Minister’s Wife Monday | 4 Ways to Love Your Pastor’s Wife When She’s Sick
Well, it’s Tuesday… and my Minister’s Wife Monday post didn’t quite make it up on the blog, did it?
Shame on that post… I know I had it here somewhere… 🙂
I’m going to pull the blogger veil back this afternoon and be very real with you… I’m a tired little mama. Â Again.
I’m not telling you thatÂ to make you feel sorry for me, but I don’t function very well as one of those bloggers who keeps pumping out posts, even from a sick bed (and yes, that’s where I’m at right now!), just so everything looks and feels normal at the blog.
Because life isn’t feeling very normal for me right now.
I spent about five days in bed last week, which means I missed three church services and our monthly Family Night (whaaa!).
And you know how crazy life gets when Mama is sick-in-bed…Â
Or how crazy it feels when Mrs. Pastor’s Wife doesn’t show up for church for a week…Â
Yeah, that’s me right now.Â
So I thought I’d spare myself the pretending with a “normal” post, and just give you a peek at the beauty my family and friends have invested in my life over the pastÂ week.
We’ll call this post “4 Ways to Love Your Pastor’s Wife When She’s Sick,” and the inspiration is from the loving people in my life.
If you take into consideration that my top Love Languages are “acts of service” and “gifts,” then you’llÂ get a sense of how much my sweet friends and family membersÂ have blessed me!
- Send Flowers! Â This one is always a winner, right? What Â woman (sick or well) doesn’t love flowers?
These cameÂ from a sweet friend from church… a mama who knowsÂ me well enough to know my soft spot for a beautiful, fresh bouquet!
The truth is, pastor’s wives rarely miss church. Â
We generally arrive early (okay, for me, at least on time!) and stay late. Â Everyone expects that of us, including our husbands and including ourselves.
So when we don’t show up… and you notice… and you send something says, “Hey, I missed you!”… well, we really, really, really feel LOVED!
And, just so you know, it doesn’t have to be flowers… a hand written cardÂ is lovely too. Â But, for us high maintenance “gifts” gals… well,Â flowers are the bomb. 🙂
2. Prepare aÂ meal. Â Again, “acts of service” girl speaking here! Â But, seriously, what sick Mama doesn’t appreciate a meal?
Cooking for a gluten-free family is no picnic, so any time one of my non-gluten-free friends investsÂ the time and effort to prepare a meal for our family, I feel SO LOVED!
These gluten-free crackers came with a huge pot of savory soup… let’s just say my friend blessed our family’s socks right off!
3. A pitcher of lemon water.Â Okay, this isn’t something just anyone can do for the pastor’s wife, but I thought this was so sweet that I had to mention it.Â MyÂ sis, Julie, made sure I had plenty of “spa water” to sip in my upstairs bedroom while I was in bed.
I thought this pitcher and my stack of books was so pretty that I decided to take a picture… and share it with you. Â It’s the small things that make such a big differenceÂ friends!
My husband has done that for sick people in our church before… very, very sweet, in my opinion!
4. Send her an encouraging text. Â We live in a phone-crazed age, but that crazy phone has a few redeeming qualities… like the ability to share your heart and concern with a mama who’s at home because of sickness.
Thank you to my sweet family members, mom friends, girls from church and fellow pastor’s wives who’ve kept my phone buzzing with thoughtful texts.
Words of affirmation may not be my Love Language, but they do make me feel Â pretty loved just the same!
As just in case my sweet friends who might be reading this are wondering what in the world is wrong with me, well… apparently… nothing. Â A doctor ran labs on Monday,Â and my body has never been healthier (thank you, Jesus!).
Apparently, I have very much “over done it” and my body is telling me to STOP.
So I’m resting, and trying to nurture this tired shell of mine out of fatigue mode.
I am a Type-A woman, andÂ thisÂ resting thing isn’t easy… but I want to be a good steward of my body, so I’m cutting the extra’s out right now and just taking life a day at a time.
I can’t end this post without saying how blessed I am to have a thoughtful husband who’s willing to shop for groceries, take the kids on errands so I can (try to) sleep, a helpful sister who manages the house in between her piano tutoring job, and sweet kids who have stepped up to the plate to do extra chores and give Mom a break.
And, just for fun, I thought I’d end with this pretty new art workÂ from my friend, Melinda (HymnArt.com)-Â
I’m sleeping now, folks, but watch out! Â 😉