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Every day we hear stories of how God has worked through His ministry of Family Life to change hearts, unite families, strengthen marriages, transform lives, renew hope, overcome addictions, and so much more. 

How has the Lord used Family Life in your life? Share your story below and join with us in saying “To God Be the Glory”!

 

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Chris Stavana on 06.21.18, 6:11 PM

Family Life has been such a blessing to me. I listened secular music for years and thought that was I had to listen to. Then I went to Kingdom Bound in 2009 and I found out about Family Life and it was in my area too. I found the music to be much more inspiring than mainstream top 40 music. Then in 2015, I decided to become a part of the listener advisory panel which is my favorite part of the ministry because it gives me the opportunity to provide feedback. Then in 2016 God really opened the door for me to get involved in Family Life. I was invited to one of the vision team meetings from being on the listener advisory panel and I decided to step out of my comfort and travel out to Bath from the Binghamton area. I loved it because I got indepth tour of the Family Life facility and meet some of the staff members. It was a few days after that Go laid it on my heart to volunteer at the Fall 2016 sharathon and I started doing other events as well and its been such a blast. Ive volunteered four sharathons already and want to do more in the future and i also started supporting the ministry financially. I also started texting the studio and talk to Sonny in the afternoon frequently and then when I saw him at the Casting Crowns concert in February 2017, he recognized my name and knows me pretty well. Then he knew who I was from then on. Then I met alot more of the staff last month at the Tenth Avenue North concert and from volunteering the Pirates of Penzance Jr show and many of them had seen me or knew my name including Terese Main. Its been great being a part of this family of listeners and volunteers and ive grown tremendously the last two years from investing my time into Family Life. I love what this ministry does and I want to help out even more in the future once I am able to. You guys are such a blessing.

Chris Stavana

Mikayla on 06.24.18, 9:29 PM

Family life has been there for me in my darkest times, when I cannot get out of bed, let alone make it to church. Thank you everyone for putting in the time and effort it takes to run a Christian radio station. You are touching so many peoples lives in so many ways.

Billy Gomola on 08.04.18, 12:42 AM

Family life helped save my life. a few weeks after a loved one went to heaven, i was looking for something to keep me going and i come accross fln. ya'll helped me realize God is an awesome God, and Jesus is my brother. you helped me get saved when you mentioned click on the banner 'do you know jesus?'.. just by clicking that banner, my life hasn't been the same, and it's a great thing! God is doing great things through your station, and now I live for today and the old hass passed away, i am made fresh and anew. ya'll do a really good job on this station, keep up the awesome work! - Billy Gomola

Lynn on 08.06.18, 7:33 PM

How does one recover from infidelity. Deceit. Betrayal. Lack of integrity. How does one forgive? How does one not give up after giving 100% and being kicked down? Many prayers needed for strength to move on. Many prayers requested to believe that God has a purpose for her. Many many prayers needed for this individual to find faith and hope to continue on.

Emily on 08.17.18, 4:57 PM

I started listening to Family Life a few years ago and while it's always been very uplifting and helpful, it has never been more so than this past month for me. At 27 years old I was in the first real relationship of my life, it only lasted just under 2 months. We've been broken up for nearly a month now and I had many low moments. God has used Family Life to lift my spirits and point my focus back on the right things (Himself and His Word). So many songs came on at the right time and so many good words spoken at the right time as well (I especially enjoy Ron Hutchcraft in the mornings and I try to catch Walk in the Word when I can and the other afternoon programs). God is truly using you, believe me. I can't express how much of a blessing you all have been to me at this time when I have faced confusion and pain. Thank you, thank you, thank you and may God continue to bless all of you personally and in this ministry!

Hannah on 09.02.18, 4:06 PM

I have listened to Family Life since the day I moved to Pennsylvania. It has always lifted my spirits, but especially when I was hospitalized because of anorexia. I was fighting Satan every day and he was winning. I couldn't get these thoughts that were saying that I'm worthless and god made a mistake when He made me. Listening to inspiring artists and messages of hope gave me hope and strength to fight one of my biggest battle, the first being with my dad through cancer treatments at a very young age. Thank you Family Life for playing uplifting music and for helping me through a dark time in my life. I will never be able to thank you enough. You guys are a blessing.

sue hammond on 09.06.18, 2:05 AM

I first heard you when I returned to the Olean, NY area from Ralston, PA to visit family. Seemed like every third or fourth song was a hymn sung by George Beverly Shea--not my favorite, but I was glad to know the local airwaves had a Christian presence! By the time I returned for good in 2002, your format had been revamped and was quite contemporary. Every song I heard was a delight, and I became acquainted with Chip Ingram and James McDomald. Mornings with John and Denny made me laugh in the midst of a dark and painful time. I've been a faithful listener ever since and cannot tell you how many times a song has touched me deeply or a comment or teaching program has inspired, comforted, encouraged, or enlightened me. Your constant presence in my life continues to support and encourage me and remind me that with Christ in my life, I am never alone or without cause for hope. Thank you for your faithful witness, and to God be the glory!

Bobbi Wenzel on 09.14.18, 2:21 PM

I never believed in GOD- if I couldn't see him he wasn't real. Until March 20, 2018 changed my life. A guy ran a stop sign and hit my SUV sending me into the ditch. A firemen showed and one in particular came over to me and prayed over me. Every fire fighter told me if I was 2 seconds later I would have been critically injured. (The guy hit my driver front fender.) I told my church friends that Sunday. It took me a few weeks, but when they asked if anyone wanted Jesus into their heart to raise their hand. So I did.
Since then I have been listening to your station on my way to work starting at 6am and on my way home around 3pm. When I hear my favorite songs I blast my radio. I play my favorites at home and work. I enjoy listening to the hosts. They make me laugh, cry and all around feel good. Your radio station has brought me joy through the tough times in my life. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for everything you guys do

Opie on 09.26.18, 7:49 PM

I knew exactly where and how I would end it all. I had planned it out for some time. My life basically meant nothing at all to me and I knew the best thing for everyone if I were gone. Something made me stop and think of praying. Something took hold of me and I asked God to help me. I had no clue what it was or why, but I remember telling God that if he would get me through this dark time, I would give my life to him. It wasn't easy. My old bad habits of judging others and being angry were difficult to cast aside. I returned to the same church my daughter had begged me to attend. I kept going and I would cry during songs, I would take notes during the sermon. Each Sunday, the pastor spoke directly to me. I promised myself that I would continue to be the best person I could be. God brought me through my dark time. I continue to keep my promise to him. On July 15 I was baptized. To my utter surprise, my spouse joined me. I have asked God to take over my life and a weight has been lifted. I have made amends with my father after 11 years and my brother as well. These are two of the most precious gifts God has put back into my life. Every single day I pray for the courage to continue down this righteous path of discovery of all of God's plans for me.

Maudene' on 10.05.18, 11:38 AM

Praise the LORD... Thank You Family Life!!! We have been praying for 4 long months for my sister and her husband. My sisters in laws need 24 hour care and they had very little money. Her father in law got into a nursing home last month. The mother in law became mean and violent and the caregivers 7 all quit. My sister called me and was very tired and had given up. I told her to drop to her knees and cry out to GOD... She did and last night her mother in law got into a nursing home with the father in law. That was the power of pray!!! Thank You LORD for hearing our prayers!!!

Claudia on 11.09.18, 8:46 AM

I wanted to share with you a conversation that took place during my swim class! We meet in Attica School,for water exercise. My instructor is employed by the Attica Correctional facility.She mentioned that their phones cannot be brought into the workplace.as well as CD players, iPods etc.,they were told you may listen to a radio....lo' and behold the only station that would transmit through those walls is FLN!! She said it also plays for the correction officers and inmates! I was so excited to hear how God is at work within those walls! Thank you!!!

Alicia Fischer on 11.13.18, 5:34 PM

I was going thru some tough times a few months ago and that is when I started listing to Family Life. I just would like to share that I had 3 answered prayers with-in the past couple days. One is I am cancer free! I have had kidney cancer and had my right one removed. They found a cyst on my left but it is a "simple cyst" nothing to worry about. Second my son starts his new job tomorrow and my other son has had issues with extended family but I believe he is reaching out to them due to the fact he asked me for there addresses. God is so good! I do have a couple more specific prayer request but I know God will answer those in his own time.

Pamela Thompson on 11.15.18, 11:28 AM

In the last little over a year my oldest son passed away, this last summer in july I think, my twenty one year old grandson died. About two months ago my youngest son died. I am having a hard time getting a grip on this. It is two much for me to take. I am not suicidal, but I did start smoking again, trying to quit. I been only smoking between 1 and 4 cigarettes a day. I spent most of my adult life in domestic violence and near death situations. I will never give up my faith in God ever. Life can take my life but it can't take my soul that belongs to God. Since I moved back to New York my faith has got stronger. I started going to church, taught adult Sunday school, doing a ministry in a nursing not teaching but just visiting them and letting them know someone cares about them. I did some adult bible study in the apartment building where I live but this last year I haven't and because of my disability and all I haven't been to church. I even started painting again. But I still am struggling with my grief. I am 67 years old now, my life has been hard, I have Ptsd, and my doctor wants me to go to mental health but I refuse to go. God has got me through life far and he will get me through to the end. He has always been my strengh and no matter what life throws at me He will bring me through it. He is my rock. Yesterday i looked at the boom box that was my brothers and I ended up with it. I decided to put it on my stand next to my bed and turned it on the radio and tried to find a station. I found yours and I went to sleep listening to it. Last night I didn.t have a nightmare. God is awesome! First good night sleep I have had in a long time. I don't need to find anymore stations, this boombox will stay on this station.

Maudene' on 12.06.18, 12:48 PM

Thank You Family Life for the prayers and uplifting music... I prayed on Family Life prayer request and cried out to Jesus I would not have to have thyroid surgery or take medicine that make me sick and my LORD heard us!!! The doctor yesterday said he could not explain why I was doing well and would like to see me in 6 months and follow me and check my blood in three. I told him that was the power of pray, he looked so confused in awe... My husband said I was his Christmas miracle. THANK YOU LORD for hearing my prayer!!! The power of prayer is wonderful!!!

Cindy Price (CP. Warren PA) on 12.07.18, 12:38 PM

We have spent the last year HURTING for our daughter as she and her husband have suffered thru 3 miscarriages. She is now at 14 weeks of a pregnancy and GOD IS TO BE PRAISED. I just heard Michael Card's song Joseph holding Jesus in his arms. (don't know the name). It brought me to my knees as I think about our 1st grandchild to be. My dear Julie still needs God's strength to complete this pregnancy. But God loves us SO MUCH that he GAVE (and then GAVE UP) his only son for US. I am so humbled by that. Thank you, Family Life, for being HERE for me today!

Mary Novinger on 12.13.18, 8:05 PM

It has been a tough couple of months for me. And today, I was totally stressed out at work. I was driving home, and as always, listening to FLN. As I was in heavy traffic, I just made a plea to God to settle my insides. I no sooner got that out of my mouth, when Sonny prayed that the Lord would give peace to all who need it. I felt it wash over me. I am so grateful for your station. It's all I listen to in my car. Thanks Sonny for being lead of the Spirit to pray that prayer right at the same time I cried out for His help.

Mary Payne on 12.18.18, 10:35 PM

I listen to FLN every time I’m in my car. The music, stories, Words of Encouragement, and everything keep reminding me of how Jesus can work in our lives. My personal testimony is that I was dealing with headaches 24/7 for 3 years. February 15th, 2018, I underwent surgery for the bottom of my skull to be shaved to create more flow for my spinal fluid. This would be my first surgery, having anesthesia, and staying in a hospital. I was so nervous and having so much anxiety as the time came closer. I prayed every chance I got to relieve my stress and anxiety, etc... Prayer works!! Instead of a 3-4+ hour surgery, it was 1.5 hours and my doctor was already out and talking to my parents with all good news! After 3 years of constant headaches, I woke up for the first time with no pain! I was up walking without any help the next morning. I went back to work full time working with toddlers at a daycare with NO restrictions in a week and a half! I love telling this testimony every chance I get because prayer works!! Doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work right away, but it’s just another example of Him having his own plan! 10 months later, I’m still headache free, other than “normal” headaches that don’t last long. Praise God!!!

Janet on 12.29.18, 12:35 PM

I have been listening to Family Life for over ten years now and it is all that I listen to. I found you when I needed a constant in my life when the church that I grew up in was in the middle of transition. A few years ago I was in a dark place and thought about hurting myself and was feeling sorry for myself. I was afraid of being a disappointment to my parents for still being single and for feeling alone. One day while driving home from work and you signal was getting stronger, Sonny told me that I am not alone and that Christ is always with me. I will always be grateful for that reminder. I know that I will never be alone and need to remind myself of that fact quite often. The music is also a source of comfort for me. You seem to know what to play when I need to hear it. I can't imagine my life without Family Life. God Bless all of you.

Charlene Cook on 01.31.19, 3:59 PM

I drive school bus for the Albion school district and I received this comment from a parent from one of my students on FB! This is one of the reasons why I play your station on the bus! I pray that God is heard while the students are on my bus! Thanks for all you do and God bless!
“Tonight’s serenade from Leah’s room. ☺️❤️❤️❤️ She heard it on the bus today and wanted to listen again. Thanks Charlene Loveless Cook for letting your light shine on your bus! We appreciate it more than you know

Pastor Mike Miosi on 02.05.19, 10:47 AM

I love the ministry of Family Life. A couple of my closest pastor friends and I have gone to the pastor's breakfast up there a few times. In fact, it was our initial trip to that together that started our relationship. Now, we are super close. We pray together, meet up for lunch and workout together. In addition to that connection, I listen to Family Life regularly.

Dan on 02.25.19, 11:39 AM

My life hit rock bottom a number of years back. I had nothing to live for. I grew up in a cult religion all my life. There were lots of hypocrites in that religion. I was disassociated from that religion and looking for a reason to continue living. I felt that God existed but I was not sure. Once I hit rock bottom in my life, I did not want to live anymore. I decided to pray for a year saying "God, if you are real let me know, in Jesus name amen". I prayed this every day. If within a year I had no answer I would end my life due to there was no reason to continue living in this terrible world. One morning when getting ready for work I decided to turn on the radio and came across your station FLN and heard the "Morning Show" with John and Denny. As they talked I realized they were Christians and FLN was a Christian radio station. At that time I HATED Christians and turned off the radio. I did however turned on the radio to hear the morning show humor of John & Denny. A few months went by and one day I realized I was leaving the station on all day. I started to listen to the programming and realized I did not disagree with what was being said by Dr. David Jeremiah and others. I was still praying "God if You exist let me know". To make a long story short, I sent in $25. to your station since it was listener supported and sent a letter with the $25. saying that "I hate you, but maybe God was working on me". One of your employees sent me a book on Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I read it and my mind was unblocked, I started to understand what Jesus was about and what Christians were about. 6 months later I came to one of your Sharafons, over 100 mile drive then, and went inside your facility, still feeling you were my enemy. Once inside I found my fears unfounded and I enjoyed my visit. When I left that day I knew I was on a path to a new life which had meaning. It took me almost another 6 months to go inside of a church to learn about our great God. Now I have been baptized for almost 12 years and regularly attend church. From being addicted to prescription drugs, a street fighter and almost killing two men, a drunk, waking up in an ICU many times from overdosing and being told God must have a reason for me still being alive, I now have a new reason for living. I think God has used your radio station, FLN, to show me He is alive and giving me a reason to live. Thank You for all you do.

Kathy Mason on 03.08.19, 7:49 AM

I am so thankful for your radio station and that I can listen to it through the internet while sitting at my desk at work. It is such a blessing and keeps me focused on God. The morning show, music and teaching are just what I need to get me through the day. Thank you.

Kristi Reed on 03.23.19, 7:33 AM

I am learning to get out of Gods way and let Him show ppl things that he has shown me instead of trying to convince ppl of things, I am doing this by pondering the things that He has shared with me in my heart, like Mary did

Anne on 05.03.19, 11:23 AM

I keep your station on around the clock. It is so inspirational and helps to keep me focused on what really matters most in life. There is however one thing I'm confused about. God knows and has decided already when our number is up. When a person is diagnosed with cancer for example (if our last day is already determined by God), why do people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to cure it so that they can 'live longer". It's not the doctors/surgeons who can lengthen your lifetime. Even prayer wouldn't change God's plans for you if He has already decided. This is where I'm confused. Also people pray for world peace when clearly in the Bible that is not what is to come. Please clear this up for me. Thank you so much, I love Family Life Network :)

Chad Springer on 05.08.19, 8:25 PM

Prayer for My Loved one Chelsey W. She does not know God as her Lord and Savior, and Satan and his evil ways have a hold of her. I am asking for your help to save one of God's children. I know that I can't do it aline any more, I have to turn her over to God completely and let Him take control, letting Him to take the lead. I need your help to pray. I know that God is stronger than any of us. Please help my to lift up Chelsey, and others in our lives like this. As we are in a World that desperately needs God and His amazing Love and Grace. Let's pray for His movement in the lives of our Loved ones. GOD LOVES YOU CHELSEY W. AND SO DO I. IN JESUS NAME, AMEN!!!

Moriah White on 06.01.19, 7:35 PM

This testimony isn't technically mine, but the life of this woman affected me immensely. At my church, there is a woman and her name is Mrs. Dawn, well she one day about fivish years ago was diagnose with Cancer. Meanwhile, she was going through a good amount of chemo treatments when one night my dad (which is the pastor at my church) got a phone call from her late at night from Mrs. Dawn. My dad was asleep so she left a message saying "call me back as soon as possible." About an hour later she called my dad once again but this time she stayed "Bob just had a heart attack and died." Her husband died while she was already going through so much. I distinctly remember going up to her at his funeral and just hugging her, we said nothing, just hugged. about two weeks later she had two cats and they both died. adding even more pain to her life. but Mrs. Dawn showed up to church every possible moment. I loved seeing her always sitting two rows ahead of me always with a smile on her face. She never let God out of her life even when it continued to get worse and worse. But eventually it finally felt like God was going to bless her. Her cancer was healed! Next thing I remember she announced to the church that she was getting remarried. I went to there wedding and it was so sweet and I love them both with all my heart, even though I am quite quiet I remember them always saying hello to me. They have so much love for the lord. Since Mrs. Dawn finally found peace it seemed, God wanted to test her faith even more. "She has cancer" is all I remember my dad saying to me, and my heart just ached for her. I personally don't know every detail, but something absolutely terrible happened. Her colon had multiple holes in it. Something kept eating away at her colon. about a week ago she was supposed to have it repaired but when the doctors had her in surgery they realized it was just too bad and they couldn't help her. when she woke up after the surgery they told her they couldn't help. Yesterday my sister told me that she didn't have much time left to live. My parents went to visit her. She told them she was going to get off of all the machines on Monday that are keeping her alive. My mom told me this today, and all I could do is cry, honestly I am crying as I'm writing this right now. The school I attend is a christian school and everyone there has been praying for her and they don't even know her. There is so much love in the christian community it is almost unreal. I just wish our eminence amount of prayers did something this time. Mrs. Dawn Loves God with all her heart, shes gone through so much, and I don't know how she is so at peace, because I personally at the moment am not at peace. I felt like some one needed to hear her story, because she still loves God, and she knew he had a purpose for this. I hope this story impacts your life like it did mine.

Alexis Stoner on 06.10.19, 4:04 PM

Family Life Network has been one of my great resources in my battle with anxiety and depression. By sending out little rays of hope each day through Christ and His word, FLN has lifted my spirits in the most difficult moments. I am buying a radio for my house so I don’t have to wait to get in the car to listen to the station. The verses and encouragement that are shared are so up-lifting. FLN is such a blessing in my life. Thank you for all you do to keep the station going. It’s all for the glory of God.

Lon on 06.12.19, 9:51 PM

My testimony. Here is it all in 3 parts: July 17, 2009

Friends,
I have to give you all a big THANK YOU for all the thoughts and prayers that have been given to our family over the past year. It is hard to believe that it has been a full year now since I watched Alan head to the truck with Tim to go have the most rotten, terrible headache he had ever experienced checked out. Little did I know how sinister it was and how it could have been the last time I would see him walk this great land that God has given us. The cell phone call from Heather at 5:20pm telling me that it was bad, he had bleeding on the brain and was heading to Pittsburgh via Stat Medivac was a call that'll forever remain etched in my mind. Since then God has shown me that He is still in control of our lives if we learn to ask Him into our lives and give Him the reins.
You see, what I didn't tell you back then was how God spoke to me in the early days of Alan going down. Guess I didn't want to be labeled a "Jesus Freak" (you know, the guy who thinks he hears God speaking to him). I did just what it says not to do in Matthew 10:33 and now it is time to stop denying Him. It is time for me to stop having Him my pocket and start wearing Him more on my sleeve.
The day we found out that he had developed diabetic ketoacidosis, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and ballooned 60+ pounds in water weight was also the first day that I prayed the way I had read in "90 Minutes In Heaven" to pray for someone in a similar situation.
I had just hung up from calling Pastor Mark Meyers to have Alan put on his church prayer chain and being outside on my parents porch, in the calmness of the woods surrounding me, I bowed my head to do a head to toe prayer. I started praying for Alan's hair, how us Seigworth's have problems growing it on top anyway but that it was all right if it didn't come back after it was shaved off. Next was for the brain and that through it all that it would come back to where it was before the bleed and he'd remember everything. His eyes and knowing that diabetics have eye trouble that comes with being a diabetic and with the lack of oxygen because of the ARDS the eyes are the first place oxygen leaves, please bring his eyesight back to the level it was. His nose and mouth, let his breath through them be like the first breath that Jesus and Lazarus both took after being risen from dead. His heart, let there be little to no damage from the heart attack and keep the blood circulating as diabetics have trouble with losing extremities due to lack of good circulation. His lungs, let those sweet breaths fill them, squeezing the fluid out. His liver, pancreas, spleen, stomach, intestines, bladder. Heck I even prayed for his appendix! I asked for no organ damage. I asked for the kidney's to continue to function to get the fluids off of him. I continued to his legs, let them get good blood flow so that he doesn't need to have amputation and they have the strength to carry him on. His arms, may they remain calm so he stops pulling the tubes out and have the strength to help him through the rehab he'll have to go through. Please bring him fully back to us.
As I finished this prayer the Lord spoke to me saying "Do you want to see him sitting up in bed eating orange sherbet?" My head snapped up and I looked around wondering where I just heard that come from! I bowed my head again and said “What?” The Lord again said “Do you want to see him sitting up in bed eating orange sherbet?” Both times I was given a vision of me sitting on Alan’s left side, the head of his bed against the wall on my right; light on my back, cascading across the room and onto his him as he was sitting up in his hospital bed eating a small cup of orange sherbet. Of course my answer was "Ahh, yeah!". "In my time" was His reply.
The only people I shared this with at that time was my Mom, Aunt Carol and a couple of close friends as I thought they were the only ones who would understand. This prayer would be my twice everyday prayer for the next couple of months. At meal times I would pray that the nourishment I would receive would not come to me but to Alan to keep his strength up to fight all that was being thrown at him.
That same night, after visiting a neighbor, I got back in my truck and I asked God to give me a sign that He was with Alan as I knew how the pneumonia had affected him back in January of 08. He delivered! Selah's song "Rescue Me" came across Family Life Network’s 107.3 WDBA station. If you’ve ever heard it you’d understand how I saw it as a sovereign God putting to my ears His answer to my request.
As you now know there were many hills and valleys for the next 7+ weeks. We thought we were out of the woods on Aug 17th, his 45th birthday, only for him to be diagnosed with ARDS for the second time on the 18th.
Another thing I kept from you all was that the hospital asked Heather for the second time (the first time was the 18th of July) what course of action they were going to take and that that answer would have to come on the 26th. After ARDS the second time Alan became unresponsive to even painful stimuli, showed no brain wave activity and, as they told us, no one had ever survived 2 bouts of ARDS. Long term they told her was he would be brain dead, multiple organ failure, feeding tube, kidney dialysis for how ever long he would survive in a nursing home or short term in the hospital.
About 9am on the morning of the August 26th Mom called me at the shop and asked me if I knew what it was that Heather, Tim and Pastor Dan were going to the hospital to do. Even though I didn't know the details, I knew by her voice tone that it was going to be the short term. Mom let me know that they had written his obituary the night before. I had written to you all to be in deep prayer that day; that Heather, Tim and Pastor Dan were on their way down and no matter what happened that God's will would be done.
Well, when they arrived they were told that Alan was alert, awake and had been sitting in a chair for the last 2 hours!
Well as we all know now God's will was done just as I had prayed for it. His hair did come back (along with his funky mustache thingy). His mind is as it was before, recalling things with clarity. His eyesight is as it was with no effects from the lack of O2. His throat/vocal cords, they didn't understand how he didn't drown after the ventilator was taken out due to the "hole" from scar tissue left in the cords or how he even was talking since the cords were considered paralyzed (I know how!). His heart shows no damage. His lungs, that should have been damaged terribly from the 2 bouts of ARDS, are clear. No organ damage. The kidney’s, they were considered damaged and he would be looking at dialysis 3 times a week, are functioning fine.
The biggest thing the God showed me was on the first night that I got to see Alan after he made it to the DuBois hospital for rehab. Remember how He asked me if I wanted to see Alan sitting up in bed eating orange sherbet? After suiting up outside his room (due to MRSA & Staff infections) I walked in and sat back against the sunlit window ledge on Alan’s left side, the head of his bed against the wall on my right. Heather was at his bedside opposite me and was chatting with him as he was lying flat on the bed. She asked him about eating something and then "it" happened. Alan hit the button on the bed to set himself up and then I watched as he popped the top on an orange jello pack! It wasn’t orange sherbet, it was as close as it could be. I knew then just how awesome of a God I serve and how faithful He is to us.

Part 2
James 1:2-7 states “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord” and as you’ll find out I did receive.
I gave my life to Christ Nov 3, 2006 at a Casting Crowns concert in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The band took time during the concert to minister to the crowd and asked those who wanted to accept Christ into their life to recite the sinner’s prayer with them. I’m thankful I did as it gave me almost two years to grow in my Christian walk before I would face two trials, tests of my faith.
It was on September 14, 2009 that another trial, another test of faith would come into our life. It was on that day that my beautiful wife Cindy would go to her Dr appointment without me because she expected to hear that she has another kidney stone that needed to be surgically removed only to be diagnosed with cancer of the left kidney. I did the only thing I knew to do when I got her text on my phone. That was to pray, then take it to the body of Christ, you all; my prayer warriors, my Sheltering Trees because if I can’t bring my worries, my concerns to the church, the body of Christ, whom then could I bring it to. It had been only 2 weeks before that we had dropped off our oldest, Alyssa (who’d turned 19 on the 12th), at college (in Wyoming!). My little girls’ Mom and best friend was now in what could be the fight for her life and she was so far away. Cindy told our other 3 kids, Jeff (15), Collin(11) & Angelle(8) when she got home. The boys handled it the way boys do and of course Angelle cried. Her appointment with Dr Paddon, her urologist, was to be Monday the 21st but Dr Paddon had told Cindy that if she saw any changes in her urine that she needed to get to the emergency room. Last Tuesday, the 15th, Cindy awoke me at 2:30am because she was spotting blood and was fearful that the tumor in her kidney was going array. We headed to the hospital, got her checked in and we each fell back asleep around 5:30am or at least she closed her eyes making me believe she was sleeping. As I started to come back awake around 6:30 or so I went into my prayer mode for her, the same as I had done for Alan; to let this be nothing to be fearful of, to be with us as we go through this. At the end of my head-to-toe prayer for her I got a dream style vision of weeds being sprayed with weed killer and these weeds were all dying instantly but for this one beautiful flower, a flower like I had never seen before. And I wanted that flower. OH how I wanted that flower! It was so vibrant, so full of life. It was a single bright, glowing flower that had (my Mopar buds will know & love this) slender Plum-crazy purple colored petals with a Hemi-orange ovule (that’s the center seed part). I wondered briefly what it meant but then God gave it to me – “Lon, the color purple is the color for February birthstone Amethyst (Cindy’s birthday is Feb 4) and the orange color is the color for November birthstone Topaz ( my birthday is Nov 12). That is Me showing you; Purple and Orange, together as one, shining bright, standing strong”. Okay, I can handle that! I called and told the only person who wouldn’t think I’m off my rocker again, Mom. I would have called more of you but if I called you at that time of the morning you would have wondered what kind of weed I was on! (There I go again, not sharing something He has given me). Mom said if that is what we grab a hold of during this so be it. Of course Cindy has come through great and has for now been given a clean bill of health. It was caught so early that it was hard for them to classify it a cancer (stage 1) and that vision of the purple flower has been with me. I wondered if I would ever see the flower and since I’m not the best artist I didn’t attempt to draw it as I didn’t think I would do its’ beauty justice.
Then last Sunday, the 20th, I took the kids down to Pastor Dick & Maryne Eddinger’s for the start of the Mt Joy UMC TGIF youth group. They had a treasure hunt for the kids to do before the kick-off cookout. I was going to just leave the kids and go to W. PA Men of Faith choir practice but He had better plans for me. For the treasure hunt it was the boys vs the girls and at the start the boys took off running. In under 10 minutes the boys were back but didn’t have all the correct items. Jeff said ”pppfffttt” he was good with what they had but Collin went off to correct one of the wrong items. He came back only to find out that what he had was wrong again. In relentless pursuit he went off again to where Maryne told him the area to look for it. He came back with it and I couldn’t believe my eyes – a purple & orange flower, the one from my vision! God, in all His sovereignty, placed into Maryne’s mind the flower I so wanted to see, to touch and had her place it on the treasure hunt list. How AWESOME is that! For it to be delivered by one of my children was icing on the cake. I asked Maryne if she knew what kind of flower it was (half expecting some fancy name I was going to have a problem spelling) and she said it was just a weed. UGH, a weed! (Purple Aster really.) Why would you show me a ordinary weed? It wasn’t until this past Thursday that, during my morning devotion time, it came together – we all are just ordinary weeds, seeds blown by the wind, planted where ever He puts us, to grow and to do the best with what He’s given us. “Lon, you are that weed, blown by Me to bloom where are, to take what I’ve given you and tell others of My grace, love, mercy and faithfulness”. People have asked why this all has happened to my family. This is why, me standing right here at this pulpit, bringing you the good news of Jesus Christ is why.
Just as Collin went in relentless pursuit of the flower for the treasure hunt we need to know that God treasures us, loves us so much that He wants us to be in relentless pursuit of Him. As we run relentlessly to Him, confessing our sins, they will die off instantly just like the weeds in my vision and what we will see will be shining bright & and standing tall just like that Plum-crazy purple & Hemi-orange flower.

Part 3
Last week Pastor Dan’s sermon message was “Examine me o Lord and try me”. I knew then that I was to share this. I changed it though to “Examine me o Lord and USE me!”
As it says in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

You may be wondering why I choose this verse. I guess it may have been for a little shock & awe but I truly believe it may be so that someone else here may feel comfortable asking for help. Because if there one place in this world that you ought to be able to tell someone that you need help it’s the body of Christ, right?
I don’t know if you remember me leaving something on this very alter on Nov. 9, 2006. Anyone remember seeing me leave it behind? Probably not for Christ came and took it. What I left was, like Paul, a thorn in my flesh. A message from Satan telling me “if you step out I’ll show them who you really are”. Every time I’ve decided to do something for the Lord, Satan would twist that thorn to remind me it was still there. It’s time for me to stop allowing Satan to do this, from using this thorn to torment me. As it says in Acts 26 starting part way through 17 and continuing through 18 –
“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
You see my thorn was an addiction, a nearly 30yr addiction that started when I saw something at a friends house when I was about 8, something that could of cost me my marriage and my family. Like most addicts I didn’t want to admit to what it was that griped me. It is something that effects 1 out of every 2 men and 1 in 6 women.
My addiction, my thorn in the flesh, was pornography.
Satan had a good hold on me until my darkest day as a fire-fighter. This day had me first-on-scene, chief-in-charge of a fire that took the lives of two dear young neighbor boys. While walking around the scene during clean-up I came across some “adult” magazines laying on the ground, having been blown out of the house by the pressure of our water hoses. It was while standing there looking down at them, in a moment of total emptiness, that the Lord started to show me that He was the strength I needed to break this addiction. He spoke into my heart that day saying “Is this what is going to happen to you, great tragedy while seeking your own selfish desires?”
It was then that I knew I needed to change my ways, needed to learn more of this Lord who spoke into my heart. I started to go to church more regularly with my family. I started to look for a different form of music to listen to and stumbling across WDBA (now 107.3 WCOH) Christian music started to fill my life.
Getting rid of this thorn allowed me to grow in Christ and gave me nearly 2 years to develop my own personal-everyday-walking around relationship with Jesus. I needed this as I would have 2 tests of my faith, tests that I have already shared with you.
If I still had this thorn in my flesh never would I have read the book “90 Minutes in Heaven” that showed me how to be specific in my prayers for Alan & Cindy during those tests of my faith, never would I have read “Glory Revealed” to know how to see God in everyday things, never would I have heard God speak to me, never would I have come to know the great church family that I have in Mt Joy UMC, I would of never joined the all-men’s choir W. PA Men of Faith that has me singing praises to our Lord, never would I have seen the miracle He performed in Alan & Cindy, never would I be stepping out of my comfort zone to tell you this. I want you to know that if you are struggling with your own addiction, your own burden, that you can leave them on this very same alter as I did and He will carry them for you. He has for me.

Joel Molloy on 06.19.19, 4:04 PM

I wasted 20-25 years of my life on drugs, depravity, and criminal activity. During a life altering transition FLN was all i listened to while i was desperately seeking God for help restoring my mind. I lost the majority of my memories about 30 years worth due to the damage from drugs...BUT GOD... thought i was worthwhile to put back together and reconstructed me into something hes proud of..Looking back on my life i as a human being would have NEVER imagined it would take such extreme measures to finally have a relationship with Jesus. Would seriously like to say thank you to FLN for always playing what seemed like the perfect song, or lecture right when i needed to hear it. "for though i was buried into obscurity; I am now resurrected through Christ into Eternity". FLN is a huge blessing!!! God bless you!

Pamela Lanning on 06.29.19, 9:37 AM

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Bobbi Jo Coville on 08.17.19, 8:43 PM

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