My personal favorite would have to be time away with my wife. We have a busy house and I really enjoy alone time with just the two of us.
Our family loves to do anything outdoors, (hunting, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, white water rafting, the beach…). I also enjoy hunting with someone in my family; my kids, dad, brothers. One small note – the first time I got my father-in-law to go moose hunting with me, I had him sit down on the muskeg next to a lake to wait for a moose. Unfortunately I had him sit on a wasp nest and they flew into his hip waders and pants and stung him many times! Surprisingly he has never gone hunting with me again. Oh yeah, we didn’t see any moose on that trip either.
Meat!!! I like steak! I also enjoy well prepared wild game: Moose, Elk, Deer, Caribou, Duck, Pheasant…
It’s always changing. Right now I’m enjoying Rend Collective.
It is always changing depending on what I am going through in life. The scriptures are ‘living and active’ (Heb 4:12) and “God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16). No matter what I am going through, the Word of God is relevant. Recently I have been captivated by the Old Testament and reading of God’s patience with His People who so quickly forget the things He has done for them. It’s amazing how quickly I loose sight of Christ when I am not consistently spending time in the Word.
Col 3:17 ‘And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.’
Our family consists of me, my wife Carrie, and the kids: Steven, Bethany, Josiah, Elaina and Patrick. Our family loves to do just about anything that has to do with the outdoors.
My education consists of two years in the civil engineering department at Montana State University and a degree in mathematics from The Master’s College in California. After graduation I worked in a civil engineering firm while This Hope was a part time ministry. Ironically I was not involved in music during college. In fact the majority of my music ‘training’ has come through my involvement with This Hope.
One of the most influential molding factors in the lives of Carrie and I has been our godly families. My father has been a pastor for the majority of my life. Both he and my mother have consistently modeled the Christ-centered life to my three brothers and me. Carrie’s parents’ Ruth and Steve Johnston, have also been great role models for us. They retired from teaching and coaching in the public school system to volunteer their time to assist with our ministry. Steve is our road manager and sound-man and Ruth is the office secretary.
My wife writes songs!!! Yes I’m a proud husband. Carrie wrote many of the songs we sing including favorites like This Is Our God, God Hears Our Prayers, Rest My Child, God of the Storm and Merciful Keeper. Carrie battled five years with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). Those were horrible years for us. This disease attacks the immune system and can basically shut down the body. Carrie’s life was essentially put on hold. She was not able to finish her college degree, her ideals of being the ‘perfect’ wife were shattered, and almost all of her social life was removed. The only way Carrie could make it from day to day was to rely on God and His strength. God always has a purpose for everything in our lives and both Carrie and I can look back and thank the Lord for loving us enough to grow us in His grace through that time. The songs she has written are in part a product of those difficult days and have an added meaning for me when I reflect on the journey God has brought her through.
It is my prayer that everyone who reads this has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and can confidently face death knowing that Jesus waits on the other side, ready to welcome His followers to the place He has prepared for us. If you are not completely sure of what happens to you at the end of this life I would love to direct you to what the Bible says.