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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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“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake….”
(Psalm 23:1, 3)

“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
(John 10:14)

“The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman
opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep
by name and leads them out…and his sheep follow him because the sheep
know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger.”
(John 10:2-5)

Charles Stanley tells the story of traveling with a church tour group to the Holy Land, and during one of their stops they observed a very unusual thing happen right before their eyes. Two Bedouin shepherds, along with their flocks, crossed paths on a road. The sheep mingled momentarily with sheep being led by the shepherds. The members of the tour group looked on with awe as the sheep—who looked alike on the road that day—seemed to have no problem mixing with sheep from the other flock. Until it was time for their shepherds to move in separate directions.

When one of the shepherds decided to move his flock, he spoke softly to his sheep and without hesitation they followed his voice. The other shepherd did likewise, the sheep following their shepherd. With no confusion or uncertainty about whose voice to follow, the sheep instinctively followed their own shepherd. How did this happen? The sheep recognized the voice of their shepherd, and when he spoke, they followed—with total certainty that it was the right direction to take.

Today there are voices from north, south, east, and west—urging us to buy their product, attend their function, embrace their beliefs, or support their cause.  What should we do? Jesus said that he “calls his own sheep by name and leads them…and his sheep follow him because the sheep know his voice.” If dumb sheep understand this principle, why are we so slow to figure it out?

Gentle Shepherd, teach me how to listen more carefully to what you have to say to me. Help me to identify your voice above the other voices that want me to follow them. Remain close to me even in times when I am tempted to stray. Keep me from making the wrong decisions. Help me to focus on the right direction to take. Discipline me as necessary when I miss the mark. Forgive me for my tendency to go off in a new direction on my own. Teach me to study your Word so that it can be a light to my pathway. In the name of the Great Shepherd of the sheep I pray. Amen.

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A note to Pastors' husbands –  

We welcome pastors’ husbands to visit this page and to provide insights into the needs and challenges you face. Let us know how we can minister to you and assist as you fulfill your supportive roles. Send your comments and suggestions to us at PWR@nazarene.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Until then, we welcome you to join the discussions and provide resources on this site...Read More

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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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