Minister’s Wife Monday | Let’s Get Real, Shall We?
Can we just get real here for a minute?
Can I be real?
Just so you- yes, you, the woman who bears the mantle of “perfect” pastor’s wife-
Just so YOU know…
I don’t wear that mantle so perfectly.
It’s like one of those outfits that looks good on everyone else and just hits me in all the wrong places.
Maybe you can pull it off. But me?
Well, let’s get real, shall we?
I have gone to church only to discover that my baby wasn’t wearing a diaper.
Or that my preschooler wasn’t wearing shoes.
Or only had on one sock.
(Thankfully this didn’t all happen during the same service!)
It’s true: I don’t always feel like a saint on Sundays.
Why all the chaos?
Because I’m busy.
Because Sunday mornings (and Sunday nights and Wednesday nights) can be crazy.
Because I’m human and, quite obviously, just a tad scatter-brained!
And if it makes you feel better, I’ll continue:
My Tahoe is very often a mess.
My floors are usually sticky six days out of the week (I mop on Friday, just to comfort myself).
I’m usually nearly late for Sunday School every single week.
I’ve marched in out and of the sanctuary with a naughty toddler one or five times, in one service.
I’ve spent as much time in the nursery with a fussy little one as I have on the pew.
I’m tired during most services.
I’m really tired after all services.
I’m a mama and a pastor’s wife and it’s a tall order.
In fact, I absolutely can’t do it on my own! And neither can you.
And we don’t have to go it alone.
God will never call you or me to do or be something beyond His extension of grace.
He has equipped us.
Through His Word, through His Spirit, and through the dynamics of godly friends and mentors.
Are you an over-loaded, tired mama trying to swing the perfect pastor’s wife thing?
Lay your burden down and accept His grace.
Grace to just be real.
Please be in prayer for our Titus2 Ladies Retreat this Saturday, September 12.
My burden for the women in our church, and in the surrounding churches in our area, is to cultivate an atmosphere where the Titus 2 pattern can take root, flourish, and bear fruits of righteousness in the lives of many women and girls.
Thanks for your prayers, and for reading here at the blog. You are a blessing to me!
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.