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.

    Difficult Circumstances

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Those of us in ministry are used to challenges and sometimes difficult circumstances. I know there have been times in my 39 years of ministry I haven’t always dealt with those difficult circumstances well. Many times we want to take things into our own hands and deal with those circumstances or sometimes difficult people, but we know we can’t do that but instead must allow God to deal with them. Because it is during those times of us stepping in to handle it that things end up in a mess.

    I recently had a devotional that hit this on the head and was a great reminder that God knows what is coming our way and He gives us the strength to handle those circumstances each and every day. I pray it will bless you like it did me.

    Do not let any set of circumstances intimidate you. The more challenging your day, the more of My Power I place at your disposal. You seem to think that I empower you equally each day, but this is not so. Your tendency upon awakening is to assess the difficulties ahead of you, measuring them against your average strength. This is an exercise in unreality.

    I know what each of your days will contain, and I empower you accordingly. The degree to which I strengthen you on a given day is based mainly on two variables: the difficulty of your circumstances, and your willingness to depend on Me for help. Try to view challenging days as opportunities to receive more of My Power than usual. Look to Me for all that you need, and watch to see what I will do. As your day, so shall your strength be.

    I am so thankful our Heavenly Father gives us exactly what we need to teach us to depend on Him more each day. I pray you are allowing Him to handle your circumstances.



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