I have been tossing around the idea of writing a book chronicling my experience as a seminary wife. First of all… I wouldn’t even know where to start to write an actual book! Second… who would publish it? Third… who would actually read it?!?
I figured I would start here… and try to bring it all together. Considering that I still have six months left as a seminary wife (Lord willing)… the experience is still very real, very fresh and very raw. This has been the most unusual experience of my life.
Two years ago, my husband started talking (not for the first time) about going to seminary. He has been wanting to go for some time. A few years ago, I asked him to narrow his vision.. I didn’t want to go through seminary in hopes of maybe figuring out what we were going to do with our lives. I wanted to go into it with a purpose. So… he held off and pursued other interests for a while.
His hope for seminary was never far from his heart. He indulged me and spent some time searching his heart and narrowing his vision. He decided he wanted to be a Christian counselor. Two years ago, it all began.. the roller coaster! I shared my testimony once to a group of young moms. I said that for so long my Christian life was like a ferris wheel… lots of ups and downs, but basically the same view. Shortly after college, God said “step off the ferris wheel and have a seat right here on this roller coaster.” Craziness… up, down, upside down… A couple of years ago, we went to Dollywood with some friends. I rode a roller coaster that was in the dark. We couldn’t see where we were going. At one point, you are headed toward a big fire and right before you get to it, you drop… fast… but you can feel the heat from the flames right before you fall. When we started this seminary journey, I felt like God said… stay on the roller coaster, but I’m going to turn off the lights. It’s going to get hot sometimes. You’ll feel the fire… but I know what I’m doing… just hang on and trust me!
Oh my… what a ride it has been. I hope you’ll indulge me as I share about our experiences. As I said… some are still too raw… but I will try to share what we’ve gone through… what we’ve learned and hopefully, how we’ve learned and grown.