I am a committed Christian evangelist who is in remission from Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer in the Leukemia family of cancers. I will still be undergoing maintenance chemotherapy for about another year. God has been very merciful to me through this battle, and I know He will see me through. This blog will be filled with reflections on life as it happens, so may not be daily, but will be entertaining and enlghteniing I hope.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, I came to Iowa in 1976 to visit a childhood friend and received Jesus Christ as my Savior while visiting. I came back two years later to visit him again and met the love of my life. I left a very good job to come out here and start life all over again, marrying this young girl 39 years ago and still going strong. We have three wonderful daughters and five grandchildren, whom we adore. We see them all on a regular basis, as two live in Iowa and one in Fargo, ND
I have been in ministry of some kind ever since I moved here. Worship leader, lay minister, Sunday School teacher, Men’s group leader, Church boards, and now a licensed minister. In the last five years, I have done a lot of writing, both songs and poetry. God has been good to me.
I have also suffered through many battles, especially a battle with pride that shattered my life and almost my marriage in 2008. God sent me on a sabbatical to get things back on track, and it changed my life. My amazing wife and children stood by my side thorough the whole thing. This time gave me a lot of insight to the struggle we have with pride, and God leads me to share on that quite often.
The battle with cancer has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me spiritually. It has turned my heart closet to God than ever before, and I hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me more clearly than I ever have before. When He starts to give me words, I start writing, and don’t stop until He does. This is how my poems and my blogs are written and I pray you can sense that as you read them. Believe me when I say that I am as surprised and blessed by what comes out as you are. Often I find myself stopping and weeping at a truth He has opened up to me at that moment. It has been sheer joy to endure this trial with Him.
There were difficult times, and I was so dependent on my amazing wife as my caregiver. She works two jobs and had the full time job of all the house work as well for 6 months after my second stem cell transplant. I don’t know how she did it. I believe God gave her supernatural strength and health through that time. I was so blessed when i could start helping her again.
Now I am doing very well,,. I am back to leading worship at my church on Sunday morning, and am filling in for the Pastor when he goes away. I am also teaching Sunday school occasionally. God has been so merciful to me! I still am too tird to drive out of town, but look forward to the day when I can travel in ministry again, taking my testimony to others who are suffering and giving them hope.
I have this and one other blog going in WordPress, My Psalms Blog, where I write poems and songs of praise as the Lord gives them to me, which is almost daily.. There was another blog that I no longer update, but it has bible studies in both Philippians and Ephesians it is called Travelling with Paul,
I also have a Facebook page which has a lot of the same content as my WordPress Psalms blog. I hope you will also visit them. Just click on the one you’d like to view above and it will take you there.
May you be blessed and challenged by what I have to share here!