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Allison, My Wife, My Inspiration

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in affirmation, Allison, blog, marriage | Posted on 29-03-2013

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Allison, My Wife, My Inspiration

I was over­whelmed Wednes­day by the recep­tion I received from my blog post called, “Gay Mar­riage, the Church, and Fallen_Pastor_Blog-1024x815the Christ Response.” All the feed­back I got was amaz­ing and it was from both sides of the aisle. The post wasn’t really about gay mar­riage, but about how we should love as Christ loved.

I say that to say this – I wasn’t going to post any­thing about it, but my lovely wife Alli­son, had said some­thing to me sev­eral times dur­ing the evening after I had received a Face­book inbox mes­sage ask­ing me my opin­ion about it. After she had men­tioned it, the lights came on about 2:00 in the morn­ing and I started writing.

It ended up being the most viewed blog post I had ever writ­ten. I was kinda dumb­founded about the whole thing and I asked her why she thought it had done so well. She said, “You know how peo­ple were always try­ing to trap Jesus and he never answered the way they wanted him to? You answered the ques­tion per­fectly.”

I don’t think I was wor­thy of a Jesus com­par­i­son, to be sure. But I got what she was say­ing. More than that, I can­not empha­size how much I love and appre­ci­ate my wife. She is my biggest fan. She said, “I just want peo­ple to read this post. I want the world to see it.”

She’s always like that. Whether I’m writ­ing, coun­sel­ing a fallen pas­tor, work­ing, or what­ever, she’s encour­ag­ing me.

DSC_0355Lately, I haven’t been liv­ing up to my poten­tial, I think. She’s been hon­est with me about that. She knows that God has some­thing bet­ter for me and she’s told me so. I love that about her too.

We always say that when one of us is down, the other one always seems to be up and able to help the other one. We fit so well together and I’m blessed to have her in my life.

I’m at a point where God is using me in a dif­fer­ent way and to do a dif­fer­ent type of min­istry. I’m very thank­ful that I have a God who doesn’t give up on His peo­ple or His pas­tors when they fall.

I’m also thank­ful to have Alli­son at this time. A woman who I could not live with­out right now. A woman who under­stands this min­istry I am engaged in to help those who fall, who under­stands my frus­tra­tions, my lim­i­ta­tions, my pain, my grief and con­stantly puts up with me in spite of my glar­ing imperfections.

I’m proud of her for get­ting her blog up and going again. In her own right, she is min­is­ter­ing to a whole group of peo­ple I can­not reach. I know many times she thinks she is inca­pable or unwor­thy but she is amaz­ing at what she does. Her heart is amaz­ing and I am very proud of her.

The road that has led us to where we are now has been dif­fi­cult, but it has also been reward­ing. But I am glad I have been blessed by God with Allison.

I was overwhelmed Wednesday by the reception I received from my blog post called, “Gay Marriage, the Church, and Fallen_Pastor_Blog-1024x815the Christ Response.” All the feedback I got was amazing and it was from both sides of the aisle. The post wasn’t really about gay marriage, but about how we should love as Christ loved.

I say that to say this – I wasn’t going to post anything about it, but my lovely wife Allison, had said something to me several times during the evening after I had received a Facebook inbox message asking me my opinion about it. After she had mentioned it, the lights came on about 2:00 in the morning and I started writing.

It ended up being the most viewed blog post I had ever written. I was kinda dumbfounded about the whole thing and I asked her why she thought it had done so well. She said, “You know how people were always trying to trap Jesus and he never answered the way they wanted him to? You answered the question perfectly.”

I don’t think I was worthy of a Jesus comparison, to be sure. But I got what she was saying. More than that, I cannot emphasize how much I love and appreciate my wife. She is my biggest fan. She said, “I just want people to read this post. I want the world to see it.”

She’s always like that. Whether I’m writing, counseling a fallen pastor, working, or whatever, she’s encouraging me.

DSC_0355Lately, I haven’t been living up to my potential, I think. She’s been honest with me about that. She knows that God has something better for me and she’s told me so. I love that about her too.

We always say that when one of us is down, the other one always seems to be up and able to help the other one. We fit so well together and I’m blessed to have her in my life.

I’m at a point where God is using me in a different way and to do a different type of ministry. I’m very thankful that I have a God who doesn’t give up on His people or His pastors when they fall.

I’m also thankful to have Allison at this time. A woman who I could not live without right now. A woman who understands this ministry I am engaged in to help those who fall, who understands my frustrations, my limitations, my pain, my grief and constantly puts up with me in spite of my glaring imperfections.

I’m proud of her for getting her blog up and going again. In her own right, she is ministering to a whole group of people I cannot reach. I know many times she thinks she is incapable or unworthy but she is amazing at what she does. Her heart is amazing and I am very proud of her.

The road that has led us to where we are now has been difficult, but it has also been rewarding. But I am glad I have been blessed by God with Allison.

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