08 Jul 2009 In Your Anger Do Not Sin
 |  Category: ministry

pray

Here’s an old blog I’ve had written up for a while. I’m hoping to crank out a few right now while I relax at the church while Tim is hanging out with some youth. It’s nice to have some random blogs I can use whenever I’m tight on time.

Ephesians 4:25-27

25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. (NLT)

I am glad that God taught me an important lesson before I became a pastor’s wife. I have to be careful what I say to others, and I had to learn what I can and can’t share with others. When it comes to frustrations in ministry I cannot go and talk to others about it. Most of the time I am okay with that, but when something big happens I really want someone to talk to. In the heat of the moment though I know that my anger/frustrations can easily turn into gossip, so that is one reason why I am thankful for the position I am in, keeping me away from sinning with gossip.

I feel burdened at times because of having to keep to myself with some things. And I don’t want to wear Tim out at home by talking about things with him that he has had to deal with all day…so what do I do? I turn that burden I am feeling into a blessing. The one I can always go to when I need someone to talk to is the one who can help me more than anyone, God. I want to be a supportive wife to stand beside Tim as he works in youth ministry, but that does not require me to discuss ministry at home all the time, to know everything going on, which I appreciate. I am learning that the best way I can support him is to go to God first and foremost. In order to hold Tim up I have to go to God to hold me up. So even though at times I feel like I have no one to turn to, to help me handle situations, it’s really a blessing. It forces me to go to the one who will always be here for me and never disappoint me. I can pour my heart out to God and be renewed by his love.

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2 Responses

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    Amanda 

    I am a student pastor’s wife in NC and I recently found your blog through your husband’s site? It has been none other than our Lord Himself that directed me here. My husband has been in ministry for nine years and we love it. However, this year has been like none other. One of our students passed away, we have hired new staff, and have been the target of MAJOR LIES. I have been burdened and hurt more than ever. I rarely get my feelings hurt, but the lies have set up bitterness in my heart. God has been showing me that if I just keep my mouth shut He will bring forth truth! Not only that, but that He suffered the ultimate abuse. He identifies, so He wants me to come to Him. He alone knows my needs! Thank you for this blog! I have two children and they are greatly loved by the teenagers! It will be neat to see how God uses you as a mom;)

  2. Amanda,
    I am so glad you found my blog! My heart breaks for you with what y’all are going through this year. I will be praying for you. I’m glad this post was an encouragement to you. God has given us a great role while we’re here on earth. I’m interested to see how God uses me as a mom too…I have a feeling I have a lot more lessons coming my way!