If there is a generational difference between you and another pastor's wife at your church, what insights have you gained as you learned to work with someone who is older/younger than you?

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May 2018 Dear Sisters, What a pleasure it has been to be part of a wide family of beautiful women, sisters in the Lord! My own experience as a pastor’s wife began quite early in our marriage. The majority of our fellow pastors were also young newlyweds. So anyone even four or five years...

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What encouragement do you have for the wife of a bi-vocational pastor whose husband works a full-time job in addition to pastoring?

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March 2018 Dear Sisters, The majority of pastors in our association are either bi-vocational, or partly bi-vocational. They do work in the church and work in the marketplace. John tells me this is a trend not only in our association but nationally. So this month's question is certainly...

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February 14 is Valentine's Day. What special steps have you taken on Valentine's Day to celebrate your husband and your marriage?

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January 2018 Dear Sisters,   I was intrigued by how the question was worded this month. It asked me, as a wife, how I celebrate my husband and marriage on Valentine's Day. It was easy in our early years to accept the "shoulds" about marriage, communicated by culture, media, and even other...

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The new year is a time for people to make new goals. What has helped you in setting and achieving life goals?

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December 2017 Dear Sisters, This month's question has forced me to face up to the possibility of changes in store for me, and I was reminded about a Wives Newsletter from December 2009. Virginia Biang, in the midst of major life transitions (and is now home with the Lord), wrote about God...

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Over the years, what’s the main Christmas-time lesson the Lord has taught you?

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November 2017 Dear Sisters, Christmas time can be the best of times—and Christmas can be the worst of times. The dreams of a perfect Christmas time with family and friends can easily lead to disappointment. Adjusting our expectations is so important. We must remember that Jesus Christ is...

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Grandmothers, when you consider your grandchildren, what goals do you have?

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October 2017 Dear Sisters, Our first grandchild Johnny wasn't quite three years old yet when I walked into my son's house to visit. I was by myself without my husband, John. The little fellow ran up to me and said, "Where's Grandpa?" (Favorite grandparent, revealed!) I realized then how...

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As you have worked with your husband in ministry, what Scriptures have helped you when you have been disappointed (or even betrayed) by others?

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September 2017 Dear Sisters, Some days I am going along just "doing my thing," and suddenly come to a realization that I have been walking around for a day, a morning, even just an hour, with some bitterness inside. Perhaps a certain past hurtful situation is brought up in a conversation and...

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How does a pastor's wife juggle both caring for small children and also serving with her husband in the church?

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August 2017 Dear Sisters, You may have heard the saying, “Jesus was never in a hurry.” Some moms may chuckle at that when they think of all they have to do to get the family to church on time. Now that I am “done” raising kids (are we ever really done?) I marvel at how...

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For those of you with married children, what has helped you in your relationship with your daughter-in-law or son-in-law?

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July 2017 Dear Sisters, It was so wonderful when my children married, to be able to welcome their spouses into our family, and extend our circle of love to someone new. Yet these couples have also created a new, unique family when they said, "I do." John and I have wholeheartedly supported our...

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