by Daniel W.
(Mississippi, Utah, Idaho)
Father's Day Fun
I do Landscape Architecture & Planning for a small company.
I grew up in church with Christian parents and a knowledge of the Bible, Jesus, and so on. Pretty much the worst things I had done before accepting Jesus as my Savior were fighting with my brother and disobeying my parents.
When I was about 8 years old, I was awake in bed one night thinking about heaven and hell. I knew I didn't want to go to hell, so I prayed to Jesus to save me from my sins and take me to heaven when I died. After talking about this with my parents and my pastor, I was baptized. From that point on I knew I was going to heaven if I died, but was not very consistent in living a life that pleased God.
In high school and college I really struggled with sexual sin as a single guy, always in secret and never having consistent victory. At a retreat my last year of college, God finally broke through to me with an understanding of grace, of realizing that because of the cross, God loves me no matter what I do.
This has been really freeing and the Holy Spirit has given me strength to walk a holy life before God, not out of a sense of duty, but out of gratitude and love for what He has done in my life. Now I see God using me for His glory as I walk in relationship with Christ.
He has also blessed me with the most wonderful wife and we are excited to serve God together here and wherever He may take us in the future.
What a great testimony to the power of God to transform us into His image. His grace is sufficient.
I (Scott) understand the battle with sexual temptation. It is one of the things God has delivered me from also. There is a book titled "Every Man's Battle"
. I think that says it all.
We will pray for your continued victory and greater intimacy in your marriage. We know God will use you mightily to set others free as well.
There is a book we would recommend to you and other men who want to walk in sexual purity called "Pure Desire"
, by Ted Roberts. The Lord has used this to really help Scott and other men he pastors walk in freedom.Christianbook.com
carries this and has a great price on it.
God bless you as you serve Him in your Landscape Architecture & Planning business.
Love Never Fails,
Scott & Laurie
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