Last weekend I had the privilege of speaking at a Pastor’s Wives retreat on Roan Mountain. There were 15 of us there; a perfect size group to fellowship and have our hearts knit together. As you already know, pastor’s wives are far from perfect! Though people often have really high expectations for their pastor’s wife, we are all just like you with the same struggles and challenges in both our spiritual lives and day to day relationships and activities.
Some of the ladies came with cool hearts due to not being in the Word of God on a personal basis each day. Does that shock you? While it may be disappointing, we have to remember that it’s just as much a challenge to be faithful in their daily Christian walk as it is for you. The purpose of this retreat was to get back to where they needed to be. Praise the Lord, I think there were several that have determined to change their priorities and make it a daily habit to spend time with the Lord each day.
A couple other women admitted after a session on marriage relationships, that their marriages were weak and had some struggles. Changes needed to be made there. Praise the Lord for hope and Truth to help from the Word of God!
Retreating is what we all need to do from time to time so that we might take a little inventory of our lives. We need to look and see where the weakness are and be reminded of the truth! It’s just as easy for pastor’s wives as it is for you to let things slide. We let the things that are best slip by and get lost under the busyness of our crazy lives and schedules. The well-meaning intentions are only memories of what we used to do instead of the best part of our day.
So with that being said, be sure to pray for your pastor’s wife to stay on track. It only takes a matter of days of slacking off to turn a person who was once was on fire for God to now become a smoldering ember. Just keeping it real here, folks. Being a ministry wife is no substitute for a vital relationship with the Lord! I ask your prayers for me and other pastor’s wives you know. Pray that our lives will count for God – not simply as a pastor’s wife, but also as a Child of the King.
Pastor’s Encouragement: Pray that your pastor will be courageous in proclaiming Christ from the pulpit and confident in his use of the Word of God. Ask God to help him preach with insight, transparency, and humility.
Husband Encouragement: Are you a wise woman? Do you open your mouth with wisdom, as Proverbs 31:26 suggests? As you continue in your 30-day challenge, remember that a wise woman encourages her husband.
Is your husband a wise man? Does he have a godly perspective that comes from knowing God and walking with Him in obedience? Does he have a sense of purpose for his life and vision for your home? Tell him how much this means to you. If your husband is not walking with God — or perhaps, does not know the Lord — you have the opportunity and responsibility to practice your faith and create a thirst for God. Thank God for giving your husband a place in his heart that only He can fill, and keep praying that he will turn to the Lord to fill that vacuum.
I forgot the challenge yesterday! Sorry!
With love from my country porch,