The Seminary Wife

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

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.


30 Days? May 26, 2010

Filed under: Let's Talk,Prayer Requests,Thoughts,Uncategorized — eguthaus @ 4:41 pm

I’ve come to realize that I have an unhealthy relationship with my body image.  Being 6 months post partum from baby #3 and feeling deflated and flabby probably doesn’t help, but this has really been a long time issue.  When my oldest was about one, I remember committing to myself that I never wanted to be a ‘fat’ mom for my kids.  That’s lurked in my head always, but the funny thing is that I now realize how much I should have committed to being a ‘healthy example’ for my kids instead.  The only thing that avoiding ‘fattness’ has done for me is drive me on a speed boat into an even more unhealthy relationship with food which we all know the obvious consequences of.   Throw in stress and I’m an even worse train wreck!

In an attempt to rectify this turbulent cycle, I’ve made an attempt at running which my knee hated.  Quite the bummer, but I am determined to be successful with this!  So on the treadmill today I made a new commitment as I was in prayer with He who is the Ultimate Trainer.  I’m staying off the scale for 30 days and putting in 30 minutes of rigorous activity everyday, no matter what.  I’d love for others to join in on the commitment too!  Living healthier 30 minutes at a time?  I think know I can do this!


The Sem Wife