Rest and Renewal

Rest and Renewal

Everybody reaches a point where they need to rest. Maybe it is after a long day of hard work or maybe after a particularly difficult encounter with a friend or family member. Often our tiredness is simply due to the day-to-day events that can lead to stress and burnout if we don’t take some time […]

The Theology of Joy

The Theology of Joy

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-24   Of all of the fruits listed in these verses joy is consistently the most elusive. We often hear the correct and encouraging phrase, “Choose joy!” Although this idea of […]

Remember the Pain in the Joy

Remember the Pain in the Joy

“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) Everyone always told me that when you hold your newborn in your arms for the first […]

‘Wife for Life’ Scripture-Prayers

‘Wife for Life’ Scripture-Prayers

*Scriptures are New Living Translation This list has been put together by Di Mathis (a former pastor’s wife – her husband Scott is the President of the Fellowship of Berean Churches) and Denna Busenitz (who networked with other pastors’ wives and wrote these prayers in a format similar to her training with Moms in Prayer […]

Joy When the Waiting Ends

Joy When the Waiting Ends

There was a morning when a child ran out the door to catch the bus. Late. Shoes in one hand, jacket in the other. Backpack hanging open. Sock-clad feet racing over wet grass.  Tears had flowed that morning. The child was slow to leave bed. And eat breakfast. And brush teeth. The mom responded with impatience. As […]

Find Your People

Find Your People

I’ve heard a lot of pastors’ wives receive the advice to be careful whom you trust in your congregations and where you make friends. I think it often makes us wary of those around us in the pews and sometimes hinders us from loving people freely. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: […]

Hymns and Hearts of Contentment

Hymns and Hearts of Contentment

“For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Philippians 4:11b-12   I love hymns. Old ones, new ones, it doesn’t […]