Flowers. They have to be one of God’s special gifts.
It was a day that started out as any other weekday. The kids had eaten breakfast, done chores, and were sitting at the table working on their school (we homeschooled at the time). I had finished all the laundry the day before, and as lovely as that sounds, there were now mounds of unfolded laundry […]
We are, most of us, well acquainted with Ecclesiastes’ carousel of seasons whirling in life – times to mourn, dance, weep, laugh. While we wish to hide tears and seek laughter instead, there is no hide-and-seek to play. The seasons – they just come.
My heart turns often with the grief of others, and mine, to this prayer:
Within the small-town church culture, transparency is both very simple and very hard. You live life closely with your people, often seeing them several times a week.
Having an effective quiet time on a daily basis is, by far, one of the most important things you can do to grow your walk with the Lord. When you spend time in the Bible, you’ll be much more equipped to handle life. It’s like being rejuvenated.
I imagine some of you expected something a little bit more “how-to” in the last blog. I have struggled over the years with so much guilt in cultivating a spiritual life because many of the tools I was given were legalistic – lists of things to do to be more spiritual, lists to which I […]
Life as a rural and small-town pastor’s wife affords many opportunities to see God’s truths displayed in the seasons. Life has seasons, too, and so often our spiritual life has been described by referring to the different seasons of growth we go through as we are conformed to the image of the Son who saved us. So how do we cultivate our spiritual life no matter what season we are in?
A full planner and a busy, ministry schedule are not true measures of your spirituality or your importance as a pastor’s wife. Have you allowed yourself to fall headlong into the 21st century’s Christian ideal of busiest equals best? How easy it is for our threads to tangle or skip a loop because of a schedule that is busting at the seams.
The day my husband stepped into the role of Pastor at our first church, I immediately acquired a new role of my own – Pastor’s Wife. What exactly does that mean? Why did my husband’s occupation come with a title for me as well? Does society coin the title “Mailman’s Wife” or “Mechanic’s Wife” or […]
Fresh off the overseas mission field, I remember clearly the first Sunday we stepped into our small-town church. On the mission field, we’d learned another language, been through culture shock, and delved into ministry in a foreign land. Yet, my fear of being a small-town pastor’s wife was stronger than my fear of being in […]