His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3 It’s hard to know where to begin when explaining how I became a pastor’s wife. My husband, Trevor, and I—along with our little daughter […]
Suburbia was not my home, although it’s where I grew up: in the “Bible belt” in East Tennessee, with churches on every corner and sprawling housing developments filling the blocks in between where we didn’t know our neighbors. The churches were mostly large, and although they were able to create small pockets of community through […]
Ecumenical Explorations. That was the theme of our sabbatical grant proposal. We would be exploring different denominations each Sunday and would be learning about the Christian traditions that came about through the Protestant Reformation. Our travel component was 7 weeks and split into 2 segments: 3 ½ weeks in Europe and 3 ½ weeks Stateside.
It was a day that started out as any other weekday. The kids had eaten breakfast, done chores, and were sitting at the table working on their school (we homeschooled at the time). I had finished all the laundry the day before, and as lovely as that sounds, there were now mounds of unfolded laundry […]
Within the small-town church culture, transparency is both very simple and very hard. You live life closely with your people, often seeing them several times a week.
Having an effective quiet time on a daily basis is, by far, one of the most important things you can do to grow your walk with the Lord. When you spend time in the Bible, you’ll be much more equipped to handle life. It’s like being rejuvenated.
I imagine some of you expected something a little bit more “how-to” in the last blog. I have struggled over the years with so much guilt in cultivating a spiritual life because many of the tools I was given were legalistic – lists of things to do to be more spiritual, lists to which I […]
Life as a rural and small-town pastor’s wife affords many opportunities to see God’s truths displayed in the seasons. Life has seasons, too, and so often our spiritual life has been described by referring to the different seasons of growth we go through as we are conformed to the image of the Son who saved us. So how do we cultivate our spiritual life no matter what season we are in?
A full planner and a busy, ministry schedule are not true measures of your spirituality or your importance as a pastor’s wife. Have you allowed yourself to fall headlong into the 21st century’s Christian ideal of busiest equals best? How easy it is for our threads to tangle or skip a loop because of a schedule that is busting at the seams.
Fresh off the overseas mission field, I remember clearly the first Sunday we stepped into our small-town church. On the mission field, we’d learned another language, been through culture shock, and delved into ministry in a foreign land. Yet, my fear of being a small-town pastor’s wife was stronger than my fear of being in […]