The Family Makes The Bishop
In the testimony section "the miracle baby" receives a small mention. Words regarding my wife Hannah comprised only an iota of text but, I'm going to do my best here to do justice to the incredible kindness that YHVH has shown me.
Our 8th grade year, Hannah had to deal with calls from me everyday when she'd get home from school. I'd leave long voice mail messages on her family's answering machine. I'd sing country love songs trying to let her know the way I felt, and though we shared first kisses; unfortunately, her family moved away at the end of our 8th grade year. I, heartbroken, thought I would never see Hannah again.
I went through High School and College, but never forgot that girl. 6 years after her family moved away, while I was on summer break from school, I ran into Hannah at burger shop in town. I embraced her like she was a long lost treasure from the past I have nearly forgotten existed, and she said hello to the shell of the boy she knew, and we parted ways again for another 2 years.
One night while I sang music at a local club, I saw Hannah sitting at a table with a mutual friend of ours, and at that moment I knew I'd never let her slip out of my life again.
Admittedly, I cannot run my life without the support of YHVH, and though I tried to have a relationship with Hannah for 2 years I failed miserably by the end and we decided it would be best for us just to remain friends and end our sorted courtship. Never the less, YHVH had plans for me and the wife of my youth.
As stated in the TESTIMONY section, I cried out to Abba for help and Hannah walked into my shop the next day and told me that she had our baby growing in her. This might not be a surprise to many people, because everyone knows how babies are made; however, Hannah received a diagnosis when she miscarried our first child that she could never carry a baby to term. Her doctor scheduled her for a hysterectomy, but she didn't attend; fives week later she was pregnant with our daughter. So even before I asked Abba for help he already had my help growing and the seed of a family planted. At that moment he taught me one of my first lessons:
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
P.S. I realized he had given me the best woman I could ever ask for: the wife of my youth.
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
P.P.S Then I realized why they needed to be my first blessing. He accepted my request to be one of his people.
1 Timothy 3:2-12 King James Version (KJV)
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach... 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?
My beloved Hannah and I traveled to Atlanta GA on the 15th. We had just returned from the United in Worship Conference, but she had business with her company Concerted Services. We decided to turn her work trip into a short husband and wife vacation. Our 5 foster children were placed into respite care, our daughter stayed with a family friend, and we spent the week enjoying peace and quiet we haven't experienced in months. The congregation at the House of Scriptures in Jasper GA opened their doors to us and to celebrate the Sabbath and invited "The Singing Tallit" to come and lead worship. By sundown after the sabbath we had made dozens of new friends and had been bathed in the loving presence of the family of YHVH. Thanks again to Thom and the congregation in Jasper GA.
United In Worship, hosted by the Exodus Road Band, took place in Jasper Georgia and featured some of the top musical talent in the messianic movement today: Mason Clover, Will Spires, and Ray "The Singing Tallit" Myers. Gifted speakers from around the United States came to both educated and edify the assembled congregation. Rico Cortes explained the culture of ancient Israel and the archeological finds around the temple mount in Jerusalem. Pastor Lee gave testimony to change lives concerning addiction, repentance, and salvation. David Jones gave instruction on the place of YHVH in men's hearts. Cole Davis closed out the celebration with a call to prayer and repentance after teaching the congregation about the internal battle the between the spirit and the flesh. Thom Eubank, who MC'ed the event, opened the event with a prophet statement, "did you come expecting?" This is the question we must all ask ourselves everyday: do we really expect YHVH to show up at work in our lives? Do we live everyday in expectation of his touch and his presence? Do we know that everyday with him is better than the last? Lets make sure we are the people who do.