Military Wives and Coaches Wives

One theme throughout Lessons from the Sidelines is the truth that while the coaching life is unique it’s not as individualistic as many assume. I’ve discovered that there are significant overlaps within the military and ministry lifestyles to how the coaching world functions. In fact, as a new coach’s wife, my most helpful and insightful mentors were the wife of my Young Life Area Director and the middle school pastor at our church who had been a co-pastor and/or pastor’s wife for over two decades at that point in addition to a faculty wife.

I sat down with Nichole Carrabbia a military wife and a certified life coach to discuss what it looks like to pursue your calling when your husband’s career requires you to constantly move, some of the fun similarities between military and coaching lifestyles (and a few of the not so fun ones).

Nichole and her husband have moved 12 times over his 23 years of active duty service. They have 4 children. During our conversation, Nichole and I were really honest about the tensions that rise up when you’re trying to obediently pursue God’s call for your own life and also raise the children he’s entrusted to you, who are only young for a short while.

As you listen to Nichole I hope you’re encouraged most by her reminders that with God all things are possible and that as we take courageous steps to build community we can lean on him to guide us, but we have to listen to each other and look for those common spaces as well.

PS You’ll hear us mention my Mighty Network in this video! When you preorder Lessons from the Sidelines you’ll receive an invitation to join! Book link coming soon!!

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