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.

    You’re Going to Be Okay!

    Monday, September 08, 2014

    I want to recommend another resource that I believe will be beneficial to you and that is a book by Holley Gerth You’re Going to be Okay.

    I want to share a short email from Holley that talks about the book and encourage you to get it and enjoy:

    “What are the encouraging words you want to hear when you’re having a hard day?” You can probably guess my answer by now–a phrase I think we all need to believe deep inside. Because If I asked you how you are today, you (like so many of us) might answer, “Fine.” But underneath that answer could be questions, struggles, insecurities. How do I know? Because I’m human too. And this is what I need to hear over and over: you’re going to be okay.          

    You’re going to be okay even if it feels like your world is falling apart right now.

    You’re going to be okay even if it seems your confidence is lacking.

    You’re going to be okay even if you don’t know what tomorrow holds.

    Does that mean you need to be okay right now? No, ma’am. You have permission to be messy and in progress. It simply means you can have hope. You can know your future is secure. You can trust there is a greater purpose and plan at work in it all.

    We all have stress, bad days, and hard times. We all know what it’s like to have life disappoint us. We’re all on this wild and crazy ride together. So as the roller coaster of your life zooms, I want to place my hand on top of yours—the hand that’s desperately clinging to the safety bar in front of you—and holler into the wind whipping past our faces, “You’re going to be okay!”

    You’re going to survive this ride. One way or another. It will not last forever. It will not destroy, derail, or defeat you. Someday you may even be able to look back at it and see it differently than you do today.

    Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.” And we do. But then he added this: “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

    In other words, “Take heart! You’re going to be okay.”

    Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually.

    And even better yet, eternally.   – Holley Gerth

    So no matter what you are going through, He has promised to never leave you and “You’re going to be okay.”

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