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.

    When Things Don’t Go as Planned

    Monday, December 28, 2015

    Now that the busyness of Christmas is over and you may be slowing down a little, I pray as you reflect on 2015 you can see God’s hand in every situation that He has brought you through. I know many times when things don’t go exactly as we had planned or we think they should, we become discouraged. I don’t know of an easier time to become discouraged than after a busy holiday season when we are exhausted.

    I recently read a devotional that speaks to this topic that I would like to share with you and pray it will be a blessing to you.

    When things don’t go as you would like, accept the situation immediately. If you indulge in feelings of regret, they can easily spill over the line into resentment. Remember that I am sovereign over your circumstances, and humble yourself under My mighty hand. Rejoice in what I am doing in your life, even though it is beyond your understanding.

    I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Me you have everything you need, both for this life and for the life yet to come. Don’t let the impact of the world shatter your thinking or draw you away from focusing on Me. The ultimate challenge is to keep you fixing your eyes on Me, no matter what is going on around you. When I am central in your thinking, you are able to view circumstances from My perspective.

    As you look at beginning a new year, I pray you will focus on God’s Sovereignty and know that He has the “big picture” and knows what is best for each of us. Sometimes that is hard for us as women to swallow because we like to see the “big picture” and know what is next, but He doesn’t always let us know until the 11th hour sometimes. So trust Him that in this upcoming year He is going to do great and mighty things in your life and ministry.


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