By Patti Johnson

Patti has been volunteering with Care for Pastors with The Confidante for Pastors’ Wives for 7 years after she and her husband received counsel from Care for Pastors as a way to give back to the ministry. She joined the Care for Pastors staff in January 2020. Patti is one of the administrators of The Confidante Private Facebook group for pastors' wives and is a regular contributor to weekly blogs. She loves to use her gifts and abilities to support the needs of the ministry. Patti has been married to her Pastor husband Keith for 36 years. They have 3 adult children who all to their delight live in Florida.

    Raised to Stay

    Monday, September 25, 2023

    We live in a very transient world these days. It seems like changing addresses, changing jobs, changing schools, changing careers, and changing churches are all a part of the current culture.

    But what about staying? Or not going? Or not quitting when the going gets tough?

    Natalie Runion asks and answers some of those questions in her book “Raised to Stay.”

    She boldly acknowledges the hurt and discouragement that come from the ministry life and from church. Even God’s people. But she also presents some scripture truths that although there are times to seek God in a movement towards a different place of ministry, there are also times that God guides us to stay in the midst of difficult times. Why would He do that?

    One bolded statement early in the pages of the book says this, “We can’t quit because if we quit, we will never see God work it all out for our good. We won’t get to see that beauty from ashes.”

    She points out over and over there is a difference between quitting and going with God’s blessing to something else.

    This book is not a quick read, but it is a good read to help discern between the desire to quit and the desire to see God work.

    Get a bookmark, a highlighter and a notepad and open this book to see how God might guide your thinking.

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