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.

    Have You Been Wounded?

    Monday, August 01, 2016

    You are probably saying what a crazy question! You don’t have to be living long to have been wounded, much less been in ministry very long to have been wounded. I would dare say we are all wearing the battle scars from wounds in ministry. But let me ask you are you serving wounded or healed? It is so easy to go through life and ministry just limping along wounded instead of allowing God to heal the wounds from the inside out.

    I know. I have been there and I learned early in ministry that I needed to completely give it to God and let Him do the healing. I even learned that I needed to let Him take care of the entire situation and that meant revenge wasn’t up to me. He says, “Vengeance is mine, thus saith the Lord.” But many times our human nature gets in the way and we want to get even. Ouch! Let’s face it we have all been there. But I know from experience, it is much better to let God take care of it than to try myself. We end up making a mess of things!

    And when we don’t allow God to do the healing, we end up having a lack of trust that carries over towards everyone. That is no way to do ministry or life. Life is too short to live that way. I want to share a devotional I read several months ago that speaks to the trust issue.

    Trust Me one day at a time. This keeps you close to Me, responsive to My will. Trust is not a natural response, especially for those who have been deeply wounded. My Spirit within you is your resident tutor, helping you in this supernatural endeavor. Yield to His gentle touch; be sensitive to His prompting.

    Exert your will to trust Me in all circumstances. Don’t let your need to understand distract you from My Presence. I will equip you to get through this day victoriously, as you live in deep dependence on Me. Tomorrow is busy worrying about itself; don’t get tangled up in its worry-webs. Trust Me one day at a time.

    We can trust God to work out every situation whether big or small. When we learn to live that way, our trust of others becomes healthier.

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