It has been a relaxing, yet long crazy few days. I have missed writing daily to all of you, however I did enjoy the time spent with my family and friends. Taking time off and away from church to be with family, and have friends pour into you and encourage you is so vital to life and ministry. When we constantly pour out and out as pastors' and pastors' wives we need that time to regroup and get poured back into.
Over the past five years we haven't taken nearly enough time to get away love on each other, and have people speak truth and encouragement over us. It is hard to turn our switches off for a few days and refill our tanks when we are in full-time ministry. We are constantly "on." But even Jesus saw the importance of getting away and going to the wilderness to refill, pray, and be with God.
Jesus knew it was vital. God rested on the seventh day, and there are many other examples in the bible of the vitality of getting away. Unfortunately, in ministry, Jim and I never got away. We struggled with turning our brains "off," to spend time with each other, our family, Jesus, and letting friends pour back into us. With a long overdue getaway to the wilderness, the time has come for us.
We have run ourselves bone dry these five years of church planting with the stress' it brings. We have seen God's glory reign down here in Nashville, and there are so many good stories of what God has done in and through people at Forward Church. It has been a fun, beautiful adventurous ride, but the season has come to a close.
God is calling the pastor and pastor's wife to the wilderness like he called Jesus. He desires us to have a time of rest and to get close to him and let him pour back into us what we need. Jesus was still Jesus in the wilderness, and he never lost his calling and appointing for his mission and purpose here on earth. We will still be pastor and pastor's wife, but in a new season in the wilderness, until God calls us someplace new to pastor again.
We are excited to get away with Jesus, and move back to our hometown in Cookeville, TN to be around people we love as we seek to rest and wait on him to call us someplace new. I hope you follow me on this journey to the wilderness as a pastor's wife, as well as continue with me as I seek out wisdom I have learned over the past five years of planting to share with you. I cannot wait for this uncharted new journey we are about to step into. It is both scary and exciting. But we are laying everything down, to follow him.
Mark 6:31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor