I have to confess, when I first started blogging, I did it solely for myself. To put down thoughts that were scattered, on something besides a notebook that would eventually be misplaced, forever unable to locate. Recently however, I've realized the effect other blogs are having on me. As I browsed for like-minded women's blogs, I became encouraged by the fact that most of them don't have it as together as they would like either:) Thanks for encouraging me!
I have great friends. I have always been blessed with good friends - even from a young age. When I started homeschooling my kids, the group of friends I had a lot in common with shrunk. Though I am still friends with many, I get encouragement and have the opportunity to share my joy and frustration with those who also homeschool. Without the homeschool moms in my town, I'd be lost! Thanks for encouraging me.
Since beginning to blog, God has started to fill a huge void in my life through the blogging community. I have many friends, but few are pastor's wives. As a pastor's wife it's so hard to find anyone who completely understands where God has me. There's nothing special about me because my husband's in the ministry (in fact, there's nothing special about him either! JUST KIDDING! He's special to me!), but I am viewed differently because of it. As easy as it is to say you think your pastor's wife is "just like you" (and she is), the second she slips up, many are ready to condemn her for her mistakes. This doesn't happen so much within our church (that I know of), but around town - friends of friends of friends, you know. I've even heard someone say, "but you're a pastor's wife"! Yes I am, but so imperfect. Those of you who've been my friend, even before the ministry know this all too well:) You're saying, "is this really an issue? I know you and I know you fail!". Thanks for keeping it real!
I have been so encouraged by blogs of other wives in the ministry, and am realizing that though my blog was initially for me, my everyday ramblings and goof-ups could encourage a wife that's new to the ministry. I'll continue to write for me - for my own sanity, but know that you are writing for me and I'm grateful!
God is once again proving Himself faithful to supply all of my needs. If you are a ministry wife and you're reading this, chances are you've encouraged me - thank you! If you're not, please pray for your pastor's wife and don't put her on a pedestal, she'll let you down. Remember, she's just like you and she needs encouragement, too!