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.
I’m Praying for You I pray a lot in the shower. No one sees me there, and the water spray masks the tears. To be honest, my prayers, especially those in the shower, are often crisis-induced. Friendship woes. Job loss. Death. Divorce. I run with the pain of my friends to God. What prompts you […]
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 […]
I’m Annoyed “Sometimes I want to hide in the bathroom,” a friend once said to me, confessing her struggle to love a certain individual in the church. Does that sound slightly familiar? The opinions, sins, and personality types within the church can really start to irritate us. We might not actually hide in the bathroom, […]
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.
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3 I am now ready for winter to be over. Don’t get me wrong – I love snow. I love winter. […]
Reluctance is one of my biggest joy stealers. It can sneak up on me when I least expect it. Once I start focusing on myself I can quickly lose the bigger picture of seeing sacrifices for my church family as participation in God’s kingdom work. Most of the time I can send my pastor-husband off […]
What satisfies you? What brings you …purpose? …identity? …joy? Ponder the topic with me for a moment. “When I have ___________ I will be happy.” Many of the things we would like to satisfy us are good things. After all, God has been kind to give us many things to enjoy. But really, we find […]
The seasoned hiker was alone on an arduous journey, enjoying the beauty of the scenery and the challenge of the venture. Then something went wrong. He sent one text. No response. He tried another–still no response. His condition worsened. The elements revealed their power. Now he was becoming desperate. He could only text one word: […]
I read an interesting article on millennials in the last few weeks and suddenly as I was reading the article some pieces that had been floating around in my heart shifted and thunk fell into place. The article mentions a study that says millennials who were born under the prosperity of the 80s but came […]