My husband, Brad, was speaking at a church. Part of his message included the statement: When you understand who God really is, you realize you don’t have problems-- you just have opportunities to see God work. During the Q & A time a woman asked:
What if the problems you have are due to your own bad choices?
The pain in her voice revealed the personal significance of the question.
Brad’s response is a great encouragement to us all:
A friend of mine posted on her Facebook page that she was looking at a mountain of laundry on her bed and was thanking God for it.
Yes, you read correctly! She actually thanked God for a mountain of laundry! Why? Because she saw the mountain as a testimony to the fact that her family has the clothes they need. I love that!!
The genius of God’s command to give thanks for all things is that in a blink of an eye our focus moves from self and fixes on God.
Roy robbed banks… a lot of them. He ran away from home at 13, ending up in a Chicago apartment building known to house prostitutes. Roy said they “raised him” and thus his life of crime began.
When we met I was a young, naive, blonde haired, blue eyed co-ed trying hard to work my way through graduate school. Roy, on the other hand, had just finished serving a 20-year prison term and was trying hard to navigate life on the “outside”.