PostHeaderIcon Trust, Faith, and Strength.

EDITORS WARNING-My Personal Feelings Ahead.  If you choose to think less, take offense, feel hurt, or misunderstand, please know, I still love you.

Do you feel weak?  I know I do…. 

This last Sunday, we blessed Joseph Merlin Steele in our Ward in Houston Texas.  My Bishop loves me, and makes it known to me.  He gave no issue to the blessing happening on a Fast Sunday.  My older brother Sam, got up and bore a short sweet testimony and let me know he was proud of me.  I cried.  I’m not sure if he knows this, but along with my father, he is one of my idols.  I’ve indirectly seen the trials, struggles, and intra-personal beatings that my brother has been through.  To see him at the pulpit, looking only like he could in a suit, holding the Melchizidek Priesthood, I cry.  I know my brother is imperfect.  We don’t listen to the same music, He’s got a much bigger temper than I and I’m sure there are other imperfections that only Sam and/or Sara see.  But he is strong.  I see him and I am reminded of a small prayer given by a Knight of the White Cross.

Lord, we walk into darkness now.  Our enemies will surround us. 
Please help to make us strong enough to do what needs to be done.  Amen.

I struggle with many things.  Some I have managed, others have kicked me while down.  My struggles, have brought sadness to my family with my failures.  Yet, I’ve found joy when my family rallies around me.  I’ve wondered some times why they would choose to do so.  Charity is one of the Lord’s tender mercies.  I often feel weak, old, broken and always found wanting.  My wife is one of the most forgiving , loving, and stubborn people I know.  Fool that I am, I’ve put it to the test and yet she is here telling me to get up, grow up, and that feeling sorry for my self is not helping.  I have three boys who love me and hug me and give me kisses.  I sing to them, not as much as I used to, nor as much as I should.  My boys lullabies are by James Taylor.

 I digress…  Needless to say, I’m envious of my brother and wish I had some of the stillness of character that I see in him.  They say to put your faith in god and he will guide you.  My faith is around here somwhere, but until I find it I will put my trust in him.  I feel like I’m constantly looking through the glass darkly.  (Corinthians 13:12)  If I read one more line I find hope, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (Corinthians 13:13)  I struggle with depression, but try hard to hide it.  I struggle with my anger and my voice.  I struggle with myself and my desires.  I struggle with my beliefs.  I struggle just to get up and breathe my first morning breath.  I need a respite, one I can find in my family.  I Love you, I pray for you.  Please pray for me to have strength enough to do what needs to be done.

Kaylene, Sam, Dad,  Family.

As bogged down as I feel some times, I always Love you.

4 Responses to “Trust, Faith, and Strength.”

  • Kaylene says:

    Love you too, always. 🙂

  • Sara says:

    We love you too, that is so sweet what you wrote about sammy. He will love to hear that from you. Know we are always here for you, and love you no matter what. You are a great father, a great friend, and a great provider for your family, life is hard when you have no family around to lean on, but we’ll still try to be here for you….
    Sara (and sam, he may want to add his own)

  • Peggy says:


    I’ve not been looking or continuing to blog with so many things going on here. Today I got on to gather some photos for Amanda and Heidi to give to Penny. I have come across your writings and am so grateful you’re able to write like this as well as be so thankful for Sam. I’m SO grateful you have one another like you do – what a blessing in a brother! For BOTH of you that is!. God bless you in your continuous endeavors.

    I told Dad earlier today that I’ve been in a depression, especially the last month, with several things hanging over me. Today I woke feeling like I need to move forward with specific decisions, and leave others I cannot do anything about. I’ve been thinking to just continue taking one step in faith, and then another step and know the blessings (not necessarily the consequences) will be there.

    Love you BOY! Mom

    I love you!

  • Kevin Steele says:

    Love you mom. I’m glad that you’ve found a way to keep moving. I try and find joy in what I can.

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