Updated: Jan 6, 2019
Almost 7 years ago my husband & I lived in a loft apartment with a 5-month-old and a 4-year-old and started pastoring...... somewhere in the static, I blinked and here we are!
Becoming a Pastor's wife has been one of the most rewarding jobs I could have ever wanted. My children have never known another life. It was a priority high on our list to make them part of the process. It can be common for a Pastor's Kid (PK) to eventually resent ministry because they feel it took their place or they just couldn’t quite live up to the expectations.
I have many wonderful women that I glean from in my life. The most recent lesson I have learned is to let my children have ownership of the church by letting them be a part of praying for anyone in the church.
Both of my children are sensitive and pick up on people that are hurting. We have really tried to nurture that quality in them. They are very inquisitive and show genuine concern for our church.
Parenting a PK can be like mastering a Rubik's Cube with your eyes closed while driving backwards and blindfolded in Atlanta traffic! This is the greatest adventure I've ever experienced. I prayed, as a girl, for this life. I remember longing for a different life for my children than I had and a desire for them to be proud of who they are.
It's not always a compliment to be told "You will be just like your Dad." I remember being told that and it hurt me so deeply. I didn't want to be addicted to every substance imaginable with no promise of making it back to God. I wanted the life my Mom fought for me to have.
We can never thank God enough for praying parents. I give my Mom credit for my life every chance I get. Yes, we all make our own decisions, but without any support we can easily make the wrong one. I have a powerful testimony that allows me to connect with people as a pastor's wife, but it doesn't mean my heart hurts less when I share.
I always tell my boys, "You're going to be just like Daddy." They love it; then they fight over which daughter work they are going to pastor! Logan says, "I will pastor where Mommy is."
In the last 7 years, I have been given platforms, to open up and share my testimony, that I never thought were possible. I have watched young people choose a different path all because I reached through my pain to connect with their's. God has given each of us a purpose and calling. It is ultimately up to us to accept it, step out on faith and follow His plan.
I thank God for calling me to be a Pastor's and Youth President's wife long before I stepped into the position.
I am overwhelmed by the blessing of God and what He is doing in Conyers and in our preaching points. We are experiencing exponential growth and I will never get tired of watching people give their life to God.
My journey has detours, speed bumps and grinding halts just like yours, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Those stumbling blocks help shape me into the person I am today. I have so much happiness and memories that it would take up more than 1 blog.
Every day comes with new challenges that help me grow. I am looking forward to another year of serving and following!
To God be all the glory!