How I Overcame Cynicism as a Pastor’s Wife

Disney Land is popular for a reason.  We love the idea that fairy tales come true and that happily-ever-after really does exist.

But we all know the Disney experience is fantasy.

Characters who sign autograph books and gleefully pose for photos all day eventually go behind closed doors to clock out, take off their masks, and drive home. As parents we shield our children from this reality. We want them to maintain their childlike innocence as long as possible before they realize the unpleasant facts: Snow White’s name is really Cindy, she lives three miles away in an apartment, and has never experienced a poisoned-apple-induced coma.

I began life as a pastor’s wife with an idealistic approach very similar to the optimism found at Disney Land. Though I expected a few bumps along the way, I believed serving God with my husband would be amazing. I never imagined how it would devastate me.

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2 thoughts on “How I Overcame Cynicism as a Pastor’s Wife

  1. Hi Courtney, I read your storyl in Journey (page 22) August 2017) and had to share my experience on this same issue. I was keeping my 2 granddaughters (sisters), this has been about 3 years ago. Anyway, one night a noise woke me up and it was my youngest granddaughter Charli. OMGOSH……when I went in their room, she was stiff as a board and I knew in my heart from hearing and reading different things she was having a seizure. I know God was telling me what to do, because I was scared to death…..I sat on the bed and then held her in my arms and talked to her and prayed at the same time. After what seemed like forever, she stopped and was just looking around not saying a word and wasn’t really alert at all. I told my husband we have to take her to the ER now and have her checked out. I called my son who met us at the ER and went in with us and when we saw the doctor (whom I knew very well), she said her son had them every time he had a high fever. (Which she was burning up). I’m not sure if they gave her an antibiotic, but I kept here for several more days. She doesn’t remember anything about that night, but I will never forget it. I was scared to leave her alone at night for some time after that. I know exactly how you felt. I thank God above that He watched over her and guided me on what to do. They doctor told me I did the right thing by just holding her and letting the seizure go before trying to bring her to the ER. Anyway, thank you for sharing. I enjoy reading all your stories and I love Journey. God Bless you and your family!!

    1. I’m so glad you reached out, Julie. And I’m so thankful your granddaughter was fine. It is such a scary experience, but thank the Lord, He sees us through and protects these little ones!

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