Chapter One - God Meant Us to Be

The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the L
ORD (Pr 16:33).

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end (Ec 3:11).

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We were meant to meet. I was young, feisty, full of life and full of myself, with most of my life still in front of me, yet to be lived. Joy Barnett was an elegant and regal woman, full of life and less of herself, with a lot of her life already lived, tamed and molded by life’s experiences and the wisdom which it brought and she employed.

When we met, she had already been a pastor’s wife of 44 years and the mother of Tommy Barnett, the Pastor of Phoenix First Assembly, one of the largest churches in the U.S. He was my pastor, so I thought Joy had to be pretty outstanding, but that thought was only the tip of the

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