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.

    Stop Wishing You Could Rush Through the Season You’re In

    Monday, February 01, 2021

    I would like to share a blog with you today written by a friend who is a pastor’s wife, and she has a lot of wisdom to share with us. Her blogs can be found on

    I recently did a ladies Bible study at my church called, “Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks.” It is the new revised version of a study Priscilla Shirer created years ago. I did the original version when it first came out, but it was years ago, so I decided to join the study and do it again.

    Listen to this…

    “Never think your circumstances are disconnected from His leading and His will. He uses seemingly meaningless activities as tools to guide you toward His plans. Don’t spend your time wishing you could get out of the season of life you’re in. Just keep following, expecting God to walk you into His purposes or to walk you into different circumstances. When you ask Him for direction, consider the probability that your current activities and responsibilities are already part of the path that leads you toward His purposes.” ~Priscilla Shirer

    I needed that today! How about you?

    Another quote from Priscilla… “You don’t need to know all the details of how everything will work out before you say yes. You just say, yes, upfront, knowing that if He’s invited you to do it, He will empower you to carry it out.”

    YES…I believe that. It takes a ‘holy endurance’ to walk through certain circumstances in life.

    Our family recently relocated to a new area of ministry and are in the process of trying to close on a home. We have been renting a house for several months now as the new ministry began January 2018. After being in one place for 20+ years I have forgotten the buying process.

    Wow…there are a few details and hoops to jump through to get to the anticipated closing date for sure!

    All I/we desire to do is live in the home the Lord wants us to be in while we minister in this wonderful new place the Lord has planted us. Nothing more. Nothing less. I have been in a surrendering mode since mid-February when we put a contract on a home.

    SURRENDER. Yes, Lord, if you want us to live in this home, I want to be there, but if you don’t want us there…please don’t let us. I’m actively trusting and leaning into Him as we walk through this tedious process. I look forward to seeing how it will all turn out. I love KNOWING that I don’t need to spend time wishing I could get out of this ‘anticipated house-closing’ season. The Lord wants to teach me as I walk THROUGH the season and trust Him for the timing and location. As Priscilla said, “When you (I) ask him for direction, take into account the probability that your (my) current activities and responsibilities are already part of the path that leads you (me) toward His purposes.” He will equip me and empower me to keep on trusting Him, surrendering stuff, and growing as I continue this journey in life. I absolutely LOVE knowing that He is thrilled with me when I find peace and contentment in Him through everything. That is why I want to #JustBeHIS forever!

    I have my ups and downs but reminding myself that I am HIS is an empowering reminder to keep on living for and serving HIM in everything. – Debra

    I pray what Debra shared with us today will resonate with us and we will slow down and enjoy the season we are in.

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