Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I'm feeling led to a new ministry...

I've had something on my heart for quite some time. When I'm quiet, it just gets louder and louder. I've searched the net for something like it and not found much. I've needed this ministry for myself and have come up very, very short in my searching.

There seems to be little out there for wives of law enforcement officers (LEO). Wait-I meant Christian wives. I'm not trying to be snobby about it, there's just something different about being married to a man in LE, and the way a woman copes with that life is hugely affected by her faith, or lack of.

I love to write and when I was younger and thought I knew more than I really do, I thought I'd write a book someday. I've thought about topics, but each time, when I really thought hard about what I'd actually say, I found I really knew nothing about it that hasn't already been penned and published (good grief, that's how I learned about it in the first place).

There are only about two books I've seen out there for spouses of officers. I read I Love a Cop to prepare for this new career, but I had to filter it all through my Christian glasses. The other, Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement, is on my wishlist. I don't think it is a Christian book, either, but I've heard great reviews.

So, maybe someday God will have me write a book about the issues related to being a Christian LEO's wife, but in the meantime, I believe I'll start a blog about it.

I need a catchy name for the blog...like Behind the Badge or something to do with the Thin Blue Line (the fine line between LE and civilian life)...only more clever...feel free to loan me your cleverness; I know it when I see it but I possess no cleverness of my own :)

So, if you understand the 4am calls from the ER, when your'e trying to sound composed and strong but you're freaking out on the inside, or if your husband spends more time with hookers, addicts, gang members and sex offenders than he does with you, if you "get" walking on his left side, worrying if he left his gun in your car again, overprotection, if you noticed he just mentioned face planting someone in a story you've never heard and you wonder how many other dangerous situations he's guarded you from, or if you've ever run into an ex-inmate at the Dairy Queen and not known what to say (I bet you looked good in stripes??), then follow me to my new blog.

I promise it won't sing the theme song from cops or have pornographic avatars (there's some kind of thing going on with all these cops wives making a very sexy online persona...I have my theories but that's another post--or an entire book! Ha!). It'll be a place of real support-prayer coverage for any who ask, posts that relate to LEO life, links...who knows what God has in store, but I'm excited to find out. I hope you'll join me there if this is a ministry you need, too.

When it's ready, I'll put the link on this blog.

What do you think? Anyone out there need this, too?


shirleyhill said...

Well, I can't say that I know anyone about being a police officer's wife but I was the daughter of an oil field engineer who fought fires with Red Adair so I understand the fear. I also worked in ERs in large cities so I watched, first-hand, what these poor women go through. I always swore that I would never marry 1)a man in the oil field or 2)a police officer. Of course knowing how Shane became a police officer via Boeing, it gives it a different bent doesn't it. Anyway, I digress. I think it would be something that definitely would be needed. Police officer's wives are like military wives...they(you) live a very precarious existence and need support, ministry and TLC.

For a name....The Badge and the Cross or The Badge Behind The Cross. Maybe have a banner made that displays Jesus on the Cross with a Police badge over-composed on it as if it's coming through faintly.

If you need any help in the writing area, I would be more than happy to help. I'm a professional free-lance writer so I am more than willing to render help or advice.

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Sounds good Wendy just don't get too busy with this and every other thing you have going on!!!

Wendy said...

Thanks for the encouragement Shirley :)

Okay Boss, (I know who you are Mr. Anonymous!) I'll keep it under control. You know that's why I'm asking for an Asst. Director, right? So I can keep up with my blogs!


hi; i came across your blog much by accident..i am prior law enforcement, current chaplain and very involved in public safety. i was hurt on the job twice, once stabbed, once beat to the brink of death while arresting a burglar..God rescued me both times.
As for the name of your new blog, behind the badge, and badge and cross are over used...try something that identifies your relationship with LEO and Christ...
"Christian wives of cops" or Cops wives for Christ, or Christian LEO's or something like that....

feel free to visit me at www.myspace.com/rickmccann or www.privateofficer.com

good luck and God bless!

Chaplain Rick