Learn to Laugh

Woman talking together and laughing

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 and know that I am God with you. When you desire My will above all else, life becomes much less threatening. Stop trying to monitor My responsibilities—things that are beyond your control. Find freedom by accepting the boundaries of your domain.

Laughter lightens your load and lifts your heart into heavenly places. Your laughter rises to heaven and blends with angelic melodies of praise. Just as parents delight in the laughter of their children, so I delight in hearing My children laugh. I rejoice when you trust Me enough to enjoy your life lightheartedly.

Do not miss the Joy of My Presence by carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Rather, take My yoke upon you and learn from Me. My yoke is comfortable and pleasant; My burden is light and easily borne.

I want to encourage you to rest in this truth that He delights in our laughter. I know the pressures of ministry and life can take the joy and laughter away, but only if we allow it to do so. Don’t allow that to happen.

We are here to help you any way we can!

About 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.

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  • Sheri McVea says:

    This is so true. I have been guilty of getting caught up in chaos and taking ministry so seriously. It was only when my child said, “Mom why don’t you smile?”, that I realized what was happening. I have learned that my attitude affects their attitude. No one wants to hear about God from someone who looks miserable. I’ve learned to smile and laugh and know that it’s all ok!

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