Almost 10 years ago to the day, something happened that affected me deeply and re-shaped my thinking for years to come...
Barack Obama won re-election.
On Election Night 2012, I was devastated. After all that Obama had done in his first term, I just couldn't imagine that America would send him back for another four years. But he won a resounding victory, and I felt a deep-seated sense of hopelessness.
Then, something remarkable happened...
I was driving back from a volleyball tournament (we lost that as well) when I remembered something that my mom said in church. Our pastor had just passed away, and she encouraged us to keep moving forward and "bloom where we're planted." Not long after, I began a Bible study on that idea -- based on the story of the Jewish Babylonian captivity, as recorded in Jeremiah 29.
Turns out that, through Jeremiah, God instructed the Jewish people to "bloom" during their time of exile. They shouldn't sulk. They shouldn't complain. They should bloom. Specifically, they should build, plant, bless and pray during exile.
I shared this with those in the car with me, and the discouragement lifted -- in an instant. We will bloom where we are planted! We will thrive in exile!
So, I woke up the next morning, went into work early, and wrote what was probably the best and single most important email I have ever sent to the Grassfire team. I went into great detail describing the Jeremiah story and why we must build during this season.
Apparently, the email reached Glenn Beck's desk, and he proceeded to read large portions of it verbatim.
Most importantly, my perspective changed. No matter how discouraging these times were politically and culturally, I would BLOOM where I was planted. I would THRIVE in exile. I would BUILD, PLANT, BLESS AND PRAY. I then proceeded to take the next month to write about this experience and the lessons of Jeremiah in a work called Thriving In Exile.
Fast forward to this week, almost EXACTLY ten years later!
As the returns came in on Election Night and it became clear that the hoped-for "Red Wave" wasn't going to materialize as expected, I felt that same deep-seated discouragement. Election Night felt like a replay of 2020 as the same states voted "blue" or didn't seem to be very interested in counting their ballots. I wondered, Could we ever win Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia -- states a GOP presidential candidate must win in a general election?
The next day, as I grumbled in discouragement, a friend reminded me of what I had written ten years ago...
"After Obama was re-elected, didn't you write something about 'thriving'? I needed that then. Sounds like YOU need it now!"
"Exile is no fun. It feels like a dead end. It's almost impossible to see the way out."
That's exactly how I felt earlier this week.
"But what if there was a plan that we could follow during the exile? A way forward when life seems to have come crashing down around us?"
This book, Thriving In Exile, is about that plan and how we can THRIVE in tough times and make it through to the other side.
It's exactly the message patriotic conservatives need this week as we struggle to find our bearings and get ready for the battles ahead.
I had my staff check to see if we had any copies of Thriving In Exile in our warehouse. Turns out we kept a few boxes in storage, perhaps for just such a time as this.
I want you to have a copy of Thriving In Exile so you can read about the lessons of Jeremiah 29, and how there IS a plan for thriving and winning in tough times! America's REAL SOLUTIONS must be built on our nation's foundation of faith, family and freedom. This book points the way home.
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Thriving In Exile teaches the hard lessons of how faith and fortitude can guide us through tough times. The second installment in Elliott's three-book Thriving series, Thriving Through The Night, goes even deeper in exploring how we can overcome the most difficult challenges, while Grit To Win reveals the qualities we need in our families and our society to restore our cultural greatness.
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Standing for life, liberty and limited government,
P.S. It's been a tough week for "America First" patriots -- like we're in a 10-year time loop. As Yankee great Yogi Berra once said, "It's like déjà vu all over again." That's why I want to offer our team members hope -- and a plan -- moving forward. Go here to receive Thriving In Exile in appreciation for your contribution of any amount to help Grassfire build for the battles ahead:
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