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New Member, Male, 58, from TN-USA
Truly Blessed! Apr 13, 2015
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- Sep 13, 2015
- Jul 23, 1958 (Age: 58)
- 56 y/o child of God
I am disabled and now volunteer for Tomorrow's Hope, our local pregnancy medical clinic, three days a week when able. I am a client advocate, counseling couples and men. I counsel in childbirth, parenting, life skills and anger management to just name a few.
I was saved by God's grace at the age of 9. I was on fire for him throughout my teenage years. When I met my wife to be, things changed and I fell away from His graces and for the next several years tried to live life the way I thought best.
I was climbing the corporate ladder, fighting to give my family whatever they needed (at least what I thought they needed). It was a struggle but I was making it, I was going to the top.
All the while, my health was quickly failing. I had suffered chronic back problems now for years when my heart decided it too was suffering the climb to the top.
Six months after having 4 coronary stents placed, major depression set in, and the next three years were a battle not only to continue to the top but was a calling I was not paying attention to. I suffered a major breakdown in late 2004 after being demoted from a position I had worked so hard to reach. That same day, not 10 minutes after getting home from the let down at work, my dad called to let me know that my step mother had just passed away.
My life and climb to the top was crumbling under my feet. I finally began to see that my desires were not what counted and that Someone else had plans for me. Still fighting with the pain and depression, I hit bottom, every rung of the ladder breaking in half as I fell.
I soon realized that God was calling me back. Today I am back in His graces and even though the pain and depression are still present, I have my sight on Him and am trying to do as He desires instead of that I do.
Thank God for not letting go, and giving us the chance to be what He wants us to be.
I am not certified nor do I possess a degree (I do have 1 year towards my bachelors in psychology with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I am trained in crisis counseling at the clinic. I am also an administrative assistant (unpaid).
Guess I should back up a little, the last 20 years of my job life was spent in restaurant management. I spent the last 5 years with Cracker Barrel as an Associate Manager and General Manager. 15 years prior to that was spent with Long John Silver's as General Manager and area Training Manager (training not only crew members but incoming General Managers, new store openings and basically wherever needed).
I am married (to the same woman, 39 years in July). We have 3 grown children, 2 granddaughters 3.5 and 4 months and 2 step grandsons 9 & 15.
I love God, my wife, my children and grandchildren and country in that order. I am heartbroken at the path our country is headed but understand it is a huge part of God's plan. I also understand that we will be called home very soon.
I pray that God will use me during this time to spread His word with as many people as possible.