Did you know that as a ministry spouse you have a power no one else has? You really do! As a ministry spouse, you have tremendous power to influence those around you through your relationship with God.
I first experienced this power many years ago as a result of people praying for me to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. My life changed dramatically, and I began spending daily time with God in prayer and the Word. My husband saw the change in me, and he too began praying the Word into his life and humbling himself before God.
Then one day I realized my sons really valued my counsel on decisions they were making. The same thing happened with my daughters-in-law. I was so amazed.
As I talked to God about it, I realized it was because they knew I spent time daily with God, praying God’s Word into my life and asking Him to change me, and praying for my family and others. They see the difference it has made in my life, and they want the same experience in their lives. My family knows my faults and weakness. But they see the difference God can make.
You, too, have power to influence your spouse, children, and church members as you choose to seek Jesus daily and have a love relationship with your Redeemer God. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV).
Shepherdess International was begun 25 years ago to enable and encourage ministry spouses like you to use your power of influence for the Lord. The General Conference recognized the power of your influence and commissioned Marie Spangler and Ellen Bresee to work with ministry spouses worldwide. Their work was continued by Sharon Cress, who gave 18 years to helping pastoral spouses and families.
Around the world, Shepherdess leaders at the division, union, and conference levels have worked hard to encourage and disciple pastoral spouses and families through the years. I want to personally thank each one who has given so much to ministry spouses through the Shepherdess organization.
And I especially want to thank you, the pastoral spouse, for all you do to love, help, and influence the people around you for Jesus. I know it can get tiring, but when you feel unappreciated, careworn, or discouraged, remember that your life and your ministry have tremendous power. Spend extra time with your God and His Word, and let Jesus refresh you with His love so your influence will continue to draw people to Him.