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Devotions For Ministry Wives

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Written by wives of Christian leaders, this honest, intimate book shows an understanding of the unique pressures and situations faced by ministry wives. Each of 90 entries includes a Scripture text, devotional comments, and a related prayer.


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Written by wives of Christian leaders, this honest, intimate book shows an understanding of the unique pressures and situations faced by ministry wives. Each of 90 entries includes a Scripture text, devotional comments, and a related prayer.

The wife of a minister is made of the same stuff as any other woman, but her circumstances set her apart. If you've married into the ministry, you know the difficulty of balancing the demands of your church and your family, the stresses of clergy marriage, the pressure of unrealistic expectations, and the setbacks of ministry--and the joys. Other than Jesus himself, only a ministry wife really understands what it's like to be a ministry wife.This devotional is written for you. In its pages, you'll find not only wisdom and encouragement from God's Word, but also the reassurance and solidarity of fellow ministry wives who are traveling the road with you and who know the territory. Kathy Chapell, Jeanne Hendricks, Barbara Hughes, Heather Olford, Jan Ortlund, Noel Piper, Sue Sailhamer, Paulette Washington, and many others share their experiences and their hearts in ninety daily reflections that begin with a Scripture verse and conclude with a prayer. Their insights are short, honest, inti
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Foreword . . .15Introduction 171. The Short End-Isaiah 59:1 . . .20Barbara Hughes2. Blind in a Blizzard-Isaiah 42:16 . . . .22Nol Piper3. The Sound of His Voice-John 10:4 .24Joyce Webster4. Revitalizing Your Marriage-Revelation 2:5 26Dorothy Kelley Patterson5. The Climb to the Top-Psalm 91:1-2 28Kathy Chapell6. I''m Ugly-Psalm 103:10-11 . .30Jeanne Hendricks7. Pity the Pastor''s Wife-Matthew 10:16 . . . .32Sue Sailhamer8. Our Pilgrim Walk-Romans 12:1 . . . .34Mary Lou Whitlock9. Eagles'' Wings-Exodus 19:4 . .36Mary Kassian10. So the Next Generation Would Know-Psalm 78:4, 6 . . . .38Jan Ortlund11. The Family Call-2 Corinthians 5:18 40Paulette Washington12. Hospitality Begins at Home-1 Timothy 5:8 . . . .42Mary K. Mohler13. Discipline or Discouragement-Hebrews 12:11 . .44Kathy Hicks14. The Ministry of Hospitality-1 Peter 4:9 . . .46Heather Olford15. Contentment at Home or Away-1 Timothy 6:6 .48Lisa Ryken16. Listening Is Golden-Ecclesiastes 5:1 50Barbara Hughes17. Say It to God-Psalm 91:1-2 . .52Nol Piper18. The Sure Cure-1 Chronicles 16:34 .54Joyce Webster19. Moving Through-Isaiah 43:2 .56Dorothy Kelley Patterson20. Inner Sickness-James 3:12 . . .58Kathy Chapell21. Turn Signal-Psalm 31:15a . . .60Jeanne Hendricks22. Failure-Psalm 86:4-7 . .62Sue Sailhamer23. Pain and Joy-James 1:2 64Mary Lou Whitlock24. Build Your House-Proverbs 14:1 . . .66Mary Kassian25. Proved Genuine-1 Peter 1:7-8 . . . .68Jan Ortlund26. Commitment to Relationship-Ruth 1:16 .70Paulette Washington27. Redeem the Time-Ephesians 5:15-16 . . . .72Mary K. Mohler28. Appointment Time-Ecclesiastes 3:1 74Kathy Hicks29. Christ Is All-Colossians 1:18 .76Heather Olford30. Waiting on God-Psalm 27:14 78Lisa Ryken31. Upside Down-Matthew 5:44 .80Barbara Hughes32. Not Ready to Be Blessed-Isaiah 30:18 . . . .82Nol Piper33. Acquired Anxiety-1 Peter 5:7 84Joyce Webster34. Yet I Will Praise Him-Psalm 42:11 . .86Dorothy Kelley Patterson35. Locked Up-Hebrews 10:17-18 . . . .88Kathy Chapell36. Blind Alley-Psalm 3:5-6a . . .90Jeanne Hendricks37. Dream House-Psalm 127:1a .92Sue Sailhamer38. How Are Things at Church?-Ephesians 1:1-2; Philippians 1:3-4 . .94Mary Lou Whitlock39. Little Things-Song of Songs 2:15-16a . . . .96Mary Kassian40. Protection against the Storms-Psalm 107:28-29 98Jan Ortlund41. Being Intentional-Ephesians 2:14 .100Paulette Washington42. A Heart That''s His-2 Chronicles 16:9a . .102Mary K. Mohler43. Ultimate Power Source-Galatians 5:22-23 . . . .104Kathy Hicks44. The Virtuous Woman-Proverbs 31:10 . . .106Heather Olford45. Bride of Christ-Song of Songs 5:10, 16 . .108Lisa Ryken46. Remember Him-Psalm 42:6 .110Barbara Hughes47. Wind Walker-Psalm 104:1, 3b-4a .112Nol Piper48. Make a Wish-Mark 10:51-52 . . . .114Joyce Webster49. The Divine Bookkeeper-Hebrews 6:10 . .116Dorothy Kelley Patterson50. Paddle and Pray-Philippians 4:13 .118Kathy Chapell51. Dark Corners-James 5:19-20 120Jeanne Hendricks52. God''s Good Work-Romans 8:28 . .122Sue Sailhamer53. Looking for Truth-1 Corinthians 13:4-8a . . . .124Mary Lou Whitlock54. Imitators-Ephesians 5:1-2 . .126Mary Kassian55. God''s Favor to Your Husband-Proverbs 18:22 .128Jan Ortlund56. The Power of Sincerity-John 15:15 130Paulette Washington57. Privileged Partners-Hebrews 12:15 132Mary K. Mohler58. A Work of Art-Ephesians 2:10 . . . .134Kathy Hicks59. Going for the Goal-Philippians 3:14 . . . .136Heather Olford60. Faithfulness-1 Corinthians 1:8-9 .138Lisa Ryken61. The Mind of Christ-1 Corinthians 2:16b 140Barbara Hughes62. Spring Song-Psalm 96:1 . . . .142Nol Piper63. A Better Home-Mark 12:43-44 . . .144Joyce Webster64. She Did What She Could-Mark 14:8 . . . .146Dorothy Kelley Patterson65. We Just Can''t Fix It-John 16:22 . . .148Kathy Chapell66. I''m Afraid-1 Samuel 17:47 . .150Jeanne Hendricks67. The End from the Beginning-Psalm 130:5 . . . .152Sue Sailhamer68. How Is My Faith Holding Up?-Matthew 11:28 .154Mary Lou Whitlock69. Chain Reaction-Romans 5:3-5a . .156Mary Kassian70. Kindness in the Face of Criticism-1 Corinthians 4:12
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If you're married to a pastor, you know firsthand its struggles, juggles, and demands on you and your family. The 90 devotions here---written by sisters who've traveled your road---provide daily doses of encouragement and guidance through Scripture, reflection, and prayer. Topics include unrealistic expectations, criticism, loneliness, privacy, discouragement, and more. Honest, intimate, and practical.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 181211
  • Product Code 0310236320
  • EAN 9780310236320
  • UPC 025986236328
  • Pages 208
  • Department General Books
  • Category Devotions
  • Sub-Category Women's Devotions
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jul 2002
  • Dimensions 187 x 133 x 19mm
  • Weight 0.290kg

Barbara Hughes (Ed)

Barbara Hughes has many years of experience as a pastor's wife. Married to Kent Hughes, pastor of College Church in Wheaten, Illinois, she is the author of Disciplines of a Godly Woman and co-author with her husband of Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome and Common Sense Parenting. She is the mother of four children.

  • Foreword . . .15
  • Introduction 17
  • 1. The Short End---isaiah 59:1 . . .20
  • Barbara Hughes
  • 2. Blind In A Blizzard---isaiah 42:16 . . . .22
  • Noel Piper
  • 3. The Sound Of His Voice---john 10:4 .24
  • Joyce Webster
  • 4. Revitalizing Your Marriage---revelation 2:5 26
  • Dorothy Kelley Patterson
  • 5. The Climb To The Top---psalm 91:1--2 28
  • Kathy Chapell
  • 6. I'm Ugly---psalm 103:10--11 . .30
  • Jeanne Hendricks
  • 7. Pity The Pastor's Wife---matthew 10:16 . . . .32
  • Sue Sailhamer
  • 8. Our Pilgrim Walk---romans 12:1 . . . .34
  • Mary Lou Whitlock
  • 9. Eagles' Wings---exodus 19:4 . .36
  • Mary Kassian
  • 10. So The Next Generation Would Know---
  • Psalm 78:4, 6 . . . .38
  • Jan Ortlund
  • 11. The Family Call---2 Corinthians 5:18 40
  • Paulette Washington
  • 12. Hospitality Begins At Home---1 Timothy 5:8 . . . .42
  • Mary K. Mohler
  • 13. Discipline Or Discouragement---hebrews 12:11 . .44
  • Kathy Hicks
  • 14. The Ministry Of Hospitality---1 Peter 4:9 . . .46
  • Heather Olford
  • 15. Contentment At Home Or Away---1 Timothy 6:6 .48
  • Lisa Ryken
  • 16. Listening Is Golden---ecclesiastes 5:1 50
  • Barbara Hughes
  • 17. Say It To God---psalm 91:1--2 . .52
  • Noel Piper
  • 18. The Sure Cure---1 Chronicles 16:34 .54
  • Joyce Webster
  • 19. Moving Through---isaiah 43:2 .56
  • Dorothy Kelley Patterson
  • 20. Inner Sickness---james 3:12 . . .58
  • Kathy Chapell
  • 21. Turn Signal---psalm 31:15a . . .60
  • Jeanne Hendricks
  • 22. Failure---psalm 86:4--7 . .62
  • Sue Sailhamer
  • 23. Pain And Joy---james 1:2 64
  • Mary Lou Whitlock
  • 24. Build Your House---proverbs 14:1 . . .66
  • Mary Kassian
  • 25. Proved Genuine---1 Peter 1:7--8 . . . .68
  • Jan Ortlund
  • 26. Commitment To Relationship---ruth 1:16 .70
  • Paulette Washington
  • 27. Redeem The Time---ephesians 5:15--16 . . . .72
  • Mary K. Mohler
  • 28. Appointment Time---ecclesiastes 3:1 74
  • Kathy Hicks
  • 29. Christ Is All---colossians 1:18 .76
  • Heather Olford
  • 30. Waiting On God---psalm 27:14 78
  • Lisa Ryken
  • 31. Upside Down---matthew 5:44 .80
  • Barbara Hughes
  • 32. Not Ready To Be Blessed---isaiah 30:18 . . . .82
  • Noel Piper
  • 33. Acquired Anxiety---1 Peter 5:7 84
  • Joyce Webster
  • 34. Yet I Will Praise Him---psalm 42:11 . .86
  • Dorothy Kelley Patterson
  • 35. Locked Up---hebrews 10:17--18 . . . .88
  • Kathy Chapell
  • 36. Blind Alley---psalm 3:5--6a . . .90
  • Jeanne Hendricks
  • 37. Dream House---psalm 127:1a .92
  • Sue Sailhamer
  • 38. How Are Things At Church?---
  • Ephesians 1:1--2; Philippians 1:3--4 . .94
  • Mary Lou Whitlock
  • 39. Little Things---song Of Songs 2:15--16a . . . .96
  • Mary Kassian
  • 40. Protection Against The Storms---psalm 107:28--29 98
  • Jan Ortlund
  • 41. Being Intentional---ephesians 2:14 .100
  • Paulette Washington
  • 42. A Heart That's His---2 Chronicles 16:9a . .102
  • Mary K. Mohler
  • 43. Ultimate Power Source---galatians 5:22--23 . . . .104
  • Kathy Hicks
  • 44. The Virtuous Woman---proverbs 31:10 . . .106
  • Heather Olford
  • 45. Bride Of Christ---song Of Songs 5:10, 16 . .108
  • Lisa Ryken
  • 46. Remember Him---psalm 42:6 .110
  • Barbara Hughes
  • 47. Wind Walker---psalm 104:1, 3b--4a .112
  • Noel Piper
  • 48. Make A Wish---mark 10:51--52 . . . .114
  • Joyce Webster
  • 49. The Divine Bookkeeper---hebrews 6:10 . .116
  • Dorothy Kelley Patterson
  • 50. Paddle And Pray---philippians 4:13 .118
  • Kathy Chapell
  • 51. Dark Corners---james 5:19--20 120
  • Jeanne Hendricks
  • 52. God's Good Work---romans 8:28 . .122
  • Sue Sailhamer
  • 53. Looking For Truth---1 Corinthians 13:4--8a . . . .124
  • Mary Lou Whitlock
  • 54. Imitators---ephesians 5:1--2 . .126
  • Mary Kassian
  • 55. God's Favor To Your Husband---proverbs 18:22 .128
  • Jan Ortlund
  • 56. The Power Of Sincerity---john 15:15 130
  • Paulette Washington
  • 57. Privileged Partners---hebrews 12:15 132
  • Mary K. Mohler
  • 58. A Work Of Art---ephesians 2:10 . . . .134
  • Kathy Hicks
  • 59. Going For The Goal---philippians 3:14 . . . .136
  • Heather Olford
  • 60. Faithfulness---1 Corinthians 1:8--9 .138
  • Lisa Ryken
  • 61. The Mind Of Christ---1 Corinthians 2:16b 140
  • Barbara Hughes
  • 62. Spring Song---psalm 96:1 . . . .142
  • Noel Piper
  • 63. A Better Home---mark 12:43--44 . . .144
  • Joyce Webster
  • 64. She Did What She Could---mark 14:8 . . . .146
  • Dorothy Kelley Patterson
  • 65. We Just Can't Fix It---john 16:22 . . .148
  • Kathy Chapell
  • 66. I'm Afraid---1 Samuel 17:47 . .150
  • Jeanne Hendricks
  • 67. The End From The Beginning---psalm 130:5 . . . .152
  • Sue Sailhamer
  • 68. How Is My Faith Holding Up?---matthew 11:28 .154
  • Mary Lou Whitlock
  • 69. Chain Reaction---romans 5:3--5a . .156
  • Mary Kassian
  • 70. Kindness In The Face Of Criticism---
  • 1 Corinthians 4:12--13a 158
  • Jan Ortlund
  • 71. Growing In Sensitivity---ephesians 4:15 . .160
  • Paulette Washington
  • 72. No Substitute---luke 5:15--16 162
  • Mary K. Mohler
  • 73. Clueless In Prayer---philippians 4:6--7 . . . .164
  • Kathy Hicks
  • 74. Dying To Live---john 12:24 . .166
  • Heather Olford
  • 75. My Home Place---psalm 27:4 .168
  • Lisa Ryken
  • 76. Words Of Life---john 6:66--68 170
  • Barbara Hughes
  • 77. Everyday Help---2 Thessalonians 2:16--17 172
  • Noel Piper
  • 78. Looking To Christ---psalm 25:15 . . .174
  • Joyce Webster
  • 79. The Time-out Chair---hebrews 12:5b--6a .176
  • Dorothy Kelley Patterson
  • 80. Let's Look At The Tigers---romans 5:8 . . . .178
  • Kathy Chapell
  • 81. Best Friend---isaiah 43:2 . . . .180
  • Jeanne Hendricks
  • 82. The Whole Picture---1 Peter 3:8--9 .182
  • Sue Sailhamar
  • 83. Children Of Light---ephesians 4:29 .184
  • Mary Lou Whitlock
  • 84. It Doesn't Disappoint---romans 5:2, 5 . . .186
  • Mary Kassian
  • 85. The Lion House---1 Peter 5:8 .188
  • Jan Ortlund
  • 86. Acceptance Speech---romans 15:5--7 . . . .190
  • Kathy Hicks
  • 87. Proclaim His Praise---1 Peter 2:9 . . .192
  • Mary K. Mohler
  • 88. Be Still And Know---psalm 46:10 . . .194
  • Kathy Hicks
  • 89. 'that Feeling'---psalm 16:11 .196
  • Joyce Webster
  • 90. Praying For Your Husband---ephesians 6:19--20 .198
  • Lisa Ryken
  • Contributors . . . .200
  • Scripture Index . .205

The Short End Barbara Hughes Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save. Isaiah 59:120 Short is something I understand. I'm short. My father was short, my mother is short, my siblings are short, and all my children---except for one---are short. We are well acquainted with the teasing that comes with being short---nicknames such as 'Shorty,' 'Pee-wee,' and 'Shrimp-boat,' and taunt-ing songs such as 'Short People Have No Reason to Live.' The message is clear: Short is defective. But of course, the teasing has all been in good fun and has given us many good laughs. The very first verse I memorized as a child points to another 'short' that is far more serious in nature. 'For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23). Even the tallest person has inherited this 'short' gene and is seriously defective. No one laughs when they are called up short in some failure. For ministry wives this sinful defect can sometimes be embarrassingly public: a neglected responsibility, a harsh word, an ungrateful spirit. When the prophet Isaiah wrote the verse on which I base this devotion, he made a simple statement about the adequacy of our God: He is able to save. Jeremiah 32:17 agrees: 'Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.' Often when I am stretching for something just out of reach or when I've come up short, I am reminded of this wonderful truth. Thank you, dear Lord, that your arm 'is not too short to save.' Forgive me when I fall short of your glory in thought and word and deed. Give me grace to grow in the stature that truly counts. Amen. Even the tallest person has inherited this 'short' gene and is seriously defective.

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