The tears first pooled, then pressed upon my eyelids, finally breaking over the edge and trickling down my face. My daughters and I were watching a modern re-telling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic “Little Women”, and Beth was comforting Jo, explaining that her purpose was never to have big dreams but to be the one […]
Since “joy” is our theme this year, I have been contemplating how to recognize and implement joy in my life. We have all been taught that happiness is fleeting but joy is soul-deep, springing up in our spirit by the Holy Spirit Himself. And we know that joy is a part of the fruit of […]
When I watch my daughter struggle I feel like my heart is being ripped out of my chest. No parent likes to see their child hurting and, knowing there is nothing I can do to ease her mind, leaves me feeling helpless. I can’t stop her pain. I can’t keep her stomach from aching or […]
Dear beloved pastor’s wife, if I could sit down with you for a couple of hours and talk about anxiety, fear, panic attacks, depression, or stress, I would start with this: God delights in you. You are so loved, so precious to Him. And He knows that you are human.
As a pastor’s wife, it can be overwhelming to struggle with something so real and tangible as panic attacks and anxiety. But I know firsthand that it is possible to have joy despite a challenge that is so difficult – because God is bigger! If you didn’t catch my story in part one, you can […]
My role as a pastor’s wife is the realization of a childhood dream. As a little girl, I would pretend to be in ministry as I played “church.” I imagined entertaining guests in my home, discipling others through Bible study, singing a special in the morning worship service, and so on.
We know that ministry is hard. It’s a given and it is not hidden and none are exempt. We all have our struggles, but we also have our joys. Our marriage relationship should be one of them.
By, Nicole M. Simple—yet significant—ways to add joy to the Christmas Season Pause to play together at home
By, Denna B. Advent is 25 days worth of waiting, expecting, and HOPE. I love celebrating this time of year at home and with our church family. Here are some of our favorite activities:
Winter Minestrone Soup Adapted from Melskitchencafe.com Serves 6-8 6 slices bacon, chopped, cooked till crispy 1 c chopped onions 1 ½ c diced carrots (about 3-4 carrots) 1 ½ c diced celery (about 5-6 stalks) 2 ½ c peeled, diced butternut squash (about 1-1 ½ pounds) 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed through a […]