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.

    It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

    Monday, January 27, 2020

    Do Christians question God? I believe we all have at some point in our Christian walk. I know there have been times in ministry that I have felt it shouldn’t be this way or I have questioned God, not in an accusative way but an inquisitive way.  We must remember God sees the big picture and we don’t, so we trust Him with the situation. I want to recommend a book today that I thoroughly enjoyed and I believe it will be a blessing to you.

    I love to pick up a book and upon just reading the title and a few lines of the introduction by the author I am drawn in and hooked to keep reading.

    That is what It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeust did to me. From the first words of the introduction “There is a favorite story I like to tell myself”…IMAGINE WITH ME is what I hear through her words. I am hooked and keep reading.

    She brings up the thoughts we all have about life and learning through it. She takes us to those personal plans we have for our life, through work, through school, through family, through all the happy times we image for ourselves and those we love.

    And then comes the BIG question…What if it doesn’t happen that way? What if something unthinkable happens and we are left with a life of circumstances we did not plan for?

    Lysa takes us on a journey using her own life, her own questions, her own plans being dashed and nearly destroyed. She takes us to scripture, to ponder the questions that are deep within us and she takes us to the truth that God is always there. He has not forgotten us, He sees us, He is there with outstretched hand to offer us comfort and security in His plan for us.

    This book is like sitting with a friend who knows you well. One who knows the questions to ask, the advice to give and the timing of both.

    This will be a “go-to” book for me for years to come as twists and turns of life keep coming, it will help keep me in my secure lane of life where God is and not cross the center line into the head-on traffic of doubt and fear.

    Secure your copy of this book and begin reading and being drawn into the kind friendship of Lysa as she tells her story and inspires you to appreciate your own.

    — Patti

    I pray Lysa’s story will be an encouragement to you. Remember, we are here to walk this ministry journey with you.



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