Senior Pastors Wives and the Challenges of Marriage to a Pastor
I have no problems saying that being married to our husbands brings lots of challenges. Child, lots!
However, it also brings us a myriad of blessings. One of them is the privilege to get to know and love God’s people in real and meaningful ways. We get to “do life” with them (as my cousin, Karen) would say and that’s a pearl of great price.
Yep, its wonderful that we get to cherish and love our church families, but that also means we feel the “sting” of farewell from time to time.
For instance, today our church said “goodbye” to one of God’s faithful, most beloved servants.
This spiritual sister left an indelible mark on many lives and mine was one of them.
She was over the “hospitality” ministry at my church. That ministry serves God’s people with food, warmth and comfort during good times and bad.
Let me tell you, Ruby Bradshaw was the perfect person to head this ministry. Her love and Christian devotion blessed so many people and always reflected heaven’s love for us.
We are so blessed to have them, pastor’s wife.
Have you ever thought about how blessed you are to meet some of the people in your congregation?
You get to bask in their love and acceptance. They have your back no matter what.
This is one blessing of being a pastor’s wife; it’s one I think we often take for granted.
Let me tell you, those meals Ruby sent home to me often relieved my load, encouraged my spirit and warmed my heart.
Seeing those silver foil containers in my husband’s hands meant I was blessed with a free evening to enjoy my family with a terrific meal I didn’t have to prepare.
Other times, her cobbler was like a “hug” of cinnamon-covered love during those times my husband’s absence wore on my heart.
Steve, at my church does the same now and also reminds me of God’s love and favor toward His people.
“Blessed to be a blessing”…
People never know how much their gestures encourage us, do they? Just recently a sweet young woman made us a Banana pudding cake. It was such a blessing, I reveled in the joy of it all week. Although, the cake didn’t last that long. 🙂
I get so many blessings being with my church family. They are the what I choose to focus on when life gets hard.
You should also know this blog is sort of my secret. So, the church won’t read this and every word genuinely springs from my heart. I pray you have lots of “Ruby Bradshaws” in your life, Pastor’s wife. Likewise, I pray that you are a “Ruby Bradshaw” blessing to someone else. I’m sure you are. 🙂
Married to a Pastor.com is a blog for pastors wives focused on offering encouragement for a pastor’s wife as well as insight on being a pastor’s wife…from one pastor’s wife to another.