By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

    Monday, December 05, 2016

    It is hard to believe we are coming out of Thanksgiving. Where has 2016 gone? I pray you were able to enjoy some down time with your family and reflect on all you have to be thankful for through this Holiday Season.

    I want to share a devotional that I pray will speak to you as it did to me in how we need to totally depend on Him.

    “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. So when you’re acutely aware of your insufficiency—rejoice! This is what being poor in spirit is all about. The world applauds self-sufficiency, and bookstores abound with volumes designed to help you reach this goal. However, this is not the way of My Kingdom. I want My children to recognize and rejoice in their utter dependence on Me.

    You have been saved by grace, through faith. Both grace and faith are gifts! Your part is to be receptive and responsive to these glorious gifts. The best response is gratitude—a heart overflowing with thankfulness for all I have done. You are exceedingly blessed because the kingdom of heaven is yours. When the strain of living in this fallen world is getting you down, resist the temptation to feel sorry for yourself. Instead, say to yourself, I am blessed and thankful—and on my way to Glory!”

    So let’s totally depend upon Him and not our own humanness. Remember how blessed you are as you begin to go through the Christmas Season now! Remember the Reason for the Season and don’t get so caught up in the hustle-bustle.

    Ministry is taxing enough without us getting out of balance with the holidays so praying you will keep the right perspective this year.



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