Faithfulness in Motherhood, Marriage & Ministry: Balancing it Well

Heading into Bible college as a 19 year old, I was ready to serve the Lord with or without a husband and family. I had been personally called into full-time ministry and was excited about what that would look like. Four years later with a counseling degree, husband, and a baby on the way, the drive to minister full-time was still there; but I was less clear on how that would work. I loved being a mother and a wife just as much as I loved serving full-time. But how could I be faithful to all three without sacrificing what was important about each? Little did I know at the time, that my heart and thought process were the problems and not the inability to balance it all. I saw three separate lives instead of one life woven together through these three parts. I would eventually come to see the beauty of the dance between them instead of the fear of tripping through their tangled cords. To think of these parts of my life as stumbling over each other and causing frustration along the way was allowing fear to cripple my influence, ability, and in the end, faithfulness to my God. 

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Sarah Chadbourn

About Sarah Chadbourn

Sarah and her husband, Jonathan, are from third-generational ministry families. Their ministry experiences began in France as church planters. They then moved to a small Illinois town to help strengthen and experience the God-guided growth of a struggling church. Sarah’s husband is the Pastor of Education at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Groveland, Illinois, where she enjoys the busy life of a pastor’s wife. Sarah earned a degree in Nutritional Counseling from Calvary Bible College where she and Jonathan met. She enjoys writing, counseling, and speaking God’s truth to women of all ages. In her free time she enjoys playing piano, jogging, reading out-loud to her five children (ages 5-12), and decorating her house.

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