Sundays are different for me.....

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Sundays are different for a pastor's wife. It's a work day. She has to sit through all of the services, not just one; and for me that means 3 times I listen to my husbands sermon. It's really good the first time, but by the third time my mind wanders and I think "what are my cats doing right now; how many ceiling tiles are in the sanctuary; would anyone notice if I slipped out during the sermon so I could get to Publix to coupon?" The pastor's wife also is the go-between for her husband and messages from people and any problems that arise; either made-up drama or true emergencies. She attends church by herself and will rarely, if ever, experience the joy of attending church as a family. She is also usually alone at funerals and weddings.

But...one good thing about being a pastor's wife is having the bathroom all to myself to get ready on Sunday mornings!! My husband wakes up at 4:00am on Sundays to look over his sermon one last time before he practices preaching it until he leaves for the church at about 7:00. It usually takes him about 20 hours a week researching and writing his sermon. Then on Sunday he works from 4:00am until 1:00pm after the last service. So as you can you imagine, he is usually very tired on Sunday afternoons; kind of just a vegetable sitting in his lazy boy. The rest of the week, besides preparing his sermon, Donny works in the office and handles problems that come up, counsels people, visits in homes and hospitals and conducts funerals. We also share in births, weddings and homecomings! There are times when I wish we had a "NORMAL" life and he could be off on Saturday and Sunday or just consistently get one day off every week. We are busy, but because we are doing what God wants us to, we do not grow weary; depending on God to give us the strength!

I am glad Sunday's are different for me. I enjoy taking care of people and solving problems. My goal on Sunday morning is to take care of my husband and make sure he is calm and not worried about anything that would distract him from preaching.

Just because my Sundays and my everyday life are different from most, I wouldn't change it for the world.....because it is a privilege to have even just a small part in helping lives change for the glory of God. It’s what God has called us to do and we LOVE it! I’m so proud of my husband and happy to support him. Even if that means no Sunday morning routines as a family. My husband has dedicated his life to serve the Lord and lead others to Him and I am his partner in that.

Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath." Mark 2:27

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I am a Pastor's wife who wanted to create a website to encourage Pastors' Wives. www.crazypastorswife.com It is not an easy job and nobody understands like another Pastors' Wife. I have personally struggled with depression for years and so many times have felt alone in my struggle as a Pastor's Wife. It seems like every Pastors' wife I met Home schooled 5 children, cooked every night and played the piano. That is not me. I have sent my children to school as soon as they were old enough, I rarely cook as we don't have time between church meetings, Bible studies and soccer; and I never have played the piano. There has to be other Pastors' wives out there who can relate. If you can I would appreciate if you can send me a "Pastor's wives story", I would love to publish it the website to encourage other pastor's wives.

Written By: Joyce Thrasher

I am a Pastor's wife who wanted to create a website to encourage Pastors' Wives. www.crazypastorswife.com It is not an easy job and nobody understands like another Pastors' Wife. I have personally struggled with depression for years and so many times have felt alone in my struggle as a Pastor's Wife. It seems like every Pastors' wife I met Home schooled 5 children, cooked every night and played the piano. That is not me. I have sent my children to school as soon as they were old enough, I rarely cook as we don't have time between church meetings, Bible studies and soccer; and I never have played the piano. There has to be other Pastors' wives out there who can relate. If you can I would appreciate if you can send me a "Pastor's wives story", I would love to publish it the website to encourage other pastor's wives.