Some women seem to be born and reared to be ministry spouses. Through the years I've met delightful Women married to clergy who naturally thrive in the role. They might have been the daughters of ministry families or women who were inspired by a mentor who happened to be a pastor's wife or a woman who just naturally seemed to have the God-given gifts that equipped her perfectly for the role, Praise the Lord for such women.
Others came upon this unique "married to the pastor" experience quite by accident. Possibly they fell in love with the man who promised himself to God before he committed himself to his spouse. Maybe she had no idea what the reality of such a life might be and entered into this special life on somewhat of a lark. These women were probably thrown into the deep end of the water and expected to gracefully swim. Praise the Lord for these women, too.
No matter how you or I came to where we are today, the important thing is how we adapt and relate to the occupation of "ministry wife"! Jesus created each of us as "one-of-a-kind" masterpiece using His most imaginative and creative genius.
This issue of the Journal contains some tributes to pastors and their spouses. I want to join the authors and pay tribute to each of you who walk the front lines of ministry for our Lord.