Reverend Jill

Last week was a big week for our family.  Mr. L was in his first “stage play” as he calls it. He did a wonderful job!  My dear husband taught a breakout session at a conference which I thought was an honor and super wonderful.  And I finished a 15 year journey.

On Thursday night I received my credentials as a licensed minister.

Although I had finished the required schooling to get my license 11 years ago I had not pursued them.  As a woman, I thought that since my husband was licensed and we were doing ministry that I did not need to follow through with this step.  Over the past two years I have been challenged that not only does my husband have a calling on his life, but I do as well.

Last July my grandpa passed away.  He had battled cancer for 7 years so it was not a surprise when he passed.  Weeks before his passing I was at work when I was inspired to write the words coming to my mind.  I began writing what would become his eulogy.  That moment has defined me.  The inspired writing of the eulogy, stepping up when asked who was going to do it, and delivering it.  I changed that day.  July 25, 2012.

I remember distinctly my dad coming up to me afterwards and saying how proud he was of me.  He believed God had a plan for me.  I was inspired by my grandpa’s life and my dad’s words of encouragement.

We had just moved to a new town to be apart of a church plant (actually on the day my grandpa passed away).  God has changed me over the last year.  I work with great leaders who love me, challenge me, and help me grow.

My steps of obedience are just that.  God told me last year that he had something for me to do but that I had to follow through in doing what he had told me to do…to get my license.  So here I am.  Ready for the new journey God has for me.

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3 thoughts on “Reverend Jill

  1. Jill, we must get together. Ali told me about your blog and I just read the whole thing, backwards until the first post. So much to talk about. We mix our own dishwasher soap too. And I, too, have done the education part of becoming a pastor, but never completed the final steps. Seems we could talk for days.

    Anyway, thanks for writing. Thanks for sharing. I love blogs!
    Joyfully,
    Becca

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