• Life as a Wife

    Mark’s Graduation & My New “Place”

    Last Saturday was my husband’s graduation from Free Gospel Bible Institute. The way God moved in the service was incredible and just what one should expect at a Pentecostal school sending graduates forth into the ministry. After two weeks of non-stop activity including a picnic, a banquet, several services, a yearbook presentation, a baccalaureate and finally the ceremony, I, along with everyone else, am exhausted. Time is winding down. My final classes have been taught, our possessions are dwindling as we sell things one at a time and haul boxes off to Goodwill on a regular basis. Loose ends are being tied as I make my way down a “list…

  • Character

    “Not in Service”

    As the bus flew by, the tiny bulbs across the sign lit up to spell out a message to the world. “I am unavailable.” A wall was thrown up between the driver and every pedestrian in need for countless miles. You could almost sense the driver’s frustration, as he avoided eye contact with anyone that looked like they may need a lift. He was done dealing with people. It didn’t matter how many more walking about town were in need of a ride. A frazzled mother with a tantrum-taken child and tired feet. An old widow struggling to carry her groceries across the street. An elderly fellow that walked with…

  • Single Girl

    A Single Yellow Rose – A Reminder to Keep God First

    On Valentine’s Day 2012 I found the token of a promise in the presence of a single yellow rose sitting timidly on my desk, crowded by piles of ministry-related work. Prior to its appearance in my overly cluttered office I had been a single girl, in my twenties, struggling with the same general fears that plague any single girl’s heart. Let’s face it. As strong as we try to be, sometimes that road is harder than what we allow others to see. I loved my life, the people in my life, and the work that God had set before me. I sought above all, to lead a godly life abandoning…

  • Life as a Wife,  Uncategorized

    Hinds Feet & Bows of Steel

    2 Samuel 22:29-35 Shortly after we got married, I began to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of responsibilities I had to manage. If I was a “stay-at-home-wife” it might not have been so bad, but because I was working full-time and the workload has always branched into my personal life to keep up, I found myself drowning in the midst of duty after duty piling up. There simply wasn’t time to do the things I had always been able to do. In my heart, all I could do was dream of the moment that I would be free from having to juggle both. A resentment started to creep in towards…

  • Life as a Wife

    The Ministry-Job-Wife-Life Juggle

    Last week was one of those weeks where I began to feel like maybe I was getting the hang of this “wife thing” where you balance job and ministry responsibilities with your home and wife responsibilities. “Operation Wife” has been a form of organizational therapy as recipes and ideas are perfected to what works and consolidated into one place, and all of the other attempts and failures are relegated to oblivion. I comfort myself thinking that one day, if I have my own little girl that grows up and marries off, I can hand her a book of successes that she can begin her own married life with. In the…