Praise in the Midst of Pain

I came across an article titled “It Is Well With My Soul”, and it reads as followed; “One of the best-loved hymns of the faith, “It Is Well with My Soul,” was written by Horatio Spafford. Mr. Spafford, a wealthy businessman in Chicago, lost much of his real estate holdings in the Great Chicago Fire.Continue reading “Praise in the Midst of Pain”

The Greatest Feast

“You don’t think this is a silly idea, right?” “Mike, don’t forget the pie that’s going to my grandparents!” “Who wants desert?!” “Rachel, I think I just ate some ice or something in your pie…” “Why are there plastic babies in the pie….Oh my goodness! You are having a baby?!?!?!” I write these highlights fromContinue reading “The Greatest Feast”

When Reality Hits

A week ago my wife and I took a two day trip and stayed near Hershey, PA. We stayed at a nice bed and breakfast on a horse farm, and we were ten minutes away from Hershey Park. We spent a day at the park and had a lot of fun. I usually don’t likeContinue reading “When Reality Hits”

The Darkest Valley

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.”-Psalm 23 It’s 12:45am and I was suddenly awaken from my sleep. I walked out of the bedroom to get a glass of water and started taking deep breathes. My anxiety and stress were starting to increase.Continue reading “The Darkest Valley”

Shirts For Haiti

A little over a week ago, the nation of Haiti was struck by 7.2 earthquake, which took the lives of about 2,100 people and thousands more injured. Clean-up has begun and many families are trying to pick up the pieces. A good friend of my wife and I, Tia Tannis, is a missionary for theContinue reading “Shirts For Haiti”

They Just Don’t Know

“Hi! Thanks for shopping with us today! How are you doing?” “Hey neighbor! Haven’t seen you around for a bit. Everything okay?” “Wasn’t your wife pregnant? How is she and the baby doing?” The hardest thing about being in the general public is that many just don’t know. When asked “how are you doing?”, IContinue reading “They Just Don’t Know”

Empty

The crib, the bassinet, the car seat, the highchair, the changing table, and our arms all have one thing in common; They are all empty. There are no sounds of our daughter crying. No diapers that need to be changed. No looking over the crib to watch Leah sleep. Nothing. It’s empty and silent. MyContinue reading “Empty”

Holding On To Hope

“Congratulations!” “She’s so cute!” “She has your eyes!” Those were phrases my wife and I were looking forward to hear, not, “I’m sorry for your loss.” “My heart breaks for you two.” “I have no words.” In three hours, our dreams and plans for our first child completely changed. On July 28th, 2021 around 2:30am,Continue reading “Holding On To Hope”

Perseverance

Over the last three weeks, we have been discussing the sovereignty of God and how we can trust Him through the peaks and valleys of life, by briefly looking at the life of Job. This week, I had the opportunity to interview my good friend, Reverend Joshua Birchfield, as he shared his testimony on howContinue reading “Perseverance”