Monday, April 11, 2022

Metamorphosis

Feet up

Chapter excerpt from my upcoming book,
The Simplicity of My Testimony
Expected release, June 2022:


Looking back at my past relationships, the twists and turns that my life has taken for the good and the not-so-good, I understand that every single incident, every mountaintop experience and every valley experience is and has all been for purpose. There is no way that I could truly value the blessings without having endured through the trials, and by getting through each trial, God has added a brick of character to my foundation.

Perhaps the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that living for Jesus is like riding in the passenger’s seat of a car with a stick shift. I vividly recall when, as a teenager, I would ride with my sister in her Toyota Celica. The car had a manual transmission, and I often found myself in awe watching her drive, clutching, shifting, accelerating, and braking so effortlessly.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

My First Academic Publication!

After about 15 months of enthusiastic emails back and forth with several people from my alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), through a pandemic, and with shifting personnel (yes personnel, but actually, personal, as well) and priorities, I am thankful to God to announce that my Master's thesis is now published! It has been a long road and another lesson in patience. In fact, so much time had gone by, and life continued to happen, that I had placed this project in the back of my mind. That is, until this morning's wonderful and unexpected reminder!

I usually check my personal calendar and email first thing in the morning, but this morning, I had other things to do first so I didn't even think to check my personal email (still checked the calendar, though). I had no idea of the blessing I was about to become aware of.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Staying Focused

1 Kings 11:1-43 describes how Solomon’s selfishness, disobedience, lust of the flesh, and defiance led to him turning away from his calling as Israel’s king, and ultimately caused the majority of the kingdom to be taken away from his lineage and given to his servants. The Lord explicitly admonishes in Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7 that humanity is to have no other gods before Him, and not to make any graven images [or idols] for worship.