Monday, September 18, 2006
Pastors' Conference This Week
The days are moving at incredible speed! Tonight begins the long-anticipated Canadian Independent Baptist Pastors' Conference sponsored by Greater Vancouver Baptist Church. This is an annual two-day conference held in a different location each year. I've wanted to go, but the past two have been in Ontario - a long way from here during lean times financially. But this one is just a drive across the bridge! Wes and the boys are involved in some of the music, and I'm looking forward to the preaching. I feel like a dry sponge sometimes. I get my husband's preaching on Sunday nights, which is wonderful, but the other two services of the week, I am teaching the children's classes. I'm not complaining about teaching - I enjoy it - but I do miss the preaching. So I plan to just sit and soak it all in tonight and tomorrow. We have taken tomorrow off of school so that we can go to all the services and enjoy the pastors' luncheon.
I think I've figured out why it's the pastor's/missionary's wife who many times falls by the wayside in the midst of the ministry. She is very busy devoting herself to her family, her home, her part in the ministry, and somewhere in all that busyness, she begins to ease up on her own spiritual nourishment. She begins to weaken, and before long, church and all that goes with it are just another thing she has to do. Satan loves to get to the pastor/missionary, and one sure way to get to him is through his wife. If she is weakened or falls out of the race, the man of God is hurt, sometimes stopped in his tracks, and his ministry is at the very least weakened, at the worst, ended. I am learning just how important a personal, living walk with the Lord is to everyone, but especially to the minister's wife. It's another facet of taking care of ourselves, ladies. We have to eat well physically to maintain good health and strength, and we have to do the same spiritually. Whether you're a ministry wife or not, take time each day to personally talk with the Lord, listen to Him through His Word and through some preaching or teaching, and keep your spiritual life strong and healthy. Your husband needs you - your children need you - your Sunday school students need you - your unsaved friends and loved ones need you.
I'll be back later in the week to share some of the highlights of the conference with you. Have a great week!