How are you today?
Really. How are you? I know it's your tendency to say that everything is fine. I know that your concern is for me, for my family, and for the other families in the congregation. It's your mindset, and your gift, to always be putting others first. That's servanthood; that's ministry. You're doing what you're called to do.
But in order to fulfill that calling, dear pastor, you need a refill. While you're shepherding the people, feeding God's sheep, who is feeding you?
I hope that you've found a circle of friends that can uplift and encourage you. I hope that you have those one or two special people in your life whom you can call mentors - spiritual mothers and fathers that you trust and can turn to in a time of crisis or when it's you who needs the godly counsel. If you don't have these people in your life, dear pastor, please seek them out! Reach out to people in your community, or people in your past. There are many communities online these days where you might find a circle of friends if nowhere else fits your situation.
When you don't have the nutritional substance you need to function and survive, it's extremely difficult to give that same substance to others. Don't forget to feed yourself too, pastor. Yes, the Lord is our strength and our provider, and yes you need to be spending time in the presence of God for much of that. But don't forget that he created us for the purpose of fellowship - with Him, yes - but He designed us to need camaraderie. There's no substitute for the edification that like-minded believers provide for one another.
All the people need what you carry, because it's God's assignment for you and He has equipped you to meet those needs. You recognize that and do it well, most days. I know that you know that some days, it's not as easy.
Partly, dear pastor, that's because you have a life too! Are you remembering to shepherd your own family first? Are you remembering that it is they who are your first priority? If you spent time in your own home as a guest and watched yourself with your family, what https://www.weebly.com/editor/main.phpadvice would you give to make home life easier? Can you take your own advice?
Remember to shepherd your own family first. It's this that will bring peace, and it will bring confidence, and it will allow the hand of God Almighty to work through you in the areas where He has called you to minister to others.
Dear pastor - dear, sweet pastor -
You don't have to do this alone.
You shouldn't be doing this alone. You aren't alone. You're the remnant, and God trusts you. You're right where you're supposed to be, doing right what He's called you to do, and you're doing it the right way. Keep trusting, keep fighting, keep praying, keep seeking His face. Keep letting Him use you, and remember to also let Him keep filling you. You are loved!
aLynn McCoy is a work-at-home, homeschooling mom of 5 kids ranging in ages from 17 down to 5. She's been a Christian her whole life and her testimony is one of the Lord's hand of protection over her life and her heart so that her passion is for discipleship and mentoring others in the foundations of Christian faith. Besides blogging, writing, and homeschooling, DaLynn is also a massage therapist and modern-day Tupperware lady. She and her husband Bill have been married for 15 years this month, and they live just outside of Waco, Texas in a small community where God has graciously planted them and allowed them to call home.
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