#17 The Homeless Landlord: How Do You Value One Lost Soul?

What would you surrender…
If it would bring salvation to one lost person – a week’s pay, your house, maybe even your livelihood? Don’t answer yet…

From rainy day investor to homeless landlord,
I was steering the ship from a life preserver with no way back on board.
I cut adrift my family’s dwelling and sentenced them to the street,
but anchored a mansion for my tenant who offered us nothing but grief.
He never took a second look nor would he ever agree,
that through my empty pockets the ground is all that you see.

For a moment we were stuck without a home and our tenant was stuck with out a heart. While considering how to parcel out my family to live with friends and neighbors, we surrendered our home with no assets, income or method of retreat. Yet by some “house-of-card” irony, we were still shackled to a waterlogged investment, a rental home with negative equity and Yosemite Sam for a tenant. With all the sad folks sleeping in alleys and underneath bridges, how many possibly owned a rental home – would I be the first? Could I live in a box while my tenant summoned me to fix the plumbing?

With a cup of coffee and a worried look I shared the news with my tenant. Without a word he shook my hand and headed for the exit. But seconds before he shut the door he said with a stubborn stare “I will sue you mister if you sell my house – just making you aware”. Before any rational response made its way to my lips, Johnny Cash was reaching for the extra-long door of his white Jaguar. The same one I supposed that he’d be driving up to my mattress to pay rent. The news was simple really. I had to sell, so I offered him the house for less than we owed. But I reassured him that if he chose not to buy, his lease was still intact with anyone that did. And other than showing the property with plenty of notice, this wouldn’t affect him at all. The only measure of protection for either of us would come on the hands of a new landlord – not a homeless one. But he didn’t want to buy and he didn’t want me to sell.

Surrender Is One Step Past Commitment

When a rainy day investor begins to chase a storm, occasionally that storm reverses course and begins to chase him. It certainly wasn’t the odd rationale of my tenant that caused our circumstance, but now it sat like a heavy object directly on top of our escape hatch. His rational was a mystery to me like a thousand piece puzzle with no picture or box. I didn’t know where to begin or where it might end. But it didn’t end there. Yosemite’s belligerent bag of tricks included legal letters, bitterly critical emails, intimidating potential buyers, and late, partial, or unpaid rent – which by that time wouldn’t cover our cost. This was the climate of our relationship for the next several months.

There are differences between considering how it feels to be homeless and thinking through how to live without a home. There’s the immediate confrontation of the “how to” and the urgency of your answer. But the big difference is realizing there is no retreat. It’s not about selling wedding rings or living with friends for a moment, but looking out ahead of you and seeing nothing on the other side. It’s the nightmare that looks simple through a keyhole but entirely different through the holes of empty pockets. Every hopeless glance at the bed of a tired friend looks more like the back seat of your car… and eventually… the alley where it was parked. Not saying I’ve been there, but we HAD to go there in our mind. You can only watch it through the keyhole until the bank changes the lock – and they were on the way.

The Miracle Between Surrender And Captivity

It seems that miracles most often occur in that blink between surrender and captivity. So we had to be homeless in our mind before appreciating the home God had in mind. And from the smallest most unassuming place, He opened the window of humility and blessed our willingness to climb through it. My wife had previously checked on a few small rentals. Amazingly, in spite of our having no credit or income, we got a call from the motherly landlord of the smallest one. She said God had spoken to her about us and the place was ours for the next year. She broke all the rules and took us in based on her faith and our word. So the new landlord we’d been praying about was meant for us, not my tenant. We moved in without the slightest idea of how to pay the rent. But within a week God provided a small project that covered our living expenses for the next few months. At last we’d have a place to hunker down and untangle the mess.

Through this blessing our tenant had no further influence on our living arrangement. But that declining influence brought more frequent and desperately sharper criticism from him. So we praised God for giving us a place to breathe but we praised Him even more for the revelation we received as a result. Our battle wasn’t defending against the barrage of criticism from our tenant, but in learning to forgive him for every ugly word. Continued forgiveness is unwillingly attached to ongoing persecution – but it’s attached for good reason. As we approached the home stretch of our tenant’s lease (final month) things got very quiet– no more nasty emails or threatening letters, just silence. With a month to go and curious concern, I emailed to remind him about vacating. A few days later the response email arrived from his address:

“My husband was diagnosed with liver cancer this year and it has now spread throughout his body – advancing to stage four. He’s lost 50 pounds in the last two months and is no longer able to walk. His business has suffered, and because of pre-existing conditions, our medical insurance is not covering the costs. There’s not much more we can do”.

My overwhelming impression was concern. I wasn’t shocked or feeling shame for having been frustrated – just concerned. Somehow it was terrifyingly beautiful to recognize that a dizzy man was about to fall, yet God had His hand in the small of his back for an instant. It’s that moment when He leaves the ninety nine for the one – the one who’d already lost his balance by the edge of a cliff.

“I want to tell you that Jesus loves you my friend, so much more than you will ever understand. He made you to be loved and you are the jewel in His crown. He gave you his heart by dying for you as you are. He is our only hope, the only one who can lift the weight of our sin and remove it forever. If you haven’t given Him your heart the time has come.”
“-Praying for you “

He sent me a brief response just saying thank you, and how much those words meant to him. Weeks later the place was emptied with many personal things left behind. We don’t know for sure but believe that something happened. It appeared that his family had moved their things for them. I may never know if he accepted the Lord but at least I know he had the chance. And maybe now we both had a heart, and hopefully… an eternal home.


What would you surrender if it would bring salvation to one lost person – a week’s pay, your house, maybe even your livelihood? Maybe it’s easier to dismiss the question than attempt an honest answer. We may never have to answer that question, but maybe we should live like we already have. Jesus is the one who saves but we are the ones who point the way – unless we let other things get in the way.

When I look back on the frustration and hurt this man caused, I have to remember that it must be only a fraction of what he was feeling himself. If we hadn’t suffered the loss of our home, or forgiven his anger, we might never have known his pain, or taken the time to share the good news. If the One who inhabits us considers one lost soul as priceless – shouldn’t we? I love this powerful verse because it reminds me just how much value God assigns to the lost, and the joy He finds in their rescue. Paul clearly understood this and meant exactly what he said. Even though God would never require this, it shows the heart of Christ for the lost, through the one He inhabits. Nothing on earth is more valuable to God and nothing should be to us.

“I am a follower of Christ, and the Holy Spirit is a witness to my conscience. So I tell the truth and I am not lying when I say my heart is broken and I am in great sorrow. I would gladly be placed under God’s curse and be separated from Christ for the good of my own people”. (Rom 9:1-3) CEV

Meditation: Luke 15

Note to self – Poetic style:

Good news falls with greater purpose on the spot where God takes aim,
But evaporates on that empty surface if we’re chasing bigger drops of rain.
Yet even an ocean of stolen drops won’t drown that still small voice,
As it calls for all the drowning lambs to at least be given a choice.
And every martyr bleeds for what each brick in every church demands,
That we stop dragging the wealth of Egypt across the desert sand.
Making every provision a tool for harvest distinctly where we stand,
And watch the good news honor God for the sake of one lost man.

For prayer or encouragement please contact me by email or connect on facebook wakeupmyfaith@att.net


About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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111 Responses to #17 The Homeless Landlord: How Do You Value One Lost Soul?

  1. Angie Battle says:

    Wow. Thank you for reminding us the cost He paid with His death wasn’t just for me, or you, but for everyone regardless of our assessment of worthiness. Not just that, but also the joyous responsibility/privilege we have of being a light in very dark places or for very dark hearts.

    I know our Father’s heart is touched deeply as you have shared in this post one of His precious memories of how His children (you guys) did things His way.

    Rich blessings on you, Holly, Reilly, Caroline, and Tyler.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Angie – we love you! You are counted on by God as His vessle to lift up many folks and I’m betting He’s pretty pleased. Thanks for being such a light to me. Your words are better than gold – they come from God. Bless you sister! looking forward to your next post!

  2. Monica Locke says:

    Great post! Gives us all something to ponder and consider about our lives. God works in ways we don’t understand…and He is always working, even when we can’t see it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Monica for taking the time to encourage. I agree he is always working and refining so we will bare sweeter fruit for Him. Thank you sister – your comments mean alot to me!

  3. Jason says:

    Wow…this is awesome stuff. I’m retweeting it right now. 🙂

  4. All glory to God… As I read your post Kevin it reminds me of how easy it is to overlook what others may be struggling with. It seems that each of us has something that is a burden on our heart. I’m so glad that you were able to share the good news with this man. Bless you and your family my dear friend. We’ll talk again soon. -Scott

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Scott, God has a way of streching us past the commitment of being a Christian to the true worship of surrendering to Jesus. I appreciate your friendship more than you know brother. God is doing a mighty work in you and it shows! Love you brother – thanks for taking the time to drop by and encourage.

  5. Kevin, you continue to touch our hearts with your telling story of surrender. I read your post about rain and storms as raindrops tapped a rhythm on the skylight above my desk. I’m reminded that God never allows our pain and suffering to be wasted. Surely He gathers your tears in a rain barrel to water thirsty ground for souls.
    Many blessings, friend.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Barbara, i cant express how hearing from you warms my heart. God is so good to give me a friend like you. Your words are very healing – i’m blessed yo hear them. talk to you soon dear friend.

  6. Betsy Clark says:

    So thankful to see that God gave you the grace and you responded in love toward this man to the bitterness, while living with your own difficulties in life. God is so good to produce this fruit that without Christ’s life in us would be impossible. Thank you for sharing this story.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      God’s grace is right – i surely wasnt feeling it sister 🙂 But He has a way! Thank you Betsy for being such an encouragement to me. I’ve been behind on reading the last couple weeks but will definitley jump over to your blog and see what good things God is doing in your life. You are a blessing to me friend – thanks for your willing heart!

  7. wendiwrites says:


    Wow. I am sitting here – just quiet – letting this story sink in, and reflecting on how often I have attempted to “drag the wealth of Egypt across the desert.”

    Thank you for your transparency. I am praying for you and your sweet family.


    • Kevin Adams says:

      Wendi, I so appreciate you continued support and prayers – you have ours as well. I”m also very excited about your new venture and want to help anyway possible – God is at work! Thank you sister. Talk soon

  8. Missie says:

    My stepfather went through a horrible short battle with cancer. He clung to God the entire time. I know for sure that people he witnessed to and seeds he planted during his lifetime will be in Heaven. It is hard not having him, but knowing that his life was not in vain makes me realize that my life needs to be screaming Jesus, because I may be called to Heaven early, but need to make an impression while I am here.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Missie for your thoughts – its almost like we are perhaps equally farmers / seed planter’s and fishers of men 🙂 When we think of it as planting seeds we can honor God with small things that may be unseen. It may look like vain labor but only until the harvest comes. I’m so glad your stepfather put His faith in Jesus and was a powerful testimony for His glory. Thank you Missie – bless you!

  9. KevinHClark says:

    Gerald Sittser in his book “A Grace Disguished” said “pain will have its day because loss is undeniably, devastatingly real”. As I read your story this book came to mind as your experience of financial loss was undeniable, devastating and real, yet through Gods grace you are blessed and you bless others with your gentle spirit. Thanks for sharing your life.

  10. Renee says:

    What a wonderful post and very thought provoking questions. Thank you for sharing this. Have a Blessed Easter.

  11. Patti Hanan says:

    I am sorry to hear of the struggles you and your family have gone through, but it looks like God is molding you through these storms. I am praying for you. You are a powerful writer, and God can use your words to bless and encourage others. God bless you.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Patti i am touched by your kind words and prayers. This blog is such a blessing to me because of believers like you who take time to lift us up. We all need it and God’s family is amazing to belong to – you make it even better. Thank you sister most sincerely. Hope to hear from you again. Blessings

  12. Powerful words and such an amazing reminder as we reflect, this weekend, on the gift that God so willingly gave us.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Stacey – He gave it all for us and that by very definition makes us priceless to Him. His joy over rescuing one lost soul has so much more value than my comfort – if it ever becomes an obstacle. Thank you for taking time to encourage – most sincerely. Look forward to hearing from you again.

  13. Charlotte says:

    What a great post. I’m so glad you chose to share it with us on Spiritual Sundays. We never know what path God will lead us down but we have to know that there is a purpose for it. Thank you for sharing the insight you learned from this experience.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you so much Charlotte – we dont always know where but we always know it is His best. I deeply appreciate you taking time to encourage – you are a blessing to me!

  14. Ginger says:

    I often wonder if I have ever lead someone to Christ without knowing it, I can only pray that I have. I don’t know how anyone can live without the Lord in their life’s. I’m so glad that you shared you heart hear with us on Spiritual Sunday.
    God Bless,

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Its really interesting Ginger, I tried a few months ago to write about this but just couldnt muster the words. God gave them to me in His timing – thanks for your observation and kind words. Our savior arose and not only freed us but gave us a place in the Kingdom to labor for the freedom of others. Thanks so very much for taking time my friend to bless those around you and here- most sincere blessings!

  15. Pamela says:

    Such a beautiful story of surrender. It is a good example of “his ways are past finding out.” I hope God can take the low places in my life and use them to offer salvation to another.

    Rejoicing in Him,

    • Kevin Adams says:

      I have no doubt Pamela that He is using you right now to encourage me and others on this blog -but also in those low places in each of our lives. Though I certainly havent always been faithful to look for it. Your words are a welcome sight – please come back my friend as you are able. Many blessings!

  16. Diane Yuhas says:

    A difficult, beautiful experience of learning obedience through the things that we suffer.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Even Jesus learned obedience through suffering – guess that helps us know where we stand in the suffering vortex 🙂 Diane its indeed a privilege to have you come and ecnourage – i’m honored. Please come back soon. Blessings!

  17. Kevin,
    Thank you for being so diligent in bringing the words God lays on your heart to minister to us at large.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Susan, you are a faithful friend and ecnourager – all i can say is thank you sister – what a priviledge to have Him working through us both. You are a blessing to me!

  18. Thanks for sharing your journey with me and others, Kevin. It is not only brave to offer your own struggles as teaching for the world, it is beautiful. All the best to you and your continued prosperity!

  19. Steve says:

    Thank you Kevin, an inspiration to us all. His sacrifice was so much, we can give what little we have and make a difference to others and show His love through our giving.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Amen Steve – “what little we have” is much when given with a whole heart. God is so good to love us to maturity – something very new in my world. Thanks brother I really appreciate the visit – look forward to hearing from you again soon.

  20. mfries05 says:

    There’s something about being vulnerable that allow others to let their guard down, share their wounds and find healing. Your vulnerability does that. By being willing to open the gates of your heart to others, you have done the same for them. This is a beautiful sign of the kingdom.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Wow – brother that touches my heart deeply. There is nothing to say except i am truly thankful for your encouragement – nothing like it brother. Please come back friend as you are such a blessing to me.

  21. Julie Sanders says:

    Love the way you stepped back to sift out the beautiful parts of the hard things. So loving, if even so hard, to lose things in order to gain more. I had to think , as I was reading, that God was working in each life at the same time in ways that each needed most.


    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Julie i really appreciate your perspective and i agree – He was working and we were learning…. and then….well, all things work together. Praise God for His goodness and Fatherly love for the saved and the lost who need rescue. Look forward to hearing from you again – you make me think. Bless you Julie!

  22. Great post Kevin.

    As we walk through this journey called life, it’s often easy to forget the Master’s perspective; we are all too easily blinded by our own. It is comforting to know that even the most difficult trials are being used for His glory and fame.

    This was a welcomed reminder for me today. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Delton for taking time to visit and share your thoughts. For anyone who writes, knowing the words are helping someone somewhere is so encouraging. And Amen even in our blindness He is leading the way if we just let go. It means so much that you have stopped by, truly. I hope that you will return to encourage once again. Bless you brother and sincere thanks!!

  23. Kevin, you continue to blow me away with your writing and this journey God has you and your family traveling. You know the journey I am on and these are questions we, the spiritually mismatched, ask ourselves a lot. What are we willing to lose to see our unsaved spouse come to Jesus? We walk the path of trust until we can pray, “God, do whatever it takes to bring them to you.”

    God is answering this prayer in my marriage now. We may face financial ruin as well. But if it brings my husband to Jesus, it’s worth it! God will give us what we need, when we need it, as you can give testimony to.

    It is a tough perspective to have at times, especially if the person isn’t loveable. In that area I consider myself blessed to be married to a sweet and wonderful guy who chooses to believe God doesn’t exist. When dealing with the “unlovable,” it’s a greater challenge, I believe. 🙂

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Dineen, I am so glad that our God has made us friends. You have my deepest respect and loyalty for the duration as we need to encourage one another – because it just “aint” easy! But God is so very good! He is reward ing your persistent faith my friend. Your words are a sober reminder to me that eternal blessings are inifinitley greater than earthly ones. So then even though we stand with tears in our eyes – we stand! And will not be shaken. You have my prayers Dineen and brotherly love. Thank you for always taking time to encourage me and so many others. Bless you sister! talk soon.

  24. What an incredible story! Honestly, I came to Christ because my mom passed away when I was three. The only preschool with long child care hours was at a Christian church. I doubt I would have gotten to God in any other way, and you raise a good question: Would my mom have been willing to die so my life would belong to Christ? Because she’s the reason it does, whether she intended it or not.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Rachel, its so very refreshing to hear from you and what great testimony you have! I think God sometimes has to make His own questions play out in tangible ways to teach us what they really mean – giving all up for Him seems so distant to most of us yet that is exactly what he wants (at least the willingness) and what produces the greates harvest – as you have just testified. Praise God! I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to drop by and share your story. i’ll be on the look out for you and your blog as well. Blessings

  25. What a good post. Spreading the seed of God’s word is a wonderful thing. Sharing His and your thoughts to everyone as we both try to bring people closer to God. God Bless, Jeff

  26. I’m sitting here, pondering the question–what would you do or give up to see one lost soul saved. I can honestly say I don’t know until put to the test, even when it comes to my own loved ones. All I can do is pray that whatever is required of me God will supply the need and grant me perseverance while He works out His plan.

    Thanks for sharing your story with us, Kevin.

    See you in a twinkling,
    Brenda K. Hendricks

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Brenda for taking time to share those great thoughts – Seems like God often just wants us to wear the garments of the world loosely – not always shed them. I love your blog by the way and look forward to reading more. Bless you and thanks again!

  27. Wow, what an amazing testimony! I love 2 Corinthians 12:10 where Paul says, “…for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

    When we are brought low, Christ can be lifted up in us!

    Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your ministry:)

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Amanda for taking time to make meaningful comments laced with God’s word – nothing better! It really encourages!! Bless you my new friend – thanks again!!

  28. Kevin, very insightful into our own little worlds.
    Homelessness. Would I do it willingly? Probably not. Would I like it? Probably not. Would I accept it? Perhaps but not right away.

    I think I just wrote a couple days ago that you never really know what a man/woman is thinking, esp. the ones who are vocal against all things Christian. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that we rarely think God is working in those people’s lives because we want to see them punished (tho we’d never say it or admit it) for what they do or have done to us. We, like Jonah, want to sit and have pity on ourselves because God is merciful to those we didn’t agree with.

    I’ve actually been thinking of poverty and the oppressed a lot (homelessness comes to mind). The next two devotions have already been written about those two topics. Nothing near the depth of insight you just provided but I went a different way with it. It’ s not something we think about much. In fact, what’s my reaction to the Help Me Please sign I see at the bottom of the exit ramp? Pretend I don’t see him. Stare straight ahead, not look into the eyes.

    Good writing, Kevin.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Dave for taking the time to make some really good points. I love the Jonah reference and have had my share of days in his shoes 🙂 It seems much worse when others have to point it out – been there too. The homeless thing is tough but seems to boil down to what is God saying in each situation – always being willing is our job, leading the action is his. I really appreciate your thoughts and look forward to reading your blog. Thanks brother!

  29. Kevin-

    I loved your story as well!! Isn’t it amazing how


    Loved your blog as well!! How wonderful it is to find in all of our struggles that HE was there all along!! My husband has had 2 times being out of work – in the end and looking back GOD was there with people helping us and $ coming from unexpected places. HE will NEVER leave YOU and the hard part is to persevere inspite of our difficulties! My year of ABIDING with HIM has been amazing so far. Each day finding another way to abide with HIM. So I encourage you to keep on BROTHER. HE loves you in a way you never thought possible!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Maxine for such wonderful encouragement. Sounds like we have both learned (still learning) to stand in awe and worship no matter how hard the rain. Amen to your faithful words – He will never leave us – I agree with you by His word! Look forward to keeping up with you my friend – thanks so much for taking time, it means a lot!

  30. Carol says:

    Thank you for the Twitter follow and subscribing to my blog. I appreciate you reaching out. Your writing is powerful. Wow. This story was incredible. It’s funny because I just had a conversation with my 7 and 9-year-old this morning about this man who walks his driveway in our neighborhood every day. He is quite odd. He walks down, across, back up, across, and down again. Over and over all day long. The kids were laughing at him this morning. And I admit there have been days when I’ve given him a strange glance or two. But I reminded the kids this morning (or better yet, the Lord reminded me) that we don’t know people’s stories.

    I asked my son, “What if that man had a stroke last year and has been trying for months to walk again. Wouldn’t that be a great testament to God’s love to see him walking the driveway every day?” My son agreed. When people act in ways that I don’t understand, I have to remind myself – they, too, have a story. Thanks for driving that home today. 🙂

    Blessings, Carol

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Carol it is so nice to meet you! Your words are so refreshing and filled with life – I’m betting there is a good amount of laughter around your place. Great teaching moment – even just imagining what goes on in a persons life. It’s like Jesus is saying just pause for an extra few seconds and look twice so you can see the Christ in that person. Thank you so much Carol for sharing – it means a lot and has blessed me very much!

  31. Dino says:

    Wow Kevin,

    What an amazing story! It is truly amazing how what goes around, really goes around. Thank you for the reminder of how important it is to be thankful for what we have for at any moment it can be taken away…. health, riches, relationships…

    Thanks for reaching out to us all and may good fortune find you soon.


    • Kevin Adams says:

      Dino, I really appreciate the fact that you took time to drop by to support and encourage. Thanks for spreading the word on twitter and just being a great guy! God bless you my new friend!

  32. Powerful post. Thanks for sharing and challenging.

  33. SelahAuthor says:

    Kevin, once again the journey God has you on has caused me to stop and ponder. What would I be willing to give up? Only God knows for sure, but sadly the list of what I would not be willing to give up would be much longer. The depth, transparency and vulnerability that comes through your writing is refreshment for my soul.

    Your post reminds me of a story I heard awhile back on Christian radio. I’m sure I may have the details a bit skewed since it has been so long, but essentially, a speaker at a church was telling the story of a father who was out on the water in a boat with his teenaged son and his son’s friend. Something happened and the two boys fell out and they were fast approaching a drop in the river. The father only had enough time to grab one of the boys to save them. Knowing his son had already accepted Christ and that he would be with Him for eternity, he agonizingly chose to save his son’s friend’s life instead,who had not. The speaker giving the testimony at the church was the friend that had been saved on that river years before. The father, who didn’t have much time to make a decision, decided that he would give up his young son’s life for the value of one lost soul. Or so he thought. I’m sure that he had no idea at the time that that one act of surrender would years later lead others to Christ as well. But he did it anyway. Just for one.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Kara for your continued support and encouragement! As I read your words I’m thinking about how Hebrews 12 is the discipline challenge that leads us to becoming a Romans 12 believer – the book end chapters of maturity. I’m definitely still in Hebrews 12 but am learning to enjoy His love in that discipline. That is a great story you shared – it reaches deep into my heart and provokes it to stay willing – something easy to forget. Thanks so much for your kindness my friend! God bless you and your own wonderful writing for His glory.

  34. christybower says:

    Thanks for your your vulnerability for sharing this post and for living it! Living by faith often means we can only see the next step. Later we can look back and understand what those steps meant in our lives and the lives of others. God bless you on your faith journey.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Christy i sincerely appreciate you taking time to be an encouragement. I agree that His word is a light and a lamp to our feet and path – we literally can only see the next step. Wonderful observation and words to cling to. Bless you my new friend – hope to hear back from you soon.

  35. Beautiful Kevin,

    So many of God’s children never really know how to help a desperate soul until they have become one themselves. When God called my husband and I from the home and the family we ever knew in CA and planted us in VA, it came at a great price; the loss of my oldest daughter from my first marriage, who chose to remain with her father in CA. It broke my heart and I cried all across America that night we traveled by plane. God had a bigger plan that I couldn’t see. Sarah stayed and God brought her to him through some struggles of her own. Nothing has ever been that hard for me; not losing a home, the shame of bankruptcy, not even cancer. Sarah survived, was lead to the Lord and did move to VA for one blessed year after she graduated from High School. She returned to CA and married a Youth Pastor and he is also the Worship Leader for their Church. Josue’ is originally from Puerto Rico and their Youth Group is multi-cultural and they are able to both minister in English and Spanish. I told her that she was my Samuel that I had to give to the Lord for His fulfillment to be completed in her. Now I am overwhelmingly blessed. My youngest daughter is about to become married and Sarah and her husband are flying out and I finally get to hold my two beautiful grandsons that I’ve waited over 3 years to see; other than Facebook! Lol! God is so good and faithful to the faithful, even when we can’t see Him. : )

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Wow Sheri thank you thank you, thank you for sharing that awesome testimony. All i can say is AMEN! Yay God! What a wonderful thing to look back on and say my God is God! That encourages me so very much as we wade through current trials. Thanks my friend – i have to let out my breath and just say Amen and Praise God for your blessed family. You are a blessing – please come back when you can sister.

  36. Laura says:

    WOW! I was beyond touched at your transparency. I do not know if I could have acted the same… waiting obediently for God’s plan for me always trusting that He will provide. I am beyond touched by you sharing this persona testimony and I can’t measure how inspiring that was One thing is for me to say (as a Christian) that I “trust” God’s plan for me… but I’ve never felt like I’ve hit rock bottom. Would it be different if I did? I can tell you that I hope to not have to find out, but I must trust that He has a plan for me and my life.
    thank you so much for sharing!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Laura, first let me say that i love love love your name “supergluemom” that is so fitting of a title for what mom has to become to make it all work – really cool! On the side of hitting rock bottom i can say we have fallen down pretty low but there always seems to be someone who keeps falling further – so i’m not sure where that bottom really is either. The important thing it seems is that God doesnt want to crush us, He just wants the result – the wine. And if we stay willing, the crush may never be necessary. I pray that for both of us going forward. Bless you my new friend and thank you so much for taking time to share – please stay in touch!

  37. Christopher says:


    Thank you so much for inviting me to check out your blog. The depth of your sharing is so atypical of blogging today, which tends to be so surface level and self gratifying. A while ago I tried to share some of the emotions I experienced during my last tour in Iraq, but actually found it too difficult and quit after only two entries. I still have it all recorded in hand written journals but the task of moving it to my blog proved too difficult. Your willingness to put yourself (and your family) on display despite intense difficulties is very inspiring to me personally. I may have to rethink my decision to transcribe my hand written war journals to my blog; it may be they could serve as a blessing to someone I have never met before or to another vet suffering with PTSD. Thanks again!


    • Kevin Adams says:

      Chistopher, i’m floored by your comments and so deeply honored that you took time to check out the blog. I cant imagine the suffering you’ve encountered but there is no doubt many folks need your testimony. I for one would be blessed and honored to read about your experiences and the Lord’s work in them. A friend the other day after a bible meeting complimented me on some of my thoughts and i looked at him and said “brother, its all i have” – referring to my testimony & relationship with the Lord. End of the day -it’s all we really have and that makes it a priceless gift for loving others. Please keep in touch – I mean it!

  38. Audra Krell says:

    Kevin, This is the first time I’ve been to your blog. As a landlord myself, you give me much to think about. Thank you for sharing from the heart, your authenticity is deeply appreciated.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Audra – no worries my friend i think our landlording experience was preparation for other things that God had in mind. I pray God blesses your experience with peace and prosperity. Thanks for taking time out to share and encourage. I hope to hear from you again my new friend. Blessings!

  39. Connie Newton says:

    Kevin, do you have a facebook page. I have so many friends that I want to encourage to follow your blog. You always encourage and inspire me. Thank you.

  40. Bridgit says:

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog.
    You are just “real” and I love it! Being transparent and honest I believe is what helps bring unbelievers to the feet of Jesus.
    You probably read on my blog about my “second” journey. It is apparent God has you on a second journey as well. If you listen closely, you can hear him whispering to you….Well done, good and faithful servant!
    No doubt in my mind you and your family are Godly examples to others. And because of that through your faithfulness, God is changing hearts and lives.
    God Bless you,

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Bridgit – yes that second journey is real stretch where you either break or become pliable – his voice is there and we are hearing it. You are a wonderful example to me and your encouragement is deeply received. looking forward to keeping up with you sister. Thanks again for taking time! God bless you

  41. Frank says:

    Solid, deep stuff! I don’t know what I’d do in your shoes. Funny how God’s light shines even through the darkest of times. Prayerfully, your note and the example you set before you ever knew of his circumstance planted a seed that bore fruit. A good reminder to all of us on how we should treat others. You never know when a chance encounter or strained relationship can impact someone’s eternal destiny.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Frank for the kind words and encouragement. I’m not sure that i would know what to do if i had to face that again. Faith definitely grows but oh how we forget. I think about John the baptist in prison (after baptising and proclaiming Jesus as messiah) asking Jesus “are you the one?” So in that sense we just need to keep reminding each other. Your comments do just that. Thanks so much my friend.

  42. Sam Peebles says:

    Kevin, its amazing how God works. If we will only allow Him to use us as a conduit, we say things we never knew we could or do things we never would. The more we prepare our minds and hearts by being in God’s word, the more God is in us and thus He is able to use us in all situations. So, whenever an oppurtunity arrises to speak to someone about Christ, lets stay prepared by staying in His Word, and lets tell them about our Daddy who loves us more than we could ever love Him!

  43. Hi Kevin,

    What a great post! It was very compelling. While I was reading it, the Holy Spirit brought this passage of scripture to mind.

    1 Corinthians 4:10-12 says:
    We are fools for Christ’s sake but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst and are naked, and are buffeted and have no certain dwellingplace; And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

    This is the Apostle Paul’s account of some of the things he suffered in Christian ministry.It seems as if those who are called today to be spiritual fathers will suffer some of the same things.
    I thought it was interesting that your first response to your tenant’s suffering was concern…that my friend is one of the characteristics of those called to spiritual parentage.
    Paul said in v. 15 “ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers:”
    I believe in this day and time, God is looking for those who will not only share their faith but those who are willing to beget.

    Parents suffer and make sacrifices.

    I hope that your tenant derived benefit from Christ’s sacrifice…and yours.

  44. Jamie R. says:

    I’ve been learning lately that we’ve got to learn to see what’s happening in our lives with another set of eyes – spriritual eyes, that is. We get so caught up in the day to day interactions of life that we forget that the iteractions we have with people on a day to day basis aren’t just about work – they are about lifting people up, pointing them to Christ, offering understanding when the world around them doesn’t.

    I wonder if , under the title of this post, some of the options to give up should be things like “your right to be right”, “your right to see justice done”, “your right to status”. Sometimes loving other people means not taking what you’re due, but giving up a part of yourself so that others can see Christ instead. It’s not making a come back or arguing your point , but instead striving to see their point and extending respect and grace rather than asserting your sense of justice. In the giving up of ourselves, perhaps we enable them to see the love of Christ, even if its only a little bit. I may not be able to lead someone all the way home, but I can be a mile marker that points them in the right direction.

    God bless you, Kevin.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Amen Jamie! Our rights are not always what’s right in the eyes of the Lord. I hope you guys are well – seems like you might be turning a corner! Sam keeps me praying for ya!

  45. Angela says:

    Hi Keven, I found your blog through your twitter follow of me. So glad to have found it. Tomorrow, Tuesday May 3, I’m begining a link up talk with other bloggers called “Gateways to joy” talks. The talks will involve something in our lives that happened which seems “dier” however, God used that dier situation and made it our gateway to joy. I named the talks gateways because I feel that God uses many avenues to get us where He wants us to be.

    When I read your story I instantly thought, “Wow, so many have been where he is, and so many will be there.” If you don’t mind I would love for you to write a post about your “gateway” experience and link up tomorrow.

    Thanks, Angela

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hi Angela, thanks for your kind words. I love the idea of gateways to Joy. Unfortunately right after i posted last i took an unexpected fast from the blog and missed some really wonderful comments. I want you to know that even now as i read them i am thankful and certainly willing to participate if need be in the future. Bless you! and thank you!

  46. Gail M says:

    You are an amazing writer and I was very touched by your heartfelt words- your poetry is especially beautiful. The thought of bringing even one person to know Christ stirs up a deep desire within me as well. Perhaps through all of us that blog in His name, we’re on a closer path to making that happen. I will sign-up to receive your emails and look forward to future posts.
    And….thanks for the follow!

  47. A great reminder that a single soul is more valuable to God than anything else. Praying that I am willing to lay it all down for His glory.

  48. Reccewife says:

    Thank you, that was beautiful. Your perspective is inspiring.

  49. Natalie says:

    Thank you for such an inspiring post! May God bless you and your family deeply!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks for these kind words Natalie – never meant to take so long to respond but i did really appreciate you taking time to read my post. Bless you my friend.

  50. The plot of God’s Providence always twists in the direction of grace. What a story to prove that!

  51. Buckeyemom5 says:

    Your posts are life changing. Thank you.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Buckeyemom5 thanks so much for your kind encouragement. I had taken some time away from the blog for a couple months and missed seeing a few wonderful comments. Your words are incredibly encouraging and even this late i wanted to still say thank you very much and God bless you.

  52. BlancaV says:

    Your writing takes my breath away, Kevin!

    Subheads like:
    Surrender Is One Step Past Commitment

    or quotes such as
    “I spent my life laboring to be found by my earthly father and laboring to resist being found by my heavenly father”

    I am slowly learning that I am never at the last surrender… But God loves us forever and through it all!
    Thank you for sharing your journey! Will be reading more!

    Big God Hugs!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Blanca – i went back and reread your kind words for the first time since you wrote them. They are worth many big God Hugs back to you – thank you so much. I really really appreciate you and your encouragement! Blessings!

  53. I just wanted to say Thank you for following my blog and I truly enjoyed reading yours! I love that your authenticity shines through your entire post. Authenticity is something I really respect when writing these kinds of blogs and/or articles. I look forward to reading more and I hope you will do the same with my blog as well. Once again, Kevin “THANKS”

    Teri Henderson – YOU University Life Coach in training

  54. Wow. You are doing a great thing here! God has blessed you with a way with words. Such a powerful post.

  55. Kurt says:

    can you say testimony of the saints!

  56. Kristy says:

    Wow, Kevin. I’m sorry that this is the first time I have been on your site. What a wonderful post. Your story is something that is so real for many families at this time. I for one, have looked at my upside down house and wondered if it’s worth it to stress out each month, dumping more and more money into something that isn’t worth what we owe. The banks have us by our tails I’m afraid, and the threat of losing one’s dwelling and having a credit score that will do more harm than good, keeps us enslaved to these worldly possessions. We just have to keep on pressing on and fight the good fight together. We are so blessed to have a God that will provide for us no matter what.

    I love Matthew 6:25-34:
    25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

    28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

    31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[d] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

    34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

    The enemy wants us to not believe these words, but I for one, cling to this!

    God Bless,

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hey Kristy,thanks for taking time to write – your comments are so meaningful. I hope you are well my friend! Let me know how you guys are doing when you have time. Blessings!

  57. Bob says:

    Thank you for sharing your life and your dependence on our Father, Kevin.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Bob I know we have shared email but i just wanted to say thank again for visiting and reading these posts. Your email was very very uplifting for me at just the right moment. Hope to hear from you again soon. Blessings

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  59. Megan Davis says:

    Kevin, I continue to be encouraged by your faith. As a new follower I am skipping around and this caught my attention because I just received the dreaded letter of default and notice of pending foreclosure. The story is long but I have actually short sold my home twice however the bank lost the paperwork twice and both buyers walked after waiting first 9 then four months to close. I keep surrendering it to God and Wednesday I decided to walk away from this mess. Done, finished, good-bye. The Lord distinctly put it in my heart to churn out the paperwork one more time and I actually refused. Now I know how Jonas felt when he ran the other way! The ONE thing I most like about myself is my obedience to Him, even when I don’t want to be.
    Today I awoke with filling out this paperwork as my number two activity after my Bible study and reading your blog. Yes, God is hard at work in our lives and I honor him always, in word and deed. Forgiveness is the biggie, but Kevin, how do you forgive a bank? Do you? Is this stubborn crusty feeling of anger, disappointment, hate and rage holding back my growth in Christ? Help, anyone.

  60. “#17 The Homeless Landlord: How Do You Value One Lost Soul?

    | Wake Up My Faith” was a great post and therefore I personally was
    in fact quite pleased to find the blog. Thanks-Dale

  61. stacie says:

    Please help my family avoid becoming homeless. Our family is only days away from being evicted from our home. If this happens we might loose everything we own. Not to mention the that that we would be displaced, and our family would be torn apart, due to the fact that our city has no family shelter, only a battered woman’s shelter and a men’s shelter several miles away.

    My husband and I have been married for 17 years, and we have four wonderful children, who are our world! We recently had to end our family business. My entire family worked very hard, trying to make it work, however with this economy we just couldn’t hold on. Unfortunately, that not the worst of it, to top it all off my husband and I both need surgery. While we were struggling so hard, trying to keep the business afloat, and focusing on making our bills, there was never a good time to schedule the time off for our surgeries. As a result, we both put our surgery’s off, and our health has steadily declined, and putting our surgery’s off for any longer is no longer an option. My surgery is to remove a possible strangulation hernia. My husband has suffered partial loss of the function of at least one of his kidneys. He has had 6 previous surgeries on his kidneys, after being born with a kidney condition. Because of our medical conditions we are both limited to bending and lifting, this in turn limits the type of job that we can do until after our surgeries. We have applied for short term disability. But, we’ve heard that most cases are denied the first time people apply. So we might have to re-apply and wait some time before actually receiving a check. To help our family, avoid homelessness, or just to read the rest of our story go to http://www.gofundme.com/3dm2t8 . Please “like us” on facebook; https://www.facebook.com/loving.parents.33 and PLEASE forward our story. Thank you!

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  63. Keith Haney says:

    What a powerful post. It is amazing when God helps us see lost people through His eyes. Thank you for enriching my day with your words. God bless.

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