STRYPER SINGER MICHAEL SWEET GETS ENGAGED
October 12, 2009
Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet has posted a personal update and special announcement within the “Message To The Fans” section of MICHAELSWEET.COM in which he states that he proposed to his girlfriend Lisa. Michael’s letter can be read below:
Throughout the past twenty six years, I’ve always had a deep faith in God. I decided to commit my life to Him, and to honor and glorify Him in all that I do. There have been ups and downs, good times and bad times, and it hasn’t always been an easy road, especially the past two years. When Kyle was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, our family began grieving from that moment on. Although we tried to stay positive and faithful, there were many times that we questioned God and cried out “why”, feeling as though it was some kind of nightmare that we couldn’t wake from. I tried desperately to be strong and to be an example to my family and my friends and to be strong for Kyle, Michael and Ellena.
Miraculously, by the strength and grace that only God can give, I was able to keep it together and not fall completely apart. God has always shown me that no matter how hard it gets or how painful it can be, He is always in control and He has a plan for my life.
I know this may come as a surprise to some of you but I had to make a decision to live my life and move forward in it. I could have very easily drawn the shades and hidden from the world. Instead, God brought someone so perfect for me at the perfect time. I know Kyle would want me to be happy just as I would have wanted her to be, if it had been me who was called home. I hope and pray that all of you reading this can understand.
It’s been a witness for me to see how accepting and supportive Mikey and Lena have been. I’m amazed at how much grace they both possess and how much of an example of Christ they are and continue to be. Kyle essentially raised and educated Michael and Ellena and because of her sacrifice to do so and her gift of teaching, they are without question, the most incredibly smart and loving kids and I love them more than words can describe! I’m so proud to be their father…..
As I mentioned in my last update “A New Chapter In My Life” (CLICK HERE TO READ) I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to love again, unconditionally, without restraints, and to be loved in return the very same way. Although the past few years have been excruciatingly painful and trying, I feel as though I’ve been given a second chance at true love and to live life once again as it should be lived – happy, joyful and at peace. Most people are blessed in one lifetime with true love and I’ve been blessed twice and I continue to stand in awe of God’s favor and God’s hand upon my life. When you find someone that you can share your heart, mind and soul with and you long to share the rest of your life with, it cannot be planned or arranged, or forced in any way. It just happens – destiny unfolding right before your eyes and as a very dear friend of mine so recently said, “God is playing Connect the Dots, and all the dots are connecting”.
Lisa is a unique person in the sense that she has the ability to love and accept everyone, unconditionally, and without judgment. She is kind and caring and always puts the needs and feelings of others before her own. She reminds me constantly of why I’m here and what I’m here to do – to be a light and an encouragement to those around me and those I come in contact with. I have to admit that it’s been easy at times for me to lose sight of what I do and to take this ministry that God has loaned to me for granted. Lisa keeps me grounded and always helps me to come back to the reality and importance of what I do. She is a gift from God and I need her in my life.
I recently proposed to Lisa and she changed my life with one simple word – Yes! I am pleased to announce the news of our engagement and our commitment to each other through matrimony. She is an angel and a Godsend and I look forward to a lifetime together. I’ve always been open about my life and I wanted to share this news with all of you. You have always been there for my family and I want all of you to know how much I appreciate that! Thank you for your support, your faith in prayer and your encouragement over the years. It will never be forgotten or taken for granted.