You wore the dress. Said the vows. Kissed the groom.
You sealed the deal til death do you part. You signed over your life to Jesus and this man you’ve been given.
And things are gloriously beautiful and magical and life is better than good.
Your man is yours and you are his. He is your beloved and you are his sugar britches (or what have you) and the future that is unfolding before you is rich with possibility.
You get the baby itch and you have a baby, or six, and you begin to hunker down into this thing called motherhood. You make plans to settle in and make a life with the folks down at the church where your hubby is moving and shaking and making much of Jesus. You’re happy and full and proud of that man you married.
Until your man gets an itch to do something radically foolish like plant a church.
He shares his heart with you and you listen to his dreams and then you smile at him like he’s lost his mind.
Surely, he’s misunderstood Jesus. Surely, he isn’t really going to leave easy street for all things unknown. Surely, he’s not going to flush his 7 years of seminary down the drain, take a job managing a warehouse, and plant a church on the side. Surely, he’s not going to do this in the Bible Belt, in your hometown, in the hood, for crying out loud.
Surely, he’s messing with you. Surely, he’s messing with your heart.
Surely, he’s lost his ever-loving mind.
So you do what all good sugar-britches do to their Jesus loving, church planting wannabe men:
You throw a can of diced tomatoes at him and tell him you’re not called to be a church planter’s wife.
You cry for a whole year while Jesus deconstructs your pretty little life and you pack up your six little people and one good man and you move to the Bible Belt, into a house in the hood, and you curl up and die to your old self.
And then, you plant a church.
Over the next 31 days, I’ll be joining hundreds of other bloggers for The Nester’s 31 Days of writing. I’ll share my personal experiences as a wife and ministry partner and let you in on a few things I’ve learned along the way.
I’ll give you my failures and tell you how I wished I had done things differently.
I’ll share tips on how to build up your husband’s confidence by being his safe place to land.
I’ll talk about sex and intimacy and about how you should have a line item in the budget for lingerie because sometimes sex is the only thing reminding you that there was a YOU before there was a church.
I’ll write about how personal growth is important for you and your family. Dreaming big dreams inspires hope and hope points to Jesus.
And I’ll remind you that the church belongs to Jesus and He alone can build it.
Each post will vary in length, but mostly, each post will be less than 500 words. I’ll share a short interview with my church planter by way of a vlog, share a few resources, and then have a giveaway at the end of the month.
I’d love to hear your own stories in the comments each day. You guys encourage me so well, I’d love to have you guys spur on one another be praying for each other and speaking truth into one another’s lives.
See you tomorrow with Day 2: Be His Safe Place.
And if you’d like to join in on the fun, you still have time. You can find out all you need to know here.