September 6, 2010 at 8:02 3 comments

I graduated form Geneva College and have two masters degrees and have been married for 26 years.  We have four children and Erin will giving birth of a little girl within the next 10 days.  I was not a very good teacher and quit at the right time due to my disease.  The only jobs I was good at were labor jobs but they bored me.  Teaching was the best job I ever had but after awhile I got bored with that job also by that time I was going through the motions.  I have ADHD and because of that my father abused me thinking if beat me enough he could he could rid my ADHD.  For the next twenty years I struggled with depression, anxiety, anger, all kinds of lusts, and fear.   While I was trying to follow Christ.  I grew very little during this time spiritual.  We were members of Glen Burnie Evangelical Church where I was a deacon.

We moved to Westminster in 1990 where we lived for ten years.  I was working for B G & E as a meter reader.  I read meters for 3 ½ years then I went to work for a power plant.  I worked there for 6 months and was fired from there.  Then I enrolled at Western Maryland College and graduated with special education degree in 1995.  I taught for 17 years and my last five years I was working for Baltimore City.   In year 3 I began my second masters to become a reading specialist.  It was in year second year  near the end of the program Hopkins diagnosed me with ALS.  I had two classes to go but disease was taking energy from me so I settled for a masters as reading teacher and  I realized I knew very little about teaching reading.  During my career I was teaching math, science or history.   Although I was  still able to talk I knew within the year I would not be.  In April of 2009 I quit working for Baltimore City.

My pain from my childhood the joy my 4 children gave me and the love of my wife for many years filled life with wholeness.  My three degrees, my house, my cars, my garden and all my books do not compare to the glories of Jesus Christ who counted all it joy to die for us proves he love us (Hebrews 12:2-3).  He promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6).  He also promises to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:10-14). In (Romans 8:37-30) nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of Christ’s.  I am a sinner saved by grace and I have no reason to boast unless I boast of what Christ has done for us.  Jesus became sin for us and His Father crushed Him for bearing our sins.  His blood satisfied God’s anger and he also gave us Christ’s righteousness.  So when God see us on that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hand limp.  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:16-17 (NIV)


Entry filed under: Grace.

Spleepless ALS Update

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carol Noren Johnson  |  September 6, 2010 at 8:02

    Wonderful testimony giving God the glory.

  • 2. bobneal  |  September 7, 2010 at 8:02

    Paul, that was beautiful, your tenderness and strength inspire all of us.

  • 3. Sharon Pilling  |  September 8, 2010 at 8:02

    My brother & my friend – your testimony reaches out to more than you know and goes deep as God will take it into the lives of those who see it. Prayers for you and yours.


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