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For the first time since the end of my marriage, I have had a chance to stop and examine everything that has happened over the last ten years.  None of this is what I wanted, or expected, but God has been faithful, and everything the enemy meant for destruction, God has used for good.  I never expected to be a single-parent; but I also could not have foreseen having an Associate’s degree, or a Bachelor’s degree.  For the first time, I have the freedom to write, teach, counsel and mentor women to my heart’s content.  There has been a great deal of pain and grief, but there is a light at the end that shines brighter and brighter, and the path is beginning to open up to possibilities that were unimaginable ten years ago, or even five years ago.  God never wastes anything; He takes all of it- the good and the bad- and uses it for His intended purpose, and the light that shines out of the darkness is all the brighter for the fire.  And the treasure that comes forth is the light of lives changed, and restored beyond all that we could ask or think.