I’ve been thinking about all that you and your family have been going through lately. Chris and I have been standing with you and want to encourage you that it seems God is beginning to write a new chapter with you. There are several things I have learned from watching you, and at the risk of embarrassing you, here is a brief list of some of those things:
1. When times are tough a strong marriage can get stronger.
It has been a blessing to see you two struggle, at times disagree, but stay strongly in love and supportive of each other. All the years investing in your relationship pays off. Tough times don’t have to destroy a relationship.
2. Bitterness eats grace and is our enemy.
I don’t know if I would have fared as well as you have in the midst of lies, opposition and loss. Your genuine humility and refusal to be angry or bitter is amazing, and a gift I’m sure you have worked at keeping. But the fruit I see in you is amazing.
3. Searching for God’s best is worth it.
I love the way you are honestly intent on discovering what God wants and your willingness to pursue it whole-heartedly. It is a great example. I am honored and glad that I get to share this season of life with you.
4. God is completely reliable.
I know you well enough to know you don’t take credit for this. You were faithful to trust Him when no solution had yet appeared on the horizon. Now that the early signs of a spiritual change of season are emerging, your confidence is bearing fruit. That says something about you, but it speaks volumes about God.
I know that in the season I am in, your example is very encouraging and your friendship a huge blessing. Thanks. I am looking forward to all that God has for us together.