On this medium, I go by my initials, “TL”. I am a married man and father of two grown children. We live in a modest suburban home for which I paid a royal sum just before the real estate market crash of 2009, so we are house-poor by anyone’s standards. My children have boomeranged back to repopulate my empty nest, but it seems that won’t last long.
I grew up in a non-denominational Church of Christ or independent Christian Church (the primary difference being instrumental music). I have studied Bible since before I could read one, and have developed an understanding quite my own. I have found my understanding makes me most comfortable around those in the United Methodist Church of which my wife and I have been members since shortly after I came into program in 2010. I met my precious bride in a Pentecostal church, though she grew up a non-practicing Catholic and found a personal relationship with Christ in a Baptist church in her twenties. When we married, she was 39 and I was 28 with two small children in tow.
In March, 2014 I retired from a profession I choose not to name, and have recently started back to college in pursuit of a degree I never attained, to prepare me for career number two.
I write for the recreational and therapeutic benefits and as a ministry to any who find my bread crumbs helpful in their path-finding. My passion is to help people find the abundant life that Jesus came to bestow on us according to John 10:10. I believe that comes by denying our sinful/flesh/human nature (cravings, compulsions) and seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, so that He can add the blessings to our life He has in store for us. I have come to this belief and practice by working the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous, since my primary carnal compulsion is to eat. Living those steps to the best of my ability has placed me under God’s grace which, in turn, has freed me from 140 physical pounds and inestimable emotional weight.