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.

    Living in Dependence on God

    Monday, November 07, 2016

    As we begin another week and getting closer to the holidays, I want to remind us of the importance of depending on God instead of ourselves and how easy it is to do so.

    It is so easy to get so caught up in ministry, family and life in general that we find ourselves depending on our own strength to get everything done and that is not how God intended it to be. I pray the following devotional will speak to your heart.

    Living in dependence on Me is a glorious adventure. Most people scurry around busily, trying to accomplish things through their own strength and ability. Some succeed enormously; others fail miserably. But both groups miss what life is meant to be; living and working in collaboration with Me.

    When you depend on Me continually, your whole perspective changes. You see miracles happening all around, while others see only natural occurrences and “coincidences.” You begin each day with joyful expectation, watching to see what I will do. You accept weakness as a gift from Me, knowing that My Power plugs in most readily to consecrated weakness. You keep your plans tentative, knowing that My plans are far superior. You consciously live, move, and have your being in Me, desiring that I live in you. I in you, and you in Me. This is the intimate adventure I offer you.

    So where do you find yourself in this area: depending on God or depending on yourself? I dare say we are all guilty of depending on ourselves at times and maybe more often than we would like to admit. I want to encourage you to evaluate your life and see if you are living depending on God and if not you will make the necessary changes to do so.

    Life is so much easier and simpler when we have our priorities in the right order.

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