I love this letter and the encouragement our story has brought to so many lives…
Well after all that has happened, to see a genuine relationship for the Lord is refreshing and also challenging. I am 23 years old in the Air Force, grew up in a Christian home the typical story you have heard thousands of times. I grew up in a home with a sister that has cerebral palsy and severe mental retardation. That was tough I guess because in a Baptist church in Texas it was not normal so to speak. At the time I wanted a childhood like others to fit the molds of religion, to live this so called normal life, but what I failed to realize is that nobody is normal, religion and the world in general paints this picture for so many people to pursue.
I spent 22 years of my life trying to love God out of agendas, programs, formulas. Needless to say, Wayne, my life came crashing down in the Air Force, everything that acted like a religious glue that held together what faith I thought I had fell apart in the hurricane of life. When I lost everything is when I started to replay my past and God started speaking to me, and he brought light to a lot of areas that I had not seen or did not deal with in the past cause of my pride. He started speaking to me about love and relationship, and how that has to be the epicenter of our relationship cause if we miss Him, we miss everything.
I have to say that your book has inspired me and my Family to endure the trials of life with joy and a new understanding that the intentions of God are pure of perfect. He lets us go through trials to bring us closer to Him. Well I just want to say keep on learning and loving. I know that you guys are way more seasoned in life, I guess I only said that because God is revealing that I am going to have let him teach me how to die to myself every day and letting his love shine forth through my deathâ€¦..every day.Â That realness has touched me forever.