As I entered into my military career, I continued to experience this presence in my life, but the fast-pasted nature of the military suppressed many of those childhood sensations. That is, until the late 90’s, while stationed in Texas, when I found myself attending church with my wife for the first time. All of a sudden, those old sensations began to flood back in, and hard! I still wasn’t sure what it all meant, but something deep inside of me knew there was more to come. I would have to wait almost 10 more years to find out.
In 2014, I was finishing up my undergraduate degree and getting ready to tackle graduate school. I was also preparing to retire from the military after 26 years of service. During that time, I was being seen at the VA for chronic lower back issues, desperate for relief that didn’t involve drugs. Allison and I were raising two wonderful children, as well as hosting yearly exchange students from across Europe. By this time, we were no longer attending church, but life was good, and we were happy with the way things were progressing.