Jon

At the age of two I was diagnosed with diabetes. My entire childhood I was told that I would never amount to much, that I wasn’t smart enough, that I was not very likeable, and that I didn’t fit the mold of what was expected of me. But God had a special plan for me that I didn’t come to fully realize until a short time ago. I did not expect that my wife would become extremely ill a couple years after marriage which would not allow her to work a full time job or really ever leave the house. I had to bring in enough income to support both mine and my wife’s illnesses. I was working many hours and then coming home to even more responsibility in caring for my sick spouse. I felt that God had left me alone in this battle and had forgotten about me. Why did I deserve this? What had I done to receive His wrath? I began doubting that there was any reason for me to be here. Not until the past 18 months did I begin to understand why I am here: to bring glory to God’s Name, to show other hurting people that they do matter, and to love and provide for my wife and her needs.

One of the most recent and difficult trials in our life began shortly after we had moved into a new home. Despite Deanna’s efforts over the past few years to improve her health, she began to decline again and doctors suggested environmental illness. After testing the air in the house we realized that it was damaging our health. We had to move immediately, throw away much of our furniture and move into our camper, and put the rest of our stuff in storage. We did not know where we were going to live, how we were going to buy more furniture or even afford to move into another house. We decided to leave town for a couple of weeks and go to Nashville to get away from all the stress. While we were there, we realized we were in the best city to record a CD, which had been a dream of ours since we started singing together in college. We would have never been in that position at that time if we had not lost our home.

It was then I finally realized God took me through all of the tough times to bring me to where I am today. Deanna touches more lives than she will ever know through her testimony, and we have the unique opportunity to share the story of how God continues to bring us through. Each of the songs on “Faith’s Journey” came to us in times when we needed them, and we hope they will help you to keep your eyes on Jesus.

Deanna

I am a follower of Jesus searching for purpose in the midst of a lifetime of physical illness and pain. From age 16, I experienced surgeries and illnesses that would change my life forever. I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy, PCOD, Hashimoto's thyroid disease, adrenal failure, endometriosis, infertility, malignant hyperthermia, and obstructive sleep apnea. I have experienced the frustrating American system of health care, gone 15 years with a serious, misdiagnosed sleep disorder, and struggled to carve out a life and maintain relationships with those I love, all the while being misunderstood and dismissed by most of them. The good news is, I believe there are lessons learned in these times of solitude that bring me closer to the One I long to know, and bring glory to His Name as I share my struggles in order to encourage and comfort others.

Having grown up in an environment where I was expected to always look perfect and happy to be considered “spiritual,” I learned to hide my struggles and keep up the appearance that everything was going great in my life. But then I realized there are so many hurting people who need to know they are not alone and that it’s okay to hurt and to question why God allows challenges in their lives. So I decided to be very open and authentic about my everyday life and how God helps me to overcome my fears, learn from my failures, and strengthen my faith as I lean on Him. As a result, I began writing a blog where I share more about my life and finding purpose in the midst of pain and suffering. Please stop by and be encouraged.

I want you to know that God loves you and has a specific purpose for your life than only you can fulfill. Jesus wants to give you His gift of eternal life if you will believe that what He did for you on the cross is the only way to bridge the gap between your imperfect, sinful heart and God’s holiness. No matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you’ve been, He will not turn you away if you accept and receive Him as your personal Savior. He desires to have a deep, intimate relationship with you and be your help and refuge as you walk through the trials of this life. If you want to know more about how to have this kind of relationship in Christ, please contact us.



“Even though the darkness invades the light all around me and the shadows make life so unclear, I will never fear for You promised that You’d never leave me. Even now, Lord, I know You are here. And I don’t have to wonder if You’ll make a way before me; I can trust your Word is ever true. You never said You’d keep me from the valley, but You always take me through.”

– “Through” by Cliff Duren and Rebecca Peck