. Thanks so much for thinking of me and iChristian for this blessed award. I’ll check it out!
      With Sarah’s operation tomorrow i’ll not have the usual time on here as i’ll be trying to keep her still for 2 weeks (i’ll be amazed if i manage 2 hours! lol), but will try and get it posted soon.
      Thanks once again, i’m so blessed to have such a loving sister! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • You are so welcome Steve, and please don’t worry about the award, you have more important things to take care of first! I am praying for Sarah’s operation tomorrow and you too dear brother! God bless you both and keep you in His loving care… ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Awwww thanks so much Sherri! I’ll post an update as soon as possible. I’ve been completely blown away with the extravagant love God has shown through the loving sisters and brothers on here, and there has been too many comments for me to reply individually! ๐Ÿ™‚
          I’m so blessed to be apart of his bod/spirit family! Deeply touched.
          God bless you loving sister! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. What a nice blog you have and such a great testimony. Thanks for likening my devotionals on “Are You Growing Weary”, “Esther a Courageous woman”, “living for Jesus a Life that is True”, and, “A Gift of Grace”. Blessing in the name of the Lord Jesus.

  55. Hi Steve, what a great testimony! I also love your tag: Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind โ€“ Romans 12:2 . . . . Thanks for visiting my blog and for the follow. I hope it will be an encouragement . . . . I will follow you back! May I share your testimony on my blog sometime?
    God Bless,
    K.D.

    • Hi K.D! Thanks so much for stopping by and spending time on iChristian. So pleased you enjoyed my testimony of how God is transforming my life. I would be honoured if you would share my testimony on your blog!
      I feel so blessed to have met another loving sister, God bless. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks, Steve! And I am praying for your wife’s upcoming eye surgery. My eyesight isn’t the greatest either. I’m scheduled to have cataract surgery in January . . . . I feel her uneasiness, but am thankful God knows our situations and won’t give us more than we can handle with his help.
        Blessings to you both! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. This is incredible Steve. Congratulations for turning your life around. Your journey and courage is amazing. I have shared this on my http://www.facebook.com/beatredundancyblues page

  57. Hi Steve, thanks for the like. Glad of your visit. Are you in the UK then?

  58. thanks for the visit. nice blog you have here.

  59. Such a beautiful testimony of His patience, love and power! Glory to God!! God bless you and yours brother, in Christ Jesus our Lord, AMEN!

  60. Hi, Steve! This might be a bit late but thanks a lot for taking the time browse through my blog and the follow. Your blog is so inspiring and the photos are just wonderful. Keep the music playing and the posts coming. I’ll be looking forward to them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. wow, very cool testimony! thanks so much for sharing with the world! rock on, my brutha! btw, i’m a drummer, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fantastic!! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out iChristian. So blessed to see you here! I’ll look forwards to spending more time on your blog. God bless ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Hi Steve,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and introducing me to your inspirational works, So many great posts here!

    – Andy @ dragoneystory

  63. Thank you for following my blog EFED. I pray it will be a blessing to your heart. You have a very inspiring story. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. God bless you.

    • Awww thank you so much! Can’t wait to share more and it’s great to connect with you here. ๐Ÿ˜€

      God bless you. Stay safe and well. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  64. Hi Steve,
    Thank you for following me and for you wonderful testrimony, It is always so amazng to hear of God’s wonderful Grace in action, HE never fails to met the needs of those who truly ssek HIM and surprising to some, but not to me, that He reaches out and touches those who are even antagonistic towards HIM. GOD bless you and your blog.
    PS Keep following me although I shall not post for just over two weeks as I am going abroad and will not have internet connection.

    • Thank you so much for your great comment. If he can save someone like me, there’s hope for everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Hope your travels are blessed?

      Stay safe and well ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  65. Steve, thanks for following my blog “Reflections From the Heart.” Be blessed my friend.

  66. Hi Steve! Thanks for stopping to like my blog. Wow, your testimony is amazing, and so is Sarah’s. I so admire your courage, truly inspiring in every sense. Your blog is great and and the stuff you are doing here is going to inspire many to hope again and go for their dreams. I’m personally inspired by your story to keep pressing forward because with God all things are possible. Looking froward to reading more of your post as i’m following your blog now. God bless you!!

    • Hi Shade! Wow what a beautiful, loving and encouraging comment! It’s such a blessing to see and meet another sister here, and thanks so much for following iChristian.
      Your blog is fantastic and i’m looking forwards to spending more time there.
      God bless and take care, speak soon, ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Hello, Steve!! Just stopping by to let you know I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose writings โ€œlight up the dark corners of our mindsโ€, I thought of you! You can find the details for receiving this award by following this link: http://createdbythepotter.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/sunshine-award/

    I am thankful for the work you do on iChristian!! Blessings to you in Christ, my friend!

  68. Hi Steve! I have no idea if you participate in these blog awards but even if not I wanted to nominate you for both the โ€œRose of Kindnessโ€ and โ€œUnique Leavesโ€ awards. Thank you so much for being so supportive and awesome! I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me. ๐Ÿ™‚
    http://connectivetissuedisorders.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/the-rose-of-kindness-and-unique-leaves-awards/

  69. I have nominated you for the โ€œWordPress Family Awardโ€. Should you choose to accept, you can find the details here: http://theadventuresofcanon1100d.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/wordpress-family-award/

  70. Hello, it may be presumptuous of me, but I would like to nominate you for The Loyal Reader Award. It is an act of goodwill, so please do accept. But if you rather not, that’s ok as well. You are not obliged to respond by reposting or passing it on to your loyal readers, should you choose not to do so. Details here – http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/loyal-reader-award/

    Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. embraceyourpurpose Reply August 14, 2013 at 15:24

    Thanks for sharing your testimony Steve. I’m truly touch.
    Blessings.

  72. Steve, I just wanted you to know that I’ve nominated you for the Inner Peace Award as my way of thanking you for being my friend here and for inspiring me and supporting me. No work required for this award! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/08/07/inner-peace-award/

  73. Steve, I’ve nominated you for another award, The Best Moment Award. You share the best of Scripture, quotes, poetry, and music. You can get the award image and details here http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/24/2238/ betty jo

  74. Steve,
    I read this when I “LIKED” it but came back to read it again… like I often do when I feel the Lord nudging me at the perfect times when I need to be inspired. I feel we are vessels just passing through and if our vessels end up bumping into each other with messages then it is some kind of miracle… proof for me that God is orchestrating so much more than answering a prayer for a good parking place!! He is so much BIGGER than that. I feel if we truly listen HE will send people like you to inspire people like me. Even if I have to reread HIS messages over and over again.
    God bless you!
    xoxo

    • Amen. Wow, thanks so much for taking time to read my about page again. I love going back to all my blogging family and reading their about pages again, its so inspiring like you said!
      So pleased my blog helped inspire you again, and i pray that it will continue to do so!
      Its always a pleasure to see you here!
      God bless. ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. Thanks for visiting our website ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless you!!

  76. Hi Steve. Your testimony is truly….truly inspirational. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I’m really not sure) sometimes you have to reach ‘rock bottom’ in life, before you are able to bring out the best in you. Your strength of character and attitude to life is admirable. I’m so glad you and Sarah have found each other. There is nothing like having that one person in your life who just know is ‘my constant’ no matter what.
    Enjoyed looking at your photos – my favourites were ones of the animals and of London.

    • Wow, thanks so much for taking time to look around my blog. Yeah i’m so blessed to have Sarah as my wife, best friend & encourager.
      Really pleased you enjoyed the photos! I really enjoy taking photos, so it means so much to me when people (like your kind self) take time and enjoy them.
      Its great to see you here, i’m looking forwards to spending some time on your blog too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  77. Wow, Steve! Your story gripped, then captivated me! I love your beautiful honesty and vulnerability; it is a mark of a truly changed person.
    Your Sarah must be a delightful person as well.
    I’m so happy to have ‘met’ you through Lori Lara -one of my very favorite bloggers -another changed and grateful believer.

    • Awww thanks so much for this lovely comment.
      Lori Lara is such a courageous and loving sister and i’m so pleased that you found me through her amazing blog.
      Sarah is my hero, and i’m amazed how much our love grows for each other as we enjoy this journey together.
      Thanks for your comments on my honesty and vulnerability. I spent 30 years lying and hiding my feelings and i was just feeding anger, rage, resentment, bitterness and i had no compassion for others, its so destructive! So now i try to speak while uplifting and building people rather than cutting them down through my own insecurities.
      Also i’ve got no experience with writing so i have to type as i think, so thats how it comes out! lol.
      Thanks again for stopping by and spending time reading some of my story. Its great to see you here! God bless you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. Steve, what a blessings to read your testimony . . . Though you “are” blind , . . . but now you see . . . the grace of God that has been awaiting thee! Amen and Amen

  79. Thank you for visiting and following my site. I pray you are having a bless day today.

  80. Hi Steve,
    So nice to meet you through the computer.
    I’m glad I clicked over to read a bit of your story. God has done a great work in you. I enjoyed reading your testimony. Glad to hear of His faithful work on your behalf and helping you continue on in your dream and vision.
    Keep inspiring.

    Doug

  81. Steve, I just read your “about” section and I am so inspired by your testimony. What an amazing God we have to transform your mind, your soul and the way you now see the world – through your heart. You are a miracle in every way I believe a soul can be healed. Body, Mind and Spirit…I will try not to feel inferior that you are blind and not only learned guitar and drums (I can’t even read music!) but you are an amazing photographer! Keep sharing your beautiful story. It brings hope to us all, and there can be no healing without hope. I’m so glad Jesus found you

    • Awwww thanks so much for taking time to read about God’s work in my life. I’m completely stunned after reading your comment, it’s deeply moved me.
      I’m really looking forward to spending time on your amazing blog.
      Its so great to have another loving sister to join me on this amazing journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. vastlycurious.com Reply June 30, 2013 at 00:21

    Wonderful story Steve!

  83. I struggle with thoughts of suicide on a daily basis, although I believe in Jesus Christ and know Him I am still lost in deep depression, your story gives me some encouragement.

    • Awwww sorry to hear about your deep depression! Its nice to see you here and i hope and pray that the black curtain will lift soon!
      If you have any questions or if i can help in any way, please contact me using the “Contact me” page on here, i’d love to hear from you.
      I just want to add that you are loved by God and all of your brothers and sisters on here! Peace be with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. What an amazing testimony! God bless you!!

  85. Fantastic Steve, I do not know you but I am proud of you , God bless you and Sarah you are a beautiful couple. Here is what I think about divine help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7RPCFfudmU be well be happy both of you !! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  86. Hey Steve I just re-read your testimony…without sounding redundant from all the other comments…absolutely amazing and inspiring. Praise God!!!!

    But I shared this page with a good friend of mine who has been slowly going blind himself, he has been dealing with new challenges each day in his life. I hope you would join me in prayer for Him that your site would not only inspire, encourage and strengthen him, but soften his heart to the Lord!

    Many Blessings to you Steve!

    • Wow, What an amazing comment, every comment means so much to me! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I would love to pray for your friend (could you tell me their name as i would like to pray for your friend at our home group tonight, and it will help me focus)
      Is your friend getting help with computer software, and gadgets around the home? Maybe me or my wife may know something that might help.
      I’d also like to say how blessed your friend is to have you around and praying for them, i love your blog! ๐Ÿ˜€

  87. Hi Steve! Wow! I am truly touched by your beautiful testimony! It is always amazes me to hear the grace of Christ in the lives of others. And such talent too! I dabble in photography…nothing serious just a little dabbling. ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved looking at your pictures. What the world sees as a weakness God uses for His glory. Amen?

    • Amen! Thanks so much for these loving words, i’m always deeply touched when people like the photos i take and thanks for stopping by and taking time to read this page!
      I’m looking forwards to checking out your blog too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. I canโ€™t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing! I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

  89. Truly amazing how God touched your soul and opened your heart. What a story…your testimony will touch so many hearts! (you sure touched mine) Isn’t the pure love and grace of Jesus amazing? I am so humbled after reading about your trials/struggle and conversion. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog…I really appreciate that you took time to read it: – ) May God continue to bless you and Sarah.

    • Awwww thanks so much for this lovely comment, you’ve touched my heart!
      Your blog is fantastic and i’m looking forwards to spending more time there!
      God bless you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Right–so that made me cry this morning ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for sharing such a lovely testimony. Many blessings to you and your lovely missus. Thank you also for following my little space in the blogosphere! I appreciate it.

    • Awwww thanks so much! for taking precious time to read my story.
      Your blog is great and i’m looking forwards to spending more time there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. What a testimony… Thanks for liking and following me, so glad it brought me here to read this! It’s amazing to see the different journeys we take that lead us to the cross.

    • Thanks so much! Yes its so inspiring getting to know the great people on here! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for spending time to read my story and leave this lovely comment!
      I’ll be over again to your blog to spend more time there! ๐Ÿ˜€

  92. Wow…what a story you have! Thanks for liking my blog post and leading me here. You are inspiring!

  93. Wow! What a loving God! I, too used to taunt people about The Word–and now–teach it whenever I have the chance in meetings, at churches, on the web. God called me to teach the very thing I tried to refute and rebel against for years. Yes, He is awesome that way! God bless!

    • Awww thanks so much for taking the time to read how God has worked and continues to work in my life. It’s amazing how God can completely turn our hearts and mind around, and i’m still being transformed by the renewing of my mind as i choose not to follow the destructive patterns of this world.
      Your blog is fantastic and i’m looking forwards to spending more time reading your posts.
      I’m so blessed to have another loving sister to share this amazing journey with!
      God bless you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. Hi Steve, thank you for discovering my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. Best, Harold

  95. One of the very touching testimony I have read recently. All the very best for your future endeavors.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my posts.

  96. A stunning testimony indeed Steve and you are so right. We don’t need sight, we need vision. Thanks for the reminder. ๐Ÿ˜€

  97. What a wonderful testimony. I can’t imagine being able to take pictures and be blind, but then our choir director when I was a kid was deaf, and he was the music teacher at our high school as well. I’m so glad you didn’t succeed at committing suicide. What a lot you have to offer and to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my about page. You made my day, not just by the like, but reading your story! ๐Ÿ™‚ Marsha ๐Ÿ™‚

  98. I am so glad you found love and a strength with God to go on in the face of incredible difficulties. Life throws us curve balls and it is up to us to pull through. Thanks for visiting and following my lighthearted blog about the joys of my animals (my gifts from god). Jo

    • Thanks so much, your blog is fantastic and i love animals! My boxer dog ‘Bruce’ showed me amazing love and i still miss him dearly!
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving this lovely comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. I’m blessed to be able to welcome you as a brother in Christ. What a joy to know that we’ll meet in heaven one day! :-). Blessings to both you and Sarah,

    janet

    • Awww thanks Janet! I’m so blessed to see you here!
      The fellowship is amazing on here and it’s lovely to have another sister to share this journey with. ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. Very inspirational. I’m so happy you are where you are today filled with love and music to share! Thank you and thanks for visiting my blog. Sally

  101. WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! Amazing, powerful, inspiring testimony!!
    Glory be to our Lord…!!
    I like what you said..โ€œYou donโ€™t need sight to see, you need visionโ€œ
    Sharing this…on fb..n google+
    May others be blessed too!
    Stay blessed!

  102. Good afternoon Steve! I have nominated you for The Shine On award. For details go here http://familyeverything.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/shine-on-award/
    Congratulations and take care!!

  103. a friend of mine is blind too …

    • Wow, thanks so much for this video!
      If there are any questions or if i can help in any small way about blindness, just ask and i’ll do my best! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  104. I just nominated you for the ‘ Very Inspirational Blogger Award’. Check it out HERE: http://kerrichronicles.com/2013/06/03/very-inspirational-blogger-award/. And enjoy, my friend, it is well deserved.

  105. Pastor Roland Ledoux Reply June 3, 2013 at 11:43

    I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award because you have a special site dear to my heart. However, you DO NOT have to accept this award or display it if you do not desire too or have your own reasons for not doing it. Again, I just wanted you to know that you are truly special and you are someone I truly admire for your writing and service (ministry) to myself, to fellow bloggers and to the Lord. If you want to at least check it out, please go here for details:
    http://obministry.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/the-one-lovely-blog-award/
    Thanks, and God bless you for everything you do.

    • This is a comment I am giving to ALL the past WP Blogs I used to follow and the links I used to post because of your site. I am the Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry and I have been away from WordPress for about a year to 14 months. Due to health and computer problems both, I had to quit for a while, but the Lord has been speaking to my heart to get back and do what HE asked me to do. So, I am in the process of doing a new blog, โ€œFor the Love of Godโ€ under the outreach of Oasis Bible Ministry.

      I am sorry for not being able to let anyone know until now, but I do apologize as so many of you had visited and of course, through that, the Holy Spirit led me to your sites. One of the reasons, I am writing a letter as a form for all, is because I am going through the links I have from before and with your permission, posting them on my blog on a links page. Some of you may already be in the โ€œBlogs I Followโ€ section, but since it only holds 50 and I like so many more, I thought it is only fitting to make a separate page for the rest of the blogs I like.

      I believe in Body Ministry and gifts that the Holy Spirit equips everybody who calls Christ Jesus Lord, and therefore, it is only fitting to let others see what the Holy Spirit is doing in other areas of His Church. Please believe me; this is NOT an attempt to draw anyone back. That is between the person and the Lord. He called me to do what I do as He called each of you. I just have to do what He says, it is up to Him to draw people to His Word as He gifts me.

      Again, sorry for the inconvenience of those who followed me and then ended up with a โ€œblank gravatarโ€ for I do sincerely apologize. But, I do sincerely pray Godโ€™s richest blessings on each of you AND if per chance, you do NOT want me to post your link, I will remove it per your wishes. Again, thanks AND again, God bless you!

  106. I’ve been enjoying your blog and nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. God bless!
    http://especiallymade.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/whatever-is-lovely/

  107. Got chills. Even more than your suicide hopes, for the evolving tale of love and redemption. Oh…….sweeeeet!!!! HOW are you writing and reading — blind?? I hope you got to my Question of Human Suffering post – it’s still warm out of the oven. I think that would speak to you. Thanks for the follow. Just keep doing all you’re doing. You will blaze His light. Diana

    • Did I read here that you want to stop overeating? Not finding it again…but I thought you’d said that. (Very very tired right now.)

      If so…overeating is sure suicide. The worst thing we can do to your liver. Documented way to cut life span.
      You won’t see this with my gravatar right now so

      myholistictable.wordpress.com

      Blessings.

  108. Your blog has given me so many reasons to smile and has brought joy into so many people’s lives, therefore, I have nominated you for both the Sunshine and Versatile Blog Awards. Please visit my blog at http://proverbsgirl.wordpress.com to accept your nomination.

  109. I’m nominating you for the Sunshine and Versatile Blogger Awards. I love your blog and I wanted to share how much I appreciate you and your support. You can find the awards on this link: http://wp.me/p1T8nQ-fO
    Love and hugs
    Ishaiya

  110. Steve, thank you much for the follow. Reading your words here, what beautiful and powerful story of how a change in perspective can change big chunks of ones perceived ‘reality’. Such strength and honesty you have, and on top of that, blessed with love. Wonderful!

  111. You and Sarah … BIG SIGH over here .. love your story ..

  112. What a wonderful testimony you have! So glad that I have found your blog, seems as though we have much in common!

    • Hi, thanks so much for taking time to read my blog, yeah its great to connect on here and share this journey together.
      Your blog is fantastic and i look forwards to checking it out a little more! ๐Ÿ™‚

  113. Hi there, Steve; indeed, it’s very nice to meet you and Sarah. Please don’t think what I’m about to say is contrite, but I simply have to say “ditto” to all of the above feedback you’re getting. These people have very succinctly put into words what I’d like to say. I thank you so much for liking a recent post of mine “Macro Pinecone…”. I’m having a great time now that photo school (2-year degree) is behind me as well as a long, long time in the corporate business world. I’ve been released!! It’s wonderful! Good luck to both of you, and keep shooting blind!

    • Wow, thanks so much for this lovely comment!
      It sounds like your in a really exciting time at the moment and i pray that you continue to bless others with your work and blog!
      Thanks again for taking precious time to read about God’s grace on here. ๐Ÿ˜€

  114. What an amazing story, Steve. Thanks so much for sharing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Awwwww thanks so much. I knew God wanted me to share it but i had no idea of the amazing response i’d get! Its simply mind blowing! I hope it inspired you in some way! God bless you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  115. I had the opportunity to nominate you for “The Sweet Blogging Award”. I didn’t do this because of your recipe collection but because you are inspiring and bold about your faith, which is sweeter than treats. You can click here to find out about the award http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/21/sweet/ betty jo

  116. What an inspiring story! How great is our God! I am so amazed by the way that God just keeps on transforming the lives of people who have lost all hope and how he brings joy to those in the midst of such deep suffering. Thanks for sharing your story!! And I’m so excited about the blind photographer thing!!

    • Awwww thanks so much.
      Yeah God is amazing so i try to share a little piece of how he has worked in my life to hopefully help others keep hope alive.

  117. Just wanted to drop by and thank you for the “like”!

  118. So glad you visited my blog. Following yours and thank you for following mine!

  119. A beautiful story-powerfully and emotionally honest. I love your writing and I admire your message. Thank you for stopping by my blog– that led me to yours and I am grateful to meet you.

  120. I’m glad that you have embraced the call of God to live by faith, not by sight. For it is when one does this that he or she begins to see the world — and God — for how the really are. Thanks for visiting http://morningdevotion.com/

    • Amen, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving this lovely encouraging comment!. Your blog looks fantastic and i’m looking forwards to having more of a look around. God bless you ๐Ÿ™‚

  121. Your testimony is so powerful. Thanks for sharing it and thanks for liking and following my blog.

    (i have done the same)

    • Thanks so much for this lovely comment and for the like and follow. Your blog is fantastic and i will enjoy following it too! God bless ๐Ÿ™‚

  122. Thanks for liking my blog posting (Wings). I’m glad to become aware of your blog and can’t wait to wind my way through the postings. Your story of a shared life with Sarah is inspiring is a lovely example of synergy: 1 + 1 = much more than 2.

  123. This is what it’s all about…God’s transformation! I too nearly missed out, or did we?…do we ever? God knows and thanks be to Him for His never ending patience hey?!! I thank God that He gave you and Sarah to each other. May the Lord bless your marriage abundantly. Looking forward to journeying together through the wonders of WordPress! God Bless brother ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. Powerful story. I’m glad God pursued you. Thanks fo visiting my blog.

  125. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking some of the posts. After reading your testimony, I am at a loss for words – and that’s saying something. Thank you for your words of praise to our God.

  126. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following my little site! Steve, what a beautiful testimony you have. Our trials become our testimony. We need to be a shining light in this dark world and our testimony can be the beacon that leads others to Christ. Thank you for your transparency and openess. I remember the first time I felt God’s love in my heart and in my life. It was such an overwhelmingly emotional and amazing experience. We can do anything in Him! Keep sharing the gospel brother. I can’t wait to continue reading about your journey with your wife, your music and your photography and see the good works He does through you.
    At his feet.
    Christina

    • Hi Christina, thanks so much for this great encouragement and for spending time to read my blog. I’m so blessed to have you here to join me on my journey. God bless. ๐Ÿ™‚

  127. Hi Steve, thanks for following my blog. nice blog you have here.

  128. Thanks for reading all of my blogs. I invite you to look back at some of my older ones, especially the one about my precious son that I lost and Parent Heart Watch. You might also enjoy the nature articles and genealogy/history articles. beebeesworld

  129. I just nominated you for the โ€˜Super Sweetโ€™ Blogging Award. Please see my latest post http://spiceymorsels.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/thank-you-for-the-super-sweet-blogging-award/

  130. Oh my! How inspiring!!!!!!! How very inspiring…. I give God praise for your lives….!!!!!!

  131. I am at a loss for words…feeling so overwhelmed after reading about you and Sarah, God bless! I am so grateful that you stopped by my blog, coz it led me here.

  132. Beautiful testimony! God is so good!

  133. I just nominated you for the โ€˜Wonderful Team Memberโ€™ Award. Please see my latest post http://kerrichronicles.com/2013/05/07/thanks-for-the-wonderful-team-member-award/

  134. Wow. This is touch, saddening, encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring—all at once. God is good, and don’t be afraid to give yourself credit, too. He doesn’t challenge us beyond that which we are capable… My best wishes to you and Sarah as you continue on in your journey with Him!

    • Jessica, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and leave such a lovely comment. I’m looking forwards to checking out your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • It was my pleasure! I try to check in on as many blogs as possible all the time, especially when people are kind enough to check in on mine. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know people through WordPress. Your story is beyond touching. I’ll be back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  135. Hello Steve! I have nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogger Award. For rules and all that good stuff go here http://wp.me/p3eeOO-9t ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congrats and take care!!!

  136. Wow, I’m just reading this for the first time…Jesus is Mighty to Save.

  137. Thank You Steve, your story has brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my lips. Bless you and Sarah you are both such inspirations I believe you are Angels on this earth…Patti

    • Wow, thats a beautiful thing to say, thanks so much. I still find it amazing how my little story of how God works in my life can be an inspiration to others. I’m so blessed to be able to share it with lovely people on here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  138. Dear Steve,

    What a beautiful story! Thank you for following my blog. As someone with cerebral palsy, I strongly agree that “disability doesnโ€™t have to mean inability or lack of creative talent!โ€ I wish you and Sarah continued happiness! ๐Ÿ™‚

  139. Steve, what an amazing testimony you have! I am so thankful that when the world took sight from you God gave you a new vision and perspective. What a blessing that God graced your life with a love in Sarah when your life was at its darkest…I pray that God continues to bless you both…. ~*~

    • Awwww what a lovely comment! Thank you so much and i love the way you said about the world taking my sight and how God gave me a new vision etc… I’m so blessed to have found your blog and to have you as a friend on here! ๐Ÿ˜€

  140. Hey Steve! I posted that blog about the Sunshine award that you nominated me for and I have nominated you for the “Wonderful Team Member Award” check it out on my site! http://wannabephotographer87.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/more-awards/

  141. You are simply amazing and what a fight back my friend

    my heart goes out to you and Sarah

    you are like a gods gift to this world

    Excellent reading about you Steve. I am with you my friend, I love you both

    Thanks for following m my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    • Wow, what an amazing encouragement! Thanks so much for taking some time to read through my blog. It’s great to see you here! Thanks again. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • thank you dear

        I will always be with you dear
        my heart goes out to you dear
        thank you so much for being my friend

  142. Hi my friend. This is very touching. I didn’t have time to read your whole post this morning, after recieving an email that you were following my site but I rushed home to be sure I had the time to give it my full attention before settling down for the night. I am so excited to read about your journey and I look forward to getting to know you and growing and sharing with you, and your wife Sarah, in all that the Lord, our God, brings forth to us. Thank you so much for checking out my site, liking my post and following me. I look forward to checking out the rest of your site.

    • Wow, thanks so much for your lovely comment, your blog is great and its fantastic to have another sister in Christ to join, inspire and help me along this journey! ๐Ÿ˜€

  143. Good morning!
    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award, I hope you don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think you really deserve this award.
    If you would like to know the rules and to find out more go here http://familyeverything.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/winning-the-versatile-blogger-award/

    I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
    Blessed be!

  144. My friend and brother in Christ! Your love for God and your wife Sarah is so moving! To have gone though so much and bounce to God the way you did, just captivating! This brought tears to my eyes and relief in my heart when you explained becoming a Christian. Just an amazing Testimony that not a lot of people who have been through what you have can tell. You are a true inspiration! I don’t know why I haven’t read your bio sooner, and forgive me for that, but I’m glad I was able to take time and read it now ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, you are an amazing writer and I’m completely jealous! HAHA! Keep doing what you’re doing! You will be touching so many people’s hearts for years and years to come ๐Ÿ˜€

  145. Steve, your story exemplifies so much of what I strive to find in life ~ the love and beauty beyond pain and challenge. I am truly in awe of your determination and spirit … and so grateful that your faith and your music has opened up new doors for you. And now, with the accessible technology ~ you are a member of another wonderful community here at WordPress… it is all wonderful stuff…. uplifting indeed. Blessings and Love ~ Robyn

    • Robyn, thanks so much, its comments like yours that make it easy to keep going! For me its an exciting time to live as technology is just getting better and people are thinking more about the blind when designing products, and as the products become more accessible we become more independent and less isolated! ๐Ÿ˜€

  146. I love the journey you are on, a journey we all share – and I’m thankful you are sharing it here! Glad you came my way so I could return the favor. Blessings and peace.

  147. steve, if you never ‘liked’ my blog I would not have read yours. I grew up with a dad who was blind. I appreciate very much your testimony and leading me to worship God just by reading your inspiring word. God’s blessings to you & Sarah

  148. Thanks for stopping by my Europe blog. Best wishes with your music and your photography and the joy it brings to your life.

  149. Hey Steve!

    Just wanted to drop in and say ‘thanks’ for following ‘His Daily Dose’. We’re excited to have you as a reader! We’re also excited to read your blog and are greatly encouraged by your journey with the Lord. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a beautiful remainder of the week!

    Blessings,

    Keith and Christy Becker

  150. Thanks, Steve, for following The Bible Through the Seasons. I hope your dedicated call to Chirst will be enhanced by this unique way of reading the whole Bible in three years

  151. Really glad I ran across your blog. Love the pics and the message!

  152. Hi Steve…..what a testimony of God’s love and grace and inner-healing!……I’ve perused your blog and found it really inspirational, and even moreso now that I’ve read your story…:) Thanks for visiting ‘Unwalled” and deciding to follow; I am truly honored. I pray that my posts will be an inspiration to you in 2012 and beyond……..blessings!…….Kim

  153. Thanks for your sharing and encouraging words.

  154. Steve, thank you for following my blog, sandyshopefulroom. I have just read your “about” page and am blown away! My gosh you have been through so much and Jesus pulled you out with Sarah’s help.

    It was when I reached your writing around Jer. 29:11 that I just stopped and thought. . .this is my favorite Scripture. I hang on that Scripture because it says everything I need to know about God!

    I will check out the rest of your blog when I have more time!

    May you be blessed!
    SandyO

    • Wow, thanks for stopping by and checking out the work that Jesus is doing in my life! I too like that scripture and i hope my posts can help inspire you in some way. Shalom in Christ.

      • I hear ya and I’m sure your posts can inspire me as I wish the same for you.

        Keep Christ in your line of vision and you will be blessed beyond measure!

        May God’s richest blessings be yours,
        SandyO

  155. I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” Go to my site to check it out ๐Ÿ˜€
    http://wannabephotographer87.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/awards/

  156. Hi Steve! I’ve really been enjoying your blog posts so I’ve nominated you for the Reality Blog Award. I hope that more people will find your blog from the link on mine so they can enjoy it too. You can check out the award at http://animalpalooza.wordpress.com/awards/. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiring posts!!

  157. RE your voice video. Thank God for modern technology and accommodations. I am so appreciative of the advancements that assist persons with physical/visual impairments. I worked (retired now) in a state agency that provided counseling and guidance, goods/equipment to persons with disabilities. Thank you and again, praise God for advances and individuals who persevere in spite of challenges. Continue your great work, which brings glory to God and encouragement to others.

    • Wow, thanks for this inspiring comment. Your job sounds really interesting and sounds like you helped a lot of people and saw a lot of great technology. I am still amazed at what technology enables me to do to help me stay independent! Thanks for stopping by. God bless.

  158. Its great to hear about the way you pushed yourself back and stood up again! The grace of God and the blessings along with sincere efforts can change the destiny and the path of a being.Your story is a light for people who liv ein dark and who have fallen into the pit of darkness by their deeds and thoughts.The perception is what matters ,which gives us vision! Iam glad you came through my blog ,its really good to be here

    • Thanks so much for the encouragement but i really couldn’t do it with my own strength. Thanks for checking out my blog and seeing a glimpse of what Jesus has done and is doing in my life! So blessed to have you here! ๐Ÿ˜€

  159. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. Your story is such an inspiration and a testament to the hope we have in Jesus. There is always hope – I’m so glad you found that hope. And I’m so glad you used your hope to start this ministry. So many people need to hear the truth.

    • Wow, this is the first time anyone has called my iChristian blog a ministry!! I’ve never thought of it like that before. I only knew that God wanted me to share my story of how he has worked/is working in my life and to try and inspire others. Your blog is amazing and i am glad your enjoying mine. God bless. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • By sharing your story and starting this blog you have the potential to reach so many who are lost. A lot of people will never go to church or seek out other Christians, but if they stop here and read about your story and read your posts they will hear the truth. You may never know how many lives you have helped change by your obedience, or how many seeds you have planted for someone else to water. To me that is a ministry in the truest sense. It is exciting to see how God can use us when we let him. Not sure how you found my blog, but I’m glad you did so that I could meet you. My husband is also a musician – Piano – he plays beautifully (says the proud wife:). He is going to be graduating in May with his DMA in performance. He knew when he was 16 that he was supposed to use his music for God.

        • Words fail me! I’m truly overwhelmed by your comment! ๐Ÿ˜€ God bless you and your husband, i love the way he uses his music for the Lord! Shalom in Christ.

  160. such a beautiful and calming blog. thanks for this!

  161. You have an amazing testimony – thank you for sharing it with us. God is indeed good and I am so glad you heard Him calling for you. I look forward to going through life’s journey with you and your lovely wife. Thank you for stopping by my blog – it is an honor to meet you! Patty

    • Hi Patty! Thanks for this lovely comment. All i know is that by his grace Jesus saved me, and although i have no writing experience, he uses me to post on here! I love how he don’t choose ability before availability! I love your blog and so pleased you have taken some of your time to check out my journey! God bless you. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • God is so awesome at how He uses the internet to bring His people together, I look forward to knowing another brother in Christ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  162. Thanks for your sharing and followship. God bless!

  163. Hey there Steve! You just started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi.” From what I’ve seen so far, you’re quite an inspiring blogger! Keep it up – the world can use the inspiration.

    • Wow, thanks for your truly kind and encouraging comment! Thanks so much for stopping by and i look forwards to following you and your blog into the future! Many blessings.

  164. Hi Steve, Thank you for viewing my blog and the follow. God is an amazing God who is able to bless you even more than folks who have normal vision! If you read my guitar posts, you’ll know that God can even bless a small talent as mine for His praise and glory! http://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/

    • Thanks for stopping by. Your blog is amazing and so inspiring, i love it! I rely on God choosing underdogs like me! God bless you and the work he does through you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  165. Not sure my post showed up here or if you have to approve it… but wanted to come back and give you Bill’s correct address… I am sure you would be inspired by him. As I NOW am with you! Here is his correct address: http://unshakablehope.wordpress.com/
    Thanks again for stopping by. It was definitely a God thing and blessed me! HE is so good! Huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  166. Okay so now I know why I was led here! It was God! A divine appointment for sure! Your story is incredible. I am amazed that you said that you liked my blog so much when I am in AWE of yours. I am going to go and click FOLLOW next! I am honored to meet you! I am not sure if you have found Bill’s blog unshakablehopewordpress.com but I am sure you would love it too! I am meeting so many amazing people here that have shaken up my perspective to the core (in a good way!)
    Hugs & Blessings!!!

    • Wow! Thanks so much for this amazing comment! God is truly working and helping me on here especially through people like yourself. There are so many great blogs that help teach, inspire, challenge and most of all encourage me as i travel this unexpected journey. Your blog is fantastic and i look forwards to following all of your posts. Shalom in Christ! ๐Ÿ˜€

  167. Hi Steve. Thanks for visiting and following my blog.I’ve been enjoying yours this afternoon, especially Bruce the Boxer. Peace and God bless.

    • Hi, thanks for the lovely comment and for checking out my blog. I love the way Bruce can still bring a smile to peoples faces. He brought me so much love and happiness and i hope my photos can share some of that love to you and the other bloggers! Thanks again and i will enjoy following your blog into the future! ๐Ÿ˜€

  168. Thanks for stopping by my site yesterday Steve. I enjoyed checking out yours; your poems especially. Your photos are pretty cool too.

    • Hi Karen, thanks for your lovely comment. I can’t take credit for the great poems on here, my true friend Ben has just started writing for iChristian and is posting a poem a day for April. I am blessed to have my 1st author writing post on here. Thanks also for liking my photos! Your blog is amazing and you are such an nispiring person and mum!! God bless you and your family! ๐Ÿ˜€

  169. Thanks, Steve, for sharing the power of your testimony.

    I hope you’ll be blessed by following The Bible Through the Seasons. I find great life in preparing these two daily blogs.

    • Nick, thanks for stopping by and leaving me encouraged! Your blog is such a blessing and i know its going to help my spiritual journey! Keep up the amazing work you are doing in Christ! God bless.

  170. Peace! Thank you for reading and following my blog. Please also “like” my official FB page: http://tinyurl.com/cm3a2vp and follow me on Twitter @lifejourneyblog Have a blessed day!

  171. My thanks for your visit to my blog site and for liking one of my poems! I have read your personal story with interest (for whatever my comment will be worth) and agree with alanconrow.

    • Thanks so much, your poems are amazing! Your comment is worth more than you know, it really moves me when others bless me here. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Now it is my turn to express my sincere thanks to you for calling my poems “amazing”. I will try to make my upcoming writings worth this confidence you give me for them. My best wishes for your continued work.

  172. Thank you so much for following our blog. We truly appreciate it. What a wonderful story and testimony to have about God’s love for us. Please continue to share your light with the world, we are with you 100%. – IKB

    • Wow, thanks for the encouragement! I heard God in prayer one day to share my testimony, so here i am trying to do the best i can to share the truth of his love and amazing saving grace. God bless you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  173. Amen! Thank you for your words and honesty… it’s raw, vulnerable, and relatable. This dark-night-of-the-soul experience has such profound meaning in our lives. I think, if all of us were honest, we’d find comfort in knowing it’s not such a rare experience to feel hurt and suffering. And then, I believe, in that honesty we find a powerful strength of compassion and love in our lives, together. Feeling is SO real… it’s the realest thing I’ve ever known… that’s why I write and play and sing… because feeling is our ecstasy, our right as human beings. Your testimony pin points that truth right on the mark. May blessings be with you on your journey ๐Ÿ˜‰

  174. I’m going to share your blog with a blind medical foreign missionary friend.

    Wing His Words,
    Pam Ford Davis

  175. Hi! Thank you very much for following my blog!

  176. My Tropical Home Reply April 4, 2013 at 19:57

    Hi Steve,

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I’ve only been active on a daily basis this year and it’s only these past few days that I’ve realised where my blog really “fits”. I am encouraged by your testimony. I wondered if I had done right to put mine on a dedicated page. I was worried but felt led by God to just do it as best I could. I wouldn’t have it any other way now.

    And I certainly do believe in divine appointments, and finding your blog certainly was one. I didn’t think Christian personal blogs could include photography, which is a hobby of mine. I’ll be checking that page out in a little while, just wanted to introduce myself first ๐Ÿ™‚

    Praise God for the opportunity to minister and share His love and word through the blogosphere!

    Warmest regards,
    Mary

    • Hi Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by and encouraging me today. Once i heard God in prayer saying to share my story, i started this blog and it just grew as the brothers & Sisters in Christ encouraged me. I also believe that whatever gifts we have been blessed with, we should make them available and not bury them! I was worried that my blog might become messy but as usual God showed me when i was nominated with the Versatile Blogger Award. I thought it was messy but he calls it Versatile! lol ๐Ÿ˜€ God bless you and i can’t wait to see some of your photos! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • My Tropical Home Reply April 18, 2013 at 14:38

        Hi Steve,
        I think our blogs are a form of ministry to the world. And yours is a truly inspirational one. I always pray that the world will get to know Jesus and our God more through our blogs. Congratulations on the award, I think you deserve it ๐Ÿ™‚
        May you abound in His blessings, too!
        Warmly,
        Mary

  177. Thank you for following my blog :). I find your life story to be very inspiring. I suffer from chronic pain, I have been feeling low this week. Your story has uplifted my mood and has made me think that I will be Ok :).

    • Wow, thank you so much for blessing me with your love through this comment. I am praying for you and will continue to do so as i follow your fantastic blog too! Shalom in Christ! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • You’re welcome :). And thank you for keeping me in your prayers :). I must say this though, we both have common ground as we believe there is an unseen force that helps us through dark times. Mine may be a little different than yours ( I believe there is gods and goddesses ) however, I think we all can accept each other no matter what we believe in. We can coexist and not judge eachother for what we believe in. I have close friends who are Christian and I love them dearly. I hope you think similarly to what I just said. I enjoy your blog a lot. Blessings and prayers to you :))

        • Thanks for the lovely comment! I certainly can’t judge and we are called to just love each other! So everyone is totally welcome here. I just hope that my blog helps and inspires in some way. Thanks for blessing me today! ๐Ÿ˜€

  178. Hi Steve,

    What a beautiful gift you gave me today! Thank you so much. Your follow of my blog and the liking of my “About” page led me to your wonderful blog. God really does work in mysterious ways.

    I was so touched by your story. My story isn’t quite so dramatic, but I, too, clearly recall the exact moment that God spoke to me. I was actually sitting in church on Palm Sunday and suddenly I felt this wonderful light. I knew then I was coming home to God.

    Thank you again Steve for your inspiration. I look forward to reading more of your posts and of continuing our discussions. I am of course, now following your blog so that I don’t miss anything.

    God Bless you my friend.

    Nancy

    • Hi Nancy. Wow, it is you that has given me a surprise gift today with this deeply touching comment, such kind words. Thanks for sharing your story with me. I look forwards to following your blog, you do such great work. Shalom in Christ. ๐Ÿ˜€

  179. Hi Steve- Blessings to you as you reach out and share with others. Thank you for sharing my Blog this morning, and as I came and read yours I am touched. You allow yourself to be so real and open and that is what touches hearts. I would love to share some of your message from time to time on my blog, and want to make sure that is OK with you. Of course I will give you full credit. None of us know how God will use us, I think our responsibility is being available- thank you for being available for Him- Blessings-

    • Wow, i would be honoured for you to share anything from my blog! Your blog is amazing and you are such an inspiration to us all! I still can’t believe how God is using my little story and blog to help touch and inspire others. and most of all for all of you lovely sisters & brothers to love, encourage and share the truths of your lives that fill my heart with love. God bless you.

  180. I just want to say thank you so much for following my blog at IshaiyaFreshlySqueezed.com, it always means the world to me when others appreciate the work I do. You are such a strong soul with more yet to do in life. Just when you think you’ve worked it all out you find there is always more to learn and discover about yourself. I guess at some point in our evolution we all go through ‘the dark night of the soul’, and all who have come through the other end are inextricably transformed and reborn in many ways with clearer inner vision. There is no fight, just an ability to shine very brightly for all to see. And that you do! Best wishes,

    Ishaiya

    • Thanks for this lovely comment and for following my blog. I look forwards to following yours into the future. No matter how broken you think your soul can get, there is always healing. Thanks again for taking precious time and checking out my blog! God bless you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  181. P.S. — Steve, pardon my ignorance, but I was wondering, are you able to read these comments yourself or does someone read them to you and assist you in emails, etc.?

    • As i have no central vision at all i can’t see to read print, large print or even giant print, but technology of today means i can still be independent. My screen reader ‘Voiceover” on my iMac, iPad, iPhone reads aloud all emails, messages etc and allows me to navigate and use all of the functions a sighted person can. So i can keep upto date without any sighted support and technology improves every year so its an exciting time for me as i explore the small incraments that make my life a little less challenging! Thanks for the questions, i love questions so ask away if you like! God bless you! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Wow, that is so exciting to hear! Life is just amazing. I love your story and I look forward to following your blog. Love in Christ — from NJ ๐Ÿ™‚

  182. What an amazing, powerful testimony! Thanks so much for sharing with us. This brought tears to my eyes. I’m so happy you met Sarah and she brought you to the Lord!! I’m going to send this page to my friend who hasn’t met a Christian love yet — she said the Bible said not to be unevenly yoked and won’t date a non-Christian, but I always tell her that she can be an inspiration to someone (like Sarah was to you!) Dating a non-Christian is an OPPORTUNITY! God bless you and Sarah!

    • Maryanne, thank you for your lovely comment! Feel free to share anything on here with your friends, i hope my blog can inspire people and help unite the body of Christ. Sarah says “I prayed to God, and God chose me (Steve) so i had no choice in the matter of choosing a Christian or not! lol

  183. gospelofbarney Reply April 4, 2013 at 00:52

    You do inspire indeed! Life is a struggle, challenge, and gift. Fight the good fight!

  184. Hi Steve. Thank you so much for visiting my blog ‘A View From My Summerhouse’, for the likes and also for the follow! I really appreciate that! Your blog is pure inspiration as is your testimony, and I very much look forward to taking a proper look when I get back from my trip. Until then, God bless you and your lovely wife.

    • Hi, i hope you have a fantastic trip, i know it will be an emotional one! Thanks for checking out my blog and i hope it can inspire you into the future. Shalom in Christ.

  185. Hi Steve. Thank you for following my blog, and for sharing something of your journey. Great courage and faith. – Nigel

    • Nigel, thanks for checking out my blog and for the many likes and comments (i am trying to catch up). I look forwards to checking out more of your blog and reading some of your great work. God bless you.

  186. Thank you for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours. It is an honor to read your story and the encouragement and hope you offer is a gift from God through you. Keep up the good work.
    Yours in the light,
    Jane

    • Hi Jane. Thanks for the lovely comment and for checking out my blog! I still can’t believe how much encouragement, love and fellowship that has been poured my way by such loving people as yourself! I look forwards to checking out more of your blog and sharing this amazing journey with you. Shalom in Christ. ๐Ÿ˜€

  187. Hi Steve, thanks a ton for dropping by and listening to one of my Startrack devos. You have a good testimony and you’ve come a long way. Love the lyrics of your songs, but couldnt’ find the link to listen to them.
    Stay strong man. Bless you. Ed

    • Hi Ed, thanks for stopping by and for the comment. I havn’t recorded any of my songs yet, sorry. Maybe in the future i can record them and then add the links as a few people have wanted to listen to them. I honestly didn’t know people would be that interested when i posted them on here! ๐Ÿ˜€

  188. Steve, thank you for sharing your life story and I’m sure God will continue to use you to encourage people, give them hope and draw them to Himself. Wonderful!! Thank you for following my blog and I will gladly follow yours. – penny

  189. Hi, Steve! Thanks for liking my post, Nevertheless, not my will and following my blog. Your testimony is another reminder of just how awesome and loving our Lord is. Continuous blessings to you and Sarah! Your sister in Christ

    • Thank you so much for the love, blessing & fellowship! I am honoured to have met you on my unexpected but amazing journey. Your blog is fantastic and i know it will inspire me into the future! Shalom in Christ!

      • Thank you! I pray that it will also….it is my call to inspire, encourage and motivate the Body of Christ. Please check out my other sites as well.
        Blessings!

  190. Thanks for following my blog, you have an awesome story.

  191. Steve, it was beautiful reading your testimony. God is so good. Thank you for allowing Him to speak through you and for being here! Thanks for finding my blog, too. Look forward to visiting your page more often. God bless!

    • Wow thank you so much for visiting and liking my blog. I am inspired by your fantastic blog and look forwards to reading more of your posts and following it into the future. I am so blessed to have you join me on my journey, i hope i can be an encouraging brother in Christ! God bless you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  192. So thankful He caught you before you fell all the way, brutha. Would love to chat with ya sometime about artistic souls, metal music and most importantly, Christ. Drop me an email when you have time mike =AT= runemasterstudios.com

    • Thanks for taking precious time and checking out my blog. I am really enjoying listening to some Christian metal bands i never knew existed and would love to share fellowship with a brother in Christ chatting about music etc.. I have saved your email and will be in touch! God bless you!

  193. Hello Steve. Thank you for visiting my blog, liking a post and for following. I am both awed and humbled by your blog. What an amazing witness you are for Christ and His magnificent grace. Your photography Is impressive. How do you do it? You have better images posted here than some images posted by people with perfect vision. You are truly gifted and amazing. I am so thankful you came to my blog so that I might find your blog. I look forward to following you on your awe inspiring journey! Blessings, Robyn

    • Robyn, wow that is an amazing comment of encouragement, thank you! Your photos are simply stunning and i am amazed by them everytime i have a look at your blog! Thanks again for taking time to check out my story and photos, its great to have proper photographers appreciate my photos, it means a lot to me. God bless you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  194. Thanks Steve! I am a Christian before all things. My sole(soul) focus is the ‘broken’ side of life and creating a pathway out for others who are stuck there as I called that place home also… If things get tough, drop me a line, I’ll be here.

    • Thanks Joseph for these loving words. It is so important to keep reaching out and putting Christ’s love into action. Thanks again for the fellowship and being here. ๐Ÿ˜€

  195. Hello Steve! Wow, so powerful! How great is the God’s love for us? I look forward to really diving more into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at http://faith1stministries.com I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  196. Thank you so much for following my blog Steve! You’re blog is absolutely amazing! Love the verses and testimony ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t wait to see more of your photos and read your inspiring words ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again!

    • Thank you so much, this comment has stunned me a little! ๐Ÿ˜€ Your photos are fantastic and i look forwards to seeing more of them! God bless you.

  197. I echo the sentiments from the other comments here; what a powerful and touching testimony. Thank you for sharing about yourself, even something so personal such as this and for your outreach to those that may be feeling or going through something similar. May God bless you abundantly! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for the comment. I prayed a lot about whever i should write about my story as I thought people would just think it was yet another testimony, but the way it has been received by all of you encouraging bloggers It has really helped me to see that testimonies can reach/speak to people on a personal level and there is always Hope in any situation. Thanks again for the comment. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • No problem! I wanted you to know how touching your story is and I do believe it can reach others — especially when it proved how good God’s goodness is, to save us even from the most difficult and scary times in our lives. Exactly — a saying that I’ve heard before, from Pastor Joel Osteen if I remember right, is “You can’t have faith without hope.” Youre very welcome! I look forward to your posts, so keep on being inspired and keep the faith. ๐Ÿ˜€

  198. This is one of the most inspiring testimonies I have ever heard! This brings true revelation to the scripture we are MORE than conquerors through Christ Jesus!! Thank you for sharing this! It literally made me cry, at first tears of sorrow, then joy! God bless you abundantly!! Juliana

    • Thank you so much Juliana! Your comment really touched my heart. It’s been quite a journey and still continues to amaze me. God really does have a plan for our lives and there is no pit too deep that he won’t reach into and lift you out. Thanks once again for this touching comment. God bless you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  199. Steve – what’s up, brother. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and follow me. It means a lot as a new blogger to see that others are finding interest in what God places on my heart. So, where can we go to hear your music? A website? Youtube? Did I overlook a link on your blog, here. Thanks. Be blessed.

    Grace and Peace,
    John

    • John, its a pleasure to help and encourage in any way i can. Sorry but there is no audio to my music (if you heard me sing then you would understand!) I am hoping to start singing lessons at some point so i can do justice to these songs.
      Thank you so much for the likes & comments.
      God bless you.

  200. Hello Steve,
    thanks for following my blog… As I read your posts, my own heart and soul were reflected in your words … “If it was up to me than Iโ€™d be dead. Iโ€™d have missed Godโ€™s amazing grace and a living relationship with Jesus along with the countless blessings I simply didnโ€™t know existed! Heโ€™s transformed me in so many ways and Iโ€™m no longer held captive by drinking, swearing, anger, lack of compassion and self loathing, along with much much more”

    you see, 17 years ago I found myself alone and at the end of my road with a loaded nine millimeter handgun pointed at myself … not many people know about my dark path… but God has been moving in my heart to write it all down … I had been struggling so much to do that …but as I read your words now, I realize how much healing and grace these words can pour out – straight from the heart of Jesus…
    SO, I thank you for writing … for being transparent … for letting God use you and making your (and HIS) testimony available to Him.
    ever so grateful for crossing paths .
    Heidi

    • Heidi, Wow this comment has stunned me! I could never imagine that my little story can touch others. It would be fantastic if you could write about your journey. Sometimes its hard to think there is hope and a God that wants a living relationship when all you feel is hurt and pain. I am so blessed to share this journey with amazing people like yourself! Also as you may of guess i am not a writer by any stretch of the imagination and i am so thankful that God doesn’t necessarily look for ability but availability. This encourages me a lot. ๐Ÿ˜€
      My prayers are with you and i look forwards to your future writings! ๐Ÿ˜€

  201. Wow, stopped by to thank you for following my blog and found myself moved to tears at your testimony! Keep sharing God’s work in your life! What a blessing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words! Its such a blessing to have a great fellowship with other bloggers and to share our personal stories of how God has loved and transformed us! Thanks for liking & commenting! ๐Ÿ˜€

  202. What beautiful testimony. Thanks for stopping by the noontimes blog so that I might find you! May you continue to know Christ’s peace.

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for the lovely comment and its a pleasure to be sharing this amazing journey with you and the rest of the bloggers out there! Knowing the Lord as my refuge and strength is what enabled me to find the inner peace I was searching for! God bless you, your blog and your journey! ๐Ÿ˜€

  203. Hi Steve! You know no matter how much we reason with the world, there’s no refuting a personal testimony of a personal God in our lives. They can’t refute a miracle! Reading your testimony brought a huge smile to my face, as I got to see just a glimpse. Thanks for the ‘follow’ on MisunderstoodGod blog, and may we both be used mightily to lift Jesus higher. Counting it all joy!
    Audra

    • Wow! Thank you so much for commenting it means a lot to me. I have been blessed and encouraged by the testimonies i have heard and read on here, it really brings home how much God wants a relationship with us and he can reach you wherever you are! I look forwards to reading more of your blog as we go through this amazing journey! God bless you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  204. Thanks for checking out my blogโ€ฆIโ€™m now following yours.
    I love reading your powerful testimony which points readers to the One who turned your life around. Where would we be without Jesus? Canโ€™t imagine how I would have managed life with a son who has schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Or how Iโ€™d cope with MS (so sad to read about your mother’s passing).
    Incidentally, we have other things in common: Iโ€™m a certified vision teacher (taught students at Maryland School for the Blind decades ago). Music is a big part of our family. My husband passed on his musical gift to our two sons. I, however, have no musical talent.

    • Vicki, thanks so much for following my blog. I keep tweaking my testimony as i find more things i want to say. My Mum was just amazing how she handled MS and is still now an inspiration to me when i find myself struggling with something. Jesus is blessing you and your family in so many ways and its great that we can encourage and inspire one another along this journey! It would be great to find out more about your experiences whilst teaching the vision impaired. I studied IT for a few years when i first lost my sight 13 years ago and it has helped me so much, especially in staying connected to the world as having sight loss can be so isolating sometimes! Many blessings to you and your family! ๐Ÿ˜€

  205. Hi Steve,

    Oh my goodness, your story has deeply touched me. I’ve been in that dark place, too. And if it weren’t for Jesus, I wouldn’t be here either. He is very real…and his love is the most powerfully healing force.

    I’m glad you found my blog. I’ll look forward to staying connected as we continue on our respective journeys.

    Keep pressing on!

    Lori

    • Hi Lori! Thanks for checking out my blog and liking my Testimony! I could relate with so much of your Testimony and it was encouraging and inspiring! I am really looking forwards to your future posts and following you as you continue on your amazing journey! God bless you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  206. As always bro your words hit home and in a very hard way. I had no idea you were so low during that time. Suppose somewhat stuck in my own grief of losing mum I never paid much attention. But I do know that she more than anyone would be happy at the happiness you have in your life.

    Love you mate!

    Paul

    • Thanks Bro! I think i have only ever told Sarah about it, and when someone asked me to share some of my testimony one Sunday morning that was the only time i had spoke about it out loud! The Church then asked me to write something down so they could publish it in the local newsletter, and that was only a few months ago. As this is the Abridged version, i am starting to write a much longer one with more details but that may take some time! lol. Grief is such a huge Giant and it can be a real hard struggle to win, but it must be won! There is always Hope! Thanks for your kind words Paul. If i can inspire just one person from reading this then that will be amazing!
      Love you bro! May God bless you as he has an amazing plan for your life too! x ๐Ÿ˜€

  207. Hi Steve–thanks for visiting my blog! Looks like you have a very nice one here, yourself. God bless you for sharing your story of His great faithfulness to us! Have a wonderful weekend–love, sis Caddo

    • Hi Caddo! Your Blog looks amazing and i will enjoy following and hearing from you as you travel your journey! Thanks so much for having a look around and for you lovely comments! God bless you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  208. Steve, thank you so much for reading and following my life journey at my blog over at http://www.40YearWanderer.wordpress.com. I call myself the 40 Year Wanderer because like the Israelites, it took me 40 Years of life to truly grasp the things that God had planned just for me. Wish I had listened to Him years ago when I gave my life to Him, but I thought I knew better how to plan. Your story is inspiring to me and I pray God fill you with everything you need to continue on this plan for your life to inspire others. May He bless you every day. – Heather

    • Hi Heather! Wow thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. To think that i could inspire anyone is so far from where i used to be and i would never of believed that someone could write such words about me. God is transforming me in so many ways, and at the moment i am trying to write a short Testimony with more details than this โ€œAbout Meโ€ page. So i hope to share that on here too! I am now following your Amazing Blog after reading about you and your journey of transformation, its so inspiring and i feel blessed to have your posts to read to challenge & encourage me! Thanks again for taking time to read a little about me!

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