Do you think there is any such thing as, “the greater the loss, the greater the blessing?” Sounds kind of crazy, right? Yet, the older I get and the more life I live, the more I think it could be true.
Like many, I have lost much in this life… and many times over, at that. However, God always seems to replenish and restore all that’s been lost or taken. Quite often, He’ll even find a way to give back to us in abundance.
As we have traveled all over the country once again this past year, Satan has done his best to chase us every step of the way. Yet, where he has attempted to create problems, God has created solutions. Where he has brought loss and destruction in our lives, God has built up an abundance of good fruit. Where Satan has tried to destroy us, we have found favor in God’s eyes.
These are the lessons I wish not to forget. They are incredible acts of kindness and love, no matter how great or small, which I will begin sharing with you as well. Even though the ‘stories’ I write seem to touch many readers (which I will still continue to do) I hope to reach even more people by sharing the good which has derived from these tragedies, because that’s what offers the hope and encouragement so many of us are searching for in this crazy world. They are evidence of God’s love, existence and saving grace.
Each of us can find multiple reasons to be grateful every single day if we will only look for them. Personally, I am most grateful for the people He brings into my life. No matter where we travel God’s favor seems to be upon us. There are so many people we have met all over the country who are forever a part of this journey and believe in its cause. These are good and Godly people whose generous hospitality has often brought me to tears. There have been many small businesses that have extended their support to help us succeed as well. And yet, there are still others whom I have never met and perhaps never will, but who have offered their emotional and/or financial support strictly through this website. Finally, there are those who have believed in me from the beginning and have continued to support, encourage and love us all the way through it. I would just like to say that I am most grateful for each of your hearts and my life is better, because you have been a part of it.
After all I have chosen to be involved in (regarding undercover work, advocacy and witness protection for the last decade) it is people like you who have supported us in so many ways which have helped to keep my own faith alive and strong. When one is surrounded by so much evil for too long it can be very easy to lose all hope and faith in anything good, so from my heart to yours, I thank you. I am more grateful than you may ever know. Together we have been able to protect a lot of innocent people and find justice for victims, but more importantly (I believe) is how we have been able to spread the love of God and His Word during this entire journey which makes ‘all of this’ for His glory.
So, as I continue to write about the tragedies of life, may I write about the triumphs as well and above all dear friends, may you be able to see God’s hand in it every step of the way.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Authors note: For those of you who haven’t been personally involved with us enough to understand what our story is, please know that you will, as I am able to focus once again on telling it. The more I am able to reveal, the more you will begin to see how all of the pieces fit together like a beautiful jigsaw puzzle. Please pray for discernment and wisdom, and for a continued willingness to let God use me for His purposes and conveying this story as He would have it be told.