It’s ironic to be writing this post since I am no longer a pastor’s wife (at the moment). As many of you know, Dan was let go last Saturday. Some of you have asked what that means. Well, it means Dan is no longer an active pastor at the church we were at. Why? To be honest, we are not sure. All we know is that Dan’s contract was not renewed.
But I believe God had a plan when I began writing this series a couple weeks ago. This did not take God by surprise (even if it took us by surprise). And I believe God was preparing me when I took an inward look at what it meant to be a pastor’s wife and share my thoughts with all of you.
One thing God brought to my attention during this series is how many times I carry my burdens alone. I was always afraid to reach out, to ask someone to pray for me. I shouldered the hidden burdens of ministry alone because I believed that was my duty.
Sometime before last Saturday, I realized I was wrong. Or perhaps more accurately, God showed me I was wrong. I may not always be able to give people details (in fact, many times I cannot out of respect for the people Dan ministers to and respect for God’s order of things), but it was wrong of me to try and carry those heavy loads by myself. I realized just how wrong I was when I finally reached out a couple weeks ago and asked many of you to pray for us. I was not able to say why, but so many of you answered and lifted my family up in prayer. I experienced peace beyond my comprehension. My burden lifted. Thank you my friends.
Your pastor needs your prayers (and their families too). There is a battle out there, a battle many times you will not know about. But I know from first hand experience now how powerful and uplifting prayer is when you know you are covered in it. I told a friend the other day that when I know someone is praying for me, it halves the burden. And when two people are praying, the burden is halved more.
Keep your pastor in your prayers. Be on your knees for him, asking God to give him wisdom and encouragement. You will never know how much your prayers mean to him. Many times words of encouragement and prayer are like a glass of fresh cold water. Pastors need that. And you may be the one God sends to encourage him.
On a personal note, please pray for Dan and I. This is a scary place for us. We do not know what God has in store for our future. I have mentioned before that one of the darkest times in my life was when Dan was laid off a couple years ago. Well, I’m back, and it’s as dark and scary as I remember it. Pray for our faith as it is tested in the next couple months. Pray that God will provide: financially, emotionally, spiritually for us. Pray for our children, especially our older two who understand more what it means for Dan to not have a job.
Thank you my friends for being there for us and for your prayers. Please feel free to drop us a line (or two). We always appreciate it 🙂
11 thoughts on “Profile of a Pastor’s Wife: Prayer”
Ok, I’m laughing. I accidentally clicked the I like this post and don’t know how to undo it. Of course I like my post 🙂 Just didn’t mean to show that literally. Bear with me, I’m still learning the blog system 😛
My sweet dear friend, we will definately be praying for you. Maybe Dan should send his resume to HPPC. I know they’ll be looking for a Children’s pastor soon. Marshall is going to be come the pastor of EM & O. Would love to have you all back here. I’ll be praying. All my love and Big hugs to you all.
I continue to pray as God leads for your peace, wisdom, joy and likemindedness with Daniel as you lean on the Savior. Luv MJ
Morgan, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m so sorry that this came as a surprise, especially. I’ve prayed and will continue to do so as God’s brings you to mind. Feel free to update any time, to jog my memory.
Little is much when God is in it. 🙂
Morgan, my heart goes out to you both. I will be continuing to pray. Thank you for sharing your heart. It can be difficult to ask for prayer. I have struggled with that. The thing is that if we enlist more prayer warriors it gives us more ammunition against the enemy plus more peace than we can imagine as you described. Now I just need to practice what I preach! 🙂
We continue to keep your beautiful family in our prayers. Dan is such a wonderful pastor that I can only imagine the great things God has in store for him. And Curtis would definitely agree with that because just today after I picked him up from KG he said “I love Pastor Dan!” I think my 5 year old is a pretty good judge of character 🙂
We will continue to keep your beautiful family in our prayers. Dan is a wonderful pastor and I can only imagine the great things God has in store for him. Why just today after I picked Curtis up from KG we were talking about church and school and he said “I love Pastor Dan!”. I like to think my son is a pretty good jugde of character 🙂
Stephenie- Philip said he wants to move to Texas. I said, “Bud, you don’t remember Texas.” Even though he only spent a few months there, Philip considers himself a Texan LOL. BTW, he comes up to my chin now.
MJ, Sally, and EJ- Thank you 🙂
Terri- Am I the only one that finds it ironic that this was the very thing Dan was preaching on the last month? (Fear and worst case scenarios and trusting God). We always joke that whatever Dan is going to preach on we’re going to be tested on 😛 Thank you for your prayers my friend 🙂
Tania- Yes, you son is a good judge of character lol (I’m married to the guy, I know ;). To paraphrase a quote someone sent me, God crushes those he wishes to use to make them into the men and women he can use.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.