The Seminary Wife

Just navigating the journey of this season and blogging as we go…

Out In the Open October 22, 2010

Filed under: Ministry,Prayer Requests — eguthaus @ 3:13 pm

Tomorrow marks another new beginning for us in the seminary journey.  It’s our official kick off for our new neighborhood ministry, the STEPS urban missions.  It also feels like we’re finally coming out from flying under the radar since moving into the neighborhood in August.  We’ve kept a fairly low profile in a ministry sense as we continue to get things settled around the new digs.  There are more plans on the horizons as God is seeking to use us in this new location in exciting ways.  But for now, we have just a few prayer requests:

  • Pray that He blesses us with the people that He is seeking tomorrow and always
  • Pray for great times and great fellowship amongst neighbors
  • Pray for us as we truly step into being a full time missionary family
  • Pray for guidance as we begin seeking partnership for financial support of our ministry and life as missionaries.
  • Pray for our stamina, health and that our tanks remain ‘full’

We continue to see the Lord at work in mighty ways and are excited that He called us to be apart of it!  Amazing opportunities are just around the corner…keep looking!

with grace,

the sem wife

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Easy Like Sunday Morning September 26, 2010

Filed under: Let's Talk,Ministry,Thoughts — eguthaus @ 12:05 pm

So I’m totally certain that Lionel Richie was talking about me trying to get our kids ready for church any given week.  Now that school is back in session and J has stuff to do at church on Sunday mornings again, I dread them coming.  No seriously.  I really don’t look forward to going to church.  Not just our church.  But ANY church.  It took awhile last year for me to accept that I was walking in a season of seeking God outside of corporate worship, but I finally came to terms with it.  Apparently this morning, I totally forgot that.  Again.  So I’m back to figuring out praying through what Sunday mornings are going to look like for us this year.  Holy Spirit:  LAY IT ON ME!

The ‘easy’ solution would be to find a church for me and the kids to go to that has nursery for X and age appropriate programing for the girls during a service sometime around 10:30…okay maybe 11 is more realistic!  But easy doesn’t feel right.  Looking for Jesus outside the ‘church’ box is what feels right.  Probably not a huge surprise if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time!  Will it be prayer walks/runs with the kids?  Coffee at LJ’s to see who’s there when most of the rest of our city is at service?  Worship music on the front porch with coffee should anyone decide to join me and my silly kids?  What would Jesus look like to you if you weren’t in a pew on Sunday?  Where might you encounter the Holy Spirit in ways you never thought imaginable?  Discuss!

–The Sem Wife

 

Misconceptions September 8, 2010

Filed under: Let's Talk,Ministry,Thoughts,Uncategorized — eguthaus @ 3:50 pm

1. WIC benefits do not pay for anything but your WIC issued shopping list which includes very select items (very few of which are food allergy friendly) and most definitely doesn’t include diapers.

2. Being monetaryily challenged, receiving WIC benefits, being covered by Medicaid and/or receiving food stamps does not equate laziness or stupidity.

3.  Being supported by “the system” is not a free ride or a pass on easy street.

4. Being a Bridge Card and/or Medicaid health plan card holder does not make you a system abuser.

5. Using food stamps does not mean that you eat crap and/or feed your family crap food.

6. Being without a home does not make you a threat to society.

This is a short (very short) list of the misconceptions that we have encountered since living life on ‘the other side’.  My hubby left an incredibly well paying job/career with benefits 2nd only to teachers and a great retirement package to follow this call simply because God said it is what we were to do.  I can’t think of any better reason to do something that completely defies logic.  In addition to leaving the standard American security blanket behind, we are taking on a sufficating amount of student loan debt because in order to pursue obtaining this education, there really isn’t any other way (no seriously, there isn’t.  we’ve looked 10,000 times over. and yes we recognize the whole ‘owe no man nothing’-it’s even something that we strive for-however the reality of our current situation is that we will just have to ‘owe some man’ student loans and continue to strive toward ‘owing nothing’ in every other area-which we’re doing successfully.  we are still taking applications for rich uncles, however).  Even with the crazy amount of student loans, there is a HUGE gap in what it takes to sustain a family of 5.  First and foremost, this is where faith comes in.  You can ask most anyone that asks us “so how do you live?” what our response to that question is and it’ll always be the same: we PRAY. FERVENTLY.  The really cool thing about fervent prayer is that when you’re praying for provision, it’s a black or white issue.  Either God comes through with dinero (or other means of providing i.e. food stamps, medicaid, unexpected checks/cash in the mail (and yes that really does happen too, but that’s a whole nother blog!) )or you sink-hard.  And because there’s no grey area, it’s eye opening to people who maybe aren’t so open with letting God take the wheel and drive wherever He wants to go.

So I feel like that as A LOT of rambling to say that we have experienced and witnessed a load of misconceptions in a year of living on the other side.  And while it seems crazy to say it, I’m actually looking forward to seeing what other myths we can dispell.  I don’t like having to utilize the system, but man am I thankful for it.

 

Here it is… August 18, 2010

Filed under: Ministry,Prayer Requests — eguthaus @ 3:29 pm

So apparently the Sem Wife took a little summer hiatus!  It wasn’t planned that way-on the contrary I actually thought that summer break would give me *more* time to blog and share.  But we’ve been in constant motion which equals no time to blog.  Oh!  And there’s the part where I wasn’t sure that I was going to be a Seminary Wife any longer…say what?!?!  Keep reading…

A large chunk of the summer was spent discerning and sorting out exactly what His plans are for Jason, us and ministry.  My knees are sore from this process-for real.  And just when we thought we had everything sorted out, we’ve been thrown yet another curve ball in the past 2 days.  No worries-it’s just satan at work because he knows a good thing when he sees it.  There are so many details to this story that I could post about it for days on end, but it’s really not *that* important.  The important thing is that Jason is still staying at WTS for school which still leaves me as the Seminary Wife and I’m looking forward to another year of sharing that process with people!

So that brings me to the really fast version of the “Here It Is” part.  While Jason is staying at WTS for school, it’s not coming without some really big changes for our family.  In the discernment process, it was made crystal clear to us that we are to leave our current home and move to the most urban part of this community to be amongst His people.  We are to pray with them, pray for them, love on them and serve them with hope that we build solid relationships with these people and break the chains that bind them.  I can’t even begin to tell you the emotions that surround this call!  While we are crazy excited in the next breath we’re crazy overwhelmed by what it means and takes to launch a ministry from the ground up- kind of like having a baby.  It’s a very humbling process that we have felt so guided on-knowing for sure that we’re following His will.  A-MAZ-ING!  We move in SIX days and I have not a single thing packed.  And I’m suprisingly okay with it!  It’s only four blocks after all.

I will be sharing the details of The STEPS (Sharing Truth & Embracing People in Shalom)-Urban Missions very soon, but for now the family (okay mostly the littlest!) is calling!

With grace and glory

The Sem Wife