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“I woke up one morning and my bottom lip was numb.  I went to work and by the end of the day my feet were numb.  I had Guillain-Barré syndrome.  Your body begins to paralyze itself.  I was in the hospital for two weeks.  There was a night I will never forget.  I was in excruciating pain.  I began to praise God. In that moment God said 'I have been waiting for you.'  I had been away from formal ministry for several years.  God said 'I want you to create a faith community that is not going to be the norm.'   Three months later I shared this with my wife.  My wife responded 'yeah, I have been waiting for you.'  The same words that God used.  This was a confirmation to me.  From age ten to twenty-eight I really struggled with my identity.  I got married when I was eighteen.  I was at a crossroad at age twenty-eight.  I was about to lose my family.  One night I was alone in a dark room and I said 'God, if you are real, I don't know how to get away from this.'  God showed up in that room.  In that moment I felt God's hope like I never had before.  I said 'I am going to start from this day forward showing what it means to live in freedom.'  One of my life verses is Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  At that moment I made Jesus Lord and I decided that I would spend the rest of my life showing people how to find freedom and stay in that freedom.  I want to love people into the Kingdom.  I don't want to be religious about it.  I want to be real about it.  Find someone who has walked the road and has discovered Christ without all the religiosity.  My name is Dave and I surrender.”

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