God continued to pursue me and never gave up on me. (That’s the short version)
I was raised in home where God was absolutely taught. However through the storms of life and sin in this world my parents divorced when I was 14 years old. I struggled for many years with my faith and who God truly was. And while I believed Jesus died onmy behalf, the relationship with Him was not there.
I would go on to marry my High School sweetheart and have three beautiful kids. Things were good - vacations, house, nice cars, clothes, and food…. We had it all! However, God in His LOVE for me knew I was a disaster and chasing the wrong things and wanted more of me. He wanted ALL of me.
The day after our 15-year Anniversary, my wife informed me that she was "not happy" in our marriage anymore, and she wanted to take steps to separate.
My life as I knew it was over… alcohol & suicidal thoughts became the norm for my everyday life.
I made a decision to try out the new Harvest Bible Chapel at the International Aid campus in 2011. I began counseling with Pastor Dave and he asked me two simple questions:
Would you like to meet with someone who will feed your flesh?
Or someone who will hit you with biblical truth?
I told him "Dude I’m a mess! I need truth!" He agreed to meet with me and the work began. While I don’t give any praise to him I will forever be grateful for the time and truth he shared.
It wasn’t easy and truth be told it sucked at times. There was a night the crying was uncontrollable. I had my bible open, I had consumed alcohol and was, yet again, dealing with thoughts of ending it all. In that moment my life would forever be changed. My children flashed before my eyes and suddenly there was an overwhelming feeling of Gods presence.
At that moment I cried out to the Lord and Surrendered completely to Him. 'Lord mywife is yours, my kids are yours, and more importantly my life is yours. Have your way with me. I’m done doing this my way. I want to see things Your way. No more luke-warm and luke-cold. God, I cant handle the pain anymore and even if my family doesn’t come back together, I am ALL in for YOU!'
I asked HIM to have HIS way with me!
And HE IS! :)
Share the hope we have in Christ with hurting people. Most of my days I spend in the counseling room (with my wife by my side) walking along side couples who find themselves in a broken marriage with no hope. Pointing them to THE ONE God who has the power to transform, redeem, and make old things NEW.
Hospital visits are something that I also get to be part of. Knowing that when I get there, my goal is to love, pray with, and encourage. I often leave as the one who has indeed been encouraged.
God is having His way with me! I am a broken individual saved by grace through faith. Pouring into other broken people.
I believe that God is using me to show others that it's His will, and He will use WHO He wants, HOW He wants, WHEN He wants, if we submit to Him and allow ourselves to be used for Him and His glory.
Fall of 2011
September of 2015
1 Corinthians 2: 1-5
Biblical Soul Care Counselor
This changes with the season of life…
My go to in any circumstance is Galatians 2:20
"I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me! And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by FAITH in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me."
A patient, forgiving, God-fearing Kristie Cook.
My best friend and wife
Kaitlyn Proefrock - 22 years old - married to a man who loves the Lord. And we now are first time Grandparents blessed with Emsley as our granddaughter!
Tyler Cook - 20 years old - running hard after God and married to a beautiful woman who loves Jesus!
Eyliana Cook - 17years old - she is our only one living at home, and she is on fire for the Lord!
Sunday dinners with all my kids
Fish in the Big Lake for Salmon (when the boat works)
Go to Chicago with my wife
Fix up our house (one project at a time)