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 […]

Cultivating Joy

Cultivating Joy

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete,” (John 15:11 NIV).   When we bought our new home, we were excited to live in a planting zone that is good for blueberries. We happily bought a couple of blueberry bushes and planted them […]

Joy Always Reminds

Joy Always Reminds

“The joy of the Lord is your strength,” (Nehemiah 8:10).   The joy-moment came in the middle of a difficult season of ministry. We’d stolen away on a camping trip to give us some space to breathe. As dusk fell, fireflies began to twinkle in the shadows under the trees. Our children had never seen […]

A Prayer for My Pastor’s Kids

A Prayer for My Pastor’s Kids

Heavenly Father, Thank You for my pastor’s family. Thank You for blessing them with three children, three unique children. Thank You for allowing us the privilege of watching these children grow and even giving us the opportunities to pour into their lives through AWANA and Sunday School. Or just smiling at them as we pass […]