Today is Saturday, October 19th, and tomorrow I will be talking about how to handle stress as part of our Fall Program.
In thinking back on my life, I remember the time as one of the most stressful was when I was applying to be in the Field Licensing Program in order to become an ordained minister. I was already a Licensed Unity Teacher and was the spiritual leader of Unity of Denton. I had also been the spiritual leader at Unity of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and Unity by the Sea in Corpus Christi.
In 1999 I arrived at Unity of Denton. My husband, Rev. Dean Davis, was the minister of Unity by the Sea and we agreed that I would be at Denton. Dean had always had this vision for me to become an ordained minister at Unity of Denton which was my desire too so we lived apart for a while so that I could pursue my dream.
Unity of Denton began to grow and the church board fully agreed for me to enter Unity’s Field Licensing Program which is one way that I could become ordained and still lead the church. The year was 2001. By this time Dean had severe COPD and moved back to Denton. When he moved home, he no longer was bringing in an income so I decided to find an additional job. In essence I was working full time at church and at an outside job.
I was excited to go to Unity and apply for the Field Licensing Program. There were 2 others who were also applying. One was chosen to go into the program. I was one of the two who was turned down. The reason was that I was working too many hours as well as caring for Dean. They thought it would be too much.
I was crushed. This was my dream and it seemed impossible to attain. I had Unity minister friends who encouraged me to apply again the next year. Again the board agreed to send me for another try out. This time I was accepted.
I worked hard taking care of Dean in hospice, working full time at companies and full time at the church plus taking courses in Field Licensing. It paid off and I was ordained and able to quit the outside job. Dean died before I was ordained but I felt strongly that he was happy that I was on my way to being ordained. My dream was then to be the minister of this church and it is still my dream.
I learned to let go and let God take care of all the details and it is a valuable lesson that I use when faced with stressful situations in my life.