“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband...” Proverbs 12:4a

Ministerial Health for Wives

 

Jennifer Gramzow, PhD, Ministerial Health Commission member, English District, is today's guest blogger. The Commission is exploring ways to support families, and seeks input from our District's wives.

“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands...She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household...She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children rise up to call her blessed; Her husband also, he praises her.”  - Proverbs 31:10-13, 15, 27-28

The image of the Proverb’s woman is an inspiration, but a tall order. How much earlier can one rise or how much later must one work to accomplish all the demands placed on her? Certainly God created women with a specific plan and purpose. God has established the vocation and calling of women in their family and society as unique and essential. As a wife of a pastor or professional church worker, today’s demands within the church, within her household, and in her community are extensive. Roles may include wife, mother, friend, employee, volunteer, servant leader or support role in a specific church ministry. Proper care for her household includes proper care for herself in mind, body, and spirit. What conscious steps are you taking for this care?

The Ministerial Health Commission of the English District has been discussing how the health and care of professional church workers must include awareness of the needs of their families as well, and their spouses in particular. As a commission, we are interested in possible ways to facilitate connections and social support networks across the English District for the spouses of pastors and church workers. We have discussed the possibility of establishing an online discussion group for women. What topics might be of interest? Could you see yourself participating in such a forum? If not, what might discourage your participation?  What questions or other suggestions might you have?  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated as we are seeking to build one another up in the body of Christ.

Jennifer Gramzow, PhD, Ministerial Health Commission member, can be contacted via email at jgramzow@prodigy.net. Feel free to respond directly to her. Your answers and participation will be greatly appreciated.

If you have a ministry moment to share, please submit your idea/blog post to Lynne at @lcobb@englishdistgrict.org

 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.”  - Philippians 4:4-6