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A Life That Inspires

I never had the amazing privilege of meeting Chad Stewart but his amazing wife called me a month ago with the sweetest voicemail I’ve truly ever heard. I could hear Jesus in her voice. I had never met her, and she called ready, willing, and excited to help, serve, pray and support my ministry in any way possible. I have loved her since that voicemail and I have replayed it multiple times this week as I sob.

It’s amazing to me how a life you never had the joy of being apart of can impact you so much. I have heard this week of Mr. Chad’s life from multiple people from multiple different parts and places in his life. His faith, the strongest thing in his life, was something that overflowed into his daily life. Whether he was working, at home with his family, or with his friends, his faith and love for our Savior was evident. Everyone around him knew Who Mr. Chad was devoted to. His family is a testament to the amazing man Mr. Chad was. He married the most beautiful, inside and out and Jay Wolf quoted from Cate at the service that God has given her the best dad ever! His wife, children, and extended family show their love for him in undeniable ways, something that will continue for the rest of their lives. His legacy will live on through them because of who he was!  He was an outstanding attorney. My mouth dropped as I read his biography on his company page. Amazing. One of a kind. I’ve read stories that he not only gave legal advice but would share his faith and prayer life with that also. Who do

It amazes me to know that God put Becky Stewart in my life one month ago for a purpose. “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.” Corrie ten Boom. I’ve never been more clear of anything than this right here and I have not stopped crying. I think about how Becky didn’t have to call me. She could have waited until May 10 when Girl Talk started. I think about how her sister-in-law gave her my number. God laid it on my heart to partner my ministry with Philann and Ryan months ago and that’s how Philann knew about Girl Talk. I think about how I know Philann because FOURTEEN years ago God put me in her sister’s first grade class. Fourteen years ago God was taking care of this situation. Oh how He loves us!

I have felt real heartbreak this week. Something I realized I haven’t truly felt since I was eleven and lost my own dad. To know that Cate is the age I was completely shatters my heart. I know where she is, what it feels like now and what it will feel like for the rest of her life more than I’ve ever been able to relate to anyone else. My heart is broken because I know how it feels to have my heart broken missing my dad at eleven years old. Through this heartbreak, God has shown up in amazing ways. There is no way I could even begin to tell you all that He has done. 

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

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