I am so excited to be able to talk to other women out there trying to figure out where they fit in the scheme of the church and their community. I loved every bit of the time I spent learning about God in my undergraduate studies and after coming out of it with a degree in theology have grown disillusioned. It seems that my degree is considered worthless by so many because I am a woman. I knew it would be hard, but it seems that until I recieve my masters my education and gifts are useless, at least that is the basic feeling I get from the church. I desire with deep intensity to go into women's ministry and do family and marriage counseling. I am really excited out going to school to do that, but I wonder if the church wants me to wait until I am 30 with a lot more degrees and experience to be able to use my giftings. I actually have the same degree as my husband and funny enough we have a lot of the same giftings, we both love to preach and teach, and are looking forward to doing marriage counseling as a team. Coming from a broken home, full of pain, and left with deep scars, I feel that there is nothing more important than healthy, whole, women who know who they are outside of others opinions. I am so blessed to have grown and healed from the experiences I had growing up, and cannot wait to help women in all the possible ways that I was helped and healed. Far too often we as women, allow the world and men to tell us our identity, and this gives a terrible distortion. I count myself blessed though, because my husband does nothing but encourage my talents, gifts and dreams, and when I feel like giving up or that I really havn't got what it takes he is my constant reminder. There are so many different views about where women fit in the church, and I wonder and may always wonder, where do I fit into it all?