Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Diabetes and Sovereignty

Something of an interesting day today.  As you may or may not know, Chad is a Type 1 Diabetic.  Which basically means lots of finger pricks, an insulin pump(hallelujah), and sometimes interesting low blood sugar levels.  These don't happen a lot but today was our lucky day(or not lucky or whatever).

Today was a work day(ambulance day....yay!!).  Chad rarely works in the county that I work in.  But today he did.  And he was even in my district.  Ambulances do their best not to leave their district so that response times are kept low.  Low response times are a good thing.  That means we get to the emergency/scene as quickly as possible.  Anywho, I get a call close to lunch time from Chad's coworker telling me that Chad just isn't acting right and won't talk to anyone.  That's most definitely a low blood sugar episode for the hubs.  Pretty classic for him anyway.  Fortunately(isn't God amazing) my partner and I were not on a call and Chad was working about 5 minutes away from the base.  We hauled our truck right to him and fixed him right up!

It's not a big deal to me most of the time because I have been doing this for Chad for quite a few years.  He has no control over things like this.  It's just the way it is.  And it's part of my job.  It is almost guaranteed for a county, even one that's small like ours, to get at least one diabetic call every shift.  But today I was reminded of the sovereignty of God. 

I don't really subscribe to the idea of luck.  I believe God has a plan and ordains His plan for our lives.  I believe He has absolutely everything arranged and all things work for His glory.  Today was just another simple reminder for me that God is sovereign.  And I am so thankful that He is.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Life in the Fish Bowl

So.............I never ever never ever link up with anything.  There are lots of reasons but the main one is the lack of time that I seem to always have.  And right now is no exception.  I digress.  When I saw the link up at Kelly's Korner today I knew it was right for me.  She is linking ministry wives today.

To say that I have lived my life in the ministry for Christ is the understatement of the year.  My husband is currently the associate pastor at a Baptist church in the next county over.  My father pastors, my brother pastors, and my father in law pastors.  Clayton doesn't stand a chance.  It's the family business and it's all I have ever really known.  And it's a good thing.

Being a ministry family is amazing and amazingly difficult.  We definitely live our lives differently than "normal" families.  But we are still just normal people that have the same experiences as the families in our churches.  Personally I wouldn't change how we live our lives.  Yes we are busy.  But some of that is by our own design.  And yes we will always be busy.  Dinner is not always(or rarely) at 6pm around the table with all of us there.  But that's the life we have. 

Chad and I joke with each other and say that we have the life we never knew we wanted.  We got married very young.  I was 19 and he was 20.  It's hard to believe that was 10 years ago.  We have an awesome 4 year old red headed little boy, and our daughter Johanna has been waiting for us for 2 1/2 years in Heaven.  She's already where we all not so secretly long to be.  Chad also works a full time job to help support us after I was part of a medical lay off 2 years ago.  I'm currently 7 weeks(not that I'm counting) away from finishing my degree in Emergency Medical Sciences.  I work part time for our county's EMS system.  I love EMS and I'm so excited to be finished.

We love our life and its ridiculously busy schedule.  We love our family even though we don't get to spend near as much time with them as we would like.  We love our God because He first loved us and chose us before the foundation of the world.

Ministry life is an amazing ride that I wouldn't change for anything.

Sorry it's fuzzy.  We were cold and excited to be watching our beloved Crimson Tide.