So you may have noticed I’ve been a major blog slacker as of late. I really hate excuses so you are in luck: I got none. Life is full and fun and much of what the Lord and I have been working through has found its way in to my journal pages rather than outed in public. For those of you who have been sweet enough to ask, just know I’m thoroughly enjoying this season of peace and praise. I’ve also been reading more for leisure rather than study (just finished The Red Tent – would love to know if you read it and what you thought about it?) but I do intend on getting back in the blog groove soon.
In the meantime, working through the book chapters with you has given me joy in ways you can’t comprehend. Both your comments and private emails sharing how God has encouraged you in the pages is more than my heart can take in. From Day One of the process until now, I’ve never gotten over the feeling of being in way over my head. My first goal was just to be able to finish the project without obsessing too much on how it would be actually be received once it hit a shelf. When it was ‘out there’, I freaked in a whole new way. I knew I had done the best I could do but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t matter to me if it resonated with you at all. It did matter. It does matter. So, to those of you who have taken the time to communicate that with me – thank you. THANK YOU. I don’t take your kindness for granted nor do I minimize our God who can work through any means to strengthen the families of His shepherds. To Him alone be praise!
Okay, let’s take a look at Chapter Seven and see what you girls have to say about raising our Preacher’s Kids to keep the faith! Don’t forget to sign in with name and location. Also feel free to respond to one another in the comments.
1. In what ways do you and your husband ensure your children feel prioritized?
2. How would you say your children feel about being the children of a pastor? Do they love it? Are they indifferent?
3. What are some special things church members have done for your children to minister to them specifically?
4. If you’ve experienced parenting difficulty with your children you would attribute to the pressures of ministry life, do you have wisdom you can share to others walking the same road or those hoping to avoid it?
I have to admit I’m somewhat a Pollyanna where this subject is concerned because my children have thrived as PK’s but I’m not naive enough to not realize many of you are broken over prodigals. Please allow us to pray with you if you feel free to share in this context.