My Dancing Day…

One year ago today I was sitting in a baby delivery room waiting for my fifth child to enter this world.

But he was facing the wrong way in my wife’s womb and wasn’t able to come out. My wife was in a lot of pain and I could hear his heart rate on the monitor going down. They said if he didn’t come out really soon they would have to do C section.

I was sitting there right next to the bed and I just felt so helpless. I tried get quiet and hear from God, but my mind deserted me…I was in shock.

The woman I loved was a few feet away from me screaming in pain and I could hear my sons hear heart rate getting slower and slower.

I just put my head in my hands and prayed softly in the spirit. That’s all I could think of to do.

So I prayed and prayed, until I hit a gusher…the joy of the Lord filled my heart. I got up, walked into the bathroom and dance like a mad man. Then I calmly walked back out and sat down in my chair.

Everyone but one nurse had left the room and it looked like that they were getting ready to do the C section. My wife suggested to the nurse that she try and push just one more time.

So she did and Robert James Mancha started to come forth in a mighty way. The nurse screamed for me to go get help, so I got up and ran out to the nurses station to get help.

James is my grace baby. I was in the best place of my life spiritually when he was born and I think his calm demeanor reflects that fact.

This morning when he walked into my office I just picked him up and thanked God for him one more time.

Happy birthday Robert James, your daddy danced on the day you were born.


Happy Birthday Baby!

Shortly before my wedding day I asked the Holy Ghost was the young lady I was about to marry was she the one. It didn’t take long, in fact the quickness of His reply startled me, but He let me know that Michelle Rene Rice was indeed the Fathers perfect will for my life.

She is an absolute manifestation of Prov. 31 and mere words can’t communicate how much of the blessing she has been in my life.

Without her prayer and support I wouldn’t be here.

Happy birthday!

She Who Must Be Obeyed

15 years ago today I married this lovely lady and it was the seconded best decision that I ever made.

She is strong, supportive and anointed…I don’t deserve her.

But again I don’t deserve any of the blessings God has so richly poured out into my life.

The Truth About Marriage and Cars


photo by kevin n. murphy

By Michelle Rene Mancha

You want to get married someday? Great. Now all you need is a man, right? Wrong. You need more than a man, a ring and a wedding. It takes more than a deep voice to make a man. It takes more than a ring to make a marriage. And it takes more than a wedding to create a beautiful lifetime. You don’t need a man, you need the right man. And he is worth the wait.

Having a substitute instead of what you really want can be devastating. When my husband and I were looking for our first car, I wanted to buy something that we could easily afford, he wanted to buy a car he liked. We went shopping and I found the perfect family car for a very good price. When we went for the test drive, the car would not start. When we finally got going, it had no pick-up and did not handle well. After the drive, he and I talked about it and agreed that we did not want that car. A few months later, we went shopping again and there it was, the car my husband wanted. To make a long story short, it was a great car, at a good price and we were both satisfied with the purchase. Sometimes I think back to the car we almost bought. It looked nice on the outside, and it was a good price. I almost overlooked the warning signs and bought a piece of junk. There were probably other things wrong that I didn’t know about. The money we would have spent on repairs would have made the low cost of the car insignificant.

A car is a major purchase for most people, and its selection should be conducted with care. Selecting a mate is even more serious. If you make a mistake, you can not send your mate back to the dealer or make a trade for new model. In the case of a mate, a substitute is even more dangerous because you become involved in the deception of your heart. When you lie to yourself and ignore your heart, or try to convince your heart that this is the man you have always been waiting for, and later realize that you made a mistake, you can no longer trust your heart. It takes a lot of healing to return your heart to a trustworthy condition.

The good news is that you do not have to worry about selecting the wrong mate or rushing off to marry a substitute. Not because it can not happen to you, but because you are opening your ears for understanding and instruction. You are seeking wisdom from the Word of God (the Bible) and the pages of this book. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” That is what you are doing. You are seeking to get wisdom and you will be pleased with the results if you follow the Word of God in the area of dating and marriage.