I grew up on a small dead-end street in Mt auburn, Cincinnati Ohio. The middle child of four other brothers and sisters. Our home was not typical of the family homes that I see today. My siblings and I, had both mom and dad, all of our growing years and most of our lives as adults. They only demanded two things from all of us; hard work, and church. I learned early in life that hard work could give me some independence to have the things I wanted. But going to church became more of an obligation than an inspiration.
I joined the United States Airforce when I was 18 years old, and soon found myself on the island of Okinawa, as a C-130 mechanic just as the Vietnam was really heating up. When I finally made it back home, I was able to secure a good career working for the Cincinnati Enquirer, get married, and raise two beautiful children.
On the surface, I seem to be living the American dream, but I knew that deep inside there were deep and dark voids that I couldn’t seem to fill or even understand. It took over twenty years of addictive behavior, a broken marriage, and the loss of everything I never expected to lose, to bring me to my knees crying out to the God that my parents had taught us to pray to. And in that moment, I felt His presence for the very first time calming all my fears and uncertainties of my life’s direction. I heard no audible words from heaven, but something happened in that moment that was so assuring that I knew that I would never let myself get separated from Him again.
As a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, I realized that believers suffer like unbelievers do, except our sufferings and our sins have a positive purpose from God;( Romans 8:28). Out of the ashes of my losses, I found love and hope again. I am remarried to my wife of twenty-three years, and best friend, Toni.
The void that was in my soul for so long, is now occupied and constantly being filled and refreshed by my Lord Jesus Christ. Since I wrote my first book: JESUS THE LOVE GOD, subtitled:(hidden in plain sight), I have come to realize that everything that has happened in my life was by God’s direction to open my spiritual eyes until I saw the Lord so much greater than the life I was living. Now I know, without a shadow of a doubt that everything He said in His word is true, and every promise He made He will keep. If we will trust in Him and obey His word.
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