Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

I Don’t Want to be a Ministers Wife

So your husband is called by God to preach the Word. From stories I’ve heard, wives have several different reactions. Maybe you’re going through or have been through one of these three reactions.

1. No way. You didn’t sign up for this and it can’t be. I don’t want to be a ministers wife. Nope, not happening.

If this is you, don’t worry. Just pray and keep listening because God will confirm it for you too. He knows who your husband is married too and if you have children. He will guide and comfort all of you just don’t let your will take precedence over Gods will.

2. You know God did indeed call him to preach but you’ve decided to go with your plans. You don’t how to be a pastors wife and you don’t have time to learn. You have mapped out your life and it doesn’t go against the Bible so you figure you will stay with what you know.

Maybe this is you. Again keep praying and listening because I promise Gods plan is better than your plans. You will be unsettled and anxious until you accept His will.

3. You are extra excited. It will be an adventure and you are looking forward to whatever God has in store. You’re not worried and can’t wait for the next step.

Let’s be honest. This last reaction doesn’t happen as often as the others. Ministry is a serious matter. I was excited and knew the call was real but at the same time, I didn’t know what that meant for me and my family. I think I experienced a little from all three of these reactions. Let me share how we begin this journey.

I woke up in the middle of the night several times with my husband (Larry) missing from the bed. I usually found him walking around outside by himself talking to God.

He explained that he had been having dreams that woke him up at 2 am every morning and he couldn’t go back to sleep. He thought he was going crazy, literally. He dreamt he was in overalls preaching in a small church. He didn’t understand at first but this went on for around 2 weeks.

Then one night it all became clear and confirmed. We were sitting in our vehicle after church waiting for our oldest son to get done with choir practice. Our home pastor came walking by and Larry stopped him to explain his dream and asked him to pray for understanding from God. Our home pastor asked if Larry could come to his house and of course, he agreed.

What happened next will never cease to amaze me about God, who He is and how He works in our lives.

He pulled up bible study notes on his computer and ask Larry to read a statement he had typed while studying.

The statement read:

God has impressed upon my heart that Larry Stapleton and his family will pastor a church planted from this church.

He let us know that God had impressed this upon his heart the week before but he felt he shouldn’t mention it unless Larry came to him. We knew in our hearts that this was confirmation from God.

Like I said, I was excited but that meant a lot for our entire family. We sold as much as possible including our land. We moved to a place we had never seen so Larry could attend college. We left behind all our friends, a 6 figure job, church family, and what we knew as our life.

Those sound like bad things but looking back I realize those where good things. It reminds me not to hold on to the things of this world. I couldn’t imagine a life different than the one I’m living right now. We still get choked up when we think about it.

What if we had run from the call?

I think about that question sometimes and wonder how many others are running from it due to fear, the unknown.

Let me offer you some encouragement.

God has provided for us every step of the way. He is always on time. A bill was due, the pantry was very low, books for college were needed, the kids outgrew their clothes and like a miracle, God took care of it. I won’t lie, I worried sometimes and still do. But God always showed up. He has never failed to provide the things He knows we need. There have been ups and downs that were needed to grow but please remember He knows the plans He has for you. (Jer. 29:11)

I would love to hear your story or answer your questions. If you have a similar story please share it with us. Did you have a different reaction than what we discussed today? Share that with us too! You can comment under the post or contact me through the contact me page. I can’t wait to hear about how God is working.

Being Transformed, Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

The Peace of God

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Are you anxious and stressed out most days?

As women, we have a mind that never stops running.

When I lay down at night it takes hours sometimes to fall asleep no matter how tired I am. The entire day starts running through my head. I think about everything I did during the day. I come up with different scenarios of how it could’ve gone if I had done things differently. I eventually start talking to myself. I say, “Jessica, go to sleep!” Then I start planning the next day. Sometimes my mind will not shut off. My mind makes me tired. Let’s read a couple verses from Philippians.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, KJV)

You know the Bible says to be anxious for nothing. You know this and I know this but what do we do to stop it. Well, the Bible tells us that too. Look at verse 6. It says be careful (anxious) for nothing but in every thing, pray.

The struggle is real but so is God!

Let that sink in. Let’s say it again.

The struggle is real but so is God.

I remember one time I was anxious above measure. My stomach had been hurting for a few weeks and I decided it was time to go see a doctor. We figured it was a hernia so off I went for a ultrasound. The results came in late that night and I missed the call. The women on my voicemail said your intestines are twisted and you need to go to the hospital early in the morning.

What?

I listened to it again. Same thing!

What?

What does that mean? How did that happen? What should I do tonight? Could I die before morning and what would happen to my kids? (Never google medical conditions)

I tried to call back for more information but no answer. Ok so now I was super anxious and stressed. Can you imagine my mind that night?

But as l laid there again going through scenarios, I decided the best thing to do was pray.

I ask God, “If I die tonight, will I go to heaven?” God gave me a peace that night like I’ve never before experienced my entire life. It was the peace of God. It was so peaceful that at that moment it didn’t matter what happened. Even if I died all was well with my soul. God said I got this.

I had a few more test and surgery that week. Everything went well. God is good.

Have you ever felt the peace of God?

I have felt the peace of God and it surpasses all understanding.

If you are worried, stressed, anxious and have difficulties going on in your life then remember,

The struggle is real but so is God!

He can give you peace and all the trouble will fade away.

I love my God. I don’t always understand His ways but I love and trust Him.

I love thee, O Lord, my strength. I pray that every person with struggles will feel your peace. I pray you comfort them like you did me and they see how real and powerful you are. I trust in you and have felt your power. Thank you, Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

Faith of a child

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I was doing my regular chores in the house for the day when the boys come running to me. They were a little hysterical because they discovered tegolenna (their little hamster) had escaped. We went on a mission to find her. Searching produced no results. But then, she ran out from beside my file cabinet and was headed to slip underneath the couch. She didn’t make it because our chihuahua snatched it up. We rescued it from his mouth but the hamster wasn’t moving. It was taking small irregular breaths and I knew there was no hope for it to live. I told them to place it back in its cage and we would see what happens.

Well, a few minutes had gone by and the boys hadn’t been back to report so I went to check on them. They were all huddled around the cage on their little knees with their little eyes closed and heads bowed. They were praying! I wondered why I hadn’t thought of that. Why wasn’t my first response to pray? Their first response was to pray to the God we taught them about. The one we told them could and would answer prayer. They believed He could save lives and petitioned on behalf of their pet.

Guess what? The next day that little hamster was running on its wheel as if the day before never happened. It was a miracle. A miracle from a loving God that answers prayer.

And He called a child to Himself and stood him in their midst, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4, NASB)

That day showed me what the faith a child looks like and what it produces. As adults we sometimes over complicate things. But it’s actually simple.

In the scripture it says to be converted and become like children. What does it mean to be converted?

The Bible says we are all sinners, none are good and we all fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:10, 23)

We are in need of a Saviour.

The Good News is that God sent His only begotten son that whoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

But how? How do we receive eternal life?

If we believe God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sin and three days later God raised Him from the grave. Then confess it with our mouth we shall be saved. (Romans 10:9)

It’s a free gift! Let us never over complicate it. God loves you and his desire is that all men be saved. It doesn’t matter what we have done. Jesus paid it all. Jesus is our advocate to the Father. Please accept Him today and become His child.

Have questions? Message me privately.

Have you been saved by the grace of God? If so, tell me about it. I love to hear testimonies.