2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Hello and Welcome
Welcome to my humble attempt at shouting the Good News of Jesus Christ’s Salvation that is available to all who will call upon Him and make Him their Lord and Savior.
My testimony is one of pain, brokenness, and redemption. As a child, I was raised in a Godless, alcoholic, physically and sexually abusive environment. On the negative side came decades of rebellion and resentments which led to alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography and other forms of escape all of which was shielded in a package of denial and blindness
On the semi-positive side was born a loving (or so I thought) peace filled (or so I thought) peacemaker (or so I thought). Really I just became a very good people-pleaser and workaholic who was driven to find worth in my career and escape through sex and drugs.
Decades of highest honors at every position I have held accompanied by financial and peer-level successes led me to believe “I had arrived”. Sadly [actually gratefully] when all that success rests on the dysfunctional side of behaviors and is fueled by world-approved desires to serve self alone, any achievements can only help to postpone one’s journey into the arms of a loving Savior and instead become a freight train to the gates of hell, as it did for me.
From a completely broken and fully surrendered heart, on January 3, 2011, by a stream in the forest at a campground near Big Sur, California my life was transformed in the blink of an eye. As I cried out to Jesus and let go of my life unbeknownst to me He immediately went to work.
My passion since my rebirth has become the total deconstruction of all that I believed was true and rebuilding my life on the foundational truths of Christ found within His Word and with the encouragement and convictions of the Holy Spirit within.
Through the program of Celebrate Recovery, churches, bible studies, fellowship and at a price of great heartache and even greater joy I have found myself on an amazing journey of redemptive sanctification. The tears of heartache that I used to cry daily are now tears of incredible joy and gratitude. God won’t always change our external circumstances but he surely will transform our hearts and minds if only we will let him take over our every breath.
Another passion that emerged this last year is a previously unknown to me desire to write. It started with journaling but has grown into a daily devotional that has become one of the most important God endeavors of my day. I get up at 4:30 each morning and just let my heart and fingers do as they choose.
My prayer is that none of me and all of Him is presented, for my life is no longer my own and this has now become His story, a story of death and resurrection, of a simple broken man, lifted from the ashes and now filled with purpose to shout and exalt His precious name so that others may experience the life-transforming power of healing of Christ and maybe draw into closer relationship and reliance with our mighty Creator.
Thank you for letting me share a brief excerpt of my story. May God continue to bless and guide us all on our shared journey of redemption.
George, what a great and powerful testimony. Thank you for sharing. It was like looking in a mirror in many respects… the first time I looked around my Celebrate Recovery Circle… to see 43 other men, all nodding at different times during my share…. what a powerful life-saving program. I hope we can connect through our blogs as we both seem to on a similar mission.
Thank you for your encouragement, Keith! Prayers that you continue to find healing and hope in the arms of our loving Savior!
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A beautiful testimony, George! I will share it with our CR leader at my church. I know it will be encouraging! Blessings!
Outside of Jesus Christ capturing my heart, CR is where Recovery and new life began for me… I’m a big fan! Thank you for the encouragement and the follow! ❤️🙏