Pastors’ Wives

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When the Church Gets Messy, What Happens to the Pastor’s Marriage?

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By Tatyana Claytor When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I packed up our belongings, quit our jobs and moved across the country to go to seminary. We felt the call of God on our lives and wanted to serve Him in ministry, whether here or overseas. Our hearts were eager with the prospect of seeing God at work. After a year, we were lucky to find an assignment for my husband, Tracy, as a youth pastor….

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Learn to Laugh

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Are you taking yourself and life too seriously? Sometimes we tend to think we as pastors’ wives have to have all the answers or can’t laugh at ourselves. But we can’t have all the answers and there are times we need to laugh at ourselves. My devotion recently spoke to this subject and blessed me, and I pray it will bless you as well. Learn to laugh at yourself more freely. Don’t take yourself or your circumstances so seriously. Relax…

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Wounded by God’s People

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One of my “go to” books in ministry is Wounded by God’s People by Anne Graham Lotz. We don’t have to be in ministry very long until we are hurt by someone and it hurts deeply when it is a church member. The reason it hurts deeply is because all we have done is love them, laugh with them, cry with them and serve them. What do we do with that hurt? We must deal with it or it will…

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First Counseling Session

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If you have missed reading the past three weeks of email/blogs, I would encourage you to go back and read Eric’s Story. We have dedicated four weeks to this story because we feel it is so important to share. Eric’s wife, Krissie, has been very bold and brave to share his story and we needed to share it as well. Today Krissie shares about her first counseling appointment 14 days after Eric’s tragic death. Today I met with my counselor….

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Just Things

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As we continue the journey of Eric’s Story, today Krissie shares with us about her husband’s motto, “It’s just things.” I began sorting through my husband’s things today. I can honestly say that every day is hard. One day doesn’t trump the other. Every day has its extremely difficult moments mixed in with the beautiful moments of laughter as we remember him. As I was sorting through his belongings I began making piles: what would he want me to keep…

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