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Over the course of his life, David has been shaped by the challenges and trials he has faced. The life events of the past ten years have forever changed David, and strengthened his faith. He has felt God's presence in and through all of these events, and he now feels the call to share his perspectives on Faith in order to bless others.
David has a vast variety of topics, all grounded with Faith and Scriptures along with his own personal life and story. Some examples are below...
Deployment with USMC to Iraq
Proverbs 3:5-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
In 2004, David made what some people call a crazy decision to volunteer to go to Iraq with 2nd Marine Regiment, what was called RCT-2 on the ground in Iraq. It was in 2005 in the Al Andar province, where the Marines were hooking and jabbing with the insurgents, mostly Al Qaeda at that time. For 10 1/2 months, David was away from his family, first in North Carolina and then in combat in Iraq. For 6 months and 18 days, the family sat and waited for the car to drive up (and tell them David was killed-in-action), but David survived (though 63 of the Marines for RCT-2 fell). David tells the story of how he came to that decision, what lessons he learned from it, and the trials and tribulations felt, both in North Carolina, in Iraq, and at home.
Lightning Burns the Little Home Down to the Ground
Jeremiah 29:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
May of 2010 is a nice time in Central Texas. The flowers come out, the heat of the summer doesn't come until June, the grass is green, the trees are beautifual, and the lakes and the creeks are runnning with cool water. It was 2 1/2 years since the stroke, David was home and trying to be a husband and father despite the stroke (he was both physically limited, and his speech was affected as well). The girls (Ashley and Sarah) were dancing and they had a recital. David got a call from the baby sitter, as he drove Sarah home from the recital rehearsal, that something hit the house, all the power went off, but it was alright now (or so he thought). By the time David got home, smoke was coming out of the roof turrets, and Bristol (the baby-sitter), Sam and Jake were in Bristol's car. There was smoke pouring out of the vents, and the home burned to the ground as the Family, Bristol, firemen (who tried mightily to save it), neighbors, the church and the community sat and watched. It was surreal! David tells of the mighty hand of God that was dispayed in the offerings that followed the fire, from a place to stay, to clothes, to furniture, to money, and more that came from everywhere! He also tells of God's hand on his family as they got the third of the trials and tribulation that shaped them.
Romans 8:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
It was January 8, 2008. David had just come from speaking at Laity Lodge, a beautiful location in South Central Texas. On a Tuesday night, with no warning to speak of, David had a spontaneous stroke. He had it while driving a car down the highway, with one of his children in the back. David tells the story of the miracle that happened on U.S. 290 as he tried to steer the car and then blacked out, thinking to God "please save Ashley." The car, with no one but the Holy Spirit to drive, ended up two miles down the road at the family's home church, Sunset Canyon Baptist Church, parked perfectly between the spaces. Ashley was saved, and the miracles had only begun. David tells of his amazing comeback, not of his own but with God's hand and the care providers leading the way, and his family's "comeback" in the process (or growing to learn about God in the midst).