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How to Help an Introvert Feel Comfortable

By Sandra |

So, you’re having a few friends over to your house for a book club, a Bible study, or just a fun girls’ night. You’ve invited one friend who is kind of quiet, who may not know the other women well, and who you had to literally beg to even get her to agree to come. … Read more

Here I Am to Worship

By Sandra |

I have a vivid memory (that’s almost ten years old now!) of the leadership team for my college ministry group sitting around planning how our Sunday School time was going to be allotted. Our college worship leader (picture him with me- hair a little long, flip-flops on his feet, a guitar pick or two in his pocket- … Read more

Calling to Do More

By Sandra |

I want to do what God has called me to do. I want to do all God has called me to do. Does anyone else feel the difference in these two statements? For me recently there’s been almost a conflict between them. I want to do what God has called me to do. I want to be … Read more

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle

By Sandra |

There’s a cliche Christian phrase that I believe does more harm than it does good. It may make us feel all warm and reassured, but it’s actually a lie. The truth is– God will give you more than you can handle. As a parent, part of my job is to encourage my boys to become independent. As … Read more

The Decision to Help Isn’t Really a Decision

By Sandra |

A few weeks ago we were in the waiting room of a counseling provider. We were there because we hoped to get more help for James (our son with autism). Others were there for addiction issues, family counseling, and social services. One lady knew us from church and asked how the adoption was going. I … Read more

Pastors’ Wives: Show Your Church You Love Them

By Sandra |

My early days of being a pastor’s wife were always easy. I sometimes saw the church as an enemy—the job takes him away from me, our kids, and our home. All plans were tentative, depending on what needs arise in the congregation. Once I stopped seeing myself in a battle for his attention, I could partner with my husband in ministry. … Read more

In Case of Emergency . . .

By Sandra |

. . . don’t call me. (I’m only half-kidding.) But seriously, I’m not the best go-to person in a crisis. For one thing, I probably won’t answer the phone. Having a four year old who never stops talking and a two year old who never stop climbing makes it hard for me to have a meaningful phone … Read more

10 Things Every Pastor’s Wife Needs

By Sandra |

I’ve only been a pastor’s wife for eight years, but I’ve already learned a thing or ten about what we need when our husbands are in ministry!  A go-to casserole recipe. Whether it’s for the pot-luck dinner or taking to a new mom, you need an easy recipe that you practically have memorized and always have … Read more

Praying for Your Church

By Sandra |

What do you pray for your church, and how is God using you to answer your own requests? I’ve been thinking about these questions for the last couple weeks. My husband/pastor pointed out in a recent sermon from the book of Ruth that God sometimes uses you to answer your own prayer request. Boaz prayed … Read more

10 Ways to Bless Your Husband When He Is Having a Stressful Week

By Sandra |

Proverbs 31:12 says the excellent wife, “does [her husband] good.” That is especially important to remember when our husbands are having a stressful week. Last week my husband Lee seemed a little more tense than usual. He had a busy ministry weekend coming up so the boys and I worked hard to make sure life … Read more

Tips for Praying Out Loud

By Sandra |

As a pastor’s wife, I’m often asked to pray out loud in front of a group. (Not as often as my husband is asked, but I get my fair share of requests!) I usually don’t think twice about it, and just pray. But I know not everyone is as comfortable praying out loud as I … Read more

Four Signature Dishes Everyone Should Have

By Sandra |

I think there are four signature dishes everyone should have: One to take to a potluck meal. One to take to someone who needs a meal. One to take to a small gathering (small group, book club, girls’ night. . .). One to serve when people come over. I like to keep them all simple. … Read more