thank you. i have been meaning to ask god about this. it's amazing to me, because god reads my mind, and causes circumstances to come about that answer a thought i had that i didn't tell anyone about. this proves to me that god knows our thoughts. try it once with an idea that troubles you, and see if god won't respond a little later with something someone says or does, or something you come across. god is mysterious, but benevolent and full of grace and patience. and he knows everything. you said you have the gift of bible study, and i think god graciously gives me the gift of praise. fellowship on here is a great comfort too.