About Me

I’ve been a Christian since I was a sophomore in high school in the days of disco music – that was a long time ago. In the years since, I have served in multiple roles in para-church organizations and in various church positions.  I  have been married for over 25 years.  We have four grown children and two grandchildren.  I am a chemical engineer by training and experience and now work as safety manager for my company.  My passion is to see people truly free by experiencing the power of transformation as they enter into a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

By now you would have thought that I would be pretty good at this Christian gig. I should have the jargon right, the look right, the politics right and the life right. What I’ve discovered is that I am a deeply flawed Christian. I keep wondering when I’m going to grow up and get my act together. I’ve also discovered that this thing we call the Christian life is more of a journey than a destination. Sure at some point we end up in heaven, but until then we are a work in progress and the more we embrace the Christian life as a journey the easier it is to deal with the bumps, roadblocks and detours along the way. I call this the Journey to the Center of the Soul. It is based on a book by a 17th century Christian woman named Jeanne Guyon. At the center of our soul is a Person and the journey there is a growing, living relationship with that Person.

What I want is a genuine, rubber-meets-the road kind of Christian life. I’m not interested in just going through the motions. Faith has to be real. It has to deal with the reality of life – the good and the bad. I don’t buy into the notion that if we just say we are happy and say that everything is good that it really is. Sometimes – a lot of the time – life isn’t so pretty and pretending that it is just doesn’t do justice to people’s reality or the Bible. I think that Jesus was a realist. He dealt with people where they were, as they were. He told them the truth. He used words and stories that people could understand. He never promised easy, instead He promised to be with us.

So my journey in this blog is simply an attempt think through what it means to pursue a genuine relationship with Christ; to share what I’ve learned and to continue to learn; to express Biblical truths in a way that is practical, real and maybe even helpful.   This is my Journey to the Center of the Soul.  Join me.

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13 responses to “About Me

  1. Like your Header! That looks like a bicycle path in a park, very inviting to start on a journey of discovery.

    You do sound like me! Wishing I wasn’t so deeply flawed, but I am. 🙂 In some ways I probably have a harder time accepting it than God does. I keep wishing I could reform/explain/hide those flaws; He knows Jesus can erase them “whiter than snow.” We’ve read Jeanne Guyon’s book, too.

    • Yeah, I love that picure too. It is so comforting. Some of the saints of old were so wise. I love Guyon. I’m currently reading “The Dark Night of the Soul” by St John of the Cross. A bit more difficult to get through but well worth the effort.

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking it. I like yours, too. I appreciate your honesty and humility in your post about yourself. We Christians are all on this road to heaven together, growing in God’s grace and seeking to become more like Christ. I, certainly, have a very long way to go.

  3. I really appreciate your blog, so I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can find the details here:
    http://willowfeller.com/2012/07/23/a-lovely-award-i-dont-have-to-risk-throwing-up-in-public-to-receive/

  4. trailerdreamer

    Another deeply flawed Christian here that just found your blog and will be following it. It is encouraging and refreshing to see writing like yours. I especially like what you had to say about Jesus being a realist – I agree completely.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and following. I hope you find this space encouraging and helpful as you pursue your relationship with Him. Jesus doesn’t mind our flaws because as we given them to Him, He can make us flawless. That is was give me great hope.

  5. Thank you for the inspiration you have given me. For that reason I have nominated you for the following award. (Sorry about the image, I can’t make it appear, you’ll find it on my latest post)

    I have nominated you for the Liebster award. The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 readers/followers.
    ‘Liebster’ in German means – dearest, sweetest, kindest, beloved….and all the nice words you can think of .
    So here are the rules for this award:
    1. Thank the blog that has given you the award.
    2. State 11 random facts about yourself.
    3. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you.
    4. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
    5. Create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer
    6. Go to their page and tell them.
    The Eleven Questions:
    1. Are you a cat, dog or other person?
    2. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
    3. Best childhood memory?
    4. What is your favorite place to sit back and ponder life?
    5. If you could go back in time and place where would you go and why?
    6. What writers have inspired you?
    7. If you couldn’t do what you are currently doing, what would you like to do or be?
    8. What tastes better with ketchup on it?
    9. What is your favorite color?
    10. Where is the best vacation spot?
    11. Who fills your life with joy?

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  7. Bless you for your testimony and I love your blog philosophy and title. I look forward to reading more of your posts, written as you journey through this life with Jesus by your side as a ‘flawed Christian’! I know just what you mean! It is so easy to get caught up with all the Christian talking and the lingo, but it comes down to the nitty and gritty of a life lived with problems, setbacks and disappointments. The reality of the Christian life which is far from easy but in HIm is possible! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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