“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4:7

Chapter four of the book of Ephesians is one that every individual who ministers in the body of Christ ought to meditate on quite often. Highlighting unity and diversity and the beautiful pairing of these two seeming opposites is a reminder and encouragement we all need. Then comes verse seven, one that in my opinion, every woman in ministry ought to frame up on her office wall or bathroom mirror. (Or perhaps refrigerator if more exposure is desired.) Too often, we ladies are overcome with doubt about our calling to the kingdom. We question what we could or should share. And we grow, too often, all by our lonesome. Yet, right here Paul reminds us that every single one of us is given grace. Period. And we are given grace to grow and serve so we can share that grace with others, because we are all in this together.

With this in mind, I have tried to make it a habit when I have the privilege of sitting with a more experienced pastor’s wife to ask for advice and instruction with questions like “What is something you have learned over the years in ministry?” or “What would you tell yourself if you could go back?”

Truth is, a lot of times, I do mean to ask these questions, but then I get distracted by (more…)