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As I read about the "stripping" you experienced last year, I thought, "OH my - HER TOO!" The same thing happened not only to me in 2018 but also to many brothers ans sisters in Christ that I know. Everything that was comfortable and familiar has been removed. I think the lord is stripping many of us of everything except for Him. And yes, you are so completely right when you say it is a gift. When there's nothing left but Christ, and we become 'ok' in the midst of the loss of all else, what a freeing gift that is. The Lord is doing something special in His Body. If there's noting left to take away, there's nothing that can hurt you! Peace fills the void. Our Prince of Peace. And we show others how to walk in peace regardless of the circumstances.

Jesus was also stripped...what a gift that was and is and is to come!

I absolutely enjoyed what you wrote here. Loved it. Thank you so much.
*Lord
12/14/18
Wow! So powerful and so true. I too feel like I'm experiencing God's "stripping away". I was astounded when you used that word because I was just thinking last week that that is exactly what is happening. It's amazing how God moves in waves across His Body. This stripping is certainly not fun--beyond painful. But I'm so thankful that God is good and His ways are good and His plans are good--and no matter what things look like through my earthly eyes, I can trust the real things are happening in places beyond my vision. Thank you so much for this article. It's so nice to know there are others going through the desert with me. I also have two adopted kids and it has been one of the most challenging experiences of our lives. But God is good--and children are a blessing from the Lord. THAT truth-we can count on.
The more backward pull on an arrow, the farther it will fly.
12/16/18
Brokenness is surely the best gift. Thank you for sharing this very moving testimony, and giving us the impetus to share our own brokenness. For that is something we can all relate to.