Points: blue marker (697) (?)
I am married
I am a male
I am 66 years old.
My birthday is: February 4th.
I live in Wildwood Missouri USA
My name is Art. After living all acoss the USA, it seems we have setteled in Missouri, having been here for 13 years. I've been married for 41 years to a marvelous woman who has stood by me when others would have turned away. I've worked in education and industry, having held positions of power and influence (more on that in my testimony). I have two sons, both in their mid/late 30's. Both are married to great ladies. I am proud of them both. And let's. Oh, yeah! Two granddaughters, ages 2 and 4 AND A HALF! That half is pretty darned important these days. People stirve to become presidents, CEOs, emperors and kings. I wouldn't trade any of those for being Grandpa or Pop Pop! Been there, done that. Yep, being Pop Pop is pretty sweet. After decades of apsostcy, over the last year, I've returned to the flock. And Life is Good, very good indeed. After about a week, CB has become an important part of my daily life. I am gaining many insights and hope I will be able to offer some small contributions myself.
I was raised in a strong Christian family, attended church faithfully. I learned all the children's Bible stories and knew the stories of the Gospels. The wonder of Luke's nativity story (King James version) is so fantastic. As a youth, I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was endowed with the Holy Spirit. I was also very successful in school, athletics and, later in business. I married a great woman, a woman of faith. But as time went on, and I became more and more successful, I began to fall away. Power and financial success can be very, very seductive. And as I became more and more successful in business, I felt I was also in control of my own life. Ego, pride! They ruled my life. I was always a loner, a strong introvert. The more successful I became, the more I fell away. And as these things built up, I committed more sins. Horrible sins! Looking back, I simply no longer made room for God in my life. Then, things began to fall apart. The success turned to failure. The material things, empty. My marraige, not so good. Relationships with my sons, strained at best. I was depressed and miserable, though I didn't really recognize it. It was just a "bump in the road". Then, the Holy Spirit seemed to have had enough of my foolishness. He yanked my chain, turned me around. About a year ago, I found my way back to the church, to scripture, to God. I am a very different person today. I took the light (Spirit) out from under the basket, where I'd kept it for so long. And all things in my life have taken on different meaning. No longer depressed, a solid marraige (even better), repaired relationships with my sons. And I now have a relationship with God and Jesus. Daily I am filled by and with the Spirit. Life has meaning, Life is Good! All glory be to God and to His Son.