Personal Witness

Sometimes it’s water and sometimes it’s ice . . .

Posted on April 7, 2011. Filed under: Commentary, Personal Witness | Tags: , , |

You take water, for example. Sometimes it’s water, sometimes it’s ice. Sometimes it’s steam, vapor. It always the same old H2O. It only changes its properties. Your mother’s like that. She’s like water.

The above line is from the 1994 picture Blue Sky in which Tommy Lee Jones’ character tries to explain to his children why he loves their mother despite the fact that her instability and irrational behavior wreaks havoc for him both personally and professionally.

Since Jennifer’s admittance to hospital last week in what may turn out to be a long stay, she has sounded happier than I have ever known her to be. In fact, she said that she feels like she is back in high school and that she is making friends, talking with the other patients about different nurses (the ones they like and the ones they don’t like), talking about their Bipolar experiences as well as going outside for a group smoke.

I guess that her acceptance of her illness meant that she could stop struggling with trying to live in the real world and finally be herself. In this regard I feel a peace that she has found her comfort zone.

After all, the world can be a cruel and particularly harsh place for those who have through a collision of circumstances – most of which is beyond their control as the seeds of disconnected realities are often planted during the innocence of early childhood, find themselves ill prepared and ill equipped to deal with the demands of everyday life.

Like the water analogy in the movie even though Jennifer’s condition (re properties) have changed, and with it the course of our relationship as I have now become as much of a caregiver as a partner, she is now and will always be my . . . Pooh Bear. Water and ice, in the end it is still the same H2O.


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Questions from a radio broadcast student regarding Internet Radio reminds me that a personal testimony comes in many forms

Posted on March 23, 2011. Filed under: Personal Witness | Tags: , , , , |

I am a fellow believer who came across your information because of my interest in BlogTalkRadio. I was looking for a book about the subject and found your book, Your Show Will Go Live in 5 Seconds, which I bought.  It was there that I found out you are a fellow follower of Jesus – praise the Lord for the things He will allow in our lives that will bring us to the place of surrender to Him!  Been there ~ in fact, the little bit of your testimony I can glean from your site and book resonate with me as my husband and I attempt to recover from our own financial failures.  Anyway, I am inspired by your story and how you seem to be living your passions.

In the opening paragraph from the corresponding post in the sister blog to Light of Love I wrote that The above is an excerpt from an e-mail I received last week and I must admit that whenever I read notes such as these they remind me of one of the main reasons why I love to write.  After all, the true passion of any writer beyond the subject matter upon which his or her text is based, is that somewhere out there in the world the words will resonate with meaning and in the process provide a valuable service by informing and empowering the reader.

Of course, the empowerment to which I am referring can take many forms, especially within the context of a question that was posed in a Christian social network group on LinkedIn which asked “Do I gain or loose by identifying my company as a christian business?”  Writing for 10 blogs, producing or co-producing/hosting 2 Internet Radio Shows, and launching a new Internet TV Channel means that I am in the social media business in a big way.  This creates an opportunity to reach a good many people each week, at which time my thoughts are always centered around Psalm 19:14; Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  In fact before each broadcast I say a prayer based on this point of scripture expressing my desire to both please and serve God through every show.

What’s interesting is that you do not have to put up a flashing neon sign proclaiming your faith in God, and the wonders that He performs in our daily lives.  You merely have to be well versed in scripture and sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting, who’s vision and understanding of the Master’s overall plan is complete.  In other words, God knows where He wants us to be, and provides us with the tools to give witness to His Love and His Glory in His way and according to His timetable.

In relation to my book regarding Internet Radio, the title in and of itself does not bear a Christian banner.  However, and in the open preface I write the following:

One final note, and even though the profession of one’s faith is sometimes frowned upon in the realms of the business world, my faith is as much a part of me as my receding hair line and expanding waist line – all by the way, the rewards of turning “50” this year.

While the story itself may very well have the makings for another book, my faith experience has seen me through the tumultuous journey from millionaire to pauper, and from abundant means to abundant need to a restoration based on hope and the confidence that the Good Lord has a plan for my life.

As I look back on a journey that began with an ominous knock on the door one Friday morning in May 2008, when the sheriff served me the papers from an indirect business associate informing me that I had seven days to vacate our sizable family home, I cannot help but feel unencumbered gratitude as it opened a door to what has now become the greatest adventure and experience of my life.

I then close the preface with the words; It is my sincerest hope that this book will in some small way help you to walk through your door of what will ultimately become your greatest adventure . . . Your Show WILL go live in 5 seconds . . .

Based on the response from the college broadcasting student, it would appear that with the profession of one’s faith, one’s actions (and words) truly do speak volumes.  I am just thankful that God has blessed me with the gifts He deemed would be best suited to my being able to serve Him, and that within His wonderful light I have found a peace that truly does transcend all understanding.

My only advice to anyone who asks, is to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and He will guide you to where God wants YOU to be.


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