Who is this Jonathan Thorn dude?
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First, before anything I am who I am by the GRACE of the GREAT I AM. I am 24 years into eternity, which means I accepted Jesus Christ in my heart when I was 13 years old. At my core in my heart there is Jesus. I believe that Jesus lived and died for our sins. Then three days later he rose conquering death and hell so that we may live. I believe that Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father are one. With this in mind I believe that we should:
LOVE NO MATTER WHO
LOVE NO MATTER WHERE
LOVE NO MATTER WHEN
LOVE NO MATTER WHAT.
God is Love. As Christians, THIS is our core. We are Christians, ‘little Christs’, who should emulate our savior in every minute of every day. But, we fail every day… No One is Perfect. In these imperfections, the sins that we commit, there is forgiveness. When Paul talks about forgiveness he is using the present progressive tense in Coine Greek. Which means there is a point we are saved and continually saved every day after. This by all means does not suggest we can consciously do bad things but is an acknowledgement that we fail and forgiveness is always there for us (this is sanctification).
So now that we established my core here is a glimpse of my path. I have been married to my wonderful wife for 15+ years and have 5 children plus the neighborhood kids that come and hang out. I am a stay at home dad and have recently potty trained my youngest making me DIAPER FREE after 13 years! WHOOT! I worked with teenage sex offenders and victims for 9 years then 2 years as a co-manager at several gas stations. I have a BA in Christian Counseling from Christian Leadership University and a BA in Bussiness Management from Malone University. I have been on mission trips to India, Jamaica and Mexico. Plus a number of hurricane and flood recovery trips and working in homeless shelters and other ministries. From 2001 to 2004 I led and compiled a prayer map of Canton, Ohio. I have a chapbook published ‘Cutting the Mobius’ and ‘Sophistimicated’ through Writing Knights. I have also been published in Haiku Journal, 50 Haikus, Three Line Poetry, Event Horizon, Operate Your Faith, High Coupe and Stroke Connections Magazine as well as anthologies through Writing Knights Press including ‘The Squire: Page a Day Poetry Anthology 2015’, ‘1000 Paper Cranes’, ‘The Grail’, ‘Stark Roots’, Crisis Chronicle Press’s ‘Hessler Street Anthology’ and Poet’s Haven’s ‘Poetry for Change vol 5’. I was nominated for the Push Cart Prize in 2016. I wish this was all and that I could say I have had a life with no snags or trips or falls. But then it wouldn’t be called life…
In 2010 I was headed home from working overnight a drunk driver drove a box truck into my car head on. (I will get into more details about this in later posts.) The repercussions caused black outs, memory difficulties, and migraines that snowballed. In November of 2012 I had the first of a series of 4 TIAs (though the last one was most likely a major stroke). These left me with an inability to walk without difficulties, twisted intestines, a weakness in my right lungs that caused reoccurring pneumonia 7xs, weakness on the right side, and a permanent partial loss of eyesight in my right eye. I worked through 9 months of physical therapy and visited the ER/ED 25xs in 2013. I lost my job and was in a bad spot. I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and PTSD I spent a year and a half struggling to breath at one point I was on an nebulizer 2xs a day and 2 inhalers 4 times a day. . All the problems and reoccurring pneumonia caused nerve damage in my chest. The doctors decided to put a battery in my back and wires through my ribs. This helped, and I ended back into physical therapy. During my recovery I tripped and tore my planter’s tendon and damaging the nerves in my ankle. I do not tell you this to boast or brag to bring pity but to lay a foundation of understanding. I have been given many opportunities to witness and encourage many people, who I may not have had an opportunity or understanding if I had not been through these experiences.
I write to encourage others on their journey as well as focusing on mental health, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and chronic pain.
Here I am writing about ways to stir the fire. To encourage other believers in Christ and those who are not. I will be writing in several sections that will grow over time. I write to encourage others on their journey as well as focusing on mental health, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. For now, there is WHO IS JONATHAN THORN?, STIRRING FIRE, IN THE CRUCIBLE, OTHER FLAMES, and SCRIBBLINGS. WHO IS JONATHAN THORN? Includes this introduction, and my testimony. STIRRING FIRE will focus on encouraging others in Christ Jesus. IN THE CRUCIBLE will be encouragement for those dealing with mental health or chronic pain including my own journey through anxiety, depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. This section will also include tips and things that may help. OTHER FLAMES is an area where you will find recommended resources including books, websites, and blogs to develop your toolbox when you need help. It will also have writing resources here as well. Writings Ablaze will have links to my two chapbooks and places I have been published.