Where do I even begin...I suppose thanking you for answering the phone when someone needed help would be a good place to start. Someone that you didn't know anything about, there whole story, or have any reason to care about. All you knew was there was a mother with two girls in Michigan that needed move to Tennessee, and I have come to realize that you chose to help me for the same reasons I chose to let you.
The Lord new what He was doing when He put me with you. I don't think that had it been anyone else, that my family would be together today. God knew that it was going to take an immense amount of strength and faith to guide his miracle into place. You two have, and offer all that and more. Our hearts were nearly hardened, and I thought we had passed the point of any return. I didn't even know who I was anymore when I arrived in Tennessee. You have not just been so selfless to just take us in, pat us off and send us on our way, but you have gone above and beyond and followed through with what you started by getting involved, unconditionally. So thank you for your faith. You are both heavenly warriors, armed with love, and were willing to march through thorns to retrieve an unseen flower. Thank you for asking me questions, thank you for sincerely wanting to know my heart. By answering and exploring my heart with you I was reminded of who I was. Thank you for loving me for who I am and not for who you thought I could be if I changed.
When I moved out of your home briefly in July you let me learn on my own that it was not in God's plan. When I was going to get a divorce you offered to go with me. When I wanted to stop the divorce you brought my husband to me against all reasoning from our horrible past, you had faith in us. It is your obedience in God and your irrevocable commitment to your faith in Jesus that our family is together today. You believed in His plan and taught me to do do the same without pressure. You set a pure and genuine example in your daily life. I think, you didn't really know what a powerful message that you were and still are sending to me without the use of words. Much of your example has aided in my growing relationship with Christ.
I you may or may not realize this, I'm pretty sure you do, but I just want to thank you for knowing where to draw the line with me. You guys know exactly when to be there for me and exactly when leave me in my sorrows. If not for that, I would have been robbed of the deep connection that I have with God. The night's spent when you two knew I was in pain, but left me be are the nights that I was comforted so well in prayer. These times of grief that you didn't sit with me while I was in tears about my screwed up life were the ones that were the most healing in my faith. The nights when you were there are the times that I learned what faith and grace were through your words of wisdom. You help us help ourselves which is easier said than done and I want you to know that I acknowledge and appreciate that too.
Angie, since you have taught me how to sew, not only have I acquired a new skill but I am now able to put into words a visual for this experience. I truly feel like it is God's hands guiding torn, flimsy fabric through a machine, creating something beautiful. We are mismatching pieces that have fallen apart and slowly with a lot of work, we are getting patched with vibrant colors and strong thread to last forever. He is working so lovingly and carefully and you two are the needle and thread complying with His every move until His work is done. Once again, thank you for your faith.
Your hand in our redemption goes so much further than what has transpired in or marriage just these past few months. Our daughters futures have been rewritten as well as Jason and mine. Not only are they going to dodge the broken home upbringing but, our little girls are going to be raised in a house that makes Biblically based decisions on a day to day bases beyond the time that we are living with you. It is in my prayers that one day they will continue a legacy of unconditional love in the unity of the Body of Christ. After being on the receiving end of so many blessings through the generosity of others I know there will come a time when I hope we are able to give as much to others as you have given to us. Our counselor says you are putting treasures in heaven by by what you are doing for us, I want to do that too. It boggles my mind to think about how many other people you are helping besides us through your gifts in writing and music among other things. There literately people's lives that you have touched that you will never meet and your kindness and good works will live on long beyond your earthly life. WOW, that is a fact, not an opinion. You have tended a harvest in my family as humble servants of God that will grow for generations.
That's mostly why I decided to write you a public letter. I wanted thank and encourage anyone else who loves others the same Godly way you love us. Also, there is always the possibility that some random person will read this and be inspired to maybe love someone else well despite their situation or personal choices in there life. Kind of like the paying it forward and having things come full circle.
Also, when it comes down to it, you are just really great friends. Not just for all you've done for us but because I am so happy and blessed that I even know both of you and your daughters. As individuals, your both hilarious and can tell stories as a couple and separately that crack me up. Working in a bar for years goes hand in hand with a lot of crazy stories and jokes, and you guys can tell a great story with more animation and character than I've ever heard. I love that you cease the day, and get the most out of life in your work and family, and I love that your not perfect and acknowledge that through all of it. I love that know matter how much praise you receive, you remain humble and that takes discipline. Your just people like everyone else and I'm thankful and glad to know two people that choose to live so well.
I could go on and on for days for all the things I'm thankful to you for. But you guys know how thankful we are about having somewhere to live and all the other things that you are doing for us. And I try to express my thanks by helping you as much as I can. I felt like I just needed to put into words the impact that you've had on my soul. I don't think there is any amount of house work that could cover that so I did my best to relay a big message of appreciation in a little letter. I I love you guys,