Wednesdays Are For Women: Ministry Partners vs. Marriage PartnersWritten by: tlovejoy | Found in: Pastors' Wives/Women in Ministry | No Comments »
Pastors’ wives (PW) and women in ministry are incredible sources of wisdom and creativity as they use their gifts in leadership and service. We highly value their insight, faithfulness, and diligent labor. That’s why we’re hosting Wednesdays Are for Women. Over the next few weeks, Tricia Lovejoy will share a few videos from other pastors’ wives at our recent Velocity conference. They will share their ideas on everything from marriage to ministry.
Married life is the bomb. Or, at least it can be. Spending time with your best friend….sharing a home together…..raising a family…..knowing someone else loves you with abandon…..loving someone else above yourself……and partnering to accomplish life goals.
Yes, married life is sweet. That is, unless other things have robbed your marriage of intimacy and unity. The demands of life have a way a wriggling into our marriages and diverting our attention away from the very one we pledged to honor and esteem most. (Who knew laundry and yard work could have such disastrous effects?!)
For those of us in ministry, we have another demand that can divert our attention: leadership. As we serve and lead our churches, we are apt to become ministry partners instead of marriage partners. Our dates can be overshadowed by a brainstorming session for upcoming church events, our family nights can be robbed by endless emails and phone calls, and our pillow talk can be about staffing issues rather than….well, the pillow talk we crave.
At our recent Velocity conference, I took full advantage of so many pastors’ wives and women in ministry being on our campus by interviewing them with a handy-dandy flip cam. Today, I want to introduce you to Karen Hudgins. She and her husband, Tom, are planting a church in Clearwater, FL. Together they have a dynamic marriage AND ministry. Check out what she has to say about protecting their love life:
Thanks, Karen! My favorite quote was, “We are completely in love with each other!” Doesn’t she inspire you to make a plan to steal away with your hubby for a little while?
What about you? How are you protecting your love life? What are some of your best, most creative date ideas?
I’ll get you started by sharing one of ours. My husband, Shawn, and I are taking our next few dates to walk down memory lane. We’re reminiscing about our college dating days, our wedding day, our seminary years, life before kids, and the private jokes we share. We’re reminding each other of moments long forgotten and falling a little more in love because of it. I love my man, and I cherish our life together.
Now it’s your turn! Share your date ideas, and let’s inspire each other to reclaim some time alone with the men we love most!
Tricia is married to Shawn Lovejoy, Founder and Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church. She leads the women of her church in a monthly environment called Girlfriends, and she mentors Pastors’ wives across the country. Together, she and her husband lead out in ministry and life. They have 3 children. You can connect with Tricia at http://SharpenHer.com or http://MountainLake.tv