By: Jodi Aiken
Have you ever felt lonely? I imagine everyone has felt this way at some point in their lives.Sometimes the feeling is short lived, and other times it is a lengthy battle. I know I am losing when I hear the Enemy whispering lies and I begin wondering if there may be truth in them.
To be honest, I struggle with loneliness more than I care to admit.
Lies such as:
* Your friends have forgotten about you.
* You are not needed.
* Protect your heart, and keep others at a distance.
* No one else feels the loneliness you do.
* You are all alone.
Has the Enemy whispered similar lies to you?
When we are in a state of loneliness, the suffocation of it can prevent us from fighting. We fall limp at the feet of the Enemy hoping for a glimmer of light from God to strengthen us.
During one of my battles of loneliness, I went before the Lord and...
By: Jodi Aiken
"Now that my husband is a Pastor do I need to lengthen my skirts?" This question was one of many I had as we entered the ministry. I felt so inadequate to be the wife of a Pastor. I viewed Pastor's wives as having it all together, well versed in the Word, and strong. I was none of those things. As questions, concerns, and fears consumed my mind, I felt defeat was no longer knocking at my door but in the house. In my desperate state, I called out to a friend that happened to be a youth Pastor's wife. I secretly hoped that she could give me a list of dos and don'ts and shape me into what I needed to become. As we sat across the table from one another at a local restaurant, I began blurting out all my jumbled-up thoughts and questions. They went something like this: I never dreamed in a...
By: Emily DeanLadies, I want to share with you about something I am really good at. In fact, I could really consider myself an expert in this. I am really good at being afraid. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Have you ever felt so well acquainted that fear could be your constant companion? Whenever a frightening situation comes up, I know immediately how to be afraid. What I'm not always so good at is exercising faith in the midst of fear. Since childhood I have experienced all kinds of fears: fear of the dark, fear of bad weather, fear of mice (what can I say...I grew up in the country!), fear of people (people pleasers, anyone?), and fear of public speaking just to name a few. The last one is the most ironic because as a ministry wife and teacher I have found myself in front of more than my share of crowds! Where...
Once again, I have been reminded that living in the glass house brings with it a loss of anonymity. People will know details about you and your family and in reality you could never pick them out of a line up. Most of the time this will not be a cause for concern but let's be reminded we are living in times that we need to "be as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove." My family is familiar to ministering to the needs of many. In fact, it has been a common practice all of our ministry lives to shelter or feed any who have need. It has not been uncommon for us to have late night visits or to have people who are in crisis show up at our door. Recently though, my young adult daughter was home alone. My husband was headed to a Wednesday night prayer time, out...
Those are the most accurate words I could use to describe my predecessor in Women's Ministry. From almost anyone's account, she could (and did) do it all. She was a gifted teacher, a loving friend, and could cast a vision for dreams bigger than anyone would reasonably consider taking on. She had a heart for missions, adoption and the hurting. She was basically the package deal (and by "package", I'm referring to the Premium Package). I feel rather confident suggesting the president of the United States would be intimidated to follow in her footsteps.
Yet, that is precisely what God asked of me-to follow a dearly loved, strong leader in ministry. I would be amiss if I led you to believe it was all sunshine and rainbows. Every day wasn't easy. My flesh would get in the way and I'd get defensive or scared.
However, there are some foundational principles I utilized...