Pastor's Wife, Mom, Writer & Imperfect Seeker of Jesus
Pastors' Wives--Battle Plans
June 25, 2015
Before I get too far into blog posts for the Pastors' Wives page, I feel like I need to write some sort of a “disclosure” blog. A couple weeks ago my brother-in-law, who is also a minister, asked me if this page was to bash on the Church. I started thinking, “That’s a really good, legitimate question.” He has been in ministry several years now and knows first-hand the ups and downs of ministry life. That is why with each blog I write, I struggle with the inner battle to try to say the "right" thing rather than the "real" thing.
Here's the reality laid bare: Would I change living the life of having a husband in the ministry for some other career? I can tell you that the answer would be a sound 95% "no." The blessings of this life have been unexpected and uncountable. And without a doubt, I am certain that my personal relationship with God would be nowhere near the place it is without the ministry. Not to mention that I do believe it is the path Ryan and I have been called to.
HOWEVER, the truth is that there is 5% of me that sometimes screams, "Yes, yes, yes, do something else!!!" Why would I tell you this? Because ministry for our Lord Jesus Christ is a BATTLE. Sometimes it is harder than I think I can bear.
When Ryan first told me that he felt called to the ministry, I was excited. I loved going to church. The people there were always so nice. But “going to church” and “living a life of ministry” are two entirely different sides of the coin, the latter side sometimes being buried in the dirt while the former shiny side is what everyone wants to look at.
Search through Scripture—God never sent His people into battle without a battle plan, telling them exactly what they needed to know or needed to do to conquer the enemy. In Numbers 13 we even see God telling Moses to send spies into the land of Canaan in order to bring back an accurate report of what they were about to face. Unfortunately, ten of those twelve spies reported that while the land was fabulous, the enemy was too powerful and could not be beaten.
That is NOT the report that I want to bring to you. God has laid on my heart to bring you a report like Joshua and Caleb did. They didn’t deny that the enemy was powerful. They didn’t deny that the cities were large and fortified well. But they DID proclaim that with The Lord as their commander, “we can certainly do it.” (Numbers 13:30 NIV)
THAT is the message Got has laid on my heart to share. NOT to deter future minister's wives. NOT to encourage you to nag your husband to leave the ministry. NOT to make you feel even worse than you may already feel. But rather, so that SATAN MAY NOT WIN THIS BATTLE!!!
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV)
This IS a battle. Satan's greatest tactic to destroy your ministry is to destroy your family. No great military leader goes into battle without studying the strategies of his enemy. Nor does he fight without a battle plan of his own.
That's what this page is for. To equip you, Pastors' Wives, with knowledge, tactics, and a battalion of sisters to help you win the war and to know that you are not alone in the fight.