Too often we focus on the frustrations of ministry instead of the joys. I challenge you to spend a few days really reflecting on what brings you deep satisfaction in ministry.
For me, one of the greatest joys is spending time with fellow pastoral spouses. How I have enjoyed women’s retreats and moments of sharing our hearts and getting to know one another! What a privilege to set aside masks and be real.
Another source of joy is providing a safe haven for my husband and family by creating a tasteful home and, at times, tasteful meals (as our family becomes more scattered and grown up, our meal schedule is not what it used to be!). For me, creating a warm home environment is a sweet part of “ministering” as a pastor’s wife.
And perhaps there is no deeper joy than seeing new believers come to accept Jesus and commit to a life with Him.
Sometimes my joy in ministry comes from just singing together with my church family or from a timely conversation in the church foyer—either one where God uses me or one where He sends someone to speak to me. Being the hand of God or feeling His hand work through people is so refreshing.
What brings you joy in ministry? In what areas do you truly enjoy serving beside your spouse? Make time to stop and identify these blessings. Then be intentional and serve in these areas of joy as often as possible.