Dear Pastor's Wife

Dear Pastor’s Wife, 

You may be one of many of my dear friends, or you may be someone I’ve never met. You are all so different, though inextricably linked—you are married to the man who gets up on stage week-after-week on Sundays or serves in various other ways in the church, the man carrying the title of “Pastor.”

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The Dance Between Pain and Joy in this Life

Today I found out a wonderful couple my husband and I are friends with are adopting a 16-year-old girl who has been in and out of foster homes. My friend sent me a picture of she and her foster-to-adopt daughter with the biggest smile on their faces and I thought my heart might explode with exceeding joy.

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Laying Down the Pharisee in My Parenting

The truth is I find myself parenting out of a heart of a Pharisee more often than I’d like. I sometimes lecture my daughter or impose a consequence after her wrongdoing with the attitude of, “I’ve got this all together”, when really, I’m in need of God’s grace just as much as she is.

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The Man on the Amtrak Ride and the God Who Changed My Heart

I sat down in my Amtrak train seat, elated that I had a 3-hour ride with time to myself. I had just pulled out the Bible I had brought along with a study book when I heard the man. He was about 10 rows up, speaking angrily to the train conductor. I sighed, very annoyed that there was an interruption to my intended time of peaceful study.

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Failing Health but a Renewed Spirit: Kim's Story

My eyes had been black for weeks, my skin had a yellow cast, and the pounds were dropping off me like butter. As I walked through the emergency room doors I collapsed to the ground. I remember waking up with tubes coming out of my arms and my nose, being hooked up to several monitors, and hearing my heart beat over and over. Then receiving what would be my first of  “manys.”

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From Despair to Hope: Shivangi's Story

After nearly 20 years of waiting, my mom finally received the news. My family and I were going to immigrate to the United States from India! My parents sold most of our possessions and we eagerly arrived in the US while in their mid-40s with $1,000, 2 young kids and broken English.

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Facing Discouragement through Infertility: Lisa's Story

My story, the story of infertility, is not a unique one. In fact, 6.1 million women in the United States share this painful journey with me. For over two decades, my husband and I have battled with the heartache of desiring children, hoping for the “happily-ever-after” ending. Yet with each step we took towards fertility, we only encountered setback and disappointment. L

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Questioning God, Walking Through Grief

Senseless murders and searing pain in the faces of the victims’ families. Nations contending with other nations. Hurting and hungry children. Divisive politics and numerous scandals. Whether you are reading this piece on the day it is shared  or years from now, the evil that floods my news feed this morning and the personal suffering that fills my own life or those I love is continuous and all too familiar. And if you are simply human, evil and suffering has found its way in and around your life as well.

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