Guilt-free Down Time | “For the Pastor’s Family” Post #2

So I kind of fell off the pumpkin wagon with our “For the Pastor’s Family” blog series, didn’t I? 

Well, I have a good reason!  

You see, we’ve been on vacation.  Well, a mini-vacation to Branson, and then a minister’s convention at the Bible college where Jeremy and I attended (and met!).

See, I’ve been practicing what I preach around here… guilt-free down time for our family.  And, last week, that also meant guilt-free no blogging time. 🙂

I have to admit, the no blogging part may have had something to do with the sketchy internet service at our hotel.  But, it WAS a nice break!

"f we don’t nurture our family life, who are we kidding if we think we’re going to be effective in our ministry life?   It’s something to think about."  Guilt-free Down Time for the Pastor's Family | Kristy's Cottage blog

Jeremy and I (and our kids, of course) checked back in to our Farm House Cottage early Friday evening… after an eight-day trip to Missouri (our favorite state besides Texas!).

Over the years, I’ve heard a few pastors comment, “I’ve never been gone on a Sunday!”  

And I think… Poor guy.  Poor family!  

Every pastor needs a break now-and-then, and it’s really okay to be gone on a Sunday! 

Obviously I’m not talking about skipping out on church, or missing services on a regular basis.

And I definitely realize that there are situations that make it difficult (or nearly impossible) for a pastor to miss even one service, simply because there is no one available to “take over” and give the preacher a break.

I also realize that certain personalities (maybe you, your spouse, or someone in your church) may think you’re a big sinner for being gone on a Sunday-or-two every year.

Struggles and guilt trips aside, I’m really, really thankful for a husband who recognizes the need to get away for a few days every now-and-then. Even if it means being gone on a Sunday once or twice a year.

Guilt-free Down Time for the Pastor's Family | Kristy's Cottage blog

Our crew at Silver Dollar City in Branson... it is gorgeous in October!
Our crew at Silver Dollar City in Branson… it is gorgeous in October!

Jeremy is one of those guys who knows how to recharge, and help the family do the same.

He doesn’t fuss and worry the entire time we are gone.

He relaxes.

I relax.

We have fun, sleep in, stay up late, visit with friends, worship with other believers and we just embrace a temporary change of scenery and pace.

And when we come home, it’s all there waiting for us.  

The projects.

The responsibilities.

The challenges.

The needs.

But our hearts are full, our spirits are energized, and our bodies are rested… well, at least a little! 

Yes, we are the pastor’s family, but we ARE a family FIRST.  

If we don’t nurture our family life, who are we kidding if we think we’re going to be effective in our ministry life? 

It’s something to think about.

Guilt-free Down Time for the Pastor's Family | Kristy's Cottage blog

When is the last time you enjoyed a guilt-free get away as a family?  A couple? 

When is the last time you enjoyed a guilt-free cup of coffee or a bubble bath? 

Maybe today is a good day to brain storm your next guilt-free down time.

Don’t forget that October is Pastor’s Appreciation month!  

If you’re a lay person, I hope you are busy spoiling your pastor’s family right now (I know you are such a blessing to your church and your pastor)!

If you’re a pastor’s wife, I hope you feel loved and appreciated for the precious treasure you are!  Please join me in my Facebook group just for pastor’s wives!

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