Amanda & Jason: Third Time Around

Life Changing Seasons

http://compliantprocurementsolutions.co.uk/services/consulting/ He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! Acts 28:31 (NIV)

I can remember back in high school wanting to be a secondary education teacher of history. I always enjoyed history and thought this would be a great job combining my passion for history with a job teaching others. I also had a desire to work in law enforcement like several family members. So the decision on what direction I wanted to do was contemplated back and forth throughout my high school years. When I started college at Lock Haven University I was afforded the opportunity to observe a high school history class and I was instantly appalled at how the students treated the teacher with such disrespect. I can remember thinking that I would not last long before I did something unprofessionally to one of students if they talked to or treated me in the same manner. Shortly after this experience I decided to leave college and work fulltime until I knew for sure what I wanted to do with my life.

About 3-4 years later I was having a conversation with my cousin who at the time worked for the Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections. He remembered that I had previously talked about wanting to work in law enforcement. He suggested that I apply to work for the Department of Corrections. Not what I imagined ever doing… I decided to give it a try and see if I would like it. Well, twenty four years later I am currently working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and nearing the end of my career with them.

I have previously talked about one weekend a little over a year ago having a “strong feeling” to read the Bible in a previous blog post. I had never read it completely but had a strong unexplained feeling I was supposed to read. It was later that fall when I was introduced to the Church of the Highlands (a non-denominational church) in Birmingham. I had been attending the Greek Orthodox Church from time to time over the years since my first marriage and first divorce. However, I had never fully felt nor understood the meaning of being a Christian. After attending the Church of the Highlands for a few months I was continuing to be drawn more and more to God, learning from the Bible, and discussing more of the “spirit feeling” with my wife Amanda.

One of these feelings was the two of us starting this blog together. Both of us had strong desires to help others that might have gone through or currently going through what we both have been through (i.e. divorces, abuse, anxiety, thoughts of suicide). So at the beginning of this year we started to write these blogs. In late spring of this year after attending a Freedom small group, the next strong “spirit” started to come to me. I talked with my wife about going to college for a Pastoral degree. The more I was reading various religious books and the Bible, I was being drawn to teach and help individuals learn about God and Jesus.

It was finally coming to me what God had always intended for me but I was not ready for it earlier in my life. My initial desire in high school to teach was what I was called to do by God. However, I needed to learn how to deal with troubled people, and ones that might not want to eagerly learn. God also needed me to be tried and tested with my own issues and life struggles. At a young age I had not seen the world or dealt with any true issues in life. Working these past 24 years in correctional law enforcement has allowed me to deal firsthand the less desirable people in society. I have witnessed the worst individuals and some of the best individuals in life. I have personally been tested with failed marriages, having children, having no financial struggles, to living from paycheck to paycheck. Filing for bankruptcy, being accused of horrendous things, and feeling like there was no other way out of my struggles except suicide.

Most people may think things are just coincidences in life in regards to life changing seasons. My belief is that God already has our life planned out and we have to be willing to see and understand His plan for us. So, this August I will be a student in Highlands College for a Certificate of Ministry Leadership with a concentration in Pastoral Leadership. It has been 30 years since I last attended college, and I can honestly say I did not think I would go back to college. Let alone for Pastoral Leadership.

buy zovirax tablets uk And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. Acts 10:42 (NKJV)

 

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