Little Things?

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This week I have been thinking a lot about things that inspire me. When I was in Alaska I saw breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean front scenery that inspired me to the vastness of God’s creation. There are so many things that we look at in this world that remind us how awesome our God is. It doesn’t even have to be an amazing picture of the mountains. Sometimes it is that smile that you see when you say something funny and your wife starts laughing, or the math problem that your son solves and you can hear in his voice how excited he is because he worked so hard to figure it out. The joy I felt when my son stepped on stage with me at a church and read God’s word. God does so many amazing things that bring me/us joy and I cherish it everyday. The little things in life inspire me. Therefore are they really the little things in life?

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  1. #1 by Marvin on September 3, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Hi Chris,

    God is good.

    I read the article about you in CNN and a little bit information about what happened to you in the past and how it molded you to the person you are now. I can’t help but be touched by your story and felt sadness at the same time. I always feel weak whenever I hear stories about dying children, struggling or simply children who cant enjoy their childhood. 😦

    It wasn’t God who let that event happened but It is God who is working on you now. What a witness you have become. Praise God that you followed and trusted Him. Praise God as well that God gave you great people after the sad events. Praise God that you are doing fine now. You remind of Joseph, the dreamer.

    God bless you and your family and hope to get in touch with you.

    You are a Man of God and I too wish to be as such.

    Regards,

    Marvin

  2. #2 by Jay on September 3, 2010 - 2:27 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Read your story on CNN. God bless you for working through all that and reaching out to others. Every time I look at my daughter I see what’s good in this world and thank God for her each and every day.

    I love God and I love what he is doing in my life. I just need to practice more patience when it comes to seeing the promises of God manifest in my life. I want it all and I want it now, but that’s not always how it works.

    Anyway, I’ll be visiting your blog more often for inspiration.

    Regards,
    Jay

  3. #3 by Annie Sisk on September 3, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Just read your story on CNN, Chris. What a powerful testament to the human spirit and strength, and God’s grace. Well done, young brother. Well done.

  4. #4 by Becky on September 3, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    I just got to your website from the CNN article regarding your family. What a horrible tragedy that you have overcome and what a blessing you have become in so many others eyes. It’s quite clear why you survived – God had many plans for you! May He continue to bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand.

  5. #5 by Karla on September 3, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    You are truly an inspiration. I wish you and your family the best. Stay strong, and remember God is always with you. He is an awesome God, He is our Father, He will never disappoint you.

  6. #6 by Sandy on September 3, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    Wow after reading the article on CNN’s website I just wanted to say may God continue to bless you. I don’t know what you have all gone through but wishing you nothing but the best in life.

  7. #7 by Jerrie on September 3, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    I just read your story and I am so glad you have been able to create a life for yourself after something so terrible.
    I simply wanted to tell you that more people care than just those who know you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Best regards,
    J

  8. #8 by Teri on September 3, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    Chris, I read the article about you on cnn.com. Wow and OMG. I couldn’t imagine a parent doing something that awful to a child. Yet we have our 2 oldest grandchildren in our house because of domestic violence involving my daughter (their mom) and the guy she ended up marrying. We’ve since legally adopted them.
    I hope that you persevere through your hills and valleys (highs/lows). Your journey from hell and back amazes me and I wish you the best of luck. I’ll bookmark your blog.
    Teri S.

  9. #9 by Pam Lee on September 3, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    I read your story on CNN..you are such an inspiration. I truly admire your efforts in reaching out to youth groups and juvenile justice centers..those kids need strength and they need people like you. Thank you 🙂

  10. #10 by Ronda on September 3, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    Chris, After growing up and running away from my abusive father at 16, I had the hardest time reconciling my faith in Christ and trusting humanity. I walked in the dark for years. I was a child baptized a Catholic, with an abusive dad who became a Jehovah’s Witness, torn between who is right and who to trust. Gladly and thankfully a friend and neighbor led me to a non-denominational Bible church and I continued to follow. By the grace and mercy of the Lord I survived. I am now a grandmother and foster parent and work with children and teen girls in trouble. Thank you for sharing your pain and I will keep you and your family and your mission in my prayers. Ronda

  11. #11 by Patti on September 3, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    I just read the CNN article. Thank you for sharing your story. You are truly an inspiring person!

    P

  12. #12 by Kelly on September 3, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    Mr. Keith,
    You’re story has inspired me immensely. Mine is a slightly similar story but wasn’t life-threatening for me; mostly an emotional toll. May you always find trust in Him and those close to you & may He remain close at all of our sides thru each of life’s challenges. For those who know Him (like us), He blesses all with the tremendous gift of overcoming obstacles in life as we continue to appreciate a genuine love & compassion for life, family and friends. You and your family are truly blessed. Glory to God in the Highest! +++

  13. #13 by Michelle on September 3, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    Chris,

    I just read your article on CNN and it brought tears to my eyes. Kudos to you for persevering and becoming such a wonderful example of the glory of God. All of us have our struggles in life, but you truly have been dealt a more extreme path. Bless you all.

  14. #14 by Jane on September 3, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    I read your story on CNN.com and I was moved to tears. My father left me when I was young and I have been mad at him for years-Now I realize he did the best thing for me because he left in peace. Your family is incredible and you are a wonderful father. May God bless you and your family abundantly-I hope your story will save sameone-Thank you for sharing-You have already found a calling-Please put your story in print so people can see your amazing life-God bless!

  15. #15 by Jonathan on September 3, 2010 - 3:34 pm

    Just read your article on CNN. I’m 29 and a Christian myself. Your story is a HUGE inspiration. Your story is going to be the subject of thousands of sermons this Sunday. There’s a sermon I want you to hear called “It Matters” by an old Irish preacher named Jim McGuiggan. He talks about what a difference it makes in God’s kingdom when his people believe and obey. His main illustration is about Job, which I think you’ll find really powerful. I hope you get a chance to listen to it. I shared the sermon and posted the link below. God bless you and your family, man. See you in heaven in about 50 years.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?2qppdbt7tozypbl

  16. #16 by Lorene Dial on September 3, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    Just read your story on CNN and I was so touched. It breaks my heart at what you went through. I have 2 grown sons and love them deeply. I’m so glad to see that you did’t let terrible things ruin your entire life. Keep up the good work and god bless you and your family!

    Lorene
    Douglasville, GA

  17. #17 by Renee Janowski on September 3, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    Hi Chris you have never met me, But your Life story touched my life. My heart was so broken when I read what happened to your family. I want to encourage you to keep looking at God for your strength. Your circumstances is helping others more than you’ll ever realize. May God keep you and your family close to his heart. I pray abundant blessings on your lives. Thank you for sharing your story.

  18. #18 by Anonymous on September 3, 2010 - 3:37 pm

    Good luck to you, your blog is about to explode.

  19. #19 by Marcy Theobald on September 3, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    I just read the article about you and your family on CNN. Your story, although tragic in its beginning, is inspirational and moving. You have a beautiful family and you seem like a wonderful man.

    My father was also raised by his grandparents when his alcoholic mother left him when he was five (he never knew his father). I marvel at the father he was to me and my brother and sister growing up. Everyone wanted to be around my dad because he usually spent his free time with us, his kids, and he was FUN. Its amazing to see a man who didn’t have a role model/father become, in my eyes, Father of the Year every year.

    Its clear that you are living the live God intended you to live. Keep the Faith and thrive. One day your son will marvel at you, too.

    Marcy

  20. #20 by Kevin F on September 3, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Just wanted to write that I saw your story on CNN, that’s really a miracle and I’m glad you survived to be able to tell others and show that life can go on even when you think there’s no way.

    I attempted suicide a few times years back and I would never do that again… but every day there are people that will try… good that people like you are helping others before it’s too late.

  21. #21 by Rick on September 3, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    I just read about your story on CNN. You can’t think of the why’s, other wise it will drive you crazy. It looks like you have a good life now, that is what is important.

  22. #22 by Julio De Leon on September 3, 2010 - 4:04 pm

    Chris,

    Its truly remarkable to see the way God is using you. I cannot even imagine the pain you have gone through. You have an awesome heart and God surely has many blessings for your life.

  23. #23 by Jane on September 3, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    I read your story on CNN.com, and you seem like such a wonderful person who has survived so much. I am so happy for you that you have a loving family and are doing well.

  24. #24 by Thomas Underwood on September 3, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    Chris,

    Read your article on CNN.Com. I am a conservative catholic and actually am a republican, but watch and read CNN anyway many times. I am real glad you are alive man. Hey everybody loves you more than you can imagine even though your dad tried to kill you. I know your dad loved you too, but mentally ill people dont think logically so you and I can not understand illogic. My eyes welled up reading your story. Thats why I took the time to click on your blog. I have two boys, ages 10 and 12 and live in Alaska. You are right, Alaska is pretty. I have been here 5 years and originally am from K.C. Your house looks like a log cabin house. We have many of those here in Alaska. I have been having a frequent huge black bear visit twice on my back porch last 3 weeks. Never tangoed with one before. My sister is 30. She was born when I was 18. God bless you man and I hope you help the world with your life. Your son is a beautifull boy. My boys are too. Pretty wife by the way. Look there god gave you quite a gift package in the end. Hope you and your family stay safe and happy until heaven. You will be a king in heaven when you get there because of what god let happen to you. I hope you see your father too in the afterlife and he has an opportunity to appologize to you. He probably hates himself more than anyone who has lived a life here on earth. At least I hope so.

  25. #25 by Misti on September 3, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    I just happened across your story on CNN. I am inspired and awed by God’s goodness and your willingness to be part of helping others make it. I have lived in turmoil my entire life though for all that I have been through none of it compares to what you deal with. My spirit is broken and I am in the recluse stage as much as I can be. I too have a ministry for homeless young men released from jail or thrown out by their foster families at 18 or simply running from their responsibility. I did not seek out this position God has always brought people to my door and friends that need the knowledge I have from years of relying solely on God to pull me through. I am not very strong and I recently attempted suicide for the 3rd time. I have no record, all the doctors say I was simply under too much stress and with my medical condition (hashimoto’s disease, hypoxmia & severe chronic anemia) depression is a side effect, so I continue to move through from one day to the next. I do not understand why God wont let me die, I should have 3 times now by my own hand and countless other times when I put myself in scary dangerous situations. No matter how broken, weak, sad, hurt or betrayed I feel I am here and the people that need help continue to live with us – 1 or 2 at a time. I am afraid I am not helping anyone but doing them damage. My prayers are consistently for God to protect others from my depravity. Please pray for me and all those I come in contact with. Since my last attempt on 8/12 I can not even look my Church family in the eyes, I run from them and refuse to fellowship, I can’t go to the altar because I do not want to be that close to all those that would come up and pray over me. I was never like this before – Church was my one safe haven. I found out too much about what some people had to say about everyone. I am damaged and do not feel like I will ever have the ability o trust anyone ever again. Thank you for your bright light and giving me an opportunity to see there is hope and God is always good. In His Loving Kindness & Mercy, peace and blessings surround you always.

  26. #26 by Jeff Frye on September 3, 2010 - 4:08 pm

    You story of recovery impresses me. Keep up the great work that you are performing. Your family needs you, your spouse needs you and your community needs you.

  27. #27 by John Broughton on September 3, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    Chris, WOW! I just read your story on CNN and it really touched me to read about your story and to see the strength you have. God did save you for a reason and He knew you have a higher purpose. Praise Him! It looks like you are doing wonderful things for so many people. God bless you and your beautiful family.

  28. #28 by John Broughton on September 3, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    God truly is amazing and everytime I walk around and see things, like a rare flower, an animal, a sunrise or sunset, I think of how amazing and awesome God is to have created all of this for us.

  29. #29 by Nicole on September 3, 2010 - 4:12 pm

    I saw your story on CNN and all I can say is WOW. I am sitting at my desk at work crying for you- good tears for the wonderful man you have become.

  30. #30 by raynna on September 3, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    i just read your story. i want you to know that just seeing your family picture, before even reading, made me feel that i was seeing real good human beings. you emanate goodness. tears streamed as i read about your life and i am moved at the way you chose to live so wholesomely precisely because of what you went through. your faith in G-d is amazingly inspiring. i always struggle with the suffering and evil that is in this world and how to not let my faith be shaken. thank you for sharing your story and may you and your family be blessed and be a blessing to others for eternity.

  31. #31 by Clare on September 3, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    three words for you:
    God bless you!

    (and thank you)

  32. #32 by Eric on September 3, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    Just got back from Alaska with my two kids a few weeks back. I agree! My wife and I feel like the kids grew 6″ on the trip. Alaska is a great place to “listen” to the “small” things.

    Inspirational story to read, I personally have always known the Lord to be powerful. Being an awesome dad is the greatest calling, congrats on raising your son. Wishing you peace.

  33. #33 by Allie on September 3, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    I just read the CNN article. What a lovely family you have, and what a darling little boy! I wish you a life filled with peace, happiness and love. All the best! ~Allie

  34. #34 by josh saenz on September 3, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    Hello Keith,

    I just read the article about you on CNN.com. I was very moved by it. I’m a new parent and I feel overwhelmed just thinking of any harm coming to my baby girl. I admire your strength. I wish you lots of success and good will. Thank you for sharing your story.

  35. #35 by cdallow on September 3, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    Hi – I just read about you on cnn.com and just wanted to say how inspirational you are. There aren’t words to express the horror I felt when reading about what you went through…but how amazed I am at what you’ve done to help others. Thank you for all that you do, esp to help teens who are struggling. God bless you!
    Cindy

  36. #36 by Lynn L. on September 3, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    Chris,
    Thank you for sharing your grace filled story – love, gratitude, and wisdom resonated in your well written words and fixed in me a reminder to be awestruck by God’s excessive gifts.

    p.s. your blog is both visually attractive and substantive – I’ve bookmarked it for future visits.

  37. #37 by John on September 3, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    Chris,

    Your story is inspirational and heartbreaking at the same time. Continue to see the inspirational side and the heartbreak will be eased, although you can never forget your family.

    Best wishes to you and your family as you chart your course in life.

  38. #38 by SEAN on September 3, 2010 - 4:25 pm

    I read your story keith,it was amazing to see you make it through this and have a great family of your own.Keep the faith in god and follow his word as you look back in life at 8o yrs old and know you lived for reason.I read every day of sucicide murder’s on internet and its worst feeling for those people i dont even know.But what i know for sure is your speeches to youth camp’s will save someone life or many life’s so never give up on that. god bless you,and love your family every day
    friend sean

  39. #39 by Keith on September 3, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    Chris,

    Yes those little things need to be the main things. Sometimes I find my self making other things the main things, like my career. But then God show’s me is love in the little things, like an unexpected hug from one of my kids, or thank you from somebody, or the beautiful colors in the sky of a sunset. He reminds me of the reasons why, those main things that I need to treasure and enjoy.

    Keith

  40. #40 by Barb on September 3, 2010 - 4:30 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I just read your story and wanted to say how sorry I am that such a terrible thing happened to you. But I am glad to hear that you are making a difference in the lives of others. Would love to hear more about your spiritual journey, as well as more about the people whose lives you have touched.
    My prayers are with you and your beautiful family.

    Barb

  41. #41 by ROBYN on September 3, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    MR. KEITH…………..

    YOU ARE A REMARKABLE MAN…. A MAN THAT I FIND TO BE A ANGEL HERE ON EARTH…. I THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY….. ITS STORIES LIKE YOURS THAT INSPIRE ME THROUGH ANOTHER DAY. EVEN THOUGH YOUR STORY IS VERY UNIQUE…AS YOU FOUND THE COURAGE THRU JESUS TO TURN YOUR SITUATION INTO A TESTIMONY AND SHARE WITH YOUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS (US) ….. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW JUST HOW VERY PROUD I AM OF YOU..

    YOU SEE WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN, NOT OUR PARENTS…. AND GOD HAD MIGHTY PURPOSE FOR YOU…. YOU SHALL BE VICTORIOUS AND WE SHALL FOLLOW….. I AM A BABY IN CHRIST’S EYES… BUT I SHALL KEEP MY EYES ON THE LORD…. FOR MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT TOO..

    MUCH LOVE AND APPRECIATION..

    ROBYN…. 🙂

    MAY GODBLESS YOU!!!!!!

  42. #42 by daw on September 3, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    read your story at cnn. Amazing!

  43. #43 by Ryan Nakielny on September 3, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Love it! Little things are indeed the BIG things when you slow life down to enjoy them. Dude! Stumbled across your story on CNN and the inspiration is incredible. Love that you use your passion for Christ to “give away” the gift of life, love and hope that He gave to you. So many students are hurting, lonely and isolated. Praise God for how He has worked a miracle out of your life and testimony! Thanks for encouraging me today bro! Blessings in abundance to you and your family.

  44. #44 by Ed on September 3, 2010 - 4:50 pm

    Read your article on CNN today, that incredible story is really touching. I have a lot of respect for someone as strong as you, I don’t know how you got past something like that.

  45. #45 by Marsha on September 3, 2010 - 4:53 pm

    This is a wonderful story of God’s grace. The story reminds me of Joseph. What the devil meant for bad. God saved him for good. Thanks so much for sharing and may God continue to bless your family.

    In Him

  46. #46 by Karen Whitney on September 3, 2010 - 5:31 pm

    I am so inspired by your story. You are right how could a father do something like that to his family. I have been through many hard things myself and can only rejoice in the word and teachings of god. I wish you and your family the best. Keep my informed of your progress again I wish you only the best!

  47. #47 by Rebekah Allen on September 3, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    I just read your story on CNN today. Tears came to my eyes not only because of what you as a child went through, but because of who you as a man have become. Thank you for making the choice to live righteously and love and care for your family. My own grandmother is the kindest, most loving woman I know. Her father murdered her mother in the height of the Great Depression, leaving behind three kids all under the age of 10. Your story reminds me of hers because she also made the choice to be better and live better, and not let her circumstances dictate the rest of her life. You are an inspiration, God bless you and your beautiful family!

  48. #48 by Brandon on September 3, 2010 - 6:27 pm

    Chris,
    Just read your story in the CNN article. Thank you for sharing. It’s great to hear Christ shared so strongly. I live in the mid-cities area if you ever want to grab coffee.

    Brandon

  49. #49 by Paula on September 3, 2010 - 6:44 pm

    Hi Chris and family, thank you for sharing your heartbreaking story and faith in God.

  50. #50 by Terri McCormick on September 3, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    Chris, you are truly an inspiration to me and others I’m certain. To have survived what you did, and the ensuing difficult years trying just to get through each day, shows that you are an exceptional human being with a strong will and determination to live. Your story now is so beautiful and inspiring. You have so much wisdom, love and compassion for others, and these are your gifts to us all. I wish you and your family much love, happiness and peace.

  51. #51 by JLI on September 3, 2010 - 8:03 pm

    I too found your site through CNN’s website. What an amazing testimony you have! I started reading “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Don Piper this morning. Just as God had a miraculous plan for Mr. Piper’s life, so He does for you too. You’ve overcome some incredible circumstances and your pain is unimaginable to me, but I will prayerfully cheer you on for using your life story to inspire and encourage others and teach them of God’s grace and love.

    Such ironic timing…my husband and his brother had a very abusive childhood. He has forgiven his mom, but still has moments where anger and resentment creep up on him. Yesterday was one such day. When he said that she “ruined him”, I assured him that couldn’t be farther from the truth – he is better today than he’s ever been, because Christ is in him and perfecting him daily.

    God bless you on your journey and in your ministry!

  52. #52 by Mike on September 3, 2010 - 9:17 pm

    I just ran across this story. I am a dad of a five year old and a two year old. I can appreciate all of the emotion involved in a situation like yours. It is amazing how resilient human beings can be. I know that you and everyone else wants to attribute your strength to god. I am an athiest an do not believe in god. I do believe in people and you are amazing. Keep it up and enjoy every day in life. This is all we get. There is no point in living this life to get to the next one. My Mom and Dad are gone also and never met my kids. I live every day to enjoy my family and try to give my kids the father that I did not have. Drugs and alcohol took my dad and cancer took my mom. I just want you to know that it was you and your family that was strong enough to get through it.

  53. #53 by Laura on September 3, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    i heard about your story and i think its amazing and what a testimong that Christ exists. That He is the Only Way truth and Life and He is Control of all things. Ihope that you are able to continue to use your testimony as a message to preach gospel to a lost and dying world. All over people can hear the gospel message as you share about story and testify to the Glory of God. Not just any god, But our God,Christ who is the ONly way truth and the life for there is no one other name under heaven by which men can be saved. it is Our God who has power to save and to raise from the dead and to give and take. He is one who rescued you with His right hand and loved you. He loves all mankind and hopes that each person will make the decision to receive Him as Lord and Savior. Christ died on the cross to pay for the punsihemntof our sins and may He use you for HIs glory. Be a light to a dark world and proclaim salvation to the lost. Anyone out there that wants Christ go to godlovestheworld.com its a bible tract and you can receive Christ as Savior. Amen brother amen!!!!! thank you for allowing your story to spread like wildires and may Christ be exalted and one praised for such a miracle. Thank you for inspiring me!

  54. #54 by Ron on September 3, 2010 - 11:01 pm

    God bless you Chris as you are a testament to His work. It is wonderful to hear the stories of how you are reaching out to others.

  55. #55 by Paulina on September 4, 2010 - 1:51 am

    I have read your story. I am so sorry for what is was done to you. You are now a light in many people’s life. God loves you. God bless you and your family.

  56. #56 by Vinorda on September 4, 2010 - 2:23 am

    Chris,
    You are a great example to the rest of us. Agree we should not let “the world” get to us – because we know the world is ruled by and is the domain of the “evil one”. How else could Satan have offered Jesus the worldly kingdom if it wasn’t he’s in the first place. Matthew 4:8-9.

    There is so much pain and suffering in this world because “the god of this world” is the Evil One – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Ephesians 2:2, 6:12. In fact “the whole world is lying in the [power of the] wicked one” 1 John 5:19. Also John 8:44.

    My point here is that pain, suffering, hard times, bigger earthquakes, flooding, fires, terrorist acts, wars, violence, immorality will continue to increase on our earth and is sufficient proof that God is not directly ruling it or in control. But God is all powerful and all mighty and he can put an end to all this today and now if he wants to. But no, he has allowed this savagery and violent rule by a dictator to continue for a very good reason.

    Satan doesn’t give us a gun so we can kill, he doesn’t push drugs down our throat, he doesn’t drag us into distant lands to drop bombs and missiles to kill and destroy. But we do this anyway. Why? Because we are held captive to doing his(Satan’s) will by or “own free will” that God gave us. By our own free will we choose to disobey God, reject his commands and instead bend down to doing Satan’s will – engaging in sexual immorality, cheating, lying, slandering/gossiping, taking part in wars, drugs, idolatry, chasing materialism, fantasies, pride, ego etc etc.

    And this is why we are in the current state of mess. But there is Hope and there is Good News – in fact Jesus main idea of coming to earth was to give us
    1. hope – by creating a “bridge” so sinful man can get saved from eternal death and have a relationship with holy God
    2. Good News of soon to be established Kingdom of God on earth – ruled by Jesus and 144,000 anointed ones with everlasting peace and prosperity for all who chose by their free will to leave Satan’s way of living to living in a way God instructs us in the Bible.

    So my friend don’t let the world or the mayhem/sense-less violence drown us or make us become like the world out there because these things don’t originate with God. We only need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and what he requires of us and he promises that he will deliver/save us from the clutches of the evil one in this life and into his kingdom after death. He will never leave us or forsake us but wipe all our tears – that’s his promise………..

    Wish you will continue to grow in your relationship with God and search for truth…
    I am just beginning to taste the truth and indeed I can say with all honesty – that the truth does indeed set you free!.

    Hope we will meet in the new Kingdom of God that’s “just around the corner” now!!!

  57. #57 by Elizabeth on September 4, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    Like everyone else, I saw your story on CNN.com. Just wanted to send a little encouragement your way and say keep on telling your story because you are inspiring thousands. You are a walking miracle and it shows!

  58. #58 by Lisa on September 4, 2010 - 8:22 pm

    Those things, they are life.

  59. #59 by Sarah on September 6, 2010 - 1:50 am

    YOU are proof that good can come from evil.

  60. #60 by Gloria on September 6, 2010 - 7:59 am

    I am amazed by your story,i am inspired..God used your lowest moment to manifest Himself in you.I am glad that you found refuge and strength in Christ…what can i say,i was moved to tears when i read your story,thanks for lifting spirits and for giving hope to the hopeless….i sure will be a faithful follower of your blog,am i glad i stumbled upon it…

  61. #61 by Remmy on September 6, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    I am inspired at how God has used you. May you never grow weary in bringing hope to those who need it the most. My ministry with orphans, most of whom are HIV+, has inspired me to continue giving hope to these children till I breath my last.

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