Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Big Move

We finally moved from Pennsylvania to Indiana for my husband to accept the pastorate at Washington Baptist Church.  It was long and exhausting, as expected, but to our surprise, it wasn't our toddler who struggled the most.  Our orange and white tabby seemed to be the most traumatized by the whole situation.  I have been pretty busy getting settled in that I am not surprised it has been over two weeks since writing.

When I think of all the expectations of being "pastor's wife" (most of them I have put on myself), I can get pretty overwhelmed.
That is when I have to get back to basics and remember the One who we serve is all-powerful, and
He can work through someone like me.

With this blog I hope:
1. to share what I am learning in the hopes that someone can benefit from it.
2.  to network with other pastor's wives and women faithful to their local church for the purpose of encouragement.

I hope this can be a spot to help each other and not someplace to vent and complain.  There are plenty of blogs where you can do that, but this isn't one of them.  We all know there are difficulties associated with being in the ministry, but I hope to dwell on the positives.

I figured I would have time to catch up on my reading, but almost don't know where to start.  So in an effort to address a current lack of knowledge on my part, I am going to be looking for some good resources on women's ministries.  I have found some stuff that looks OK, but nothing really jumps out at me.  I will post anything I find that is of benefit.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Independence Day and my resignation

It is sort of funny, to me at least, that my resignation from my job ended up being on Independence Day.  I didn't plan it that way, but that is just how it worked out.  I thought I needed to give 2 weeks notice, but found out they prefer more than that for my position, so that was that.  My various coworkers reacted pretty much how I thought they would react.  I honestly hate to say goodbye.  If it were up to me, I would slip out secretly in the middle of the night and not say a word to anyone.  Don't ask me why, that is just how I have always been.  So I have given my notice of my intent to leave on Independence Day. And I will be free of this career that has taken me away from my true dream job(a SAHM). I typed up the official letter this morning and I assure you, not a tear was shed.  But maybe it just hasn't sunk in yet.

I have been trying to read through the entire Bible in a year, but when I got to those parts about all the laws, I got a little bogged down.  My smart hubby suggested that I alternate my readings with books from other genres.  So when I figured out what "genres" meant, hahaha, I started reading through Proverbs since there are 31 days in this month to line up with the 31 chapters in the book.  I have done this before, but have been struck this time by the need that we Christians have to seek wisdom.  I have probably blown right past that before as a "duh" kind of a thing, but it hit me that maybe I don't do enough of this.  I spend too much time trying to figure things out for myself, or come up with my own solutions to life's trials.  How much time do I spend seeking for wisdom from God and His Word.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The secret is getting out.

We are starting to tell our family and friends that we are about to make this huge move.  Many are excited for us, but probably few can truly understand what we are going through.  We have to sell (or possibly rent) our house in a down economy and pack up everything we own and move. . umm, pretty far away.  We have so many good friends here and the memories we have made in this house are beyond what words can express.  I will always remember the place where I told my husband we were expecting our first child and the feelings we had as proud new parents bringing our son home.  Our little munchkin will certainly not remember this home, but we will never forget the first steps he took here.  Though he is napping now, I can almost here his laughter and wonder how long it will take him to say "home" as we pull up to the parsonage like he does at our home now.

I guess this is where we have to trust that God will supply all our needs, both physical and spiritual.  It seems like our journey is just beginning, but really we have been on this path for a while.  He has been preparing us for this bend in the road because He knew what was coming.  He will continue to be with us, just as He has in the past.  And that is reassuring.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Everything's about to change.

47 to 1. And with that everything really is about to change.  That would be the vote in favor of bringing my husband to be the new pastor to a wonderful little church "in the middle of nowhere."  And I couldn't be more thrilled.

Yeah, that sounds funny, but you have to hear the whole story.

I kind of look at myself as wanting something sort of opposite many of my peers.  (Though to be perfectly honest this has always been my desire from the first day I knew I was going to be a mom.)  I am hanging up my stethoscope, as it were, my "career," for something I think is far more important.  Having always said "there are some things in life more important than money" it is now time to put those words into reality. The road ahead is not easy - leaving a job I truly love, going from two incomes to one, moving from the Philly suburbs to "where in Indiana are you going," switching roles back from breadwinner to stay-at-home mommy, and most of all becoming a full-time ministry family. We are excited and terrified. . .
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