When I was a little girl I tried out for t-ball. My older brother played in little league, and I of course would play baseball as well. I went to the first practice, and caught myself in the field warming up playing catch with a little boy. Apparently, that little boy was good at throwing and I was horrible at catching, because that ball came fast and strait and hit me in the face. I walked my sassy pants off that field crying and quit that day.
Many of us in christianity quit when the going gets tough. As pastors' wives that may look a bit differently. The stress of pastoring a church weighs on your marriage, people say hurtful things, you feel under appreciated, finances still aren't where they should be, people come and go, and sometimes you fail at your responsibilities. The easiest thing to do, is have one last Sunday and call it quits. Ever feel like quitting? Just maybe like t-ball, I wasn't meant to be a pastor's wife. Lord knows, I can't take another ball to the face.
However, in every hero movie you never see the hero give up. He is going to fight a battle to the end with a huge wound in his side. Could you imagine if the hero gave up after getting wounded? That movie would have terrible ratings. But no, every one loves when the impossible happens. When the odds are low, the hero is wounded and something great happens. He uses the little strength he has to fight to the end and wins.
God never called us to be quitters. Thank the Lord, Jesus didn't quit on us halfway to the cross because he was beaten and wounded. God uses the broken. If we were whole, and perfect we wouldn't realize just how much we need Jesus. The wounds will come, expect them because the battle isn't done. The battle won't be over until Christ returns. Do not forget who the hero is in this story.
Jesus is the hero. We are going to get wounds, battle scars, and get attacked. We live in a broken world, and we are all sinners. But when you pick up your swords as pastors' wives, you have to fight to the end, don't give up. Your aren't the hero, and in it of yourself you will quit. But Christ, the hero in you, always wins. Don't give up the good battle.
Hold tight to Jesus. Cling to your husband. Love your children. Shepherd His church. Carry your sword to the end.
Have you been fighting the battle of hope in the area of finances?
Keep fighting! Do not let the stress' and fear of finances knock you out of the race.
Is pastoring a church weighing on your marriage?
Do not allow the church and your marriage to get out of balance. Fight for order in your life.
People say hurtful things to you and your husband?
Fight the battle of bitterness in your life. Fight back with mercy, love, and grace.
Did you fail at being a mom, wife, friend, pastor's wife today?
Fight for grace. Do not allow insecurities, fear, and guilt win. Fight for truth.
Do you want to quit?
Remember, with Christ all things are possible. He gives strength and rest to the weary and broken hearted. Pick up your sword, and fight for the win.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor