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Pastors' Wives Retreat

Pastors' Wives Resource site provided by the Sunday School Discipleship Ministries International, a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. We want to hear about your experiences, the lessons you’ve learned and how God’s Word and prayer supported and sustained you in the joys and challenges of parsonage life.

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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses ... Act 1:8

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We want to hear about your experiences, the lessons you’ve learned and how God’s Word and prayer supported and sustained you in the joys and challenges of parsonage life.

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Come To Me And I Will Give You Rest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deanne   
Rousing me from my sleep, I heard our daughter, Destiny, crying.  Finally realizing she wasn’t going to stop crying, I went to check on her.  She came into my arms with those little hiccup sobs laying her head on my shoulder, and I knew she wasn’t going to go back to sleep if I laid her right back down in her bed.  It was still dark out and not yet time to get up, so I carried her back to our room and carefully climbed into bed situating the blankets to cover both of us with Destiny lying on my chest.  Before snuggling down to sleep, she raised her head, looked over toward my husband, and laid her hand on his chest, which he promptly covered with his hand.  She laid her head back down on my chest and comforted by Mommy and Daddy fell back to sleep.  As I lay there wondering what could have caused her need to be comforted, I realized that my daughter and I were not much different.  For more often than not, I have that same need to be comforted and sometimes only the comfort from my Heavenly Father will do.

Early in our marriage when my husband would have to travel out of town for work, I would dread the nights with him away.  Fear of the dark and unknown prompted me to have all the lights on in the house, phone by my side, and staying up all night to protect my household.  Even having our dog, Charlie, by my side didn’t help me much.  Obviously, I got tired of being scared and of staying up all night in fear. 

Then the Lord started dealing with me about trusting and resting in Him. I remember my husband’s next trip out of town.  When night came, I read my Bible, prayed a prayer of safety for my household, and went to bed envisioning angels circling my house protecting us.  But that still wasn’t quite enough.  I needed to feel like I was holding on to my Heavenly Father, holding His hand, touching Him for comfort—just as Destiny needed to touch Mommy and Daddy. 

I reached for my Bible and clutching it to my chest, went to bed feeling like I was physically holding on to my Heavenly Father.  And I slept.  God says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).  Most of the time, I am comforted with my prayers and faith in His presence and guidance.  But during those times I need a little extra reassurance, I know I can reach out my hand to Him and He will promptly cover it with His own. I rest knowing I am in His care.

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Each weekday, Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) meet for prayer. All requests will be presented to the staff, except those identified as confidential. We’ll pray for you, asking God to work and to extend grace and mercy...Read More

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