I am a mother, a farmer’s wife, a minister, and a writer. God has blessed me with the ability to work from home so I can focus my attention on all my loves, but it hasn’t always been this way.
At the age of 36, I got married and left my city-life in Nashville, TN, to move to the rural Midwest. After 13 years of building a career and earning a master’s degree that eventually led to my ordination and position as a staff pastor at a large church, I am learning the new role of housewife and mother. It’s an adjustment, but I’m so thankful for the life God has given me.
My husband and I have known one another since we were children. I lived in the neighboring town until I was twelve. My family moved away, but our families remained connected. Although we were not friends, we were aware of one another’s lives and families. He began reading my blog, then found me on Facebook and sent a message. A month later, he came to Nashville to visit for the first time. I felt at home with him from the first visit. Even though we hadn’t exactly known one another, we understood each other immediately. It was amazing to find a godly, loving, handsome man who had never been married and had no children, had been waiting for the woman God had for him, and was as excited about starting a family as I am. Seventeen months later, we said “I do!”
I’ve always known I wanted children of my own and marriage to a good man. Through all the years of singleness and waiting for the feeling of peace I knew would come when I met the right man, I prayed for my husband and tried to find him. My husband left the searching to the Lord, established good friendships with both guys and girls, and believed if marriage was part of God’s plan for him it would happen. We’ve had very different experiences as a result of our different styles of handling the waiting process. He is teaching me contentment and I am teaching him assertiveness!
I left everything to pursue the passion God gave me and He has provided in amazing ways. As I write, I am looking out over fields of wheat, farm houses and silos in the distance. After the rolling hills and thick trees of metro Nashville, the flat country brings with it a sense of safety, freedom, and openness. I was able to make this change with confidence due to a feeling of total peace that this path is the one I am to follow.
God graced us by filling our home with the sound of children’s laughter. Our Eliana Rose joined the family just 11 days shy of our one-year wedding anniversary. She brought so much joy into our lives that we immediately did it again! Charlie Dean was born just 15 months after his big sister and is living up to the meaning of his name – a friendly, free, responsible man. Just to add a cherry to the top of our little family, we decided to go for it one more time! Baby #3, Redmond Samuel, was born on March 1, 2017.
My husband is a crop farmer with no livestock, so there are no 5:00 a.m. wake up calls from a rooster here. We have the luxury of working from home and setting our own hours. We both have family in the area, so that is a welcome change for me. I’m working to become a published author and speaker, although not too hard these days as I focus on motherhood.
Gathering Wisdom: My parents taught me the story of Solomon from the time I was a child, encouraging me to pray for wisdom and then I would find all the other things I needed as well. That lesson made a big impact on me and I’ve prayed for wisdom nearly every day since then. As circumstances have affected my life, I look for what can be learned and how I can grow through it. Then I want to know how I can teach it to others so they can make better choices than I knew to make. When Mr. Wyse proposed to me, I knew that God has a good sense of humor and delights in honoring our requests. It is my prayer to be wise, my last name is now Wyse, and I hope that what I write conveys wisdom from the Lord.
Joyfully Sharing God’s Goodness: God constantly encourages us through Scripture to remember the miraculous and amazing things He has done. It’s what keeps our eyes on Him and off our circumstances, building faith and courage, and setting us free from fear. God commands us to share our testimony with others, to remember His goodness, and through the ability to speak and write, I hope to fulfill that calling.
Background and Education:
I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Clemson University and a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University. I worked for a denominational publishing house for six years, then for a non-denominational church as the Women’s Ministries Director and Community Groups Pastor. In December, 2011, I got married and joined my husband on his farm in the rural Midwest. My father is Pastor Sam Wenger, a seasoned apostle who enjoys turning hurting churches around. My mother, Elaine, is a real estate agent, and I have a younger sister and brother. We live very close to my husband’s parents, John and Sharon, and are grateful for their love and support in raising our little treasures.
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