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.

    Who Appreciates Me?

    Monday, October 06, 2014

    This coming Sunday is “Pastor Appreciation” day and I want to make sure you are included in that appreciation.

    Many times the pastor’s wife gets left out and many times feels unappreciated. But I want you to know you are valuable to your husband’s ministry and should be appreciated as much as he is.

    If you are involved in a ministry where the church family includes you in the Pastor Appreciation Day, that is awesome; but if you are not, please don’t be discouraged because we appreciate you and many in your church do as well even if they don’t voice it out loud. And most importantly, God loves you and sees your servant’s heart and He will bless you for your dedication.

    I want to encourage you to allow God to fill your heart today with His love and appreciation as you meditate on the following devotion:

                            Sit quietly in My Presence while I bless you. Make your mind like a still pool of water, ready to receive whatever thoughts I drop into it. Rest in My sufficiency, as you consider the challenges this day presents. Do not wear yourself out by worrying about whether you can cope with the pressures. Keep looking to Me and communicating with Me, as we walk through this day together.

                            Take time to rest by the wayside, for I am not in a hurry. A leisurely pace accomplishes more than hurried striving. When you rush, you forget who you are and Whose you are. Remember that you are royalty in My Kingdom.

                            Psalm 37:7a “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”

    Although we are all human and desire recognition and appreciation, it really doesn’t matter what man thinks but most importantly what our Lord and Savior sees in our service to Him.

    Be encouraged and know you are appreciated!

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