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June-July XL Project/ Love Them To Life newsletter
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XL Project/ Love Them To Life
June-July Newsletter
"Surfing the Wave of Grace"
He restores my soul – Psalm 23:3.

Our mentor, Dr. John Woodward of Grace Fellowship International, reminded us of this well-known phrase in one of the most beloved passages of the Bible. Although I have read and heard and memorized it, somehow that thought really captured me this morning. I noticed that it is written in the present tense, describing an ongoing process. As we minister to people dealing with addiction, either theirs or that of a loved one, we see deeply wounded and worn-out souls. We ourselves struggle through the implications of Joe’s ongoing illness as well as the stresses of full-time ministry in a hurting world. King David was no stranger to suffering, yet he assures us of Father’s ongoing work in our souls (our mind, will, and emotions). He is intimately aware and involved in our pain and woundedness and offers that cool cup of water when we long for peace and relief.

One of the definitions of the word restore is" to repair or renovate so as to return it to its original condition." The idea is to make something as good as new. Our gentle Shepherd longs for us to allow Him to make us new, offering healing to our minds, our wills, and our emotions. Why do we fight against what we so desperately need? Is it because we want to be in charge, independent, and able to handle our own "stuff? All He asks is that we find our love and acceptance in Him – He will do the rest.

The old hymn Peace, Perfect Peace says it well:

"Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin? The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round? On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown? Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.
Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours? Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.
It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease. And Jesus calls us to heaven’s perfect peace."
Edward Bickersteth

We had a wonderful weekend of ministry with our friends Pastor Mark and Joyce Musser at New Village Church, Lake Grove, NY, on May 14-15, 2016. Joe was able to share his testimony at a men’s breakfast and during the Sunday morning service. There was a dessert fellowship Saturday night for family and friends of those in addiction. We had the opportunity to share our ministry and then have a time for questions/answers.
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Love Them To Life is currently meeting in 5 locations, including our newest group at Bayside Chapel, Barnegat, NJ. We are also excited that a new group will be starting in the Fall in Memphis, TN, at a large Southern Baptist Church. It is exciting to see what God is doing to "restore" the souls of moms who have no idea how to handle having a child in addiction.

The following are text messages I received from a mom (used with permission):
" I truly want to say thank you for the book you wrote. My husband & I have our differences when it comes to J. Today was not a good day for us due to J’s choice. I wanted to help again (enable) and my husband wants to do the "tough love" thing. So I took a ride to church ad prayed. When I came back I reached for your book and started reading, then I thought we should read this together. so that is exactly what we did. My husband said, "this is right on." We both read up to chapter 12 and we feel a great sense of peace from your writing of this book. Thank you and God bless."

" I just finished your book. Praying for my other son, age 23, now because he seems different. So hard to believe how we have 4 children, 2 very strong in the faith and the 2 younger ones going down a dark path. Hope and pray I’m wrong. We can’t go through this again. I will continue to pray and listen to my older kids …Let go, let God. Looking forward to next week’s meeting."

If God lays it on your heart to support XL Project/ Love Them to Life, checks can be sent to:
31A Yorktowne Pkwy, Whiting, NJ, 08759. Please make the check out to XL Project.

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Thank you for partnering with us in this ministry.

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