I don’t know what it is like to grow up as a pastor’s kid. I imagine it can be tough at times. My daughter says, “It’s normal.” and “It’s just like having any other dad.” but she also has no other point of reference with which to compare her experiences. She does not know what […]
Maybe you or your kids have seen the movie “Inside Out”. It’s the story of a girl named Riley and all of the feelings that live inside of her mind and memories. Each feeling has a name and character, and the story toggles between Riley’s real life and the story that is running through her […]
Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with […]
Nearly every Ontarian who lives near the US border travels to the United States at some point to shop in order to enjoy the greater variety in options and the better prices. Our family is no exception, and we scheduled one of those family shopping trips last summer to do some final back-to-school shopping and […]
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.