Often, we are interrupted by God in order to change our plans to His plans. We may view these interruptions as a joy stealer, because we are no longer in control of our lives. We must experience change and we must work through the change.
“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 […]
When I watch my daughter struggle I feel like my heart is being ripped out of my chest. No parent likes to see their child hurting and, knowing there is nothing I can do to ease her mind, leaves me feeling helpless. I can’t stop her pain. I can’t keep her stomach from aching or […]
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 […]
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. […]