This has been one of those weeks. If you’re a pastor’s wife, too, you know exactly how it feels.
In less than seven days there have been hospital visits, unexpected out-of-state travel, a church work day, a baby growing more curious by the day, and – hardest of all – the sudden death of a friend and church member.
Yeah … it’s been one of those weeks.
Busy to say the least.
We work to balance my husband’s bi-vocational pastorate, two full-time jobs, his full-time seminary classes and family time that is consumed by an active baby girl.
Some days – more often than I would like to admit – I get tired and discouraged. There are so many things I need and want to do that I just run out of time.
Right when my daughter needed a diaper change, the person I wanted to check on slipped out of the church doors.
I forgot about offering to cook supper for a friend in the midst of running errands on my lunch break.
The prayer I promised to say for someone facing a tough day? I remembered it – at 9 pm.
Those are the days when all the things I want to do and all the things I wish I could be get the best of me.
I want to be the best. Have the best relationship with God, be the best wife, the best mom, the best employee, the best pastor’s wife. (I’m type A if you couldn’t tell!)
But right now, the best is beyond my grasp.
These days, I’m learning to step back, appreciate God’s grace and seek bite-sized bits of better.
Find Better in Moments
It’s easy to skip studying Scripture and praying because you don’t have all the time in the world to devote to it. On those days, instead of giving up, find your bites. Make the most of those small moments to keep the conversation going.
While driving from one chore to the next, pour your heart into music or podcasts that align your heart with His.
As you’re washing the thousandth load of laundry or the hundredth bottle, submit your heart to God in prayer or meditate on a verse.
Don’t lose those moments.
Your attitude for the day can be won and lost in small moments. Then, when your time for deeper study does come your heart will be ready and open.
Find Better in Community
When time is short the first thing I neglect is friendships. But that isolation only keeps the cycle of discouragement going. Make time to keep investing in those godly friendships – even in small ways. And if you don’t have one, start building one.
Some days, I even use an app on my phone to help me check in on a friend. It may sound odd, but it keeps me connected.
Why invest? Because God uses those friendships to encourage you.
And, as a special note to moms, when that friend offers to babysit – graciously accept their offer and set a date. You’re not a burden – those times encourage you, your friend and your child.
Find Better in Service
My days always feel more productive when I know I’ve been obedient.
Whether it’s making a flyer for the upcoming revival, cooking or taking a turn in the nursery there is joy in service.
Instead of over-committing yourself, trim down your schedule and serve where the Lord is calling you – not where so-and-so expects you to serve. Then find joy in that service no matter what it is. Even if it’s proofreading the new bylaws!
Better doesn’t leave me feeling blue – it encourages me and brings me hope in the midst of exhaustion.
Better shows me that with God’s blessings every day I can keep finding better.
I pray that you, tired pastor’s wife, can find better, too.