Personal Update

A lot has happened over the last few months, and I wanted to take a few minutes to update my friends and family. I know a lot of people are praying for me and my family and we really do feel the effects of your prayers.  I have intentionally kept quiet on the Internet about my personal life, because I’m working on restoring what’s closest to me first, before branching out.  That means working on my relationship with God, my relationship with Jennie, and my family…in that order.

I wanted to start with those close to me and then expand the circle outward – that’s the reason for much of my silence on the issue.  I have written a lot of thoughts that I will share sometime, but only after I’ve had all the face-to-face conversations that I need to have.

With that said, here is a bit of what’s been going on.

  • With the help of my pastor, my church, and the ministry of City of Refuge, I’m working on being a Christian, husband and father.
  • I’m learning a lot about forgiveness, love, repentance friendship and trust.
  • I have had conversations with some people, but there are still many people that I want to talk to face to face.
  • We have moved from Cartersville, but are still living in the Atlanta area.
  • I’m doing some freelance writing and small business consulting.  I’m thankful for the work, and the knowledge that my family is okay during this time.
  • We have been working with a great counselor. Not only do I have a new respect for professional counselors, it’s really been a huge help.  My counselor has helped me be honest about a lot of things – with God, with myself, and with Jennie.  I really wish I had gone to counseling much earlier in life and marriage.
  • Through City of Refuge, I’m a part of a small group of guys and my wife is a part of a small group of ladies.
  • I have intentionally disconnected from Oak Leaf Church, for the good of the church and the health of everyone involved.  But that doesn’t mean that I’m not proud of all that happened and don’t pray for the amazing people there.  I will always love Oak Leaf Church and I’m thankful to God for allowing us to be a part of launching the church.  I’m also grateful for the leadership that West Ridge has provided.
  • A lot of people have asked about future church plans or ministry endeavors. God is a God of grace and I believe in restoration, but now isn’t the time for those things.  I’m waiting on God to write the next chapter.  If you know me, you know that waiting is hard.  But it’s the right thing to do right now.
  • I am intentionally working on developing healthy friendships.  Most of the time this means being a friend expecting nothing in return.
  • God has taught me a lot of stuff, but again…I need to understand more  them before writing or talking about them.

Comments

  1. says

    Michael,

    Thank you for being open and transparent as God guides you through this process.

    Blessings to you and your family, and prayers and blessings to your supporters

  2. says

    Kevin and I miss you, Jennie, and the kids very much! Look forward to the day we get to see all of you. We have prayed & will continue to pray. God has used you in so many ways in my family’s life. We won’t forget that! We love all of you. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  3. says

    Michael,

    Just got your update via Email. Will be praying for you. Understand the problems that moral slipups create. God can use it for a blessing. My moral slipup is the basis for our ministry.

    David

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