I had the opportunity to attend my very first pastors' wives conference this week. At first I thought, Really? I've only been a pastor's wife for a month. Surely that doesn't count - at least not enough to have the privilege of going to a conference. "Conference" sounds so official!
Being able to attend the conference proved to be the perfect way to start my journey as a pastor's wife. The theme of the conference couldn't have been more fitting: Rooted.
I can't really be an effective pastor's wife, or Christian for that matter, if I am not rooted in Christ. I need big, strong roots to weather the storms and to grow up as a "healthy oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor." (Isaiah 61:3)
I gleaned so much during the 2-day whirlwind! Here are a few nuggets of truth that stuck out to me:
I must continue to surrender my life to the Lord daily.
I must continue to live my life through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I must continue to have godly fear - the kind that radiates reverence, awe, and trust in God, but get rid of godless fear - the kind that brings on anxiety and worry.
I have to say that the highlight for me was getting to hear Naghmeh, Pastor Saeed's wife, speak. It was such a surprise because she was an unscheduled speaker, but it worked out for her to be there for just a few minutes at the very beginning of the conference. I feel so blessed to have heard her speak in person.
I appreciated her transparency and realness about marriage and life. She basically gave us pastors' wives three exhortations:
- Be free from fear
- Deny yourself - die to self and dig deeper into the Word of God during hardships
- Take pleasure in infirmities
I came home exhausted from lack of sleep and a bit miserable due to a diverticulitis attack and a bad headache, but it was worth it. :) Now I am playing catch up and trying not to worry about all the things I need to do and the upcoming homeschool review deadlines!