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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Paving a {New} Way

One of the many joys in marriage is being able to watch your spouse succeed in different areas of life. I have to take a hot minute and just brag about Hunter: Not only does he work full-time at a "real job" (whatever the heck that means), but he's also a full-time (not paid) youth pastor, and going to school. Plus being a married man, a fur-baby daddy, and then there's the whole thing of having friends and family to spend time with.
I mean, the guy is freakin' incredible in my opinion.
When one has a plate that full, he/she certainly wants to utilize time in the most efficient way. School hasn't always been Hunter's most favorite thing to do simply because he wasn't sure what he wanted to study. Call him funny, but he wasn't all about spending that money for something that wasn't what he wanted to do. Can't say I blame him.
I've watched Hunter over the last year or so really begin to open up to the idea of going to school for ministry. Now don't get me wrong - we love what we do and the youth ministry that we're in. But Hunter really wanted to be sure that that was something God was calling him to do, and not just something for him to do. Get what I'm saying? Let me spell it out - Ministry is one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs all rolled into one happy bubble. Thus, if you go into ministry with the wrong attitude (aka go into it because you just "felt like it") then it's going to be a long ride friend.
Hunter and I always laugh when people ask about our ministry - it never stops. You're on call 24/7, 365 days a year. Not that we don't love it, but Hunter knew that if God was calling him to pursue ministry as a career that we (team effort here) would be in for a ride.
After so much praying, conversations with his mentors and fellow pastor friends, odd experiences that really were God-orchestrated, Hunter has accepted his calling to go into ministry. I can honestly say I never saw myself being a "pastor's wife" but I'm beyond thrilled for him. God is good, God is sovereign, and God will prevail.
Hunter has been taking a few steps before going into ministry school next year to really begin to lay the foundation for His work. It's been so fun watching him grow and change, and really accept what God has planned for him. I just ask that ya'll would continue to pray for Hunter as he goes through this journey. Pray that he's accepted into the school his heart desires (Baptist College of Florida, can I get an amen?!). And pray that through all of this, no matter what, God's name is exalted in the highest.
Guess I'd better step up my game as a pastor's wife, eh?!
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  1. Woo hoo!! That's awesome! I love that you brag about Hunter :) You're such a good, loving wife, Kelly! So glad he has you to support him!

  2. KELLY. Oh my gosh this is amazing - I'm teary-eyed over here! I will be praying for both of you guys- I think this is such a wonderful thing, I'm so excited!!!

  3. So incredible! What an amazing opportunity the Lord is giving you both. Growing up as a pastor's kid, I know it's the hardest, most rewarding job (besides parenting) there is! God has already been preparing you both for this journey, it's so exciting to see Him swing the door wide open and you both step through the door together.

  4. Good for him taking the time to be sure of his vocation! I'm glad to hear he's certain of it and now pulling the trigger! Certainly my own denomination (Catholic) has had the tragedy for many priests and religious who were accepted into service without the proper discernment, leaving them (in effect) trapped if they found they weren't in fact called to it. I'm sure though that this will make him happy: thinking of all the good that a minister of God can bring into people's lives, I think that if you have a vocation to it, it'd be the best job in the world. Blessings to both of you!

  5. AHHHH awesome!!! Praying for you and Hunter!!