Heading into Bible college as a 19 year old, I was ready to serve the Lord with or without a husband and family. I had been personally called into full-time ministry and was excited about what that would look like. Four years later with a counseling degree, husband, and a baby on the way, the […]
I describe our household of two adults, five children, two cats, and one dog as very busy. Add working as a substitute teacher and general chaos that life brings, and it becomes a veritable circus. I like to say that, just as a circus contains a continual and overwhelming amount of movement and distractions while […]
Youth group…the very words strike fear into my heart. As a teenager, I never loved youth group and actually opted myself out of normally scheduled youth events to help with children and music ministries instead. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my leaders or even the other kids. I just never understood other teens. After […]
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-24 Of all of the fruits listed in these verses joy is consistently the most elusive. We often hear the correct and encouraging phrase, “Choose joy!” Although this idea of […]
My healing from the destructive nature of depression was not an immediate one. It is not something you can put a patch on or rewrite by formula. There are no perfect schedules or perfect pastor’s wife duties you could ever fulfill that would push away those clouds of depression.
My story of depression begins at the age of 19. I had entered my freshmen year of Bible college grieving the loss of my baby sister. Deciding that being the perfect student would aid in that endeavor, I soon added anorexia and isolation into the mix. This was the first time – the first time […]
Carmen and my friendship came about as a result of our husbands’ friendship. Tim and Jonathan have been best friends through Bible college, through starting families, through their beginning ministries, and through struggles and growth in the pastorate. Yet, although our husbands’ friendship helped introduce us, it was natural to form a friendship between ourselves. […]
My husband and I both graduated from Bible college. We knew why we needed to counsel from God’s Word. We agreed wholeheartedly with the theories of biblical counseling. We could even give you a great list of books to read.
Small-towns and rural communities are in crisis. They are rarely the wholesome communities portrayed to us on old television shows or travel magazines. Divorce, drug-addiction, suicide, depression, family turmoil, and many more intense situations face us as we attempt to minister to our people. Add to it the fact that a strong gospel presence is […]
I struggle with idolatry, the ultimate thief of joy. It is a daily reality that pulls my heart away from the worship of my Lord to the worship of those things which entice me away. It is an ever looming, always painful battle that, when won, brings clarity and worship for my Lord. Yet, when […]