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.

    God’s Amazing Grace

    Monday, August 31, 2020

    How much time and energy do we spend feeling guilty about our past? Do we allow it to rob us of our joy or even allow it to rob us of serving the Lord in the fullest? Many times we as Christians don’t live in the freedom of God’s grace and today I want to share a blog by one of our pastors’ wives that I pray will encourage you to live in freedom!

    I’m only here for a little while. If my life is all about me and what I can gain or accomplish while I’m here- then my life is a life lived in vain. If my life is about God and what He can accomplish and do through me- then my life shall not be lived in vain.

    I’ve wasted many years living for my desires and trying to get my way. I’ve lived many years trying to please everyone and gain their approval. I’ve lived with a negative attitude about myself, because I’ve focused on my many imperfections instead of trusting God to make the broken and imperfect beautiful. I have in many ways been self- destructive towards me.

    Today I choose to live under the realm of grace. I am not condemned by God for my past. If I feel condemnation it’s the devil trying to make me feel condemned. I understand and accept that I messed up. Does it grieve me? Yes, but I accept and own up to my mess-ups and I continue on. How? By Grace! By Grace! I’m so happy to receive God’s amazing Grace, for it is sufficient! No matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been, God’s Grace is available to you. He loves you in all your mess and He longs to give you His rest! Receive His amazing Grace!

    2 Corinthians 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    – Christy

    Yes, even pastors’ wives struggle living in grace many times. Depending on your church background, it may take years to break the legalism and learn to live in the freedom of God’s grace. I pray if you struggle in this area that you will stop living under that bondage and realize how freeing it is to live in God’s redeeming grace!

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