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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.

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    Change is Inevitable

    Monday, March 07, 2022

    By Kim Taylor

    I’ve discovered something about myself, that the older I get, the more I want to resist CHANGE.  I now understand why the majority of our older family and friends prefer a routine environment or prefer to stay in one place; whether it’s where they live, how they live, or even the means for provision, they end up settling.

    Merriam-Webster dictionary defines SETTLE as “a place so as to stay; to sink gradually or to the bottom.”

    In my newfound discovery, and reading the meaning of this word, I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to settle, nor to resist CHANGE.  If I want to continue progressing, continue receiving, continue growing, I have to remain open to CHANGE.  Plants, flowers, and trees have to shed their current status, in the winter times, in order to flourish in the next season.  If you pay attention to the grounds, you notice that growth comes by being planted in the right soil, having the proper maintenance and watering all year long.  God so cleverly designed this world, so that the land will always be taken care of; through the CHANGING of seasons.  What do you think this world/land would look like today, if when God created it and if He settled and didn’t create the atmosphere to evolve with the CHANGES of the seasons?  I believe we would not have the inheritance of blessings we currently have today.

    I’m learning to take each day as it comes and when I find myself in frustration of waiting for something to CHANGE, I tend to evaluate the atmosphere and see where do I NEED TO focus on to bring about the necessary CHANGES, so that I can have God’s abundance.  I’m resisting things I’ve never resisted before.  I’m becoming too complacent with what I currently have.  That’s not good at all, because as a Pastor’s wife, or let’s say Ambassador for Christ, I can’t settle or be complacent.  I have to stay focused on His word and continually remind myself, that my life is not my own, to Him I belong and I HAVE TO give myself away, EVERY DAY!

    HELPFUL TIP:

    If you’re struggling as I am with CHANGE; here are some scriptures that will help you become stronger and remain open to what God has in store for you.

    CHALLENGE:

    For the month of March, I want you to read these scriptures daily, re-focus your prayers by asking God for guidance, by being obedient to what these scriptures say, and try to catch yourself when you resist CHANGE.  Journal it, and see how you can improve on CHANGING!

    Remain In L.O.V.E.!  (Lady Of Value & Elegance)

    Joshua 1:9
    Ecclesiastes 7:8-11
    Jeremiah 29:11
    Matthew 7:13-14
    Philippians 4:6-7
    Jeremiah 29:11-13
    Proverbs 3:5
    Ephesians 2:10
    Deuteronomy 31:8
    Philippians 3:12
    2 Timothy 3:17
    1 Corinthians 9:22
    1 John 5:14
    Titus 3:5
    2 Corinthians 1:4-9
    Philippians 4:19
    Psalms 25:2
    Romans 15:13
    Romans 8:1-39

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