I wanted to know how you dealt with your hubby going to seminary and working at church? What kind of adjustments did you have to make (i.e. budget, time spent together, etc.)? I'm pretty sure you addressed something along these lines in the past but I wanted to hear more about how you felt. What helped you get through this time? What verses did you cling to? Thanks in advance!
We moved to Charlotte in September 2005 to plant Elevation Church. We did not take a salary from the church at the time and my husband was supporting our family through itinerant speaking. In addition to pastoring our church, he was attending seminary.
His schedule was crazy. He was attending seminary at an extension location 2 hours away all day, every Monday. On Tuesday-Thursday he would work on messages, lead our staff (volunteers as well), and do seminary work. On Friday and Saturday he would usually be off preaching at some event. Sundays we would have church.
At the time Elijah was just a few months old and a very fussy baby. Needless to say our life was hectic and unsure. We didn't even know if what we were doing was working. It was a time in our life that God was building our faith.
But here is what I want to say. Sometimes I think God builds your faith because what he has for you down the road is even more difficult. Kinda like you can't learn to multiply until you first learn to add. How did we get through such a difficult time? We took one day at a time. God was building in us the faith and the stamina that we would need for the days ahead.
Our lives are hectic now too. My husband still travels, he has graduated seminary but is now working on writing his 2nd book, he still has a message to prepare each week and a full staff to lead. Instead of one child, we now have three. And we still have days where we are not sure if what we are doing is working. And we take one day at a time.
Matthew 6:31-34 says this
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
To live in the dream of "one day when…" is a deadly trap. Do what God has called you to do today. Tomorrow will not necessarily be easier, just different.